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B.C.'S UNION SINCE 1919

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

April 04, 2017

Craigdarroch Care Home - Ratification Results - BCGEU

Further to the close of ratification balloting at 5:00 pm April 3, 2017, we are pleased to announce that BCGEU members have ratified the tentative first Collective Agreement by a very high margin. We are in the process of formatting the Collective Agreement and distributing it for signatures, and once finalized, all members will receive a copy. In the meantime, Corinna and Tammy have draft cop...

April 03, 2017

Media Advisory: Ministry of Children and Family Development workers demand im...

What: Rally to support B.C.’s Children and Youth Who: Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) workers When: Tuesday April 4 at 12pm Where: MLA Sam Sullivan’s Constituency Office, 201-1168 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, B.C. Why: The B.C. Government has refused to fund and implement several recommendations from Bob Plecas’ review (the Plecas report) of child welfare in B.C. including...

March 31, 2017

The BC Government’s decision to siphon WCB surplus is a short-sighted strate...

The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union is disappointed by the short-sighted and dangerous decision by the BC government to siphon the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) Accident Fund and gift it to wealthy business owners. Hundreds of workers are dying every year due to unsafe working conditions. The WCB Accident Fund was created to prevent accidents, train and educate workers and empl...

March 31, 2017

The BCGEU invites members to celebrate the life of John Shields alongside his...

It is with a heavy heart that the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) staff and members learned of the passing of former BCGEU president John Shields on March 24. Shields served seven, two-year terms as BCGEU president between 1984 and 1999. For decades he was a champion of labour rights and his legacy can be found in every workplace in B.C. —in the improved working condition...

March 29, 2017

The Royale Pacifica Resort Retirement Living - Bargaining Committee Election ...

The Union is pleased to advise you that the election of your bargaining has been completed without the need for a vote. Your elected Bargaining Committee members are:   Maria Ignacio, Bargaining Committee Chairperson Alfredo Abrenica, Bargaining Committee Member   A caucus meeting is being scheduled during the first two weeks of May to develop a package of proposals for bargaining. Bulle...

March 28, 2017

Bargaining Update for members at Sherwood House - BCGEU

To:      All BCGEU Members at Sherwood House Re:      Bargaining Update     On March 22, 2017, your bargaining committee attended the first meeting with the employer. At the meeting, the Union tabled its proposals which included monetary and non-monetary items. The employer is now reviewing the proposals. Our next meeting is scheduled for April 26th, 2017. Thank you for your patience durin...

March 28, 2017

Strike vote results for members at The Salvation Army Harbour Light ARC - BCGEU

To:    All BCGEU Members at The Salvation Army Harbour Light ARC Re:    Strike Vote Results   Ballots were counted for the strike vote and members voted 100% in favour of strike. We are working with the Employer to confirm a date for mediation, and will continue to update members as soon as information is available. Thank you for your continued patience and support.   In Solidarity,   Yo...

March 27, 2017

President Stephanie Smith visits Forensic Psychiatric Hospital - BCGEU

BCGEU President Stephanie Smith, Health Sciences Vice President Sherry Ogasawara and Component 4 PE representative Salli Rye attended a worksite tour and hosted an afternoon BBQ event at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital (FPH) on Tuesday, March 21st. During the visit, President Smith, Ogasawara and Rye spoke directly with members about the ongoing issues of violence at the workplace. “Forensic Psy...

March 27, 2017

The BCGEU applauds government building asbestos inventory, a step towards pro...

The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union is encouraged by steps the B.C. government is taking to complete a provincial inventory of asbestos in provincial government buildings built before 1990. This is a significant step in ensuring worker safety during construction, maintenance and renovation of government buildings, and an important step ahead of the promised ban on asbestos by the f...

March 24, 2017

BCGEU remembers former president John Shields - BCGEU

The BCGEU is saddened by the passing of our former president, John Shields. Shields died today in Victoria at the age of 78. Shields served seven, two-year terms as BCGEU president between 1984 and 1999. “It’s a sad day for the BCGEU. John was a great friend to me and so many of us at the BCGEU and within the labour movement nationally,” said BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. “He stayed connec...

March 24, 2017

Nanaimo Seniors Village: Tentative Settlement Ratifies! - BCGEU

I am pleased to advise that the tentative Nanaimo Seniors Village collective agreement has been ratified. Voting took place on Thursday, March 23rd, with many members coming in on their own time to cast ballots. Many thanks to those who were able to participate in this important vote. In the coming weeks, work will be done to proof, sign, and distribute the new agreement. Although this can tak...

March 22, 2017

Frailty research in Canada: Have your say! - BCGEU

Voice your opinion to help set research priorities on frailty. Canada’s seniors’ demographic is growing fast, and many Canadians are living longer and healthier into their later years. However, this growing demographic also results in an increasing number of frail seniors who are dealing with a variety of complex health care needs.    We encourage BCGEU healthcare members to complete an online ...

March 22, 2017

HRC Care Society (Westminster House) ratifies with 98% voting in favour - BCGEU

The collective agreement for HRC Care Society (Westminster House) ratified yesterday with a 98% yes vote. Your union agreed to a number of changes with the following highlights: Improved harassment language and added definitions of sexual and personal harassment that includes psychological harassment If a member forgets to make a written request to have discipline removed from their file a...

March 21, 2017

OHS Courses for Labour Code OHS Committee Members in the Vancouver Area - BCGEU

"Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Wednesday, May 24 and "Investigations" will be held on Thursday, May 25. These courses will be held at the BCGEU Lower Mainland office at #130 – 2920 Virtual Way, Vancouver from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. In the Joint OHS Committee Training course you will learn: Worker OHS rights, including the refusal of unsafe work procedure OHS legislation Roles ...

March 21, 2017

OHS Courses for all Labour Code OHS Committee Members in the Victoria Area - ...

"Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Wednesday, May 10 and "Prevention of Workplace Violence" will be held on Thursday, May 11. These courses will be held at the BCGEU office at 2994 Douglas St, Victoria from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. In the Joint OHS Committee Training course you will learn: Worker OHS rights, including the refusal of unsafe work procedure OHS legislation Roles and re...

March 21, 2017

OHS Courses for all Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Victoria A...

"Ergonomics" will be held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. This course will be held at the Victoria BCGEU office, 2994 Douglas Street, Victoria from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. In the Ergonomics course you will learn: Requirements of the ergonomics regulation How to identify ergonomic hazards, to assess the risk factors of tasks and to recommend appropriate solutions Strategies for implementing an effe...

March 21, 2017

OHS Courses for Labour Code OHS Committee Members in the Prince George Area

"Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Tuesday, May 16, "Incident Investigations" on Wednesday, May 17, "Ergonomics" on Thursday, May 18, as well as "Prevention of Workplace Violence" on Thursday, May 18. These courses will be held at the Ramada Inn, 444 George St, Prince George. In the Joint OHS Committee Training course you will learn: Worker OHS rights, including the refusal of u...

March 21, 2017

OHS Courses for all Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Prince Geo...

"2 Day Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Tuesday, May 16 and Wednesday, May 17, 2017. "Incident Investigations" will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2017. These courses will be held at the Ramada Prince George, 444 George Street, Prince George from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. In the Joint OHS Committee Training course you will learn: Worker OHS rights, including the refusal of unsafe work proc...

March 21, 2017

OHS Courses for Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Cranbrook/East...

"2 Day Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Tuesday, May 9 and Wednesday, May 10, 2017.  This course will be held at the Days Inn Cranbrook, 600 Cranbrook St. North, Cranbrook from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. In the Joint OHS Committee Training course you will learn: Worker OHS rights, including the refusal of unsafe work procedure OHS legislation Roles and responsibilities of employers, worke...

March 21, 2017

OHS Courses for Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Terrace/Northw...

"Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Tuesday, May 2 and Wednesday, May 3. This courses will be held at the Best Western Terrace Inn, 4553 Greig Avenue, Terrace from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. In the Joint OHS Committee Training course you will learn: Worker OHS rights, including the refusal of unsafe work procedure OHS legislation Roles and responsibilities of employers, workers, superv...

March 21, 2017

Tentative Agreement Reached ? Ratification Meeting and Vote for members at Cr...

To:     All BCGEU Members at Craigdarroch Care Home Re:     Tentative Agreement Reached ? Ratification Meeting and Vote   We are pleased to inform you that your Bargaining Committee reached a tentative first Collective Agreement with your employer on the evening of March 20, 2017, and unanimously recommends acceptance of the tentative Agreement. The BCGEU offers our sincere appreciation for ...

March 21, 2017

HRC Care Society (Westminster House) Members Ratify Tentative Agreement

I am pleased to advise that the tentative Collective Agreement was ratified by the members on Monday, March 20th by a vote of 98% in favour. Once the agreement has been produced, proofed and signed, copies will be provided to all members at Westminster House. I would like to take this opportunity to thank your bargaining committee for their work on this set of negotiations. They were fully in...

March 21, 2017

Bargaining Update for Members at LifeLabs

To:     All BCGEU Members at LifeLabs Re:     Bargaining Update   Your bargaining committee resumed collective agreement negotiations with your employer in late February, with multiple dates ending on March 16th. Talks were spirited, respectful, and very productive, with only a few non-monetary language proposals left outstanding. On March 16th, during the final day of this latest round of b...

March 20, 2017

3 Day Steward Training

STEWARD TRAINING TUESDAY – WEDNESDAY – THURSDAY April 25-26-27, 2017   This three (3) day “Steward Training” course (9:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m. each day) will be held at the:   LOCATION:       Peace River Area Office of the BCGEU                          10251 - 100th Street, Fort St. John DATE:               Three Days ~ April 25-26-27, 2017 TIME:                9:00 am – 5:00  pm   Provided ...

March 20, 2017

Area 11 Steward Training - April 25-27, 2017

STEWARD TRAINING TUESDAY – WEDNESDAY – THURSDAY April 25-26-27, 2017 This three (3) day “Steward Training” course (9:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m. each day) will be held at the: LOCATION:    Diane L. Wood Union Centre                       Prince George Area Office of the BCGEU                       500 Quebec Street, Prince George DATE:            Three Days ~ April 25-26-27, 2017 TIME:             9:0...