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.


May 18, 2018

Community health bargaining commences in Vancouver - BCGEU

Bargaining representatives from the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) met this week with the Health Employers Association of British Columbia (HEABC) in Vancouver to review priorities and begin negotiations. Bargaining proposals were tabled Thursday morning to achieve a new collective agreement with members in community health. "We are off to a very positive start," says BCGEU ...

May 17, 2018

Local 802 Executive - BCGEU

I am pleased to add Erik Fellenius to your Local Executive, as a Member-at-Large. Please join us in congratulating Erik. Your Local Executive is as follows: • Local Chair                                            Charmaine Fines • 1st Vice Chair                                        Marietta Bippes • 2nd Vice Chair                                       Joe Sippel • Treasurer                  ...

May 17, 2018

Coquitlam casino still behind pickets - BCGEU

After five days of job action, a labour dispute at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver in Coquitlam does not appear to be ending anytime soon. Great Canadian Gaming Corp. said in a statement Monday that it has been granted an order by the B.C. Labour Relations Board prohibiting striking workers from blocking entry to the property.    Read more... UWU/MoveUP

May 17, 2018


Talks between Gateway Casinos and members of the BC Government and Service Employees Union have broken off. On Tuesday morning, over a hundred employees of Gateway Casinos from Kelowna, Vernon, Penticton, and Kamloops rallied in Kelowna to push for higher wages.   Read more... UWU/MoveUP

May 17, 2018


Employees of Gateway Casinos from Kelowna, Vernon, Penticton, and Kamloops gathered in Kelowna Tuesday morning to push for higher wages. Negotiations between the company and the bargaining committee began back in January, but stopped abruptly in March, prompting Tuesday’s demonstration.   Read more... UWU/MoveUP

May 17, 2018

Casino workers nearing strike? - BCGEU

A vocal group of employees from four of the Okanagan's largest casinos rallied in Kelowna this morning as their union headed back to the bargaining table. Approximately 1,400 employees of Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Limited (which operates Playtime Casino in Kelowna, Lake City Casino in Vernon, and Cascades Casinos in Penticton and Kamloops) are pressuring the company to pay them a living...

May 17, 2018

Casino workers press for wage hike - BCGEU

Gateway Casino workers will be rallying Tuesday for higher wages. Members of the BC Government and Service Employees' Union working at Gateway Casinos and Entertainment in Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon and Kamloops are calling on their employer to improve wages, benefits and working conditions as contract negotiations resume Tuesday.     Read more... UWU/MoveUP

May 15, 2018

Remember Your Right To Refuse Unsafe Work - BCGEU

The BCGEU OHS department would like to remind our members of their right to refuse unsafe work. Right to Refuse Unsafe Work  All workers in our province are entitled to exercise their four basic rights when it comes to Occupational Health and Safety in the workplace. BCGEU members all need to be aware of their rights when performing the tasks and duties of their occupation. Knowing these rights...

May 14, 2018

Call for EXPRESSION OF INTEREST - Community Health Disability Management - BCGEU

Call for EXPRESSION OF INTEREST If you are a Member under the Community Health Agreement, and have a genuine interest and the required skills to provide union support within the Enhanced Disability Management Program, an opportunity exists for you with the Community Health Disability Management (CBA). The Community Health Disability Management team is looking to provide the best service possibl...

May 14, 2018

Gateway casino workers to rally for industry-standard wages as they resume ne...

KELOWNA, B.C., May 14, 2018 – Members of the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) working at Gateway Casinos & Entertainment (Gateway) in Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon, and Kamloops will hold a rally and deliver a petition to their employer calling for improved wages, benefits and working conditions as contract negotiations resume tomorrow.  Contract negotiations broke off on Mar...

May 11, 2018

Hard Rock Casino workers strike for fairness - BCGEU

Strike kicks off with rally at Hard Rock  (Coquitlam, May 11, 2018) - Members of the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) working at Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam are walking off the job Friday morning, in their escalating efforts to get fair wages, benefits and respect at work.  Hundreds of workers and supporters will gather for a rally in front of the casino at 2073 Hartley Ave,...

May 10, 2018

BCGEU and BC Government exchange bargaining proposals - BCGEU

UPDATE #2:   The first week of public service bargaining wrapped up in Victoria after the BCGEU exchanged bargaining packages with the employer. Component agreement bargaining took place from April 23 – 27. Component agreements cover occupational terms and conditions. Issues unresolved at component bargaining tables were tabled at the main public service table, by agreement with the employer.  ...

May 10, 2018

Who Decides for BC? - BCGEU

It's time to bring environmental decision-making back to the public interest.A Natural Resource Officer, tasked with stewarding our forests, without the tools needed to address forest practices until it is too late. An ecologist with serious concerns that an industry-paid biologist's plans will compromise the proper functioning of a stream's ecosystem, and no forum to stop it. These are just tw...

May 08, 2018

Public service bargaining commences in Victoria - BCGEU

UPDATE #1   Bargaining representatives from the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) and the B.C. Government Public Service Agency (BC PSA) are meeting today in Victoria to exchange bargaining proposals and begin four weeks of negotiations to achieve a new collective agreement. "We're pleased to begin the bargaining process early," said BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. "It gives...

May 07, 2018

REVISED Community Health Bargaining Conference - BCGEU

The Community Health Bargaining Conference wound up yesterday. The two days were filled with discussion and debate on the most important priorities to improve working conditions for all workers in the sector. The election of 2 delegates and 2 alternates for the Bargaining Committee were also completed at the conference. Congratulations to Darlene Gallant and Masoud Aminzavvar on their election ...

May 07, 2018

It's time to reinvest in the services that support British Columbians - BCGEU

BURNABY – Today, and in the weeks ahead, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) will begin negotiating new contracts for more than 53,000 members in the public service, health sectors and community social services.  "We're ready," says BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. "Beginning negotiations today gives us the time we need to address long-standing issues we've been raising wit...

May 07, 2018

BCGEU observes North American Occupational Safety and Health Week - BCGEU

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union joins occupational health and safety advocates and governments across the continent in observing North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH), which is observed from May 6-12 and will be commemorated in events across North America. NAOSH Week was first launched in 1997, after the government of Canada, United States and Mexico signed a...

May 04, 2018

Component 8 Bargaining Committee - BCGEU

The Community Health Bargaining Conference concluded on May 3. Elections were held to fill the last two positions. During the conference, priorities were identified and prioritized. The Bargaining Committee will be meeting a couple more times prior to the commencement of full bargaining on May 16. When possible updates will be issued. Your Bargaining Committee is prepared to work hard on your b...

May 04, 2018

Steward Elections at Wrinch Memorial Hospital - BCGEU

Please be advised that BCGEU Community Health Services, Component  is holding Steward Elections for members working at Wrinch Memorial Hospital in Hazelton. A Nomination Form is attached. Nominations will be open from Friday May 4th, 2018 to May 11th, 2018 at 4:00 pm. Fax your nomination form to the Terrace Area Office at 1.800.946.0259, or drop it off at the BCGEU Northwest area office located...

May 03, 2018

Local 803 - Nomination for Local Executive Member at Large - BCGEU

Nominations are now open for the following positions on the local executive:  Member at Large – Sunshine Coast 1 position Member at Large – Squamish 1 position The term is three years. Information on the responsibilities and activities of each office is available from your area office. The deadline for nominations is: Friday, May 11, 2018 If there is an election for a position, candidates may...