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 11, 2016

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 BCGEU. The Community Health Disability Management team is looking to provide the best service possible to our members enrolled in the program and are actively recruiting ...

May 11, 2016

EDMP information

The Enhanced Disability Management Program (EDMP)  provides customized support and services to address medical, personal, workplace and vocational issues that keep members from fully engaging in the workplace. EDMP Participation is required for regular employees who meet one of the following criteria: Missing one (1) shift due to illness or injury resulting from a work-related event Missing ...

May 11, 2016

Local 803 BCGEU Stewards & OH&S Reps meeting

DATE: Thursday, May 26, 2016 TIME: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm PLACE: Lower Mainland Area Office, Musqueam Room             130 – 2920 Virtual Way, Vancouver   AGENDA EDMP presentation by Shelly Appleton, Staff Representative OH&S – Health and Safety Labour Management Lack of stewards/activists Pizza will be served, so we will need your RSVP to ensure we have enough food for attendees. Plea...

May 09, 2016

Sunshine Coast Members union meeting

DATE: Monday, June 13, 2016 TIME: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm PLACE: Driftwood Inn – 5454 Trail Avenue, Sechelt             (Meeting Room off of hotel restaurant)   AGENDA Over Time Scheduling Please confirm your attendance via email to area03@bcgeu.ca or phone toll-free 1-888-238-0239. In solidarity David Noble Staff Representative Download PDF of notice here. UNIFOR467/MoveUP

May 04, 2016

BCGEU president’s statement re: Fort McMurray wildfire & $50k donation

NEW: The BCGEU has made a $50,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross towards relief efforts. Like you, I’ve been watching the images and video footage from wildfire-ravaged Fort McMurray, Alberta. It’s heartbreaking to see. The lives of those affected have been changed forever. We know some of our BCGEU members have loved ones and friends who’ve been impacted by the evacuation of a staggerin...

May 04, 2016

Local 804 Executive – Youth Member

Please be advised that the following member has been acclaimed: Youth Member        Leanne Goggin Congratulations! In solidarity Gary Bennett Staff Representative  UNIFOR467/MoveUP

May 04, 2016

Local 803 Members at Raincity Housing worksite steward

Please welcome Eddyne (Guerson) Barosy as the newly acclaimed shop steward that joins the list of stewards noted below. This notice is to advise all BCGEU members at Raincity Housing that the following people are the current shop stewards for your worksite:     Eddyne (Guerson)    Barosy     David James               Graham     Emily                         Grant     Aaron                    ...

May 03, 2016

Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week!

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) would like to give a special thank you to the thousands of members who work every day to support those who live with mental health conditions. It takes a special kind of person willing to dedicate their careers to supporting people who suffer from mental health conditions – those special people are members in Component 4 health services, Co...

May 02, 2016

BC Federation of Labour "Stress in the Workplace" Course

The “Understanding and Preventing Stress in the Workplace” course will be offered at the Castlegar area office on Friday June 3, 2016 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. This course will be facilitated by a BC Federation of Labour Health and Safety Centre facilitator. This course is designed to help identify stressors such as job demands, job control, lack of support, organization styles, bullying and lac...

May 02, 2016

Area 05 Stewards Educational Seminar – Pension Workshop

The Area 05 Cross Component Committee is pleased to invite you for a free education session regarding a Pension Workshop. This educational session will be useful for all BCGEU members who want more information related to Pensions and Pension Plans.     WHERE: Kamloops Area Office                    158 Oriole Road, Kamloops                   After hours entrance at right rear of building.    ...

May 02, 2016

BCGEU signs dispute resolution protocol with the United Way of the Lower Main...

As many members are aware, the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) has had an ongoing dispute with the United Way of the Lower Mainland (UWLM) regarding their Better at Home program and the role of our community health workers. We can now report that we are making positive progress. President Stephanie Smith, Carla Dempsey (vice president of community health services), and Dan C...

April 28, 2016

Member Update - April 27, 2016

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith provides an update on some of the important events and initiatives the BCGEU is involved with in April and May.

April 28, 2016

Living Well Home Care Services Inc.

Dear Members Your Bargaining Committee has been working on proposals for a first Collective Agreement. It has come to our attention that not everyone received a bargaining questionnaire. You will find one enclosed. Please fill it out and return by May 13th so we can add your proposals to our package. We hope to meet with the employer starting in June. Stay tuned for further updates. Signed ...

April 28, 2016

Stephanie Smith: Day of Mourning 2016

UPDATE: Day of Mourning photos Many of you will be attending Day of Mourning events on April 28 in different communities around our province. Some of you will be there to honour and remember your co-workers and family members or to show solidarity and empathy for those who have been affected by the death or injury of a worker. The provincial government will be lowering flags on all provincia...

April 27, 2016

Speak out against death threats to union leaders in Colombia

We have been alerted through CoDevelopment Canada and our Colombian partner NOMADESC that there has been a new round of death threats against numerous human rights defenders and union leaders. These threats are taking place in the Valle de Cauca region, and originate with the paramilitary group Gaitanistas Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AGC). This is the latest incident in a recent increase i...

April 27, 2016

BCGEU supports transgender human rights bill

On Wednesday, April 27, 2016 NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert is presenting the Trans Equality Bill to the BC Legislature. This bill will ensure that trans and gender variant British Columbians are explicitly protected under the B.C. Human Rights Code. It is Chandra Herbert’s fourth attempt to introduce the private member’s bill. BCGEU President Stephanie Smith has sent a letter in support of...

April 27, 2016

The BCGEU is proud to endorse the Sanctuary City principles

When refugee applicants come to Canada, there is often an assumption that Canada is a safer place than their home countries. But if you have a precarious migration status or no status at all, and you fear being turned over to the immigration authorities, life here is not safe at all. Transit, health care, and community based social services workers could all be directed by their employers to d...

April 25, 2016

Ergonomics in the workplace

Ergonomics is the science of adapting the workplace to the worker and the product to the user. You are at risk of developing musculoskeletal injuries (MSI) when you carry out work without first considering how the workplace suits you. This can lead to disabling conditions if not recognized and treated in the early stages. The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, Sections 4.46 – 4.53, re...