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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.


July 21, 2021

BC Centre for Ability - New Stewards - BCGEU

Nominations have closed for two (2) steward positions on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. We are pleased to announce that Angela Wu and Joanna Milinkovic have been acclaimed as the new stewards at BC Centre for Ability. Please join us in wishing them well in their new position. In solidarity Nicki PearsonStaff Representative Download PDF notice here  UWU/MoveUP

July 20, 2021

Tips to avoid email fraud - BCGEU

In the past couple of years, the BCGEU has seen an increase in the number of fraudulent, or phishing, emails being sent to BCGEU members.Often, these emails look like they come from someone at the BCGEU. In other circumstances, the scammers have taken information off the BCGEU website and have attempted to impersonate component or local executive members.In many of these cases, the scammers are...

July 12, 2021

All BCGEU CHWs at Vancouver Coastal Health - Psychological Injuries and Your ...

Hello BCGEU Members, Over the past few weeks, we have had members contacting us about their rights after experiencing a critical incident at work. When a critical incident happens, it’s important to consider psychological injuries and treat them as we would physical injuries. Similar to physical injuries, psychological injuries may have deep and lasting effects so seeking treatment early can he...

July 08, 2021

Ministry of Health Announcement - BCGEU

The Ministry of Health today announced some changes in the Public Health orders that apply to Long Term Care and Assisted Living facilities. We have confirmed with the Ministry of Health thatthere are no changes to Public Health orders or guidance for Home Support or other Community Health workplaces. Home Support continues to operate as it has been. You can find a summary of the changes here. ...

July 02, 2021

BC Restart Phase 3 – union offices opening and changes at work - BCGEU

BCGEU offices re-opening on July 12With the shift to Phase 3 of the BC Restart Plan, BCGEU offices will re-open, by appointment only, on July 12.Members can visit offices for meetings and to drop off or pick up materials.For the safety of BCGEU members and staff, masks are required in common spaces and visitors must register upon arrival. Additional occupational health and safety protocols will...

June 30, 2021

Canada Day: Reflect, listen, learn, commit to action - BCGEU

How can we make Canada Day meaningful? By taking time on July 1 to reflect and collectively mourn about recent events as we learn more about the horrors and abuse that took place in residential schools. We grieve alongside Indigenous Peoples and communities as we validate tragic events in our history. Of course, the most recent ones being the deeply disturbing news of 751 unmarked graves being ...

June 29, 2021

Staying Safe While Working in the Heat - BCGEU

In the past weekend, BC has set a new record temperature high not seen in Canada since 1937. Since we are not acclimatized to this high heat, these increased temperatures present a physical risk factor that may not be taken into account in your day-to-day work. WorksafeBC has put out a comprehensive heat safe document here. This bulletin will take you through any additional factors that need to...

June 23, 2021

Cheshire Homes Society of BC- overtime - BCGEU

Further to our communication regarding the right to refuse overtime unless there is an emergency situation, we wish to provide further clarity on the process. The collective agreement states that: Article 16.8 – Right to Refuse Overtime When an employee is requested to work overtime on a scheduled workday or on a scheduled day off, the employee may decline to work such overtime. Only in cases o...