COMPONENT 4 - HEALTH SERVICES

Component 4 includes members who provide health care and related services.

They provide nursing care, personal care, housekeeping, building maintenance, laundry, activities, dietary, security and rehabilitation services at institutional and long-term-care facilities, as well as medical lab and a variety of other services for other employers.

NEWS & UPDATES

September 24, 2018

Report - Seniors at Home and in Long-Term Care – A 2017/18 Snapshot - BCGEU

Last week the B.C. Seniors Advocate release the report Seniors at Home and in Long-Term Care – A 2017/18 Snapshot. The report highlights the latest health data for B.C. residents receiving home care and living in long-term care facilities, and raises the following questions:   • Why is our use of antipsychotics so high?   • Why do we have higher rates of renal failure?   • Why do we see higher ...

September 24, 2018

Health science professionals complete second week of bargaining - BCGEU

Health science professionals complete second week of bargaining   The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) completed a second week of bargaining last week with the Health Employers' Association of BC (HEABC) to negotiate a new collective agreement for their 18,000 members. The parties are currently working through issues such as addressing shortages and promoting stabili...

September 24, 2018

BCGEU celebrates National Forest Week: Sept. 23-29, 2018 - BCGEU

  Each year National Forest Week (NFW) is celebrated by individual citizens, governments and non-governmental organizations across Canada.  Established in 1920 as Forest Fire Prevention Week, there was no shortage of trees for industrial expansion – at a time the time when the main threat to forests was from forest fires, many caused by humans. In 1967 the name was changed to National Forest W...

September 21, 2018

Members at Component 4 Well Being Services White Rock Seniors Village Strike ...

To:               All BCGEU Members at Component 4 Well Being Services White Rock Seniors                     Village Ltd Re:               STRIKE VOTE SCHEDULED     Further to our July 24th bulletin to members, your Bargaining Committee has now considered the options open to us to achieve a fair and reasonable renewal collective agreement. As part of that process you were consulted as widely a...

September 20, 2018

CLC Winter School 2019

CLC Winter School 2019 Course listings and registration for the Canadian Labour Congress Winter School (January 13 to February 15, 2019) at Harrison Hot Springs is now available. Active union members are encouraged to apply online. Applications will be forwarded to your Component executive to make their selections on who will attend the school.  Registration cut off is November 2nd for all cour...

September 20, 2018

Members at Component 4 Willow Manor FYI Bargaining Bulletin - BCGEU

We are going to Mediation! Following our last bulletin, we applied to the Labour Board for Mediation and are pleased to report that we have a date for Mediation for Thursday, October 4th. We will do our best to get a settlement on that day without going on strike. Thank you for your continued support. We will be in contact with updates as they occur. Your Bargaining Committee: Valia Dimitrov, B...

September 19, 2018

BCGEU working to ensure worker safety at Forensics hospital - BCGEU

BCGEU working to ensure worker safety at Forensics hospital The past few months have been very difficult for BCGEU members at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital. Our latest count shows 22 patient-to-staff assaults since May. The latest attack by a patient saw 4 staff members injured, with 3 staff hospitalized with serious injuries.  Everyone knows this situation is unacceptable and unsustainable...

September 17, 2018

Fleetwood Villa collective agreement has been ratified! - BCGEU

We are pleased to advise the tentative agreement was ratified on September 14th. The renewed collective agreement is now in full force and effect. If you have any additional questions please don't hesitate to speak with a bargaining committee member.  Thank you for your support during the bargaining process.   In solidarity   Christine Gaundan-Nair, Bargaining Committee ChairpersonTammy Edgar, ...

September 14, 2018

Health science professionals complete first week of bargaining - BCGEU

The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) entered into bargaining this week with the Health Employers' Association of BC (HEABC) to negotiate a new collective agreement for their 18,000 members. The Health Sciences Association is the lead union in these sectoral negotiations. The BCGEU is represented at the bargaining table, along with CUPE, PEA and HEU.   "Our members hav...

September 13, 2018

Strike continues as Gateway Casinos refuse to release company financials - BCGEU

Union cites lack of transparency as reason for breakdown in talks  (Kelowna) Mediated talks between Gateway Casinos and over 675 members of the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) in the Thompson-Okanagan broke off last week after the company refused to release financial information to back up claims that they cannot afford the workers' wage proposals. "Gateway says they can't af...

September 12, 2018

BCGEU demands WorkSafe investigate new assaults on Forensics hospital staff -...

BURNABY – The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union reports that four staff members at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam have been injured in another violent attack by a patient this week and the union is demanding that WorkSafeBC investigate security measures at the facility. BCGEU members report that two health care workers (HCW) and two nurses were attacked by a patient on Se...

September 12, 2018

BCGEU members in health facilities begin bargaining for new collective agreem...

Bargaining has begun this week for the 2,000 BCGEU members employed in health facilities across the province. Your union is the second largest delegation on the multi-union bargaining committee after the Hospital Employees' Union (HEU) with roughly 40,000 members. "Through bargaining surveys, you've clearly identified the issues you want to see dealt with in this round. It has been a long five ...

September 12, 2018

Area 01 Young Workers Committee - BCGEU

We are excited to introduce ourselves to you as your Area 01 Young Worker Committee. Local 301 Amanda Nurse                  amanda_nurse@hotmail.com Local 401 Sarah Ball                        sarahmichelleball@hotmail.com Local 501 Rostislav Artiushenkov    rostokcan@gmail.com Local 601 Alexandra Richardson     alex_richardson12@hotmail.com Local 801 Samantha Brumwell        samma12@live...

September 11, 2018

Well Being Services (Renfrew Care Centre) Bargaining Committee Members - BCGEU

We are pleased to announce that the following members have been elected as your Bargaining Committee: Carmelita Harnum Erlyn Gabatin Marites Parman  Your Committee will be convening shortly to develop proposals prior to meeting with the Employer. We will continue to communicate with you as developments arise. Please feel free to direct any comments or questions to any member of the Bargaining...

September 07, 2018

Tentative Agreement Reached for Fleetwood Villa - Information Session and Rat...

We are pleased to announce a tentative agreement was reached on September 7th. The bargaining committee supports the agreement and looks forward to explaining the settlement at our ratification and information sessions. This is a very important meeting and we hope to see everyone, please drop in:Date:       September 14, 2018 Time:       3:00 pm to 8:00 pm Location: Fleetwood Villa (Exercise Ro...

September 07, 2018

Pension workshops available for Public Service Pension Plan and Municipal Pen...

Every year the Pension Corporation offers a spring and fall calendar of educational workshops about the Municipal Pension Plan and Public Service Pension Plan. The calendars are now posted on the pension websites (see links below). The College Pension Plan sessions should be posted soon.  Two different workshops are offered: 1) For younger members who want to know more about your plan. 2) For t...

September 06, 2018

Local 407 Executive - Updated - BCGEU

Please be advised a nomination has been received for the position of Recording Secretary. Your Local Executive is as follows:   Local Chairperson: Erica Sutherland 1st Vice Chair: Deborah Wagner 2nd Vice Chair: Florinda Magday Treasurer: Denise Horwood Recording Secretary: Shane Stoddart Member-at-Large: Erika Belsheim Member-at-Large: Kim Wilson Member-at-Large: Kelly Vreeswijk Member-at-Large...

September 06, 2018

BCGEU speaks out about violence at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital - BCGEU

A recent spike in physical assaults on staff by patients at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital (FPH) in Coquitlam has prompted the BCGEU to speak out against the lack of action taken by the employer, Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), to protect their employees' health and safety. On August 29th, the BCGEU issued a press release, calling on the B.C. government to act to ensure members'...

September 06, 2018

Union representing correctional officers calls for action after alleged assau...

The BC Government and Service Employees (BCGEU) union is asking for a change to better protect correctional officers and sheriffs who are escorting prisoners from correctional centers. The call comes after the alleged assault of a correctional officer at Vancouver General Hospital on Aug. 28.     Read more... UWU/MoveUP

September 05, 2018

Union calls for gov't intervention after spike in staff assaults at Coquitlam...

Two unions that represent workers at Coquitlam's Forensic Psychiatric Hospital are sounding the alarm over a recent spike in assaults, blaming management for a "systemic failure" to respond. The B.C. Government and Service Employees Union said that there have been 21 staff injuries committed by patients to its members alone, between May and August of this year.     Read more... UWU/MoveUP

August 31, 2018

Well Being Seniors' Services LTD (RHSV) Bargaining Update - BCGEU

Due to circumstances beyond the Union's control, effective August 9th Deb Wilson, Staff Representative has been assigned responsibility to complete the current set of negotiations with your employer.  Your bargaining committee met with the employer on August 21, 2019 and made good progress completing the majority of the non-monetary issues. At the end of the day we tabled a comprehensive moneta...

August 31, 2018

An Open Letter from BCGEU President Stephanie Smith on Labour Day - BCGEU

As a mother and an early childhood educator l know that for many British Columbians Labour Day represents the end of summer and the beginning of school. But as a union activist the first Monday in September represents much more. Labour Day is an opportunity to celebrate working people: the ones who built our province; the ones who take care of our families and our communities every day; and the...