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

December 05, 2017

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women - BCGEU

  December 6:    National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women December 6th is a dark day in our country’s history. It marks the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique Massacre in Montreal, in which 14 women were singled out for their gender and killed. The 14 women slain in this horrific act of misogyny and gender-based violence were Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, N...

December 05, 2017

BCGEU welcomes wildfire review - BCGEU

  BCGEU welcomes wildfire review   The BC Government and Service Employees' Union welcomes the BC government's announcement of an independent review of wildfire and flood response today. "Our members, who provide on-the-ground emergency fire and flood response across the province, are happy to hear that the government has initiated a review of the catastrophic natural events of the past year,"...

December 01, 2017

Ministry resources new Overdose Emergency Response Centre, more staff to step...

Victoria – Today the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions announced an escalation of their emergency response to the overdose crisis. To deal with the deepening crisis across the province, the government is setting up a centralized Overdose Emergency Response Centre to coordinate a response to the overdose crisis that spans the province. “Seeing the government move forward with creating new...

November 28, 2017

Sacred Water Ceremony - BCGEU

National Aboriginal Peoples CircleBCGEUVancouver Island Human Rights CommitteePSACBC Presents a  SACRED WATER CEREMONY According to Vice News Canada, as of July 31 2017, there were a total of 121 First Nations under 172 drinking water advisories across Canada. ACCESS TO CLEAN AND SAFE WATER IS A BASIC HUMAN RIGHT Join Todd Smith, PSAC A/Regional Executive Vice-President, and Sussanne Skidmore, ...

November 28, 2017

BCGEU launches housing affordability plan - BCGEU

Following the launch of a campaign on housing affordability earlier this month, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) has released a report detailing recommendations on how the province can solve the housing affordability crisis. The Building an Affordable B.C. report provides recommendations aimed at tackling the root of the housing crisis: speculation on the part of financi...

November 23, 2017

Survey of duties and credentials - Health Unit Aides - BCGEU

Under Memorandum of Agreement #34 of your collective agreement, a joint committee is conducting benchmark reviews. The committee is tasked with, among other things, conducting a review of the Health Unit Aide benchmark. To assist with the required review, the Committee has developed a survey for distribution to Component 8 members whose jobs are classified under the Health Unit Aide benchmark. ...

November 22, 2017

Riverview Hospital site to open new mental health and addiction centre - BCGEU

BCGEU members support the provincial government's recent announcement that a new mental health facility on the Riverview lands in Coquitlam is slated to open in 2019, replacing the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction.  "BCGEU members are pleased to see the provincial government's continued commitment to mental health and addictions treatment, especially as the province tackles an opi...

November 21, 2017

BCGEU senior leadership met with Health Minister Dix - BCGEU

We're happy to report we had a fruitful meeting recently with provincial Health Minister Adrian Dix. We're pleased to have been able to accompany BCGEU president Stephanie Smith at the meeting. We discussed a number of topics with Minister Dix, including concerns about long-term care standards in facilities, the treatment of workers in the health sector, Bill 29 and contract flipping, home supp...

November 21, 2017

On the National Inquiry into into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and G...

On November 1, 2017 the commissioners for the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls released their interim report, Our Women and Girls are Sacred. As an organization with standing in the Inquiry, the BCGEU has carefully reviewed the 118-page report which clearly demonstrates the enormous scope of the Inquiry. The report includes some very startling statistics – I...

November 20, 2017

­­B.C.’s fastest growing union launches housing affordability plan - BCGEU

­­B.C.'s fastest growing union launches housing affordability plan     Following the launch of a campaign on housing affordability earlier this month, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) has released a report detailing recommendations on how the province can solve the housing affordability crisis.   The Building an Affordable B.C. report provides recommendations aimed at ta...

November 18, 2017

Human Rights Commission - BCGEU

As you may be aware, the province has been undertaking steps to reinstate the BC Human Rights Commission. The BCGEU is pleased to hear that the provincial government is taking this step and that the province has called on all British Columbians to engage in the process by sharing their thoughts and opinions on what the commission should look like. The BCGEU has developed a submission that bring...

November 17, 2017

Cheshire Homes Society of BC Worksite Steward - BCGEU

  ***PLEASE POST ON UNION BOARD***   Nominations for steward elections have now closed. This notice is to advise all BCGEU members at Cheshire Homes Society of BC that the following person was acclaimed as a steward for your worksite:   · Jacquiline Ochodek-Jovillo   Thank you and congratulations!!!   If you have any questions regarding workplace issues or your collective agreement, please feel...

November 17, 2017

Critics say federal government’s moves to curb Canada’s opioid crisis are jus...

Harm-reduction advocates are viewing a host of actions announced by Ottawa this week as an encouraging but modest step in combatting Canada's overdose crisis. Federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said on Wednesday that Ottawa would allow initiatives such as drug checking, pilot projects to provide safer alternatives to opioids and a streamlined permission process for provinces to ope...

November 16, 2017

Worksite Stewards at RainCity Housing and Support Society - BCGEU

Nominations for steward elections have now closed. This notice is to advise all BCGEU members at RainCity Housing and Support Society that the following people were acclaimed as stewards for your worksite: Kim Luscombe Courtney Kelly Lilavati Levine Coral Watson Eden Greene David Graham Chelsea Leslie  Shannon Nickel Melina Hunter Randy Whitman ...

November 16, 2017

Worksite Stewards local 803 Lookout Emergency Aid Society - BCGEU

***PLEASE POST ON UNION BOARD***   Nominations for steward elections have now closed. This notice is to advise all BCGEU members at Lookout Emergency Aid that the following people were acclaimed as stewards for your worksite:   · Isaac Tai · Celeste Johnson · Robyn Beveland · Maribel Hilario · Masoud Aminzavvar · Rick Consalvi · Jaeson Goodchild · Jolene Crowley · Sandu Constantinescu · James E...

November 16, 2017

Economic Stability Dividend (ESD) announced for 2018 -Health Services & Suppo...

The BC Government has calculated the Economic Stability Dividend (ESD) for 2018. The BCGEU has confirmed these calculations. Under the terms of our Memorandum of Understanding with public sector employers, the ESD will produce a 0.4 per cent increase on all wage rates, effective the first pay period after February 1, 2018. Combined with the 1% General Wage Increase effective on the same date, t...

November 09, 2017

BCGEU out of gate early with public service bargaining conferences - BCGEU

VANCOUVER – The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) is ramping up pre-bargaining efforts by conducting bargaining conferences this week, even though most collective agreements aren't set to expire until 2019. Delegates from across the province gathered in Vancouver to hammer out bargaining priorities for upcoming negotiations, which are expected to take place in the new year. "...

November 09, 2017

BC Coroners Service releases updated illicit drug overdose death stats - BCGEU

More than 1,100 British Columbians have died due to suspected illicit drug overdoses, according to data released today by the BC Coroners Service. Preliminary data indicate there were 80 suspected drug overdose deaths this September, representing a 31% increase from September 2016. The suspected number of illicit drug overdose deaths for the year to date is now 1,103, up from 607 at this time i...

November 08, 2017

Aboriginal Veterans Day - BCGEU

On November 8th we, as Canadians, honor and celebrate the great contributions and sacrifices that Aboriginal peoples have made in defending Canada during times of war. Aboriginal veterans have participated in all major wars since the war of 1812 and enlist in higher proportion than any other group in Canada.  The BCGEU is honored this year to sponsor the luncheon for veterans at the Vancouver A...

November 03, 2017

Worksite Steward at Elizabeth Bagshaw Society - BCGEU

***PLEASE POST ON UNION BOARD***   Nominations for steward elections have now closed. This notice is to advise all BCGEU members at Elizabeth Bagshaw Society that the following person was acclaimed as a steward for your worksite:   · Theresa Paul   Thank you and congratulations!!!   If you have any questions regarding workplace issues or your collective agreement, please feel free to contact th...

November 02, 2017

Elections for Stewards for Members at the City of Fort St. John – RCMP Suppor...

The BCGEU is holding elections for 2 Stewards at the City of Fort St. John – RCMP Support   Stewards: OTTEN, Rajan WIEBE, Sonya YATES, Selena   · Ballots are available from your stewards and contacts at the worksite. You may also vote at the area office, (10147 100th Avenue, Fort St. John).   Ballots are due back to the BCGEU Peace River Area office no later than 5:00 p.m. November 13th, 2017. ...