B.C.'S UNION SINCE 1919

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

March 14, 2019

Contracting out to end for home support services in three health authorities ...

Today, Fraser Health, Vancouver Coastal Health and Vancouver Island Health authorities announced they will bring home support services in-house. This is great news. Your union has been lobbying to bring home care support workers under government employment for over two decades in order to address the precarious nature of contract-based work with private providers. Under the health authorities, ...

March 14, 2019

BCGEU celebrates announcement to bring home support workers under government ...

The Fraser Health, Vancouver Coastal Health and Vancouver Island Health authorities have announced they will bring home support services in-house. The BC Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) has been lobbying to bring home care support workers under government employment for over two decades and enthusiastically welcomes a change that will provide greater security to workers, and b...

March 13, 2019

803 -VCH–Strathcona Mental Health Steward Nominations - BCGEU

PLEASE POST IN WORKSITE An interim election for Steward positions is being held to fill current vacancies. The successful candidates will serve for the remainder of the current term. What do stewards do? Stewards provide support and advice to members who think they are being treated unfairly. They make sure new employees sign union membership cards and provide information on BCGEU services. Ste...

March 11, 2019

Low Wage Redress – know your Benchmark/Classification! - BCGEU

One of the features of your new collective agreement that expires on March 31, 2022 is a $40 million fund for low wage redress. Your entitlement to low wage redress payments will depend on your classification under the collective agreement. It won't be enough to know your grid level as jobs in the same grid level get different low wage redress amounts. Many members know their job title but fewe...

March 08, 2019

BCGEU celebrates International Women’s Day with solidarity and action - BCGEU

International Women's Day (IWD) is recognized every year on March 8. It's an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women and the extraordinary role women play in their families, workplaces, and communities across the globe. It's also an opportunity to acknowledge how much work remains to be done to achieve true gender equality and ensure all women everywhere are empowered to reach their ...

March 06, 2019

CORRECTION Casual Employee Benefits

Correction to Feb 25, 2019 FYI Notice Did you know that as a casual you may be eligible for benefits? According to Article 29.9: "Upon completion of 180 hours of work, casual employees shall be given the option to enrol in the following plans:Article 25.1 - BC Medical PlanArticle 25.2 - Dental PlanArticle 25.3 - Extended Health Plan An employee who makes an election under this provision must en...

March 01, 2019

2019 National Union scholarships - BCGEU

Click here for information about the BCGEU scholarship program. The BCGEU is a component of the 390,000-member National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE). Our national union offers its own scholarships of $1,500 each that reflect its pursuit of equal opportunity for workers. Applicants must be: the children or grandchildren, or the foster children or the foster grandchildren, of me...

February 28, 2019

BCGEU Demands Action to Improve Officer and Community Safety

The BCGEU is asking the B.C. Government to step in and take action to improve conditions in BC's adult correctional facilities. A report released this week by the Office of the Auditor General found that the Adult Custody Division of BC Corrections has failed to implement five of eight recommendations intended to improve the safety and effectiveness of BC's prisons. "BC Corrections has had four...

February 28, 2019

Health Services & Support – Community Subsector - Update on Low Wage Redress ...

One of the features of your new collective agreement that expires on March 31, 2022 is a $40 million fund for low wage redress. This is different than the comparability monies distributed in the agreement that expires March 31, 2019 because it will be applied to a greater number of positions. You can find the collective agreement language HERE on the first page under "Low Wage Redress".    The ...

February 25, 2019

Casual Employee Benefits-Lookout Emergency Aid Society & Raincity Housing Soc...

Did you know that as a casual you may be eligible for benefits? According to Article 29.9:  "Upon completion of 180 hours of work, casual employees shall be given the option to enrol in the following plans: Article 25.1 - BC Medical PlanArticle 25.2 - Dental PlanArticle 25.3 - Extended Health Plan An employee who makes an election under this provision must enrol in each and every of the benefit...

February 25, 2019

Seniors’ care and services in B.C. still require critical improvements - BCGEU

Seven years after the Office of the Ombudsperson released its report The Best of Care: Getting it Right for Seniors in British Columbia (Part 2) with 176 recommendations to improve seniors care and services in B.C., only half have been implemented. Today the Ombudsperson released an investigative update on the report here. Actions to date include smaller, incremental improvements to the sector....

February 22, 2019

How does BC Budget 2019 affect British Columbians? Read our analysis - BCGEU

Dear BCGEU members, Last October I presented the BCGEU’s submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services as part of the public consultation for the 2019/20 provincial budget. Our submission outlined four priorities: address housing affordability and supply; rebuild the public services needed to support an effective poverty reduction strategy; protect B.C.’s enviro...