BCGEU - Who We Are
65,000 members strong! The BCGEU is one of the most diverse unions in British Columbia. We represent approximately 65,000 men and women in more than 550 bargaining units. Our union can trace its beginnings back to the early 1900s when provincial government employees formed an association to address their working conditions. Since then, the union has organized thousands of workers outside the government service.
Half of the BCGEU membership work in the direct government service. They include the women and men who protect children, provide financial assistance to the poor, protect the environment and manage our natural resources, care for the mentally ill in institutions, staff provincial correctional facilities, fight forest fires, and provide the government's technical and clerical services.
BCGEU members in the broader public sector instruct and provide support and technical services in colleges and institutes.
They provide community health care services to seniors and others in their own homes and long-term care facilities, and enable the developmentally disabled to live in group homes. Our members in the private sector provide financial services in banks and credit unions, and work in hotels, department stores, First Nations governments, theatres and casinos. They plow our highways during the winter.