COMPONENT 8 - COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES

Component 8 includes members who provide health services in our communities.

They work in home support, drug and alcohol treatment centres, adult day care, detox and emergency shelters, women's clinics, services to seniors, mental health group homes, regional health units and other community-based health services.

NEWS & UPDATES

August 03, 2017

Local 810 Worksite Visits - BCGEU

Kathie Browne, Local 0810 Chair, and RoseAnne Papp, Local 0810 2nd Vice Chair, will be visiting worksites in Fort Nelson. These visits will take place on August 18, 2017, according to the following:   Mental Health & Addictions – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Health Unit – 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.   The purpose of the Worksite Visits are to meet members in the worksite, hear your stories, have an opport...

August 02, 2017

The BCGEU welcomes the government’s decision to review the economic viability...

The BCGEU welcomes today's announcement that the provincial government has asked the BC Utilities Commission to review the $8.8 billion Site C dam. Long overdue, the commission finally has the opportunity to provide a fair and transparent assessment of the merits of the project. British Columbians deserve nothing less.  BCUC's due diligence will clarify the choices that are available now that c...

August 02, 2017

Williams Lake Area Office Re-Opens Today - BCGEU

The Williams Lake Area Office re-opens today, August 2, 2017. Thank you for your patience, and special thanks to the volunteers in the area who assisted residents during the wildfires evacuation, as well as the recent return home of residents. Please note that with the re-opening of the office, calls will no longer be re-directed to Prince George. However, although the evacuation order is lifte...

August 01, 2017

The BCGEU granted standing at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered ...

Good news from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). The BCGEU has been granted standing in the MMIWG allowing it to make formal written and oral submissions to the public inquiry.  The letter received states: On behalf of the Commissioners, the Application for Standing submitted by BC Government and Service Employees' Union has been granted, for gre...

August 01, 2017

Study: For care workers, inequality has kept wages low - BCGEU

A new study by the University of Toronto finds that the demand for care workers and nannies has gone up but wages remain low. In fact, wages are often abysmal for care workers, many of them immigrant women of colour from less-developed countries. The study investigates how the reorganization of care is influencing care workers' international migration, and how this relates to gender equality an...

July 31, 2017

Read The Summer 2017 Issue Of The Steward - BCGEU

In this issue, we look at a variety of topics to keep you up-to-date on issues that could affect your workplace, and the members you represent. Topics include bullying and harassment, planning ahead in case of permanent disability, stories of grievances and their outcomes from across Canada, and tips from an advocacy department co-op student for assisting members as a steward. We hope you'll f...

July 28, 2017

Provincial magazine - Summer 2017 - BCGEU

Download the PDF file of the 2017 Summer issue of The Provincial magazine. In this issue: New Leadership - Convention 2017 reports BCGEU Environment Policy 2017 audited financial statements BCGEU Community Remembering John Shields and more...  

July 28, 2017

Vancouver health officials have hopes for new, supervised-injection site - BCGEU

With more than 200 people dead from drug overdoses in Vancouver already this year, health officials hope the city's third federally approved injection site will provide relief from a devestating public health emergency. On Friday, Powell Street Getaway begins operating its new, supervised-injection site seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., after receiving an exemption from Health Canada in...

July 25, 2017

Killer found after escaping custody at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital - BCGEU

An hour after warning the public that a killer was missing from B.C.'s Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, the 54-year-old man is back in police custody. Mounties issued a warning Monday afternoon, three days after Terrance Scott Giesbrecht left the facility at 70 Colony Farm Rd. in Coquitlam. Giesbrecht was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant, the RCMP said.   Read more...

July 25, 2017

Killer found after escaping custody at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital - BCGEU

An hour after warning the public that a killer was missing from B.C.'s Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, the 54-year-old man is back in police custody. Mounties issued a warning Monday afternoon, three days after Terrance Scott Giesbrecht left the facility at 70 Colony Farm Rd. in Coquitlam. Giesbrecht was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant, the RCMP said.   Read more...

July 24, 2017

‘Violent’ attack on Colony Farm psychiatric hospital staffer prompts call for...

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) is calling on the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) to protect workers after a staff member was allegedly assaulted by a patient at a high-security Coquitlam psychiatric hospital.   Read more...

July 24, 2017

‘Violent’ attack on Colony Farm psychiatric hospital staffer prompts call for...

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) is calling on the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) to protect workers after a staff member was allegedly assaulted by a patient at a high-security Coquitlam psychiatric hospital.   Read more...

July 20, 2017

BCGEU, NUPGE pledge $100,000 donation to B.C. wildfire relief - BCGEU

The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) announced today that it has joined with its national affiliate, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) to pledge a $100,000 donation to the Red Cross to help with wildfire relief efforts in British Columbia.  "We are pleased to contribute to the relief effort for B.C. residents affected by wildfires," says BCGEU presid...

July 20, 2017

GVCSS Union Grievances - BCGEU

The Union has filed two grievances on behalf of all CHW at GVCSS.  Picking Up Gloves Grievance CHWs are required to travel to the office once per month to pick up gloves and are not paid for their travel time. It is the Union's position that this violates Article 15.13 Scheduling Limitations. This article states that if you are required to report to a different location before commencing work, ...

July 18, 2017

BCGEU looking forward to working in the spirit of collaboration with new Premier

VICTORIA –   As a new government is sworn in today at the British Columbia Legislature, it marks a new era of leadership for the people of British Columbia. In marking the occasion, President Stephanie Smith noted that "We are incredibly excited by what the future will hold for Premier John Horgan, and a new government forged in the spirit of collaboration."  Under the leadership of Premier Hor...

July 13, 2017

BCGEU Recognizes the Unsung Superstars Behind the Wildfire Response - BCGEU

Over the past week, hundreds of wildfire fighters have been fighting over 200 wildfires across the province, and experts fear more wildfires are on their way. While firefighters, RCMP and paramedics are the emergency response units we see on the highways and on television every day, there are hundreds other public servants who are making this response possible. These are the workers doing admin...

July 12, 2017

Local 803 Bayshore Home Health Stewards - BCGEU

This notice is to advise all BCGEU members at Bayshore Home Health that the following members are shop stewards for your workplace:  Ho-Ying Kui Florinda Maguire Editha Menor Karey Ann Nelson Irene Tomas Sue Tyagi Vivian Waung  If you have any questions regarding workplace issues or your collective agreement, please contact any of the stewards.  If you require contact information for a stewar...

July 11, 2017

The BCGEU Stands in Solidarity with Pacific Blue Cross Workers Locked Out of ...

The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU), representing over 73,000 workers across B.C., will stand in solidarity with the workers locked out of their jobs by Pacific Blue Cross (PBC) in Vancouver.   On June 30th, PBC announced to its workers they would be prevented from returning to work if they continued a job action aimed at securing a fair deal for workers. During the latest ...

July 10, 2017

BCGEU President Extends Support to Communities Affected by Wildfires and Than...

On behalf of 73,000 BCGEU members, I would like to extend our support and solidarity to the communities affected by wildfires burning through much of British Columbia this week. With over 200 wildfires starting over the weekend, hundreds of B.C. families spent their weekend wondering whether their homes would be standing by Monday. As one of B.C.'s largest unions, we know that hundreds of our m...

July 10, 2017

Posted Hours for Regular CHWs for ParaMed - Richmond Group - BCGEU

 MY HOURS ARE SHORT! WHAT DO I DO? Regular CHWs have posted hours for their positions. For example, you may have a 20, 25, 30, 35 or 40 hour position. While these hours are not guaranteed, the Employer must do everything they can (as listed in Article 15.4) to bring you up to your posted hours. If you are below your posted hours and you believe the Employer could have given you the hours – you ...

July 10, 2017

Closure of REACH Daycare a significant loss for the community - BCGEU

REACH Daycare and Young Parent Centre in Langford will close at the end of September representing a tremendous loss of community for families who rely on the centre. Due in part to lack of provincial funding, this closure will leave some young parents without the support they need to complete their education, creating a gap in valuable social services. REACH Daycare provides early learning and ...

July 10, 2017

Williams Lake Area Office Temporary Closure - BCGEU

There is a temporary closure of the Williams Lake Area Office (Area 06) due to the fire conditions in the area. All calls to the office have been re-routed to the Prince George Area Office. We will update you once we have more information.

July 07, 2017

We Care Home Health Local 804: Mediation Scheduled for July 10 - Talks at Cri...

Your union bargaining committee and the employer have been discussing essential service levels over the past 3 weeks with the assistance of a board officer. Levels have been agreed for most areas and a final meeting is scheduled for July 10th to finalize Abbotsford. On Monday, July 10th your union and the employer with the assistance of a mediator will meet at the Labour Relations Board and wor...

July 05, 2017

Prince George Pride Parade - July 8, 2017 - BCGEU

Pride Season is here again in Prince George!   We want to encourage everyone to join in the fun! This year is expected to be the biggest yet! Date: July 8, 2017 Start: 11:00 am Where: Parade begins at the Veterans Plaza at 100 Patricia Blvd If you would like to join the BCGEU in the parade we will be meeting at 9:30 am behind City Hall, look for the BCGEU flags. If you need more information, pl...

July 05, 2017

Victoria Pride Parade - July 9, 2017 - BCGEU

Pride Season is here again in Victoria!   We want to encourage everyone to join in the fun! This year is expected to be the biggest yet! Date: July 9, 2017 Start: 11:00 am Where: Parade begins at Pandora and Government If you would like to join the BCGEU in the parade we will be meeting between 8:30 am and 10:00 am at the corner of Pandora and Government, look for the BCGEU flag. If you need mo...

July 05, 2017

More violence at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital as BCGEU calls on PHSA board o...

Another staff member at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital (FPH) in Coquitlam, operated by the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), has been assaulted after being asked to escort a patient exhibiting aggressive behaviour to a seclusion room. Staff members are not provided with protective gear at FPH.  "The ongoing violence at FPH is due to an imbalance created by bringing dangerous individua...

July 05, 2017

Steward Recruitment for all Local 803 members at Living Well Home Care - BCGEU

Now that Living Well has a Collective Agreement, stewards are required to educate members and ensure their rights are protected. We are recruiting 4 stewards (3 CHWs and 1 Office steward). Please find attached nomination form. Completed nomination forms are to be returned to the union no later than 5:00 p.m., August 4, 2017. Nomination form(s) may be sent to the Lower Mainland Area Office via f...