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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

April 12, 2017

Opinion: B.C. seniors' care crisis demands urgent action - BCGEU

(January 2017 Article) This week, B.C.’s Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie reported that more than 90 per cent of the province’s residential care homes are not funded to meet government’s current minimum staffing guideline.   Read More...

April 11, 2017

5 on 2 – 5 on 3 Rotation at Well Being GSV - BCGEU

Your bargaining committee met with the Employer on Monday, April 10th and reached agreement on re-implementing the 5 on 2 off, 5 on 3 off rotation. This agreement will see the rotation re-introduced by the beginning of June 2017. The details of the agreement are shown below: The Employer will pay all employees entitled to overtime for Family Day 2017 on the May 3rd payroll. A job fair will...

April 11, 2017

Expression of Interest for Vacant Bargaining Committee Positions at Well Bein...

Nominations for the bargaining committee were opened and closed in November and December of 2016.  All three bargaining committee positions remain vacant. The vacant bargaining committee positions are as follows: Chairperson of the Bargaining Committee, one position Bargaining Committee member, two positions The Union is seeking expressions of interest for the above vacant positions.  If...

April 07, 2017

Urgent Action: Forced Displacements in Cali, Colombia Forced Displacements Le...

For over sixty years, the Cauca River in Cali, Colombia has been home to thousands of residents who farm, run businesses and live along its banks (known as el Jarillón). Since October 2016, families in the Venecia Las Vegas neighbourhood of el Jarillón have been forcibly displaced and seen their houses torn down by the municipality of Cali to make way for a tourist walk way and cargo port. Now ...

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...