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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

September 01, 2017

First Collective Agreement for BCGEU Members at We Care Home Health Services ...

BCGEU members at We Care Home Health Services (Fraser Valley) have ratified a renewal collective agreement, the first with your new union, BCGEU. Your bargaining committee is pleased to advise your tentative collective agreement has been ratified by 81% in favour. Members from all areas attended the meetings and participated in this important vote. Your involvement and support has been greatly ...

September 01, 2017

Celebrating Labour Day 2017

This Labour Day we celebrate not only the great legacy of the labour movement in British Columbia, and across Canada, but today’s movement that continues to grow and evolve as we stand up for all working people. Representing members across all sectors of the economy, we welcomed 3,000 workers into our union this past year, growing our membership to over 73,000! And in the last 12 months, we’ve ...

August 30, 2017

BCGEU applauds the housing minister’s decision to review caps on rental price...

The BCGEU applauds housing minister Selina Robinson’s announcement that the new NDP government, in an effort to stabilize rental prices, will look into changing the guidelines that cap the amount by which landlords are allowed to hike rental prices year after year. The rising cost of housing is having a very real impact on working people in B.C. As housing prices have increased faster than wage...

August 30, 2017

Report highlights need to provide greater supports to unpaid caregivers in se...

The B.C. Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) commends the report released today by the Office of the Seniors Advocate, Caregivers in Distress: A Growing Problem. This report highlights a worrying trend of increased distress among unpaid caregivers, and makes recommendations to provide them with greater supports as the needs of B.C.'s aging population become increasingly complex. T...

August 30, 2017

Report highlights need to provide greater supports to unpaid caregivers in se...

The B.C. Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) commends the report released today by the Office of the Seniors Advocate, Caregivers in Distress: A Growing Problem. This report highlights a worrying trend of increased distress among unpaid caregivers, and makes recommendations to provide them with greater supports as the needs of B.C.'s aging population become increasingly complex. T...

August 25, 2017

Worksite Visit at Seven Oaks Tertiary Mental Health Facility with BCGEU Occu...

To: All BCGEU Members at Seven Oaks Tertiary Mental Health Facility Re: Worksite Visit with BCGEU Occupational Health and Safety Officer     Come out and meet your provincial BCGEU Occupational Health and Safety Officer, Wendy Mah and David Fox, 2nd Vice Chair, Local 801 Executive and OHS Networker.   Wendy and David will be here to meet with the members and to answer any questions and concerns...

August 25, 2017

Getting ready for steward elections – Coming after Labour Day - BCGEU

Informed, active stewards are the backbone of our union, and elections to choose the stewards in our workplaces are coming up.   Becoming a steward is a great way to ensure that everyone at your workplace is treated fairly and that the hard-won improvements in our collective agreements are upheld.   Information packets on this year's steward elections will be mailed out to stewards starting aft...

August 24, 2017

Labour Day Celebration - BCGEU

To: Area 11 BCGEU Members Re: Labour Day Celebration     The Labour Day Organizing Committee and North Central Labour Council has organized a Labour Day celebration and march. Everyone is welcome!   Please join the Labour Movement to celebrate Past-Present-Future fighting for the rights of all.   Date: Monday, September 4, 2017   Time: 11:00 am March through downtown (start at PG City Hall) 12...

August 23, 2017

Workers rally against privatization at the Department of National Defence, Ph...

Victoria – Federal public service workers are rallying in Esquimalt to highlight the dangers involved in contracting out maintenance in the governments new multi-billion-dollar shipbuilding plans and to call on the government to do more to fix the problem-plagued Phoenix pay system. The federal government recently awarded an $800-million contract to perform future maintenance and repair work on...

August 23, 2017

BCGEU remembers first woman president - BCGEU

It's hard not to think of Joan Gower Gillatt as the first woman of the BCGEU. Not the first woman member, but our union's first woman trailblazer. Joan passed away on August 10, 2017 in Duncan. She was 93. __________ A service will be held for Joan Gower Gillatt on:Friday, August 25, 20171:00 pmDuncan United Church, 246 Ingram Street, Duncan, B.C. _________ Joan's was a life of community servic...

August 17, 2017

Enhanced Disability Management Program (EDMP) and Medical Confidentiality - B...

The Collective Agreement requires your Employer's full participation in the EDMP Program. This program is intended to help you with any illness or injury that is preventing you from working or is causing you to struggle at work. When you participate in the EDMP program, your medical information remains confidential and is not given to the Employer. Also, any fees for filling out medical forms w...

August 16, 2017

Standing against hatred in our communities - BCGEU

As I read reports and watch coverage of the events unfolding in Charlottesville, it saddens me to see the rise of hateful, intolerant rhetoric in our public discourse. These bigoted beliefs have no place in the just and equitable society that so many BCGEU members fight to achieve every day.   Nonetheless, it's inspiring to see so many members of the Charlottesville community and activists acro...

August 15, 2017

We Care Home Health Services Ratification Information and Vote Meeting - BCGEU

Please attend one of the meetings scheduled. At the meeting, we will provide answers to any questions related to ratification and you will be provided with a comprehensive ratification document showing the tentative changes to the collective agreement. You will have an opportunity to vote on the agreement at the meeting. We ask that you be patient and attend one of these meetings so the bargain...

August 14, 2017

Labour Day Picnic - BCGEU

The BCGEU Area 01Cross Component Committee invites all BCGEU members and their families to participate in the 29TH Annual Labour Day Event(hosted by the Victoria Labour Council)     Date: Monday, September 4th - 2017Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.Location: On the Lawn of the BC Legislature   Please join us for an afternoon of fun for the whole family! We will have games, clowns, a bouncy castle an...

August 11, 2017

Community health workers avoid strike action, negotiate tentative agreement -...

BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) members have reached a tentative agreement with their employer, We Care Home Health Services, a decision that came late last night before a rotating strike was set to begin this morning. After joining the union last July, the BCGEU bargaining committee began negotiations to improve working conditions for the 221 community health workers at the ...

August 11, 2017

Community health workers avoid strike action, negotiate tentative agreement -...

BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) members have reached a tentative agreement with their employer, We Care Home Health Services, a decision that came late last night before a rotating strike was set to begin this morning. After joining the union last July, the BCGEU bargaining committee began negotiations to improve working conditions for the 221 community health workers at the ...

August 11, 2017

Casino workers vote overwhelmingly in favour of job action against Great Cana...

August 11, 2017   Casino workers vote overwhelmingly in favour of job action against Great Canadian Casinos   Workers at River Rock Casino this week voted 99.4 per cent in favour of a strike if necessary to back their contract proposals. In nearly a year of negotiations between the BCGEU and the employer, Great Canadian Casinos, the two sides have failed to achieve a first collective agreement....

August 11, 2017

Strike Action Averted – Tentative Agreement Reached for We Care Home Health S...

At 10:00 pm last night, a last minute tentative agreement was reached between We Care and your BCGEU bargaining committee. As a result, the strike action scheduled for today will not be necessary. Your bargaining committee wishes to thank you for all your support and the resolve the BCGEU members have shown during this tense and difficult round of negotiations. Information and ratification mee...

August 10, 2017

Hearts and Hands Conference – Victoria - BCGEU

Attention all Health Care Workers in Component 4 and 8 in Areas 01 & 02    Hearts and Hands Conference – Victoria  Interested in participating in this year's Hearts and Hands Conference in Victoria? The conference is a day of celebration and education for BC's health care assistants, care aides and community health workers, and will take place October 26th in Victoria at the Saanich Fair Gr...

August 10, 2017

Hearts and Hands Conference – Vancouver - BCGEU

Attention all Health Care Workers in Component 4 and 8 in Areas 03 & 04  Hearts and Hands Conference – Vancouver Interested in participating in this year's Hearts and Hands Conference in Vancouver? The conference is a day of celebration and education for BC's health care assistants, care aides and community health workers, and will be held on October 3rd in Vancouver at the Italian Cultural...

August 09, 2017

0810 Worksite Visit Cancelled - BCGEU

THIS WORKSITE VISIT HAS BEEN CANCELLED   Kathie Browne, Local 0810 Chair, and RoseAnne Papp, Local 0810 2nd Vice Chair, will be visiting worksites in Fort Nelson. These visits will take place on August 18, 2017, according to the following:   Mental Health & Addictions – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Health Unit – 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.   The purpose of the Worksite Visits are to meet members in the wo...

August 08, 2017

Community health workers launch strike for fair wages and fair scheduling - B...

Following several months of unsuccessful negotiations seeking fair wages and fair scheduling provisions, 221 community support workers will go on strike Friday. The workers, employed by home support agency We Care Home Health Services, will initiate a rotating strike to emphasize the need for a fair contract.  “Community health workers are trained professionals, and the vital work they do must ...

August 08, 2017

Community health workers launch strike for fair wages and fair scheduling - B...

Following several months of unsuccessful negotiations seeking fair wages and fair scheduling provisions, 221 community support workers will go on strike Friday. The workers, employed by home support agency We Care Home Health Services, will initiate a rotating strike to emphasize the need for a fair contract.  “Community health workers are trained professionals, and the vital work they do must ...

August 08, 2017

Strike Action To Begin in Maple Ridge Area Friday, August 11th - BCGEU

72 hour strike notice was served on your Employer this morning at 9:02 am. To begin the strike, we will use a rotating strike strategy beginning with Maple Ridge on Friday Aug 11th at 9:02 am until Thursday Aug 17th at which point the Maple Ridge will return to full services on Aug 18th and a new area will be rotated into the strike that day. If you work in another area it will be business as u...

August 08, 2017

Worksite Stewards at Living Well Home Care Services Inc. - BCGEU

Please be advised the following members below have been acclaimed as stewards for your worksite: Jesusa Delos Santos Aveline Olalia Rosalia Ringor If you have any questions regarding workplace issues or your collective agreement, please feel free to contact one of these stewards. In solidarity   Michelle Medeiros Staff Representative Download as pdf

August 08, 2017

BCGEU welcomes government’s decision to eliminate tuition fees for Adult Basi...

The BC Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) welcomes today's announcement by the provincial government to remove tuition fees for Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English Language Learning (ELL) programs in the province. ABE is the gateway to many other advanced education programs and good jobs, and ELL programs are essential to new Canadians' ability to access employment and educat...

August 08, 2017

Basic Stewards' Training - BCGEU

The BCGEU provides training to all of its Stewards and Local Executives. Training is essential to you in your role as a steward. You are receiving this notice because you are on our list for those Stewards awaiting your Steward Course. Paid leaves from work, accommodation, travel and meal expenses, if required, will be paid for by the Union. Lunch will be provided for the days you are in class....

August 08, 2017

Not Enough Time to Complete Care Plan -St. Elizabeth - BCGEU

Rushing can lead to accidents and errors. If a CHW finds that there is not sufficient time to safely complete a care plan please take the following steps. Phone your CSC (Scheduler) and inform them that there is not enough time allotted to safely complete the care plan. Confirm that the CSC will send a dated note to the Case Manager. Keep a written record of your call. This needs to be done eac...