To ensure continuity of service during the COVID-19 pandemic, all BCGEU offices are closed and staff are working remotely to assist members.
We recommend that you email the appropriate office if you require assistance.
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.
Our health system depends on the professional work of thousands of medical laboratory technologists throughout the province. From blood samples to urine tests to tissue biopsies – laboratory medicine is a critical part of sustaining high quality health care, and millions of laboratory tests are performed in Canada every week.
The 2017 observance of Medical Laboratory Professionals Week emphasi...
You can hardly open a newspaper or news website these days without finding an article on the difficulties of the sandwich generation — those poor folks simultaneously coping with the needs of children and aging parents. Well, here’s another.
As editorial pages editor, I’ve published dozens of articles over the years on the concerns of the sandwich generation, particularly about the problems of...
Date: April 18, 2017
To: All BCGEU Members at LifeLabs
Re: TENTATIVE SETTLEMENT REACHED
Your Bargaining Committee is pleased to announce that a tentative deal has been reached for a new collective agreement for members employed at LifeLabs.
The Bargaining Committee is recommending that you vote YES to accept the tentative renewal collective agreement.
Full details of the tenta...
Did you know you are entitled to annual education leave totaling at least 8 hours? Did you also know your employer is required to support this training without loss of pay or other benefits? The employer must cover the costs of the training and any other reasonable costs to attend the course. If you are unable to take the training yourself, you have the right to assign your 8 hour annual allot...
(March 2017 Article)
The B.C. government is heeding its seniors' care advisors and will hire 1,500 more people over the next four years to assist seniors in residential care, Health Minister Terry Lake said Thursday.
(March 2017 Article)
Late last year, a large trans-national insurance company, Anbang, announced its intention to buy a majority interest in Retirement Concepts, a Canadian, for-profit, nursing-home chain. Retirement Concepts currently receives funding from a number of provincial governments to provide nursing-home care and is the highest-billing provider of assisted-living and residential car...
(February 2017 Article)
The B.C. Care Providers Association released its report on seniors Tuesday, calling for increased funding for their care and aimed at putting the issue on the agenda for the upcoming provincial election.
I am pleased and proud to support Sussanne Skidmore's candidacy for the position of Vice-President, Canadian Labour Congress (CLC). Sussanne is an established union leader, who began her social justice and labour activism more than a decade ago as a young worker. This makes her uniquely positioned to help evolve and grow the labour movement during increasingly complex...
(January 2017 Article)
This week, B.C.’s Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie reported that more than 90 per cent of the province’s residential care homes are not funded to meet government’s current minimum staffing guideline.
Your bargaining committee met with the Employer on Monday, April 10th and reached agreement on re-implementing the 5 on 2 off, 5 on 3 off rotation.
This agreement will see the rotation re-introduced by the beginning of June 2017. The details of the agreement are shown below:
The Employer will pay all employees entitled to overtime for Family Day 2017 on the May 3rd payroll.
A job fair will...
Nominations for the bargaining committee were opened and closed in November and December of 2016. All three bargaining committee positions remain vacant.
The vacant bargaining committee positions are as follows:
Chairperson of the Bargaining Committee, one position
Bargaining Committee member, two positions
The Union is seeking expressions of interest for the above vacant positions. If...
For over sixty years, the Cauca River in Cali, Colombia has been home to thousands of residents who farm, run businesses and live along its banks (known as el Jarillón). Since October 2016, families in the Venecia Las Vegas neighbourhood of el Jarillón have been forcibly displaced and seen their houses torn down by the municipality of Cali to make way for a tourist walk way and cargo port. Now ...