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 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 ...

April 28, 2017

Mental Health First Aid Training - BCGEU

The Canadian Mental Health association recognizes Mental Health Week from May 1 – 7, 2017. BCGEU members have requested more focus, training and resources to be provided in support of mental health. Mental Health First Aid Training will be offered to Local 303 and Local 803 Occupational Health and Safety Representatives at the Lower Mainland office. The goal of Mental Health First aid Trainin...

April 27, 2017

Les Leyne: B.C. leaders lie low on legal highs ahead - BCGEU

Campaigning provincial politicians have dozens of changes in mind for B.C., but they are scarcely talking about the major adjustment that’s coming, regardless of who wins the election. For all the competing visions being outlined by provincial leaders, the federal government’s move to legalize marijuana is going to be the single biggest revamp on the social and political scene. It was introduce...

April 26, 2017

BCGEU Equity and Human Rights Conference 2017 - BCGEU

The BCGEU 50th Triennial Convention is taking place June 14 -17, 2017.   As part of convention, the Equity and Human Rights Conference is taking place on June 18 and 19, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel, for members who identify with one or more of four equity groups: workers of colour, workers with disabilities, aboriginal workers and LGBTQI2S workers. Registered members will be p...

April 25, 2017

Steward Nomination – one position at Fraser Health Authority – Maple Ridge Pu...

Please be advised there is a vacancy for one steward position to represent members at Maple Ridge Public Health. Please find attached nomination form. Completed nomination forms are to be returned to the union no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 26, 2017. Nomination form(s) may be sent to the Fraser Valley Area Office via fax (604.882.5032) or email (Area04@bcgeu.ca) to the attention of Marga...

April 25, 2017

Dozens of Aboriginal child welfare workers rally for improved funding for Abo...

BURNABY - About 60 Aboriginal child welfare staff and community members braved the cold and wind on Saturday, April 22 to demand more funding for Aboriginal child and family services. Reporters from both CBC and APTN filmed the colourful event. Workers and community members of all ages marched along Croydon Drive and stopped outside Minister Stephanie Cadieux’s campaign office to demand improv...

April 24, 2017

Parksville Stabbing - BCGEU

Background On January of 2015, a client with dementia stabbed a community health worker that was attending to his wife in their home. Fortunately for the worker, she reacted quickly by grabbing the knife out of his hand and threw it under the bed where he couldn’t reach it. This prevented further injury to her as she escaped the house. Also fortunately for the worker, the client’s dementia pre...

April 21, 2017

Thanks to BC FORUM for supporting Seniors Deserve Better! - BCGEU

BCGEU would like to thank the BC Federation of Retired Union Members (BC FORUM) for their continued support of our Seniors Deserve Better campaign. At a recent BC FORUM board meeting, the directors took a photo proudly donning their new campaign t-shirts. In the spring edition of the Advocate newsletter, the photo was published on Page 10. Thanks again to this organization for actively promot...

April 20, 2017

Enhanced Disability Management Program for Community Health Care Workers at B...

To:                    Community Health Care Workers at Bayshore Home Health Re:                   Enhanced Disability Management Program   Please be advised that as of April 1, 2017, Disability Management Institute (DMI) ceased to be the service provider for the Enhanced Disability Management Program (EDMP).    Instead,  Bayshore Home Health has retained an Independent Disability Management Ad...

April 19, 2017

Negotiations update for We Care Home Health Services - BCGEU

Following our last bargaining update, we spoke to many members directly about the bargaining process, listened to member concerns, and conducted an additional four days of bargaining on February 20, 21, 25, 26 to bring solutions to the table.    Bargaining will resume on April 25th for three days. These dates are very important as we’ll be tabling the remainder of our monetary proposals (matter...

April 19, 2017

Open House - Casual Employees at Paramed - BCGEU

Date:               April 19, 2017 To:                  All L804 casual employees at Paramed Re:                  Open house   We are having an open house (drop in style) for all L804 casual employees at Paramed. Your local executive is interested in hearing what you have to say at the worksite. If you are a casual Paramed employee, and want to have your voice heard, please drop by this open...

April 19, 2017

Gordon Clark: Parties need to finally get serious about seniors care - BCGEU

You can hardly open a newspaper or news website these days without finding an article on the difficulties of the sandwich generation — those poor folks simultaneously coping with the needs of children and aging parents. Well, here’s another. As editorial pages editor, I’ve published dozens of articles over the years on the concerns of the sandwich generation, particularly about the problems of...

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...