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

June 05, 2017

BCGEU commends extended apology from head of the B.C. Public Service on 2012 ...

The BC Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) commends last week's extended apology from Deputy Minister to the Premier and head of the B.C. Public Service Kim Henderson to those affected by the terminations of Ministry of Health employees in 2012. In the April 2017 report Misfire: The 2012 Ministry of Health Employment Terminations and Related Matters, the B.C. Ombudsperson document...

June 02, 2017

Vancouver Talmud Torah Teachers Association joins BCGEU - BCGEU

Today the BC Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) welcomes 47 teachers into its membership from the Vancouver Talmud Torah School, one of the largest Jewish Schools in Western Canada. The Vancouver Talmud Torah Teachers Association (VTTTA) voted to merge with the BCGEU in order to secure a more stable labour relations environment and increase leverage in negotiations with the emplo...

June 02, 2017

Collective Agreement Ratified for all members at Living Well Home Care Servic...

To: All Members at Living Well Home Care ServicesRe: Collective Agreement Ratified     Your Bargaining Committee is pleased to announce that the collective agreement has been ratified by 93%.   Thank you to the members for your patience and support in attaining a first collective agreement.       In solidarity   Your Bargaining Committee  Jesusa Delos Santos, Bargaining Committee ChairpersonAve...

June 02, 2017

WEB DEVELOPER (Temporary) EXTERNAL POSTING - BCGEU

The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union requires a temporary Web Developer to work in the IT Services section of the Administration Department, effective date to be determined. The term of assignment is for six months.   DUTIES: Website Development – Plan, develop and create websites to achieve the goals of the Union; work with development team to deliver state of the art websites tha...

May 31, 2017

British Columbia’s Fastest Growing Union Breaks Ground for New Office in Terr...

The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday to begin construction on their new office in Terrace B.C.  The new building will replace the existing office building and will serve over 2,100 members from across northwest B.C. Over 1,400 of BCGEU members in Northwest B.C. live within a two hour drive of the new office, making this office a ke...

May 31, 2017

Courses for Labour Code OHS Committee Members in the Williams Lake Area - BCGEU

"Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 and "Incident Investigations" will be held on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. These courses will be held at the BCGEU office at 107A North First Avenue, Williams Lake 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 ...

May 31, 2017

BCGEU congratulates BC Greens and BC NDP on historic agreement - BCGEU

VANCOUVER - We welcome yesterday’s historic agreement between the BC NDP caucus and BC Green caucus.   “Three weeks after B.C. went to the polls we now finally have a clearer idea of what the next government’s priorities are going to be going forward.” said Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President. “The Green and NDP Confidence and Supply Agreement sets the stage for four years of stable government tha...

May 29, 2017

DROP-IN UNION MEETING in the Downtown Eastside for GVCSS, RainCity, Lookout a...

THIS WEDNESDAY –  May 31, 2017 FROM 1:00 PM TO 7:00 PM – COME WHEN YOU CAN! Your Local 803 Executive is hosting a drop-in at the Japanese Hall, Room 416 - 487 Alexander Street, Vancouver.   BCGEU Members working in the Downtown Eastside have difficult jobs and face unique problems. Your representatives want to meet you and hear about the concerns you have at work. Come and talk with them about ...

May 26, 2017

Michael Hudson on the Vancouver Affordability Crisis - BCGEU

On April 14, over 400 people packed the sold-out Rio Theatre to hear economist Michael Hudson talk about the Vancouver affordability crisis in an event organized by the BCGEU and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. His presentation and the following Q&A touched on the links between global financial systems and the real estate market. His talk explores the ways in which rising real ...

May 26, 2017

Canada’s mayors call for speedy approval of proposals to address overdose cri...

Canada’s big-city mayors are calling for the expedited approval of new supervised drug-consumption sites, improved data collection and the expansion of unconventional therapies, such as heroin-assisted treatment, to address a national overdose crisis that shows no signs of abating. The formal recommendations from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ task force on the opioid crisis come as...

May 26, 2017

Blistering VPD report calls for drug treatment on demand - BCGEU

At least three Vancouver police officers have been exposed to fentanyl during the opioid crisis. That's just one statistic revealed in a Vancouver Police Departmnet report released Wednesday, which says the force feels "an ethical obligation to call for change" in how the crisis is being dealt with.   Read more...

May 25, 2017

Tentative Settlement Reached for Living Well Home Care Services Inc. - BCGEU

REVISED ADDRESS UPDATE Your Bargaining Committee is pleased to announce that a tentative deal has been reached for a first collective agreement for members employed at Living Well Home Care. The Bargaining Committee is recommending that you vote YES to accept the tentative new agreement. Ratification votes will be held on the following days: Date:           Tuesday, May 30, 2017 @ 11:00am to 2:...

May 25, 2017

Vancouver hosts public forum focused on opioid crisis - BCGEU

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Fighting back against the deadly opioid epidemic gripping the province will be the discussion topic at a public forum tonight hosted by Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson. “It’s going to be an update on where we’re at right now. Vancouver of course is hardest hit by this crisis in BC. So it’s going to be local service providers and the mayor talking about what we have done...

May 24, 2017

OHS Courses for Labour Code OHS Committee Members in the Victoria Area - BCGEU

"Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Tuesday, July 18 and "Incident Investigations" will be held on Wednesday, July 19. 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 responsibilitie...

May 18, 2017

Progress on opioids, incoherence on marijuana - BCGEU

The move toward marijuana legalization is … still not as coherent as it could be, let’s say. The Liberal legislation, unveiled last month, would establish rules around THC-impaired driving that may well prove unconstitutional: science has yet to establish a solid link between a given level of THC concentration in a driver’s blood or saliva and his level of impairment. Frustratingly, there are s...

May 16, 2017

Strike vote results for members at We Care Home Health Services - BCGEU

To:      All BCGEU Members L804 at We Care Home Health Services Re:      Strike vote results   Your committee is pleased to report the strike vote passed with 97% in favour of strike action, if necessary. This show of unwavering support provides us with a strong mandate to press for a fair and reasonable settlement, and to send the message loud and clear, the concessions on the table are unacce...

May 16, 2017

Provincial Government Awards Contract for Asbestos Inventory - BCGEU

The B.C. Government has taken a step forward in its commitment to create an inventory of asbestos in government buildings built before 1990 by awarding the contract to Pinchin West. There are over 750 government buildings that must be inspected as part of this initiative and it is estimated the inventory will take about 18 months to complete. Until the inventory has been completed, there will b...

May 15, 2017

Post-election message from Stephanie Smith - BCGEU

While we wait for the final results of recounts and absentee ballots, it’s become clear just how important your vote can be: one party is currently leading Courtenay-Comox by just 9 votes and another is leading in Richmond-Queensborough by only 263 votes. Regardless of the outcome, we will continue to work with government as we advocate for improved public services and supports across BC – inc...

May 15, 2017

Update from Joint Labour-Management Committee Meeting for 803 GVCSS members -...

To:      All BCGEU Members at Greater Vancouver Community Services Society Re:      Update from Joint Labour-Management Committee Meeting   Follow-up To CHWs and 15 Minute Visits In a previous bulletin, you were instructed to talk to your Supervisor if you have a client on 15-minute visits and if a longer visit is required for their care.  The Employer has agreed that if you can provide a good ...

May 15, 2017

Overdose calls spike in Vancouver — again — during first week of May - BCGEU

A barrage of overdose calls marked the first week of May in Vancouver. For the second time in less than a month, Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services (VFRS) reported more than 150 overdose calls in one week — responding to 168 calls last week. Vancouver Police reported seven suspected overdose deaths for the same period.   Read more...

May 10, 2017

Local 803 - Your Local Executive Coming to Downtown Eastside - BCGEU

SAVE THE DATE!  May 31, 2017 (1-7pm) Your Local 803 Executive will be hosting a drop-in at the Japanese Hall, 487 Alexander Street, Vancouver. Your representatives want to meet you and hear about the concerns you have at work. In attendance will be: Masoud Aminzavvar of Lookout, Local Chair Seyran Enveri of GVCSS, Treasurer Roxanne Martel of NSHS, Recording Secretary Kathleen Muir of RainCit...