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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.


December 13, 2016

Seniors Advocate report highlights serious concerns in seniors’ care

The Office of the Seniors Advocate has released its findings in its second annual Monitoring Seniors’ Services report. The report tracks trends in various areas including residential care wait times, home support hours and seniors’ housing. “We applaud the work of the Office of the Seniors Advocate in gathering this important information,” says BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. “These statistic...

December 13, 2016

Tentative Agreement Ratified for Salvation Army - Southview Heights and Terra...

The Bargaining Committee is pleased to announce that members at Southview Heights and Terrace voted on December 8, 2016 and the tentative Collective Agreement was ratified in favour by 93 %. The new Collective Agreement provides for a 3 year term the following: Wages: Year 1 -    Signing bonus to employees currently on payroll on both date of ratification of December 8, 2016 and on March 31,...

December 13, 2016

Bargaining Update for Members at Nanaimo Seniors Village

Your Bargaining Committee was scheduled to return to the negotiating table with your Employer on December 8th and 9th. Though the parties did meet on the 8th, and discussed proposals, talks had to be cancelled on December 9th, due to inclement weather. Both the Union and Employer are scheduled to return to the bargaining table on January 10, 2017. In the meantime, the terms and conditions of y...

December 12, 2016

BCGEU sends solidarity message to jailed Iranian trade unionists

As part of our ongoing support of the Free Them Now campaign to support jailed Iranian trade union members, the BCGEU Provincial Executive recorded a message of solidarity that was sent directly to jailed activists. The campaign received messages of solidarity from many unions around the world, and they have been compiled into a video. Watch the full video below. 

December 09, 2016

International Human Rights Day: Human rights are everyone’s rights, everywhere

Today we recognize International Human Rights Day.  Every December 10th since 1948, people have stood in solidarity against human rights violations in all forms. In Canada we are fortunate to be living in a country where we have a legislated Human Rights Code and a Charter of Rights and Freedoms which is built into our constitution.  Much of the world sees us as a country that defends human r...

December 06, 2016

Local 404 Union Meeting

COMPONENT:    Health Services LOCAL:             404 DATE:               Wednesday December 14, 2016 TIME:    5:30 pm (General Meeting) PLACE:              BCGEU, Fraser Valley Office                         8555 198A Avenue, Langley, BC   AGENDA Introductions Adopt Agenda Adoption of previous Minutes New Business Next Meeting Date Adjournment     In solidarity Binny Sivia Local ...

December 06, 2016

December 6: Never forget

It’s hard to believe, but 27 years have passed since 14 young women were slain at the École Polytechnique, an event also known as the Montreal Massacre. It remains one of the darkest days in our nation’s history. In 1991, the Parliament of Canada established December 6, the anniversary of the devastating event, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women in Canada. Eac...

December 06, 2016

Salvation Army Tentative Settlement Reached – RATIFICATION VOTE

To:      All Members, Salvation Army – Southview Heights & Terrace Re:      Tentative Settlement Reached – RATIFICATION VOTE   The Bargaining Committee is pleased to announce that a tentative settlement has been reached with the Salvation Army – Southview Heights & Terrace. Full details will be available at the ratification meeting listed below:   Date/Time:   Thursday, December 8t...

December 03, 2016

Celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Today we are proud to recognize the United Nations' International Day of Persons with Disabilities.    This day was created to bring awareness and understanding and to take action to further the rights of persons with disabilities both legally and in society.  Even though we have a come a long way in Canada there remains much more to do to achieve the equity in our society.  The United Nat...

December 02, 2016

Results of Local 403 Executive Chairperson By-Election

To:      All BCGEU Local 403 Members Re:      Results of Local 403 Executive Chairperson By-Election     Results of the Local 403 Executive By-Election are as follows: Mahen Ramdharry was elected as Chair. Congratulations and welcome to the Local Executive.   In solidarity   Fateh Born   Download PDF of notice here     UNIFOR467/MoveUP

December 01, 2016

HRC Care Society (Westminster House) Election of Bargaining Committee

To:    All Members, HRC Care Society (Westminster House) Re:    Election of Bargaining Committee I am pleased to advise you that Jodi Lo has been elected by acclamation to the position of Bargaining Committee Chairperson. Christine Bayers and Darlene Thomas were elected to the Bargaining Committee, also by acclamation. If you have not already done so, please take some time to fill out and sub...

December 01, 2016

HRC Care Society (Westminster House) Extension to the Collective Agreement Ra...

To:     All Members, HRC Care Society (Westminster House) Re:     Extension to the Collective Agreement Ratifies I am pleased to advise you that the proposed extension to the Collective Agreement has ratified by a vote of 100% in favour.  This provides the needed time for your bargaining committee to meet and develop our package of proposals before meeting with the Employer in February. In so...

December 01, 2016

LifeLabs Bargaining Set To Resume!

To:     All BCGEU Members at LifeLabs Re:     Bargaining Set To Resume!   Your Bargaining Committee is pleased to announce that collective agreement negotiations with your Employer are set to resume during the week of December 5th. Multiple dates are scheduled. Talks with the Employer began on October 6th, with both sides exchanging a sizeable number of proposals. Dialogue was respectful, an...

November 30, 2016

Potential Changes to the Care Aide Registry

To: All Members of Component 4 and Component 8   Re: Changes to the Care Aide Registry   The provincial government has announced its intentions to make changes to the Care Aide Registry, and is inviting the public to have input. The Policy Intention Document and link to a public survey can be found here:

November 29, 2016

OSH Appointment Process Deadline

D-day is here!!   On November 30th the names of over 2800 designated Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) representatives will disappear from the BCGEU database. Locals should ensure their confirmed choices for new or reappointed OHS representatives are submitted to their area offices before this date. If OHS appointments are not completed for each worksite, OSH representatives will not have ...

November 25, 2016

Local 0411/10 Members - Local Executive Nomination Results

The nomination process for your Local Executive positions closed on November 9, 2016.  We want to take this opportunity to advise and congratulate Brother David Ho, who was acclaimed to his position. Your Local Executive consists of the following:            Position                                    Name                             Work Phone          Chair                                 ...

November 25, 2016

BCGEU supports trade unionists in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew

Early in October, Haiti was hit by Hurricane Matthew, causing more damage to an island still recovering from the earthquake of 2010. As part of the Public Services International (PSI) relief campaign, the BCGEU sent a contribution to help with community rebuilding. The relief will go to trade union members and their families directly. For more information on the campaign, visit the PSI Hurrican...

November 23, 2016

Forensic Psychiatric Hospital - Remember your right to refuse unsafe work!

The Forensic Psychiatric Hospital recently received an administrative penalty of $171,000 due to their disregard for worker safety (currently under appeal by the employer). We have just learned that personal protective alarm systems (Pens) at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital have not been functioning since Sunday, November 20th. These alarms are in place to alert other workers if they are in ...