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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.


June 20, 2016

BCGEU celebrates the 20th National Aboriginal Day

On June 21, 1996 the federal government declared the first National Aboriginal Day. Since that time, the BCGEU has joined the celebrations and the calls for increased support and recognition of Aboriginal peoples across Canada. Over the course of those 20 years, Aboriginal peoples in Canada have fought for and won many advancements and reinforcements of their rights – sometimes through govern...

June 20, 2016

BCGEU demands freedom for Iranian trade unionists

In solidarity with the Free Them Now campaign to free jailed workers in Iran, the BCGEU sent two letters demanding the release of Jafar Azimzadeh and other jailed trade union leaders. Click here to read the general solidarity letter, and click here for the the more specific letter. 

June 16, 2016

Local 803 meeting

DATE: Thursday, June 23, 2016 TIME: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm PLACE:  Lower Mainland Area Office, Musqueam Room              130 – 2920 Virtual Way, Vancouver   AGENDA   Article 15.3 Communication between Employer and Union OH&S Right to refuse unsafe work 15 minute schedule and 10 minute travel time – scheduling gaps for CHWs Layoff and right to recall Scheduling and work hours issue Se...

June 13, 2016

Love must be greater than hate – Orlando shootings

The BCGEU expresses deep sorrow at the brutal hate crime which occurred in Orlando, Florida this past weekend and sends condolences to the families of the more than 100 innocent people who were killed and seriously injured at the Pulse nightclub on Sunday morning. Much of the news coverage has focused on allegations of extremist religious motives. But this was not an act of terrorism, although...

June 13, 2016

The Columbia Institute releases a climate change report

The Columbia Institute released a brand-new report today: Top Asks for Climate Action - Ramping Up Low Carbon Communities. You can find it and a summary here. Local governments have a crucial role to play in combating climate change. Their decisions directly or indirectly impact sixty percent of Canada’s energy consumption and more than fifty percent of GHG emissions. Top Asks pinpoints what l...

June 10, 2016

BCGEU writes Colombian and Canadian governments on repression

In early June, the BCGEU learned that Colombian state security forces used indiscriminate and excessive force against Colombian citizens engaged in peaceful protest. This led to deaths, serious injuries and arrests of citizens taking part in the “National Agrarian, Peasant, Ethnic and Grassroots Mobilization – for Good Living, A structural Agrarian Reform and Dignified Cities – Sowing Hope, Har...

June 03, 2016

Local 810 worksite visits

Component 8 Vice President, Carla Dempsey, Local 0810 Chair, Kathie Browne and myself, will be visiting worksites and meeting with members in Area 10, taking place June 13 & 14, 2016. The following are the dates with corresponding communities:   Monday, June 13th  – Fort St. John:   At Mental Health:  9:30 a.m.   At the BCGEU Fort St. John Office with Home Support:  11:30 – 2:30 p.m. ...

June 02, 2016

We Care Home Health Services employees vote to join BCGEU

On June 1, 2016, home support workers employed by We Care Home Health Services in the Fraser Valley voted to join the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU). In doing so, the 221 employees rescinded their previous membership with the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC). In 2011, CLAC was suspended from the International Trade Union Confederation for undermining minimum ...

June 01, 2016

Workplace first aid requirements

First aid is an important element of workplace health and safety. This includes having the correct equipment, procedures and trained people in place to respond in the event of a workplace injury. Here are the basic first aid requirements under the Workers Compensation Act:  (1) The employer must provide for each workplace such equipment, supplies, facilities, first aid attendants and services...

June 01, 2016

Member Update - June 2016

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith and Corrections and Sheriff Services Component 1 VP Dean Purdy update members on ongoing union campaigns. *You can also view the video on the BCGEU YouTube channel

June 01, 2016

Lookout Emergency Aid Society shop steward update

Listed below is an up to date list of Shop Stewards at Lookout Emergency Aid Society: VANCOUVER/NEW WESTMINSTER (AREA 03) Masoud Aminzavvar Sharon Bard                (on leave) Walter Barnes              (on leave) Jolene Berge-Crowley Tamara Hafiz Doug Hetherington Gordon Koshowski        (on leave) Shannon Nickel Sharon Renshaw Thane Satre Randy Whitman SURREY (AREA 04) Ku...