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 10, 2018

April 12th Jersey Day - BCGEU

Staff and the Senior Leadership at the BCGEU will be wearing their jerseys to show support and respect for the Humboldt Broncos on Thursday, April 12 2018. We hope you do too!   UWU/MoveUP

April 09, 2018

‘Honeymoon phase is over’ at Okanagan Correctional Centre - BCGEU

"The honeymoon phase is over." That's the sentiment of Dean Purdy, head of the B.C. Government Employees Union's corrections division, but it appears to apply beyond staff at the Okanagan Correctional Centre. Official complaints filed by inmates against the jail nearly doubles that of any other jail in the province.     Read more... UWU/MoveUP

April 06, 2018

Local 404 Members at Auburn Seniors Village - BCGEU

With Raymond Matte acclaimed as a member of your new BCGEU bargaining committee, there is still one spot left to be filled before we can hit the negotiating table with your employer to renew your recently expired collective agreement.  Serving as a committee member is an important role to take on. Its rewarding, challenging work that comes with training and paid union leave.  We just need one m...

April 04, 2018

BCGEU welcomes 75 new members in seniors’ care delivery - BCGEU

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) welcomes 75 new members following a merger between two seniors' care facilities in Greater Victoria. On April 1, 2018 Rest Haven Lodge, which will continue to operate 73 residential complex care beds for seniors in Sidney, merged with Broadmead Care Society where the BCGEU already represents over 400 workers.  "Broadmead Care Society is a n...

April 03, 2018

Collective Agreement Ratification Results for Members at Lake Country Lodge L...

Your Bargaining Committee is pleased to announce that the members have voted in favour of ratifying the new Collective Agreement. Please join us in thanking your hardworking, dedicated Bargaining Committee.     In Solidarity, Brigitta Switalski, Bargaining ChairpersonJaneesa Wynter, Bargaining Committee MemberKelly Vreeswijk, Bargaining Committee MemberCathy Seagris, Staff Representative Downlo...

March 29, 2018

BCGEU brings 15 recommendations to labour code review panel, calls for fairne...

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) president Stephanie Smith meets today in Surrey with a special government panel reviewing B.C.'s labour laws to call for changes that reflect the needs and interests of B.C. workers. Representing over 75,000 workers from nearly every economic sector in B.C., the recommendations in the union's submission to the panel are based on three theme...

March 29, 2018

Local 401 Local Executive Announcement - BCGEU

  Further to our call for nominations for Local 401 Executive, we are pleased to announce the following: • Susanne Francoeur, Chairperson • Jordie Allen-Newman, First-Vice Chairperson • Richard Ziemianski, Second-Vice Chairperson • Ryan Richard, Recording Secretary • Joel Blanco, Treasurer • Lillian Noullet, Member at Large • Conor Bergevin, Member at Large Congratulations to new and returning ...

March 27, 2018

Members Ratify Collective Agreement at Pacifica Retirement Residence - BCGEU

I am pleased to advise you that the tentative renewal collective agreement was ratified by members working at The Royal Pacifica Resort Retirement Living by a strong majority vote in favour!The next steps are to have a draft agreement produced and proofed by the bargaining committee and the employer, after which signing copies will be produced. Once the agreement has been signed copies will be ...

March 23, 2018

Local 402 Well-Being Seniors' Village - Nomination Close and Election of Barg...

The result of the March 14, 2018 meeting wherein the agenda items had closed nominations for your bargaining committee members and opened the election process for the membership at Well-Being Seniors' Services (CVSV) Ltd. in order to determine your bargaining committee. Update on Nominations Received: The additional added position by your Component Executive of a 4th Bargaining Committee member...

March 22, 2018

Public Service Pension Plan Update - BCGEU

Dear BCGEU Public Sector Pension Plan Member, We understand that the recently announced changes to the Public Sector Pension Plan (PSPP) design have generated a lot of concerns. Many have indicated to us the communication from the Pension Corporation left them wondering how the plan impacted them, which has created anxiety and confusion. In this environment, serious misinformation has circulate...

March 22, 2018

BCGEU calls for labour code amendments to ensure balance and fairness for wor...

  The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) has submitted multiple recommendations to a panel of special advisors currently reviewing British Columbia's Labour Relations Code. The submission calls for changes that properly reflect the needs and interests of workers in B.C.'s modern economy. The BCGEU's submission is based on three themes: 1. That workers be entitled to make their o...

March 21, 2018

Local 407 Members at Creekside Landing Ltd. - Bargaining Committee Election -...

The Bargaining Committee represents the members in collective agreement negotiations This is a call for nominations for election to the Creekside Landing Bargaining Committee. We require the following positions to be filled: • Bargaining Committee Chairperson (1 position) • Bargaining Committee Member (2 positions) • Alternate Bargaining Committee Member (1 position) Nominations shall be submit...

March 21, 2018

BCGEU recognizes International Day of Forests - March 21 - BCGEU

Our natural forests are an important part of British Columbia's environment, economy and social fabric. More than a third of our planet's land mass is covered by forests, which absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen into our atmosphere.  According to the United Nations, "forests are the most biologically diverse ecosystems on land, home to more than 80 per cent of the terrestrial species of a...

March 19, 2018

Local 403 Executive Results - BCGEU

Please be advised of the Local 403 Executive results:   • Chairperson                                      Mahen Ramdharry• 1st Vice Chairperson                         Ping Qiu• 2nd Vice Chairperson                         Diane Philbrook• Treasurer                                              Ken Wong• Recording Secretary                          Andrea Johnson• Member-at-Large               ...

March 19, 2018

MP hears about seniors’ needs at local town halls - BCGEU

ati Sidhu, Member of Parliament for Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon, wrapped up a series of seven town hall meetings last week with stops in Cache Creek and Ashcroft on March 14. The meetings were an opportunity for Sidhu to discuss the National Seniors' Strategy, a pan-Canadian plan to improve the quality of life and strengthen access to care for the nation's seniors, and hear feedback from cons...

March 16, 2018

BCGEU Members size up B.C.'s worst summer of natural disasters

For many people across the province the summer of 2017 was one of angst, uncertainty, and demanding work load due to extreme wildfires and floods. BCGEU members were front and centre in containment and rescue efforts delivered through key agencies like the B.C. Wildfire Service and Emergency Management B.C. Others across the public service took on significant roles in management, administration...

March 16, 2018

Component 4 - Facilities Bargaining committee - BCGEU

The Facilities Bargaining Association (FBA) bargains the collective agreement and has asked all member unions to forward all bargaining proposals to the FBA by May 14th. The FBA is a council of all the unions who represent employees in the Facilities Health Sub-Sector. In response to this request, the BCGEU has conducted bargaining committee elections, sent out bargaining surveys to all our mem...

March 16, 2018

Updated information on improvements to your Public Sector Pension Plan (PSPP)...

Today the Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP) Board of Trustees has announced a landmark change to the plan design of the PSPP. The BCGEU has a long history of negotiating and advocating for pensions for our members in all sectors. Over the last few years, the BCGEU, as the Plan Partner representative for the PSPP, has engaged the Government Partner on potential plan design improvements. It has ...

March 16, 2018

Local 407 Executive Results - BCGEU

Nominations for the Local 407 Executive closed February 4, 2018. All positions except 1st Vice Chairperson were declared elected because only one nomination was received for each of those positions. An election for 1st Vice Chairperson was needed until one candidate withdrew his nomination, leaving one candidate who was declared elected. We are pleased to announce your new Local 407 Executive i...

March 16, 2018

Opioid crisis having a terrible impact on city's most vulnerable people - BCGEU

When Melanie MacDonald heard the emergency shelter component was being removed from the revised Elliott Street Supportive Housing project, things went dark. The Quesnel Shelter & Support Society (QSSS) executive director and Seasons House operator says the society worked toward the new facility on Elliott Street with BC Housing for nearly five years. "That new facility was the light at the ...

March 16, 2018

Bargaining Update for Fleetwood Villa BCGEU Members - BCGEU

After spending time reviewing your questionnaires and developing proposals, your Bargaining Committee met with your Employer on February 22 & 23 to begin the bargaining process. Bargaining continued on February 27 & 28. Discussions have been cordial and we are making some progress. Your Bargaining Committee will be meeting with your Employer on multiple dates in June where we will conti...

March 15, 2018

Bargaining Update for Lynnwood Retirement Residence members - BCGEU

After spending time reviewing your questionnaires and developing proposals late last year, we were set to meet your Employer in early January and February but unfortunately these dates were cancelled by the Employer and we had to reschedule.  We met with your Employer to begin the bargaining process on March 6th to 8th, discussions have been productive and significant progress made. Your Bargai...

March 15, 2018

BCGEU calls on government to guarantee protections for vulnerable seniors.

Over the last year the BCGEU and other organizations have raised questions about the sale of B.C.-based Retirement Concepts to the international conglomerate, Anbang Insurance Group Co., Ltd. – a Chinese-based investor with expansive international holdings.  Retirement Concepts currently operates 21 care homes in B.C., with over two and a half thousand workers which are represented by both the ...

March 13, 2018

Warehouse Positions Available! - BCGEU

Warehouse Positions Available!   The Distribution Centres, located in both Vancouver and Kamloops, have entry-level auxiliary opportunities in Shipping, Receiving, Assembly and Inventory Control. We are accepting applications for additional auxiliary warehouse positions in our fast paced distribution center located in Vancouver. Please note in the summer of 2018 we expect to move our distributi...

March 13, 2018

Local 0404 Election Results - BCGEU

Please be advised of the following results of the Local 404 Executive elections: Chair                              Marilyn McLeanFirst vice chair               Patricia Dossett (acclaimed)Second vice chair           Verity HowarthTreasurer                        Bonita MillerRecording secretary       Julian GeorgeMembers-at-large          Navdeep Mahanger                                       ...

March 13, 2018

Tentative Renewal Agreement Reached for Members at The Royale Pacifica Resort...

I am pleased to advise you that your bargaining committee reached a tentative renewal collective agreement on your behalf after meeting with the Mediator and Employer on March 8, 2018. The details of the tentative settlement are attached to this bulletin for your reference. Please review it carefully and bring any questions you have to the ratification vote that is scheduled for Monday, March 2...

March 12, 2018

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Member Engagement For...

The BCGEU has been granted standing at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) allowing it to make a formal written submission to the public inquiry as an organization. BCGEU members from across the province have valuable front-line knowledge and experience to contribute through their role in delivering services and supports for vulnerable Indigenous ch...

March 12, 2018

Social Work Week 2018 - BCGEU

March 11th – 17th is Social Work Week in B.C. This week the vital role of social workers is in focus as we celebrate Social Work Week in B.C. Social workers in the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) assist more than 150 000 children, youth and families each year. "In addition to their important and demanding work, social workers have been tireless advocates for system-wide impro...

March 09, 2018

Budget 2018/19 brings responsible investment in our province and people - Com...

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) has released its analysis of the BC NDP's first full provincial budget and financial plan – a budget with a noticeable change of tone from the previous government. After 16 years of austerity and retrenchment under the BC Liberals, the new government has laid important pathways for the introduction of expansive new strategies and programs t...

March 09, 2018

Child advocate report underlines need for transformative change to Indigenou...

A B.C. Children's Representative report that criticizes attempts to restrict an Indigenous woman's parental access clearly shows that we need to change the way services are delivered in Indigenous communities, the BC Government and Service Employees Union (BCGEU) said today. "Bernard Richard's report identifies a child apprehension policy, put in place by the previous government, that is in urg...