It is with a heavy heart that the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) staff and members learned of the passing of former BCGEU president John Shields on March 24. Shields served seven, two-year terms as BCGEU president between 1984 and 1999. For decades he was a champion of labour rights and his legacy can be found in every workplace in B.C. —in the improved working conditions, benefits and wages that were achieved during his time leading the BCGEU.
If you were not able to attend an event, but want to offer thoughts, or share memories of John Shields you can send an email to InMemory@bcgeu.ca or sign the memorial books at BCGEU Headquarters at 4911 Canada Way, Burnaby, B.C.