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 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...