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 13, 2016

Love must be greater than hate – Orlando shootings

The BCGEU expresses deep sorrow at the brutal hate crime which occurred in Orlando, Florida this past weekend and sends condolences to the families of the more than 100 innocent people who were killed and seriously injured at the Pulse nightclub on Sunday morning. Much of the news coverage has focused on allegations of extremist religious motives. But this was not an act of terrorism, although...

June 13, 2016

The Columbia Institute releases a climate change report

The Columbia Institute released a brand-new report today: Top Asks for Climate Action - Ramping Up Low Carbon Communities. You can find it and a summary here. Local governments have a crucial role to play in combating climate change. Their decisions directly or indirectly impact sixty percent of Canada’s energy consumption and more than fifty percent of GHG emissions. Top Asks pinpoints what l...

June 10, 2016

BCGEU writes Colombian and Canadian governments on repression

In early June, the BCGEU learned that Colombian state security forces used indiscriminate and excessive force against Colombian citizens engaged in peaceful protest. This led to deaths, serious injuries and arrests of citizens taking part in the “National Agrarian, Peasant, Ethnic and Grassroots Mobilization – for Good Living, A structural Agrarian Reform and Dignified Cities – Sowing Hope, Har...

June 03, 2016

Local 810 worksite visits

Component 8 Vice President, Carla Dempsey, Local 0810 Chair, Kathie Browne and myself, will be visiting worksites and meeting with members in Area 10, taking place June 13 & 14, 2016. The following are the dates with corresponding communities:   Monday, June 13th  – Fort St. John:   At Mental Health:  9:30 a.m.   At the BCGEU Fort St. John Office with Home Support:  11:30 – 2:30 p.m. ...

June 02, 2016

We Care Home Health Services employees vote to join BCGEU

On June 1, 2016, home support workers employed by We Care Home Health Services in the Fraser Valley voted to join the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU). In doing so, the 221 employees rescinded their previous membership with the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC). In 2011, CLAC was suspended from the International Trade Union Confederation for undermining minimum ...

June 01, 2016

Workplace first aid requirements

First aid is an important element of workplace health and safety. This includes having the correct equipment, procedures and trained people in place to respond in the event of a workplace injury. Here are the basic first aid requirements under the Workers Compensation Act:  (1) The employer must provide for each workplace such equipment, supplies, facilities, first aid attendants and services...

June 01, 2016

Member Update - June 2016

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith and Corrections and Sheriff Services Component 1 VP Dean Purdy update members on ongoing union campaigns. *You can also view the video on the BCGEU YouTube channel

June 01, 2016

Lookout Emergency Aid Society shop steward update

Listed below is an up to date list of Shop Stewards at Lookout Emergency Aid Society: VANCOUVER/NEW WESTMINSTER (AREA 03) Masoud Aminzavvar Sharon Bard                (on leave) Walter Barnes              (on leave) Jolene Berge-Crowley Tamara Hafiz Doug Hetherington Gordon Koshowski        (on leave) Shannon Nickel Sharon Renshaw Thane Satre Randy Whitman SURREY (AREA 04) Ku...

May 30, 2016

OHS Representatives in the province right to refuse unsafe work

Recent incidents at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam have highlighted the need for workers to be made aware of their rights and duties under the Worker’s Compensation Act in carrying out their work. On May 23, BCGEU members were injured while transporting a patient from the Royal Columbian Hospital back to the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital. A preliminary investigation has been conduc...

May 27, 2016

2016 BCGEU Scholarship Winners

Shaelyn Ann Loise Blatta, West Kelowna Flora Copley, Barriere Ruth Dyck, Williams Lake Haven Evans, Prince George Elisabeth Hill, Port Alberni Ramona Jones, White Rock Isaiah Joseph, Langford Pamela Lozano Fernandez, Chilliwack Kayla MacKay, Victoria Tessa Milic, Delta Sarah Osborne, Victoria Tenysha Ross-Van Mierlo, Castlegar Lindsay Russell, Port Moody Jaya Scott, Victoria Jorda...

May 24, 2016

Members at Raincity Housing extended health benefits (drug coverage)

Recently the Union was made aware that some members at RainCity have experienced a denial of coverage for some medications effective April 1, 2016. The denials are for medications that are not covered under the collective agreement. The Employer had previously provided 'supplementary drug coverage' via Pacific Blue Cross that covered a number of medications. The BCGEU was not aware that this s...

May 20, 2016

The National Union's scholarship program for 2016

Four awards of $1,500 are given each year to children of NUPGE, including BCGEU, members. The deadline for applications is July 6, 2016. Each year, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) offers four scholarships that reflect its pursuit of equal opportunity for all workers. They are open to the children, grandchildren or foster children of the National Union’s 360,000 membe...

May 20, 2016

Free pensions webinars

Learn more about pensions in a webinar series offered by NUPGE, our national union.   Capital stewardship Friday, June 10 10.00 am (11.00 am Mountain Daylight Time) Pension assets in Canada now exceed $1 trillion. The way this money is invested has significant impacts on retirement security, the wider economy, and the welfare of society. It can also affect the jobs of NUPGE members and oth...

May 20, 2016

Local 802 call for nominations for Recording Secretary Local 802 Executive po...

Nominations are now open for the recently vacant Recording Secretary position on the 802 Local Executive.  This is a normal 3 year term position that has become vacant within the normal term and this nomination process will fill the position for the remaining duration. The role of the Recording Secretary is as follows: assists Local chairperson with responsibilities of the Local with the L...