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

May 11, 2018

Hard Rock Casino workers strike for fairness - BCGEU

Strike kicks off with rally at Hard Rock  (Coquitlam, May 11, 2018) - Members of the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) working at Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam are walking off the job Friday morning, in their escalating efforts to get fair wages, benefits and respect at work.  Hundreds of workers and supporters will gather for a rally in front of the casino at 2073 Hartley Ave,...

May 10, 2018

BCGEU and BC Government exchange bargaining proposals - BCGEU

UPDATE #2:   The first week of public service bargaining wrapped up in Victoria after the BCGEU exchanged bargaining packages with the employer. Component agreement bargaining took place from April 23 – 27. Component agreements cover occupational terms and conditions. Issues unresolved at component bargaining tables were tabled at the main public service table, by agreement with the employer.  ...

May 10, 2018

Who Decides for BC? - BCGEU

It's time to bring environmental decision-making back to the public interest.A Natural Resource Officer, tasked with stewarding our forests, without the tools needed to address forest practices until it is too late. An ecologist with serious concerns that an industry-paid biologist's plans will compromise the proper functioning of a stream's ecosystem, and no forum to stop it. These are just tw...

May 08, 2018

Public service bargaining commences in Victoria - BCGEU

UPDATE #1   Bargaining representatives from the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) and the B.C. Government Public Service Agency (BC PSA) are meeting today in Victoria to exchange bargaining proposals and begin four weeks of negotiations to achieve a new collective agreement. "We're pleased to begin the bargaining process early," said BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. "It gives...

May 07, 2018

Celebrating Nursing Week: May 7 – 13! - BCGEU

BCGEU is proud to celebrate and acknowledge National Nursing Week 2018. Nursing Week is a time to recognize the year-round commitment of these caring frontline health care providers.  "I don't know anyone whose life has not been touched by a nurse," said Stephanie Smith, BCGEU president. "Nurses are critical to the health and wellbeing of the patients they care for and the loved ones of those p...

May 07, 2018

It's time to reinvest in the services that support British Columbians - BCGEU

BURNABY – Today, and in the weeks ahead, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) will begin negotiating new contracts for more than 53,000 members in the public service, health sectors and community social services.  "We're ready," says BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. "Beginning negotiations today gives us the time we need to address long-standing issues we've been raising wit...

May 07, 2018

BCGEU observes North American Occupational Safety and Health Week - BCGEU

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union joins occupational health and safety advocates and governments across the continent in observing North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH), which is observed from May 6-12 and will be commemorated in events across North America. NAOSH Week was first launched in 1997, after the government of Canada, United States and Mexico signed a...

May 03, 2018

Local 401 Call for Nominations - Member at Large - BCGEU

Nominations are now open for the following positions on the local executive: Member at Large (2 positions) Young Worker (29 years of age or younger) The term is three years. Information on the responsibilities and activities of each office is available from your area office. The deadline for nominations is: Friday, June 1, 2018 If there is an election for a position, candidates may submit one...

May 01, 2018

Recognizing Speech and Hearing Awareness Month - BCGEU

May is Speech and Hearing Awareness Month in Canada. In addition to promoting public awareness about hearing health and barriers to communication, Speech and Hearing Awareness Month aims to increase awareness about the important work of speech-language pathologists and audiologists. According to Speech-Language & Audiology Canada, roughly five per cent of children in Canada have noticeable ...

April 30, 2018

Local 404 Members at Rosemary Heights Seniors Village - Membership Meeting - ...

Your Bargaining Committee is pleased to announce a special meeting: Date: Tuesday, May 1stTime: 1:00 to 3:00 pmWhere: Lunchroom, Rosemary Heights Senior's Village We are currently preparing proposals to start bargaining with the employer on May 16th. We have reviewed all the surveys and many members are enquiring about retirement savings and pension plans. Therefore, we have invited a special g...

April 30, 2018

Provincial Magazine – Spring 2018 - BCGEU

The digital version of the Spring 2018 issue of The Provincial is available to download online. In this issue: BC Budget 2018 BC Cannabis retail program Public Service Pension Plan changes Community Social Services bargaining Affordable BC campaign Organizing news Events and more… Download the Spring 2018 issue (PDF) UWU/MoveUP

April 30, 2018

Elections for Creekside Landing Ltd. Bargaining Committee - BCGEU

The BCGEU is holding elections for the following positions of the Bargaining Committee.   Bargaining Committee Chairperson: Erika Yuill Sheree Dodds   Bargaining Committee Member: Elfie MacMeekin Sheree Dodds Tamara Nicholls Jessie Bartlett Shane Stoddart     Ballots are available from your stewards and contacts at the worksite (excluding those who are candidates). You may also vote at the BCG...

April 26, 2018

New conservation officers provide greater protection for B.C. environment - B...

The swearing in of new conservation officers on the steps of the B.C. legislature demonstrates a commitment by the B.C. government to increase protection for our natural environment, the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) said today. "The B.C. government's commitment to hire new conservation officers is good news that will ensure higher levels of compliance and enforcement with ...

April 26, 2018

Local 404 Members at Auburn Seniors Village - Karen Henke acclaimed to Bargai...

Congratulations go out to Karen Henke on her acclamation as the newest member of the Auburn Seniors Village BCGEU bargaining committee. Karen will join Raymond Matte, and BCGEU staff negotiator Chad McQuarrie when talks begin with your employer. Congratulations Karen! With your committee now firmly established, work will soon begin preparing the committee for upcoming bargaining. It's hard work...

April 26, 2018

Overdose prevention site expanding - BCGEU

Faced with an increasing demand for harm reduction services, northern B.C.'s only overdose prevention site is in the midst of a significant renovation and expansion. The site has seen close to 6,000 visits between December 2016 and March 31, 2018. The demand has exceeded the site's capacity; the overdose prevention site, has largely consisted of a single stall beside the front reception area of...

April 25, 2018

Local 404 Members at Willow Manor - Bargaining Update - BCGEU

Your Bargaining Committee has met with the Employer (Chartwell) on five separate days to negotiate a new Collective Agreement. You told us that the issues that are important to you include wages that are in line with other residential care facilities, vacation improvements, leaves of absence, and employer paid doctors' notes.  We have been unable to move the Employer from their position, and we...

April 25, 2018

Message from BCGEU vice president of administrative services component Maria ...

The best laid plans … often go awry. We administrative professionals are great organizers and planners, aren't we? That's why, as your vice president for administrative services at the BCGEU, Administrative Services Day is never far from my mind. This is the day we recognize the valuable and vital service we in the BCGEU's Administrative Services Component provide to British Columbians and thei...

April 24, 2018

BCGEU’s telephone town hall on Public Service Pension Plan changes - BCGEU

On Tuesday, April 10th we hosted a telephone town hall from the Victoria Area Office to talk with members about the changes to the Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP) that were implemented April 1, 2018. We were joined in the VAO by representatives from the BC Pension Corporation and the Pension Secretariat. This bulletin summarizes some of the key points that came up during the town hall and pr...

April 23, 2018

Celebrating Medical Laboratory Professionals Week: April 22-28 - BCGEU

Please join us this week in celebrating medical laboratory professionals!  Medical laboratory professionals are highly trained health care professionals who provide laboratory test results required for the prevention, detection and treatment of illness and disease. When physicians and other health care providers are looking for answers, they depend on laboratory test results to accurately diagn...

April 23, 2018

Family Event – Miner's Memorial in Cumberland - BCGEU

This year Miners Memorial at Cumberland is going to be a huge event for union members. It is unfortunate that we were unable to secure Miracle Beach for the annual family picnic and so in lieu of that, we are encouraging members and their families to attend the BBQ dinner and other festivities on Saturday June 23rd. Go to https://minersmemorial.ca/ to get a rundown of events. The best part is f...