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

April 18, 2017

Local 803 - Call for Nominations - BCGEU

To:        All Local 803 Members Local:   803 Date:    Thursday, April 20, 2017 Time:    6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Place:   BCGEU Lower Mainland Area Office (Squamish Room)               130 – 2920 Virtual Way              Vancouver, BC V5M 0C4   Call for Nominations for One Additional Convention Delegate and Five Alternates   If you would like attend the BCGEU 2017 Convention, you must...

April 13, 2017

Local 804 We Care Home Health Services - Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) C...

Date:              April 13, 2017 To:                 All BCGEU Members Local 804 We Care Home Health Services Re:                 Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) Committee   We are pleased to announce the OHS committee met for the first time on March 20. Our committee members will be receiving union training at the union office later this month, and have resources of the union availa...

April 13, 2017

Training Day -Labour Code OHS Committee Reps - BCGEU

Did you know you are entitled to annual education leave totaling at least 8 hours? Did you also know your employer is required to support this training without loss of pay or other benefits? The employer must cover the costs of the training and any other reasonable costs to attend the course.  If you are unable to take the training yourself, you have the right to assign your 8 hour annual allot...

April 13, 2017

Quesnel Council Talks Marijuana - BCGEU

Quesnel City Council has begun the process of preparing for the legalization of marijuana.   Read More...

April 13, 2017

Senior care will improve, health minister vows - BCGEU

(March 2017 Article) The B.C. government is heeding its seniors' care advisors and will hire 1,500 more people over the next four years to assist seniors in residential care, Health Minister Terry Lake said Thursday.   Read More..

April 13, 2017

Seniors care shouldn’t be a private-equity money-maker - BCGEU

(March 2017 Article) Late last year, a large trans-national insurance company, Anbang, announced its intention to buy a majority interest in Retirement Concepts, a Canadian, for-profit, nursing-home chain. Retirement Concepts currently receives funding from a number of provincial governments to provide nursing-home care and is the highest-billing provider of assisted-living and residential car...

April 12, 2017

B.C. Care Providers Association calls for more funding in roadmap for seniors...

(February 2017 Article) The B.C. Care Providers Association released its report on seniors Tuesday, calling for increased funding for their care and aimed at putting the issue on the agenda for the upcoming provincial election.   Read More...

April 12, 2017

Chronic Care Home Understaffing Hurting BC’s Seniors, Say Advocates - BCGEU

(February 2017 Article) At a Kelowna seniors’ care home, residents ring the bell in their rooms for assistance — to go to the bathroom, to get out of bed, or deal with pain or confusion.    Read More...

April 12, 2017

Big unions are big donors to NDP, but amenable to banning their contributions...

(February 2017 Article) Similar to big corporate donors to the B.C. Liberals, big unions are major contributors to the B.C. NDP.   Read More...

April 12, 2017

President Smith supports Sussanne Skidmore for Canadian Labour Congress VP - ...

www.sussanneskidmore.ca I am pleased and proud to support Sussanne Skidmore's candidacy for the position of Vice-President, Canadian Labour Congress (CLC). Sussanne is an established union leader, who began her social justice and labour activism more than a decade ago as a young worker. This makes her uniquely positioned to help evolve and grow the labour movement during increasingly complex...

April 12, 2017

Opinion: B.C. seniors' care crisis demands urgent action - BCGEU

(January 2017 Article) This week, B.C.’s Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie reported that more than 90 per cent of the province’s residential care homes are not funded to meet government’s current minimum staffing guideline.   Read More...

April 12, 2017

Local 801 Nomination for Local Executive - BCGEU

Nominations are now open for following position on the Local Executive: Member-at-Large (1 position) The term is 1 year remaining of a 3 year term.  Information on the responsibilities and activities of each office is available from your Area Office. The deadline for nominations is:    May 12, 2017 by 5:00 pm If there is an election for a position, candidates may submit one page of infor...

April 11, 2017

Local 802 - Stewards and Local Executives - Enhanced Stewards' Training - BCGEU

  Date:  April 11, 2017 To:      All BCGEU Local 802 Stewards and Local Executives Re:     1-Day ENHANCED STEWARDS' TRAINING – April 27, 2017 REMINDER Build Your Local Network! Bring your Questions! Build Your Skills! Have Fun! Your Local Chairperson has requested for a reminder to the Local's Steward Representatives and Local Executive in relation to this training day. Plus for further ...

April 10, 2017

Burnaby Home Support, FHA, Local 803 (Call for Nominations) - BCGEU

Date:               April 10, 2017 To:                   BCGEU Members at Burnaby Home Support, FHA, Local 803 Re:                   2 Shop Steward Positions, Call for Nominations   Two Vacancies have become available for the position of shop steward at Burnaby Home Support, Fraser Health Authority. Nomination forms attached must be filled out and received at the BCGEU Lower Mainland Area Of...

April 07, 2017

Local 803 Union Meeting (Call for nominations & delegates for convention) - B...

TO:           All Local 803 Members LOCAL:     0803 DATE:       Thursday, April 20, 2017 TIME:       6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.           PLACE:     BCGEU Lower Mainland Area Office (Squamish  Room)                     #130 – 2920 Virtual Way                   Vancouver, BC V5M 0C4   Call for Nominations for One Additional Convention Delegate and Five Alternates If you would like attend the BCGE...

April 07, 2017

Urgent Action: Forced Displacements in Cali, Colombia Forced Displacements Le...

For over sixty years, the Cauca River in Cali, Colombia has been home to thousands of residents who farm, run businesses and live along its banks (known as el Jarillón). Since October 2016, families in the Venecia Las Vegas neighbourhood of el Jarillón have been forcibly displaced and seen their houses torn down by the municipality of Cali to make way for a tourist walk way and cargo port. Now ...

April 03, 2017

Media Advisory: Ministry of Children and Family Development workers demand im...

What: Rally to support B.C.’s Children and Youth Who: Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) workers When: Tuesday April 4 at 12pm Where: MLA Sam Sullivan’s Constituency Office, 201-1168 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, B.C. Why: The B.C. Government has refused to fund and implement several recommendations from Bob Plecas’ review (the Plecas report) of child welfare in B.C. including...

March 31, 2017

The BC Government’s decision to siphon WCB surplus is a short-sighted strate...

The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union is disappointed by the short-sighted and dangerous decision by the BC government to siphon the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) Accident Fund and gift it to wealthy business owners. Hundreds of workers are dying every year due to unsafe working conditions. The WCB Accident Fund was created to prevent accidents, train and educate workers and empl...

March 31, 2017

Local 802: 1 Day Enhanced Steward Training - BCGEU

Bring your Questions!  Build Your Skills!  Have Fun! Don’t you deserve a day to feel appreciated for the work you do representing your co-workers as a BCGEU Steward. Did you know that you have an entire group of people with Union experience and expertise who want to help/mentor you in your steward role? How would you like to build more skills and knowledge to help you become an even more e...

March 31, 2017

Shift premium decision - BCGEU

Three Health Services and Support - Community Bargaining Association union members with superior benefits filed a grievance that they were not being paid the $0.25 weekend shift premium for weekend work. The grievances went to arbitration in 2016. Arbitrator Chris Sullivan's March 6, 2017 decision clarifies that as these members moved from Government to the Community Health Subsector in the mi...

March 31, 2017

The BCGEU invites members to celebrate the life of John Shields alongside his...

It is with a heavy heart that the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) staff and members learned of the passing of former BCGEU president John Shields on March 24. Shields served seven, two-year terms as BCGEU president between 1984 and 1999. For decades he was a champion of labour rights and his legacy can be found in every workplace in B.C. —in the improved working condition...

March 29, 2017

New funding announced, but what’s next? - BCGEU

On March 9th, the provincial government announced $500 million over the next four years in new funding as part of a Ministry of Health’s action plan to improve home and community care for seniors in BC. BCGEU issued a statement that day, indicating that the funding “represents a significant step toward addressing many of the most pressing needs in seniors’ care.” BC’s Seniors Advocate describe...

March 27, 2017

The BCGEU applauds government building asbestos inventory, a step towards pro...

The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union is encouraged by steps the B.C. government is taking to complete a provincial inventory of asbestos in provincial government buildings built before 1990. This is a significant step in ensuring worker safety during construction, maintenance and renovation of government buildings, and an important step ahead of the promised ban on asbestos by the f...

March 24, 2017

BCGEU remembers former president John Shields - BCGEU

The BCGEU is saddened by the passing of our former president, John Shields. Shields died today in Victoria at the age of 78. Shields served seven, two-year terms as BCGEU president between 1984 and 1999. “It’s a sad day for the BCGEU. John was a great friend to me and so many of us at the BCGEU and within the labour movement nationally,” said BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. “He stayed connec...

March 22, 2017

Frailty research in Canada: Have your say! - BCGEU

Voice your opinion to help set research priorities on frailty. Canada’s seniors’ demographic is growing fast, and many Canadians are living longer and healthier into their later years. However, this growing demographic also results in an increasing number of frail seniors who are dealing with a variety of complex health care needs.    We encourage BCGEU healthcare members to complete an online ...

March 22, 2017

Ending employer claw-backs at Interior Health Authority - BCGEU

We’ve recently reached a settlement to ensure that members do not have to repay money given in error in past years. Interior Health Authority (IHA) decided a number of years ago to audit their payroll and benefits systems. They discovered what they believed was a huge amount of money owing to them by their employees.  This included members of all unions and bargaining associations. IHA began ...

March 22, 2017

Arbitration win secures benefits for community health members - BCGEU

As a result of a win at arbitration, we have ensured that community health members have access to all benefits in the collective agreement. (Read the details below under Appendix E) In 2013, members with superior benefit memorandums covered by the Health Services and Support Community Subsector Collective Agreement (Community Agreement) lost their superior benefit health and welfare plans and ...

March 22, 2017

Mandatory Education Requirements within MHSU - BCGEU

The Union’s Staff Representative in Victoria met with the Employer to discuss the compliance of our BCGEU members in completing all Mandatory Education Requirements within MHSU. As this is a topic that will more than likely trickle down through all Island Health locations due to the fact that the mandatory training needed is required by all employees and I understand is related to WCB requireme...

March 22, 2017

Worksite Stewards at Lookout Emergency Aid - BCGEU

This notice is to advise all BCGEU members at Lookout Emergency Aid that the following people are the current shop stewards for your worksite: Celeste Johnson Doug Hetherington Fiona York  James Ebenal Jolene Crowley Masoud Aminzavvar Sandu Constantinescu Sharon Renshaw Thane Satre Walter Barnes If you have any questions regarding workplace issues or your collective agreement, ple...

March 21, 2017

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

"Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Wednesday, May 24 and "Investigations" will be held on Thursday, May 25. These courses will be held at the BCGEU Lower Mainland office at #130 – 2920 Virtual Way, Vancouver 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 ...

March 21, 2017

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

"Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Wednesday, May 10 and "Prevention of Workplace Violence" will be held on Thursday, May 11. 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 re...

March 21, 2017

OHS Courses for all Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Victoria A...

"Ergonomics" will be held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. This course will be held at the Victoria BCGEU office, 2994 Douglas Street, Victoria from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. In the Ergonomics course you will learn: Requirements of the ergonomics regulation How to identify ergonomic hazards, to assess the risk factors of tasks and to recommend appropriate solutions Strategies for implementing an effe...

March 21, 2017

OHS Courses for Labour Code OHS Committee Members in the Prince George Area

"Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Tuesday, May 16, "Incident Investigations" on Wednesday, May 17, "Ergonomics" on Thursday, May 18, as well as "Prevention of Workplace Violence" on Thursday, May 18. These courses will be held at the Ramada Inn, 444 George St, Prince George. In the Joint OHS Committee Training course you will learn: Worker OHS rights, including the refusal of u...

March 21, 2017

OHS Courses for all Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Prince Geo...

"2 Day Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Tuesday, May 16 and Wednesday, May 17, 2017. "Incident Investigations" will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2017. These courses will be held at the Ramada Prince George, 444 George Street, Prince George 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 proc...

March 21, 2017

OHS Courses for Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Cranbrook/East...

"2 Day Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Tuesday, May 9 and Wednesday, May 10, 2017.  This course will be held at the Days Inn Cranbrook, 600 Cranbrook St. North, Cranbrook 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 responsibilities of employers, worke...

March 21, 2017

OHS Courses for Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Terrace/Northw...

"Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Tuesday, May 2 and Wednesday, May 3. This courses will be held at the Best Western Terrace Inn, 4553 Greig Avenue, Terrace 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 responsibilities of employers, workers, superv...

March 20, 2017

RainCity Housing Worksite Stewards

This notice is to advise all BCGEU members at RainCity Housing that the following people are the current shop stewards for your worksite: Aaron Harrison David James Graham Eddyne (Guerson) Barosy Shannon Nickel If you have any questions regarding workplace issues or your collective agreement, please feel free to contact any of the above noted stewards. If you require contact information for a...

March 20, 2017

3 Day Steward Training

STEWARD TRAINING TUESDAY – WEDNESDAY – THURSDAY April 25-26-27, 2017   This three (3) day “Steward Training” course (9:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m. each day) will be held at the:   LOCATION:       Peace River Area Office of the BCGEU                          10251 - 100th Street, Fort St. John DATE:               Three Days ~ April 25-26-27, 2017 TIME:                9:00 am – 5:00  pm   Provided ...

March 20, 2017

Area 11 Steward Training - April 25-27, 2017

STEWARD TRAINING TUESDAY – WEDNESDAY – THURSDAY April 25-26-27, 2017 This three (3) day “Steward Training” course (9:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m. each day) will be held at the: LOCATION:    Diane L. Wood Union Centre                       Prince George Area Office of the BCGEU                       500 Quebec Street, Prince George DATE:            Three Days ~ April 25-26-27, 2017 TIME:             9:0...

March 17, 2017

Education Requirements for all 801 Island Health Stewards

To:      All Local 801 Island Health Stewards Re:      Education Requirements   The Union met with the Employer to discuss the compliance of our BCGEU members in completing all Mandatory Education Requirements, within MHSU. Historically, the Employer has not followed up with each employee to ensure they have completed the refresher/updated course requirements related to their jobs. This has ...

March 17, 2017

Extended Health Benefits - RainCity Local 803

As you may know, in May of 2016, the BCGEU was made aware that some members were being denied coverage for some medications as of April 1, 2016. The medications that were denied were not covered under the collective agreement. The Union then learned that RainCity had been providing "supplementary drug coverage" via Pacific Blue Cross, and that during the transition to the Health Benefits Trust ...

March 16, 2017

Survey of Job Duties Administrative Assistant 4 (AS4) Classification

During bargaining the parties agreed in Memorandum of Agreement #34 to commence a review of the benchmarks within the Administrative Series. To assist with the required review, a survey has been developed for distribution to Component 8 members working in positions classified as Administrative Assistant 4.  The survey asks members to provide information about the job duties they perform. A co...

March 15, 2017

Your Right to Know

BCGEU met with Workers Compensation Board (WCB) managers on March 7 to express our concerns about the levels of violence in the health and community social services sectors.  The health and community social services sectors have been included in the WCB?s 2017 ?high risk strategy? because of the sheer number and gravity of incidents from this sector. The prevention of violence is WCB?s main ob...

March 13, 2017

Significant funding boost to strengthen care for B.C. seniors

The Province is investing $500 million over the next four years as part of a Ministry of Health action plan to improve care for seniors across the system, including increasing direct-care hours for seniors in residential care.   Read more...

March 10, 2017

Save the Date – for File This! BCGEU administrative services conference

Are you a BCGEU member works in an office environment providing administrative services OR provides frontline service to the public in an administrative role? If the answer is YES, then save these dates: Sunday, October 1 to Tuesday, October 3, 2017 for “File This!”, a BCGEU conference for members who work in administrative services. The conference will be held in Richmond, B.C. and feature g...

March 09, 2017

Seniors health funding is a significant step to addressing care needs.

The B.C. Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) feels that today’s announcement of $500 million to strengthen care for B.C. seniors represents a significant step toward addressing many of the most pressing needs in seniors’ care. “Our union has long advocated for the Ministry of Health to address staffing guidelines, care hours and funding for long-term care homes,” said Stephanie S...