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

February 17, 2016

Member Update - Budget 2016 Response

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith provides the union's response to the BC government's 2016 budget, which was introduced to the legislature on February 16, 2016.

February 17, 2016

BCGEU unionizes advocacy group Leadnow

Leadnow employees have organized to join the BCGEU. The organization works to promote democracy and social justice in Canada. It describes itself as: ‘an independent advocacy organization that runs campaigns on the major issues of our time, engages people in participatory decision-making, and organizes in communities across Canada.’ “We’re delighted to welcome Leadnow into the BCGEU family. T...

February 17, 2016

In-Site Housing, Kiwanis Manor worksite steward announcement

We are pleased to announce that Susan Sadler has been acclaimed as the new steward for Kiwanis Manor at In-Site Housing. If you have any questions regarding workplace issues or your collective agreement, please feel free to contact your steward. In solidarity Fateh Born Staff Representative Download PDF of notice here. UNIFOR467/MoveUP

February 17, 2016

Local 401 members meeting

DATE: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 TIME: 6:00pm PLACE: BCGEU 2994 Douglas St         2nd floor Boardroom Agenda Worksite issues In solidarity Susanne Francoeur Chairperson, Local 401 Jenny Ewing Staff Representative Download PDF of notice here. UNIFOR467/MoveUP

February 16, 2016

Increased funding for MCFD welcome news, investment overdue in other ministries

“We welcome the increased funding for the Ministry for Children and Family Development announced in today’s budget. Our union, and especially our frontline members, have worked hard to convince government that a significant increase is crucial for the ministry. Their concerns were detailed in the BCGEU report Choose Children, and these efforts have paid off. Additional frontline social workers,...

February 15, 2016

Strong mandate for a strike at Well Being Services - Comox Valley Seniors Vil...

Emotions ran high in the room on February 11, when your union representatives met with over 80 members from Well Being Services to talk about strike action. The BCGEU heard the message loud and clear: our workers deserve more than what they're being offered. Your union will be with you every step of the way. As of today, Monday February 15, the employer is offering about a quarter of a percent...

February 12, 2016

Congratulations David Vipond!

Today is a day many thought would never happen: it is BCGEU Director David Vipond’s last day on the job before retirement. For those that don’t know David, he’s been one of the behind the scenes heroes of the BCGEU throughout the last 35 years, and it’s hard to imagine what the BCGEU will be like without him. David’s history with the BCGEU began as an member, working at the B.C. Liquor Dist...

February 11, 2016

inSite Housing, Hospitality and Health Services talks break down

Your bargaining committee met with the Employer for five days on January 25th through January 29th. A number of non monetary and housekeeping changes were agreed, and agreement was reached on a revision of the PTO language. The Union tabled our monetary package on Thursday and the parties exchanged counter-proposals throughout the remainder of the week in person and via email on February 2nd an...

February 10, 2016

Amica at Beechwood Village meeting

COMPONENT: Amica at Beechwood Village             LOCAL: 401               DATE: Monday, February 22, 2016               TIME: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm             PLACE: BCGEU - Auditorium (2994 Douglas Street)   AGENDA As per the Bargaining Notice on January 6, 2016, we have received five nominations for three positions on the bargaining committee. Andrea Haftner Chris Popejoy Ron Hamilton Sa...

February 10, 2016

SafeCare BC announces a new policy template for violence prevention in contin...

Last week, employers and BCGEU Component 4 members working in continuing care were introduced to a new tool for helping to prevent violence in the workplace. SafeCare BC published a resource for worksites that either don't have a violence prevention policy or would like to improve on what they have.  You can find an explanation and a link to the full policy by clicking here: http://safecarebc....

February 10, 2016

Information on bullying and harassment

On Wednesday, February 24, 2016, we stand together to say no to bullying. The Workers Compensation Board approved three Occupational Health and Safety policies under sections 115, 116, and 117 of the Workers Compensation Act. These policies deal with workplace bullying and harassment. The policies define bullying and harassment, and explain the duties of employers, workers, and supervisors to p...

February 09, 2016

Throne speech: province to expand on Plecas’ recommendations, modernize commu...

The BCGEU is welcoming news the provincial government plans to implement and expand on the recommendations contained in the Plecas report on the Ministry for Children and Family Development. The news was announced in the throne speech this afternoon. Plecas’ report corroborated most of the findings and recommendations from BCGEU’s 2014 Choose Children report and concerns raised by B.C.'s Repres...

February 05, 2016

Well Being Services (CVSV) Ltd mediation stalled

Your bargaining committee met with the employer on February 4, 2016 to try to reach an agreement with the assistance of a mediator. Unfortunately, no agreement could be reached. We have given the employer until end of day Tuesday, February 9, to provide an acceptable offer. If no response is forthcoming at that time, we will take the necessary steps to achieve a satisfactory tentative agreemen...

February 05, 2016

Promising practices in residential care

How can residential care be provided in ways that respect the needs of seniors, families, workers and managers? Join the BC Health Coalition and the CCPA at this free public forum to hear about ideas and concrete examples of promising practices found in Canada and other countries.  Monday February 22, 2016 Vancouver Public Library Central Branch – Alice MacKay Room 350 W. Georgia St, Vancouver...

February 05, 2016

Important Information regarding Integrated Health for Northern Health Authori...

1.       The employer served the union with notice this past summer of their intent to restructure the leadership within Northern Health and begin the transition to Integrated Health. Since that time, the union has continuously met with the employer regarding this transition. Although the employer has the right to make these changes, your union has challenged the implementation process at each ...

February 04, 2016

Join us on February 14 for the 26th annual Women's Memorial March – "Their Sp...

The annual February 14 Women's Memorial March was started in 1991 in Vancouver in response to the murder of a Coast Salish woman on Powell Street.  Since then, marches have been held every year to honour the lives of missing and murdered women. Please join BCGEU president Stephanie Smith and fellow activists in supporting this women-organized, women-led event, to come together to grieve, to rem...

February 04, 2016

BCGEU signs First Nations Solidarity Accord opposing oil sands pipelines and...

First Nations/union alliance emerges in wake of Supreme Court ruling requiring BC government to make a decision on Northern Gateway pipeline and to consult with First Nations.  VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, COAST SALISH TERRITORY – (February 4, 2016) – The BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) signed a Solidarity Accord today, affirming its support of the Save the Fraser Declaratio...

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...