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

February 04, 2016

BCGEU wishes members a happy Lunar New Year

The Lunar New Year starts on Monday February 8. This marks the start of a fifteen day festival and holiday. Celebrations have started around the world as we say goodbye to the Year of the Sheep and hello to the year of the Fire Monkey.  "We wish our members and their families a very happy and prosperous Lunar New Year," says BCGEU President Stephanie Smith. "We wish you luck, good health and g...

February 04, 2016

BCGEU celebrates the 20th anniversary of Black History Month in Canada

The BCGEU joins Canadians to celebrate Black History Month this February, which marks the event’s 20th anniversary. Our federal government officially recognized Black History Month after passing a parliamentary motion introduced by the Honourable Jean Augustine, the first black Canadian woman elected to Parliament.  "This February, take some time to learn about black Canadians’ tremendous cont...

February 03, 2016

Submission to the Special Committee to Review the Freedom of Information and ...

On January 27 our union presented a submission to the Special Committee to Review the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). The foundation of public trust in government is transparency, accountability, and a consistently demonstrated respect for the rights of individuals. FIPPA is designed to protect and uphold these values; yet, public practice in information managemen...

January 29, 2016

To all Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Victoria Area

"Incident Investigations" will be held on Wednesday, March 2 and "Ergonomics" will be held on Thursday, March 3. The Incident Investigations course will be held at the BCGEU area office, 2994 Douglas St., Victoria and the Ergonomics course will be held at Harbour Towers, 345 Quebec St, Victoria. In the Incident Investigations course you will learn: The legislative requirements for conductin...

January 29, 2016

Labour Code OHS Committee Members in the Langley Area

"Ergonomics" will be held on Tuesday, March 1 and "Incident Investigations" will be held on Thursday, March 3. These courses will be held at the BCGEU office at 8555 198A Street, Langley from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm In the Ergonomics you will learn: Requirements of the ergonomics regulation How to identify ergonomic hazards, to assess the risk factors of tasks and to recommend appropriate soluti...

January 28, 2016

National Survey on Seniors' Care - Work/Life Balance

The issue of elder care received next to no attention during the 2015 federal election. This is alarming as the fastest growing segment of the Canadian population is older Canadians (people 85 and older), most of whom are women. In 1900, the average life expectancy was 47 years of age; by 2000 that had increased to 76 years of age. The end result is the expansion of our population of older adul...

January 28, 2016

BCGEU Signs on to Petition to Free Chinese Labour Activists

On Thursday, January 28, the BCGEU signed on to a petition calling for the release of Chinese labour activists who were detained by the government. Advanced by the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions, the petition has now been signed by over 175 organizations. Read more about the petition and sign as an individual China Kidnappings in Spotlight as Canada Mulls New Trade Deal - The Tyee...

January 28, 2016

Liberal government right to repeal anti-union Bill-377

The BCGEU is welcoming news the federal government has introduced legislation to reverse anti-union laws introduced by the Stephen Harper government last year. In the House of Commons today, the Liberals introduced legislation that would reverse changes to laws under Bill-377, which placed vastly expanded requirements on unions to disclose how members’ dues are spent. “This legislation had not...

January 28, 2016

Forensic Psychiatric Hospital - Join the BCGEU for a winter barbecue!

What: BCGEU Winter Barbecue When: Friday February 5, 11am – 3pm Where: Forensic Psychiatric Hospital parking lot A bit of summer in February - BCGEU members at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital are invited to join us for a hot dog or a grilled hamburger/ veggie burger and all the fixings on Friday, February 5.  Look for the BCGEU RV in the parking lot at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital from ...

January 27, 2016

Well-Being Services (Renfrew Care Centre) bargaining committee election results

We are pleased to announce that the following members have been elected as your Bargaining Committee: Vince Lu, CHAIR Ymelda Castillo Carmelita Harnum 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 Ba...

January 27, 2016

BCGEU applauds Senior's Advocate Monitoring Seniors' Services report: the sys...

The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) welcomes the first exhaustive examination of the state of seniors' care in our province by the Seniors' Advocate of B.C. - Monitoring Seniors' Services. The report paints a picture of a system that is headed in the wrong direction. In general, the report shows that for our province's many seniors, services are barely keeping pace with th...

January 25, 2016

Local 403 executive/general meeting - February 22, 2016

TIME: Executive meeting 6:00pm; Local 403 member meeting begins at 6:30 pm PLACE: Lower Mainland Area Office – Auditorium A, Suite 130 – 2920 Virtual Way, Vancouver (corner of Renfrew and Broadway) Agenda Swearing in of New Member-At-Large M2M / Member To Member Review NUPGE Convention Resolutions Download PDF of meeting notice and parking instructions here. UNIFOR467/MoveUP

January 25, 2016

BCGEU’s Occupational Health and Safety Networkers

The creation of the OHS Networking team comes from the BCGEU 2014 convention. Convention delegates were loud and clear with their OHS resolutions: they wanted an expansion in the OHS department. They wanted BCGEU OHS activists to play a larger role, and to see the creation of an OHS Task Force. The OHS Task Force, released their report in April of 2015, with strong and practical recommendations...

January 22, 2016

Marrion Village – Baptist Housing ratification results

The union is pleased to advise that your first collective agreement was accepted by a large majority.  The union would like to thank the committee for their hard work and dedication. We feel confident that this collective agreement will set the tone to move the workplace forward in a positive direction. If you have any questions, please feel free to speak with your committee members Jeff McNa...

January 22, 2016

UNITE HERE! Local 40 Hilton Metrotown and Coast Hotels Bargaining Update

A message from Unite Here! Local 40 Thanks to all of you from BCFED Staff, CUPE, FPSE, GEU, HEU, HSA, MoveUp, TWU/SWA and Unifor who came out to support our members at the Hilton Metrotown on January 20. Management took notice of your support. Many of you have asked for updates on the status of bargaining at both the Hilton and with Coast Hotels in Kelowna, Victoria, Nanaimo and Prince George...

January 21, 2016

Well Being Services (CVSV) Ltd. bargaining update

Your bargaining committee met with the Employer again on January 20th and 21st, 2016. No progress was made and the parties have adjourned negotiations at this time. We will be applying for mediation assistance from the Labour Relations Board and will send another update once we have met with the mediator assigned. We anticipate this will happen over the next two weeks. In solidarity Salli Rye...

January 21, 2016

Broadmead Care Society benefits redesign

We would like to remind members that Broadmead Care Society's Participation Agreement with the BC Public Service Agency concerning the provision of benefits will be coming to an end in the coming months. Accordingly, pursuant to the attached Memorandum of Understanding, the parties will be entering into discussions regarding the benefit redesign, subject to the current cost of benefits as at Ma...

January 21, 2016

Statement on First Nations Supreme Court ruling

The BCGEU enthusiastically supports the January 13 B.C. Supreme Court decision in favour of the Gitga’at First Nation and Coastal First Nations. This decision ruled that the B.C. government has completely failed in its duty to consult with First Nations on the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project.   The court said it was not “reasonable or correct” for the province to sign over the enviro...

January 20, 2016

OHS Training in Kelowna Area

To all Labour Code OHS Committee Members in the Kelowna Area "Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Wednesday, February 24 and "Incident Investigations" will be held on Thursday, February 25. These courses will be held at the BCGEU office at 1064 Borden Ave, Kelowna from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm In the Joint OHS Committee Training course you will learn: Worker OHS rights, including the re...

January 20, 2016

Marrion Village – Baptist Housing bargaining update and ratification meetings

Your bargaining committee is very pleased that we have reached a tentative agreement. The highlights of the deal are: Job security General wage increase Posting and selection language Hours of work language Grievance procedure Formalized committees in place to deal with ongoing workplace issues. The tone of negotiations was positive. Your bargaining committee recommends acceptance of...

January 20, 2016

OHS Committee Training in Vancouver

To all Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Lower Mainland "Ergonomics" will be held on Tueday, February 16 and "Joint OHS Committee Course" will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb 23-24. These courses will be held at the BCGEU office at #130-2920 Virtual Way, Vancouver from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm In the Ergonomics course you will learn: Requirements of the ergonomics regulation H...

January 20, 2016

Rosemary Heights Seniors Village ratification of collective agreement

Your bargaining committee is pleased to announce the ratification of the tentative collective agreement with members voting  96 per cent in favour.  The committee would like to thank you for your support and assistance during this set of negotiations. In solidarity Muntaz Ali, Bargaining Committee Chair Samriti Khanna, Bargaining Committee Member Barbara Crowley – BCGEU Staff Representative,...

January 20, 2016

Well-Being Services (Auburn) mediation scheduled

Following the strike vote on November 12, 2015, the union applied to the Labour Relations Board for the assistance of a mediator to attempt to reach a first collective agreement. Mediation is scheduled to begin on February 2, 9 and 10, 2016 at the Labour Relations Board’s offices in downtown Vancouver. Your bargaining committee met today in order to prepare for mediation. We would like to tak...

January 19, 2016

Eagle Valley Senior Citizens Housing Society -bargaining committee nominations

Your current Collective Agreement expires on April 30, 2016 and it is time to prepare for your next round of bargaining. You should all begin thinking about bargaining proposal suggestions and, of course, a new Bargaining Committee must be elected.   •    Call for Bargaining Committee Nominations: Nominations are now open for one Bargaining Committee Chairperson, one Bargaining Committee Memb...