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

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...

May 09, 2017

Discussion at Joint Labour Management Meeting for all 803 Members at Bayshore...

To:      All Local 803 BCGEU Members at Bayshore Home Health Re:     Discussion at Joint Labour Management Meeting   Following our recent Joint Labour-Management Meeting, the Union would like to make you aware of the following. Right To Refuse Overtime As per Article 16.8 you have the right to refuse overtime (except in an emergency).  You must be contacted and asked to work overtime. Overtime ...

May 05, 2017

B.C. Election 2017: Horgan speaks out on fentanyl crisis, more must be done -...

With deaths from illicit drug overdoses continuing to climb in the Lower Mainland, NDP Leader John Horgan said Thursday that the B.C. Liberals aren’t doing enough to mitigate the crisis.   Read more...

May 04, 2017

BC Employment Standards Coalition releases report: Why BC Employment Standard...

Today the BC Employment Standards Coalition released a powerful report called Workers’ Stories of Exploitation & Abuse: Why BC Employment Standards Need to Change. The report is based on a series of Workers’ Forums the coalition hosted over the past few months in the Lower Mainland and Victoria to give voice to BC workers who have been treated unfairly. The report brings the inadequacies of...

May 04, 2017

Day of Mourning honours lives lost on the job - BCGEU

About 25 people gathered at City Hall Friday afternoon to march in honour of those who lost their lives in the workplace. The annual Day of Mourning recognizes the need for safe work practices and those who died on the job. Kurt Langdon, an equipment operator with the city of Fort St. John and local chair for the BCGEU, said he was pleased to see the number of people that came out. Read more...

May 02, 2017

Negotiations Update and Strike Vote Meeting for We Care Home Health Services ...

Following six months of negotiations, we have reached an impasse. We require a strong strike vote from the membership in order to assert your priorities during the next stage which is mediation. Your bargaining committee is committed to your priorities and achieving a fair collective agreement. Unfortunately significant concessions remain and the employer's wage and benefit offer is far from a ...