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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

June 04, 2021

Royale Peninsula - Ratification Vote Results BCGEU - BCGEU

Congratulations! Your renewed collective agreement has ratified with 67% of votes in favour of ratification. Most changes to your agreement will come into effect immediately. Two notable changes that will take effect two pay periods after ratification are the increase to shift premiums and your signing bonus. Next Steps: We will work with your employer to finalize your renewed collective agreem...

June 03, 2021

B.C. government to provide new funding for health science professional develo...

B.C. government to provide new funding for health science professional developmentWorking in partnership with the government of British Columbia, $3 million in new funding has been secured to support professional development for members covered by the Health Sciences Professional Bargaining Association collective agreement. The funding, provided by the BC Ministry of Health, will allow members ...

June 02, 2021

Royale Peninsula - Reminder to Vote in Tentative Agreement Ratification Vote ...

A reminder that voting on the tentative agreement for your renewed collective agreement will close tomorrow: Thursday, June 3 at 5pm. Ballots containing your unique voter ID and a link to cast your ballot were sent to you on Monday, May 31. If you did not receive a ballot, or if you're experiencing problems voting, please contact [email protected], or Sheila Matthen (Staff Represe...

June 01, 2021

BCGEU Indigenous Advisory Committee statement on discovery at Kamloops Indian...

On behalf of the BCGEU Provincial Executive Indigenous Advisory Committee and all Indigenous members of the BCGEU, we express our deepest condolences to the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation, the survivors of the Kamloops Indian Residential School and the kin of those who never came home. The BCGEU's Indigenous members across the province, including members of the committee, have shared thei...

May 31, 2021

Pre-Bargaining Bulletin #2: Preparations Continue - HCN-Revera Lessees (Parkw...

Your bargaining committees for Parkwood Manor and Sunwood are continuing preparations for negotiations with your employers for your first collective agreements.Your bargaining committees have held two daylong meetings so far--one today and one last week. Work to date has included: training in the process, pitfalls and strategy of negotiations; reviewing all survey feedback from members on barg...

May 31, 2021

BCGEU Members at Royale Peninsula - Voting Opens for Second Ratification Vote...

Earlier today, voting opened for a second time on the tentative agreement negotiated by your bargaining committee to renew your collective agreement. You can vote anytime until voting closes on Thursday, June 3 at 5pm. A copy of the ratification document that outlines all the changes can be found here. Please read through this document before voting since you will be voting to accept or reject ...

May 28, 2021

Elim Christian Care Society - Bargaining Committee Nomination from Community...

It was brought to the attention of your union that the outcome of the recent bargaining committee nomination process did not result in a member from Community Life sitting as a bargaining committee member. The language in your agreement states that "every effort will be made to ensure that a minimum of one member who works in Residential Care and one member who works in Community Life will be s...

May 28, 2021

Vantage Living Inc. - Pre-Bargaining Bulletin #Four: Changes - BCGEU

As you likely know, Vantage has announced the pending sale of all four of its long-term care sites, including the three currently represented by the BCGEU, to AgeCare as of August 1, 2021. This means that those of you working at Brandt's Creek Mews, Monashee Mews and Mount Ida Mews will have AgeCare as your employer in just over two months from now. Those of you working at Vantage's independent...

May 27, 2021

Update on Bargaining - Salvation Army Harbour Light Detox - BCGEU

Your bargaining committee met your employer for three days in May to bargain your renewed collective agreement. We heard from members that their top priority was security for your jobs and seniority leading up to the merger of the Harbour Light Detox program into the Vancouver Detox program. We had productive discussions with your employer all three days and are working on solutions together. W...

May 26, 2021

All BCGEU Members at LifeLabs working as Laboratory Assistants - Special Meet...

Your Bargaining Committee has scheduled a Special Meeting for all LifeLabs Laboratory Assistants as follows: Date: Thursday, May 27th, 2021Time: 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm  Please join the Microsoft Teams meeting here: Microsoft Teams meetingCheck your email or speak with a member of yourBargaining Committee for meeting participation details. Please check with your co-workers to make sure they received ...

May 26, 2021

All BCGEU Members at LifeLabs working as Laboratory Assistants - Special Meet...

Your Bargaining Committee has scheduled a Special Meeting for all LifeLabs Laboratory Assistants as follows: Date: Thursday, May 27th, 2021Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm  Please join the Microsoft Teams meeting here: Microsoft Teams meetingCheck your email or speak with a member of yourBargaining Committee for meeting participation details.   Please check with your co-workers to make sure they receive...

May 26, 2021

World’s top proxy advisory firms back call for greater human rights oversight...

BURNABY– Today, leading global proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) became the third prominent proxy advisory firm to back a human rights shareholder proposal at Thomson Reuters (TSX/NSE: TRI). The shareholder proposal, filed by the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU), was filed in response to Thomson Reuters's work for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enfor...

May 25, 2021

BCGEU Members at Royale Peninsula - Update on your Tentative Agreement and th...

On May 24, your bargaining committee was joined by Component 4 Vice President Mahen Ramdharry to answer questions about the tentative agreement reached with your employer. Following a “No” voting result, we wanted to engage members to find out why you voted no, and what action you’d like to take going forward, including possibly taking a strike vote. We heard from members that main concerns wer...

May 25, 2021

Piccadilly and Cerwydden Seniors Communities - Bargaining breaks down - BCGEU

BackgroundYour bargaining committee returned to the table on May 20, 2021 to try and reach a fair collective agreement on your behalf. Unfortunately, your committee was once again met with an employer who sees their profits as more important than valuing the work you perform for the residents of your facility.In an effort to move towards achieving a fair agreement, your bargaining committee tab...

May 25, 2021

LifeLabs working as LTA/Equipment Specialists - Special Meeting for BCGEU CIC...

Your Bargaining Committee has scheduled a Special Meeting for all LifeLabs CIC/Cardiac/Genetics/Call Centre/Schedulers as follows: Date: Wednesday, May 26th, 2021Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Please join the Microsoft Teams meeting here: Microsoft Teams meetingCheck your email or speak with a member of yourBargaining Committee for meeting participation details. Please check with your co-workers to ma...

May 25, 2021

All BCGEU Members at HCN-Revera Lessees (Parkwood Manor and Sunwood) - Pre-B...

Your bargaining committees for Parkwood Manor and Sunwood have begun preparations for negotiations with your employers for your first collective agreements. While each worksite technically has its own distinct bargaining committee, each of which will negotiate a separate collective agreement, the two committees will be working together at least through the pre-bargaining period. Over the next f...

May 25, 2021

May 2021 Safety Tip: Making a claim with WorkSafeBC - BCGEU

May 2021 Safety Tip: Making a claim with WorkSafeBCIf you are injured on the job, you should submit a claim to WorkSafeBC. This notice is to guide you through the process and inform you of the supports available to you through our union, the BCGEU.When should I file a claim?Experiencing an injury on the job can be a traumatic experience. You should submit a claim to WorkSafeBC as soon as possib...

May 21, 2021

Fleetwood Villa - Tentative Agreement Reached - BCGEU

Your bargaining committee is pleased to announce that we have reached a tentative deal with your Employer to renew your collective agreement. Full details will be released soon, but we are happy to say that the deal includes a signing bonus and improvements to shift premiums starting January 1, 2022. Before this round of bargaining, BCGEU and Revera agreed to a common employer settlement that i...

May 21, 2021

Cascades Care Community - Ratification Vote Results - BCGEU

Congratulations! Your renewed collective agreement has ratified. Non-monetary changes to your collective agreement will come into effect immediately. Monetary changes will come into effect in 2 pay periods, except as otherwise noted in the collective agreement. Next Steps: We will work with your employer to finalize your renewed collective agreement. This process can take a long time, and we ap...

May 21, 2021

HCN-Revera Lessee (Parkwood Manor) - Bargaining Committee Election Results - ...

The following candidates have been elected by acclamation to your bargaining committee (listed alphabetically by first name): Dana Hussey Paula Holm Sehi Jung In the coming weeks, your bargaining committee and I will begin preparing for negotiations with the employer. This will include training in the process and pitfalls of bargaining, reviewing the feedback you have provided via survey resp...

May 20, 2021

BCGEU releases Investor Brief calling on Thomson Reuters (TSX, NYSE: TRI) to ...

Ahead of the Thomson Reuters (TSX, NYSE: TRI) annual meeting of shareholders on June 9, 2021 the BCGEU has released an Investor Brief about its shareholder proposal, raising concerns about human rights impacts at the Toronto-based company.  Historically a publishing business, Thomson Reuters's "Change Program" announced in 2021 will transition the company "from a content provider to a content-d...

May 20, 2021

Glass Lewis, influential proxy advisory firm, endorses Thomson Reuters human ...

Leading proxy advisory firm Glass Lewis has endorsed a human rights shareholder proposal at Thomson Reuters (TSX, NSE: TRI) in light of the company's work for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The proposal was put forward by the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) and is up for consideration at Thomson Reuters's 2021 annual general meeting on June 9, 2021. Thomson...

May 20, 2021

Royale Peninsula - Membership Meeting on Ratification Results - BCGEU

Many members have approached the bargaining committee since the ratification meeting to ask questions about the tentative agreement reached with the Employer. Since the agreement failed to ratify, we would like to meet with you to answer questions about the agreement and about the possibility of job action, including a full strike. We will be holding a membership meeting on Monday, May 24 betwe...

May 19, 2021

LifeLabs Special Meeting for BCGEU Techs/Molecular Members - BCGEU

Your Bargaining Committee has scheduled a Special Meeting for all LifeLabs Techs/Molecular as follows: Date: Thursday, May 20th, 2021Time: 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm  Please join the Microsoft Teams meeting here: Microsoft Teams meetingCheck your email or speak with a member of yourBargaining Committee for meeting participation details. Please check with your co-workers to make sure they received this m...

May 19, 2021

Special Meeting for BCGEU LTA/Equipment Specialists Members - BCGEU

Your Bargaining Committee has scheduled a Special Meeting for all LifeLabs LTA/Equipment Specialists as follows: Date: Thursday, May 20th, 2021Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Please join the Microsoft Teams meeting here: Microsoft Teams meetingCheck your email or speak with a member of yourBargaining Committee for meeting participation details. Please check with your co-workers to make sure they receiv...

May 19, 2021

Royale Peninsula - Ratification Vote Results - BCGEU

At the close of voting yesterday, members have voted not to accept the tentative agreement negotiated by your bargaining committee. The bargaining committee has spoken to members to hear your concerns and will be meeting to decide what actions to take. Next Steps: The Union has informed your Employer that the agreement has failed to ratify. Your collective agreement will remain as is, and none ...

May 19, 2021

Public Service Members with ‘on hold’ Classification Appeals - Update and Zo...

Members have expressed concerns about the length of time being taken to reactivate appeals that were placed on hold in the spring of 2020. The hold was due to a backlog of appeals dating back to 2011. At that time, after a period of trying to manage these older appeals as well as those being newly filed, both parties agreed to concentrate on the older appeals out of fairness to the appellants w...

May 18, 2021

All BCGEU Members at LifeLabs working in Mobile Lab Services positions - Spec...

Your Bargaining Committee has scheduled a Special Meeting for all LifeLabs Mobile Lab Services Positions as follows: Date: Wednesday, May 19th, 2021Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Please join the Microsoft Teams meeting here: Microsoft Teams meetingCheck your email or speak with a member of yourBargaining Committee for meeting participation details. Please check with your co-workers to make sure they r...

May 18, 2021

LifeLabs - Special Meeting for BCGEU Technical Resources Members - BCGEU

Your Bargaining Committee has scheduled a Special Meeting for all LifeLabs Technical Resources Positions as follows: Date: Wednesday, May 19th, 2021Time: 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Please join the Microsoft Teams meeting here: Microsoft Teams meetingCheck your email or speak with a member of yourBargaining Committee for meeting participation details. Please check with your co-workers to make sure they r...

May 17, 2021

Royale Peninsula Retirement Residence - Reminder to Vote for Your Renewed Col...

Reminder that voting will close on your renewed collective agreement tomorrow (Tuesday, May 18) at 5 p.m. You should already have received an email with your unique voting credentials to cast your ballot. If you have not received voting credentials, please contact [email protected], or Sheila Matthen (Staff Representative) by calling 604-291-9611 or 1-800-663-1674 by Tuesday, May ...

May 14, 2021

BCGEU Members at Cascades Care Community - Highlights of Your Renewal Collect...

We are pleased to present a tentative agreement that will include improvements to shift differentials, Employer matched RRSPs, improvements for part-time and casual employees, and an increase to the sick leave banks. We look forward to seeing you at the ratification meeting on Tuesday, May 18 between 1:30pm and 3:30pm and answering any questions about this agreement.   Ratification Document The...

May 14, 2021

Whitecliff - News on bargaining - BCGEU

Your bargaining committee met with your Employer to continue bargaining your renewal collective agreement this week. We missed Roseanne Parsons, who couldn't join us this week, but she was able to provide some valuable input into the Care department. Thanks Roseanne! We did have some productive discussions with your Employer, but they have a very different position on what your new collective a...

May 14, 2021

All BCGEU Members at LifeLabs - Membership Meetings – You're invited! - BCGEU

Your Bargaining Committee has received positive feedback from our remote meeting with the Courier members on May 6th.  Many of you have reached out with requests for similar meetings to be arranged with your Bargaining Committee and other classification groupings.  We have heard you and the following remote meetings have been scheduled: May 19:                7:00 – 8:00 pm Mobile Lab Services ...

May 14, 2021

All BCGEU Members at Sun Village Retirement Residence - Results of Ratificati...

Congratulations! Members at Sun Village have voted to accept the terms of the new collective agreement and BCGEU as their sole union.The agreement covers five years, expiring December 31, 2024 and includes increases to wages, an employer-matched RRSP program, increases to night shift premiums, and improvements for casual employees. Next steps:We have alerted your Employer, Compass Canada, that ...