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

October 09, 2018

New resource guide to First Nations acknowledgements, protocol and terminolog...

There is a groundswell of change happening in Canada with respect to relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. The BCGEU has always strived to be a positive ally to Indigenous Peoples and as part of our ongoing work to put this commitment into action, I am pleased to provide you with a copy of the BCGEU guide to First Nations acknowledgement, protocol & terminology. D...

October 05, 2018

Labour Endorsed Candidates - BCGEU

Local government elections are your opportunity to influence decision-making in your community by electing mayors, councilors, regional district directors, school board trustees and other representatives who will take action on issues that matter for working people; issues like affordable housing, inclusive schools, and keeping services public. Polls will be open in every community across the p...

October 04, 2018

Sisters In Spirit Vigils - A movement for social change - BCGEU

October 4th is a day to honour the lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) and their families. The Native Women's Association of Canada invites all family members, Indigenous community members and allies to take some reflective time on October 4th to attend a vigil or a community event or take a moment of silence to honour our stolen sisters and to support all families ...

October 03, 2018

Casino workers say they cannot get by on Gateway wages - BCGEU

Striking workers speak out about need for family-supporting wages (Thompson-Okanagan) As the strike at Gateway Casinos in the Thompson-Okanagan continues, BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) members are opening up about why they are holding out for fair wages despite being on the picket line for over three months. "Over the years I've struggled as a single mom to make ends meet,"...

October 02, 2018

President’s bulletin to members on the introduction of the Poverty Reduction ...

Since November 2017 it has been my honour to serve as a member of the Minister's Advisory Forum on Poverty Reduction-a diverse and dynamic group made up of 27 people from the non-profit sector, labour, business, academia, local government, health care, social services, First Nations and Indigenous communities and including people with lived experience of poverty. The Forum was created to serve ...

September 28, 2018

Union challenging undemocratic ICBA referendum lawsuit - BCGEU

VANCOUVER - The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) was granted intervenor status with the right to call evidence by the B.C. Supreme Court Thursday in response to the petition brought forth by the Independent Contractors and Business Association (ICBA), the Canada West Construction Union and private citizen Kenneth Baerg. The petition challenges the provincial government's propo...

September 26, 2018

BCGEU applauds provincial government's decision to lower annual rent increase

The BCGEU is encouraged by the government's decision to lower annual rent increases by capping them to inflation. This was one of the recommendations outlined earlier this week by the BC Rental Housing Task Force. "There is no solution to the housing affordability crisis that doesn't include rental affordability so we are very pleased with the government's decision to cap the maximum allowable ...

September 25, 2018

Improvements to front line services for seniors welcome, and long overdue. - ...

New Westminster – Today Health Minister Adrian Dix, and Premier John Horgan announced important new funding for seniors in British Columbia. The government is increasing the budget for staffing, retention, and training by $240 million dollars in the next three years, with $50 million in this calendar year.  BCGEU President Stephanie Smith reflected on today's announcement: "More money for staff...

September 25, 2018

Local 812 Members at Stepping Stones - Steward Election - BCGEU

Please be advised that Component 8 – Community Health Services, is holding Steward Elections for members. A Nomination Form is attached. Nominations will be open from Monday September 24th, 2018 to Monday October 1, 2018 at midnight.  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 at 102-4710 Lazelle Ave, Terrace ...

September 24, 2018

Report: Seniors at Home and in Long-Term Care – A 2017/18 Snapshot - BCGEU

Last week the B.C. Seniors Advocate release the report Seniors at Home and in Long-Term Care – A 2017/18 Snapshot. The report highlights the latest health data for B.C. residents receiving home care and living in long-term care facilities, and raises the following questions: Why is our use of antipsychotics so high? Why do we have higher rates of renal failure? Why do we see higher functioning...

September 24, 2018

BCGEU celebrates National Forest Week: Sept. 23-29, 2018 - BCGEU

  Each year National Forest Week (NFW) is celebrated by individual citizens, governments and non-governmental organizations across Canada.  Established in 1920 as Forest Fire Prevention Week, there was no shortage of trees for industrial expansion – at a time the time when the main threat to forests was from forest fires, many caused by humans. In 1967 the name was changed to National Forest W...

September 24, 2018

Local 812 Members at McConnell Estates - Steward Elections - BCGEU

Please be advised that Component 8 – Community Health Services, is holding Steward Elections for members. A Nomination Form is attached. Nominations will be open from Monday September 24th, 2018 to Monday October 1, 2018 at midnight.  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 at 102-4710 Lazelle Ave, Terrace ...

September 24, 2018

812 Members at Houston Health Care Centre - BCGEU

Please be advised that Component 8 – Community Health Services, is holding Steward Elections for members. A Nomination Form is attached. Nominations will be open from Monday September 24th, 2018 to Monday October 1, 2018 at midnight.  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 at 102-4710 Lazelle Ave, Terrace ...

September 20, 2018

CLC Winter School 2019

CLC Winter School 2019 Course listings and registration for the Canadian Labour Congress Winter School (January 13 to February 15, 2019) at Harrison Hot Springs is now available. Active union members are encouraged to apply online. Applications will be forwarded to your Component executive to make their selections on who will attend the school.  Registration cut off is November 2nd for all cour...

September 13, 2018

Strike continues as Gateway Casinos refuse to release company financials - BCGEU

Union cites lack of transparency as reason for breakdown in talks  (Kelowna) Mediated talks between Gateway Casinos and over 675 members of the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) in the Thompson-Okanagan broke off last week after the company refused to release financial information to back up claims that they cannot afford the workers' wage proposals. "Gateway says they can't af...

September 12, 2018

BCGEU demands WorkSafe investigate new assaults on Forensics hospital staff -...

BURNABY – The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union reports that four staff members at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam have been injured in another violent attack by a patient this week and the union is demanding that WorkSafeBC investigate security measures at the facility. BCGEU members report that two health care workers (HCW) and two nurses were attacked by a patient on Se...