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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.


February 29, 2016

Home support in crisis - CTV Victoria

Community Health Services Vice President Carla Dempsey spoke up for Component 8 members and the crisis in home support on the 6 o'clock CTV news, Friday February 26, 2016. Click on the February 26 newscast, and then scroll through to 16:30 to see the report: CTV News

February 25, 2016

BC Budget 2016: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

The B.C. Liberal Government has delivered yet another of its “balanced” budgets, dressed in sleight-of-hand fiscal manoeuvering, ambiguous language, and cavalier comparisons to other provinces and jurisdictions. Sadly, and once again, the fiscal planning of our elected government puts in second place the essential public goods and services British Columbians require to lead prosperous, inclusi...

February 17, 2016

Member Update - Budget 2016 Response

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith provides the union's response to the BC government's 2016 budget, which was introduced to the legislature on February 16, 2016.

February 17, 2016

BCGEU unionizes advocacy group Leadnow

Leadnow employees have organized to join the BCGEU. The organization works to promote democracy and social justice in Canada. It describes itself as: ‘an independent advocacy organization that runs campaigns on the major issues of our time, engages people in participatory decision-making, and organizes in communities across Canada.’ “We’re delighted to welcome Leadnow into the BCGEU family. T...

February 17, 2016

Local 805 meeting

DATE: March 7, 2016 TIME: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. PLACE: Kamloops BCGEU Office – 158 Oriole Road             (evening Entrance at right rear of building) AGENDA •    Regular Order of Business Light meal will be provided. Please RSVP to [email protected]  To attend by conference call, dial 1-866-562-0090 at the meeting's start time. When asked for the Conference ID #, input 520138 o...

February 16, 2016

Increased funding for MCFD welcome news, investment overdue in other ministries

“We welcome the increased funding for the Ministry for Children and Family Development announced in today’s budget. Our union, and especially our frontline members, have worked hard to convince government that a significant increase is crucial for the ministry. Their concerns were detailed in the BCGEU report Choose Children, and these efforts have paid off. Additional frontline social workers,...

February 12, 2016

Congratulations David Vipond!

Today is a day many thought would never happen: it is BCGEU Director David Vipond’s last day on the job before retirement. For those that don’t know David, he’s been one of the behind the scenes heroes of the BCGEU throughout the last 35 years, and it’s hard to imagine what the BCGEU will be like without him. David’s history with the BCGEU began as an member, working at the B.C. Liquor Dist...

February 12, 2016

Local 804 nominations for local executive

Nominations are now open for the following positions on the Local Executive: Youth Member (one position) (eligible candidates must be 29 year or younger) Member-at-Large – Mental Health Group Homes (one position) The current term will end January 2018. Information on the responsibilities and activities of each office is attached and also available from your Area Office. The deadline for...

February 11, 2016

Local 803 OH&S committee member course

TO:  All BCGEU Local 803 OH&S Committee Members only DATE: Monday, March 7, 2016 TIME: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm PLACE: BCGEU – Lower Mainland Area Office (Auditorium B)             130 – 2920 Virtual Way, Vancouver AGENDA The Union will be hosting a course for all Local 803 OH&S Committee members only at the Lower Mainland Area Office on March 7, 2016. This course will prevent incidents b...