Protect BC Parks

The B.C. Liberal government pushed through legislation, without consultation, that will change the face of BC parks forever - by making it easier to take land out of provincial parks for industrial uses, including: Pipelines, Industrial Roads, Power Lines and Resource Extraction. Over 30 parks are threatened by industrial development.

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Q: How many full-time park rangers do you think there are to serve the 1000 parks and protected areas - more than 32 million acres of land? 

A: 11 only.

In 2001, there were 27 full-time park rangers in BC. Thirteen later, their ranks have been cut by more than 60 per cent. The number of full-time-equivalent seasonal park ranger positions has also seen a 60 per cent cut.The BC government has cut $10 million from the BC Parks budget - including $2.5 million in 2009 and more than $660,000 in the last year.

More than 40 park vehicles have been cancelled. Gasoline and travel budgets to patrol BC parks were slashed. In some cases, rangers have had to consider patrolling parks by Greyhound bus or taxi, for lack of a vehicle. Some parks areas have no budget for toilet paper.

Our parks cannot take any more neglect. Infrastructure is decaying. Lack of patrols are resulting in vandalism and theft from BC parks, and an increased risk of wildfires.

Meanwhile, the BC government's own study on the economic benefits of BC Parks shows that $10 dollars in economic activity is generated for every dollar invested by the government in BC's parks system. Clearly, it is time to re-invest in BC's provincial parks system.


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Action Centre

Help us send a message to the BC Liberal government, to restore BC Parks funding to the 2000 levels, to reclaim one of British Columbia's most valuable natural assets. Here are some things you can do to help:

STOP BILL 4

Recent changes to the Parks Act make it easier to exclude BC parks lands
for industrial purposes.
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News

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November 2011

 

 

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Anti-bullying

The BCGEU takes the issue of workplace bullying very seriously. We're putting mechanisms in place to address the problem, such as educating our members about bullying and negotiating anti-bullying language in our collective agreements.

Children at Risk

Every day in British Columbia, vulnerable children, youth, and families are falling through the cracks of an under-resourced and over-stretched child welfare system. The safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children and families is being compromised because the B.C. government is not committing the resources required to protect them, with desperately tragic consequences.  

When tragic failures occur, it’s generally not because of services provided by child and family workers. Rather, tragedy and failure stems from what frontline workers cannot do. 

Services and supports for vulnerable children, youth, and families are being regularly compromised by severe staffing shortages, excessive caseloads, and dangerous occupational health and safety risks at both MCFD and at MSDSI. Quite simply, there are neither enough resources, nor enough staff; and the volume of work—measured by caseloads—are intolerable.

NUPGE Fairness Express

The NUPGE Fairness Express is hitting a town near you!

The Fairness Express has been touring the country since September 2013 in an effort to meet Canadians where they live, to hear how they and their families have been coping in this post-2008 recession economy.

The national tour travels across B.C. from August 15 until September 21.

Check back here often for updates from the road as the NUPGE bus visits communities across British Columbia!

Protect BC Parks

The B.C. Liberal government pushed through legislation, without consultation, that will change the face of BC parks forever - by making it easier to take land out of provincial parks for industrial uses, including: Pipelines, Industrial Roads, Power Lines and Resource Extraction. Over 30 parks are threatened by industrial development.

Save Medicare

Save Canada's Medicare System

We risk losing Canada's public health care system in 2014.

Right now, there's a dangerous legal attack before the courts that could turn Canada's Medicare system into a US-style system – without the public having a say. The attack is driven by Dr. Brian Day, owner of a Vancouver for-profit clinic known for unlawfully billing taxpayer and patient money. Dr. Day is on a reckless campaign to replace Canada's Medicare with a US-style system, and he's using the courts to do it. The case is being called the most significant constitutional challenge in Canadian history. And it's going to trial in BC Supreme Court in 2014.

Ongoing

Aboriginal Rights

The BCGEU recognizes and supports treaty negotiations and the right of self-government and self-determination for First Nations.

Bargaining 101

Learn more about how your bargaining ideas end up in your collective agreement.

To help members better understand how an idea that starts in your workplace ends up in your collective agreement, we’ve created a video.

 

Childcare

BC has a childcare crisis - Families can't afford childcare. Paying for childcare in BC is like having a second mortgage. Often, it's not worth going back to work. There is a solution: a community plan to cap childcare fees and improve early childhood education. It's time to invest in our kids.

Environment

The environment committee works to educate members about issues that matter to us, such as environmentalism, climate change, green jobs and greening our union.

 

 

Equity and Human Rights

As Canadians we have rights to be treated fairly and with equality. These rights extend into our workplace. In our workplace we have the right to be treated fairly and without discrimination based on our gender, sex, disability, race, religion, or age.

Despite the laws that protect us such as the Canadian Human Rights Act, the Human Rights Code of British Columbia, and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights; which our country helped write, we still face racism and discrimination in our workplaces and in our communities.

 

Forestry Cuts

After more than a decade of service cuts to BC's forestry ministry, and legislative change that leaves the industry to largely regulate itself, BC's resource communities have seen closed mills, pine beetle damage and raw log exports that cost BC jobs. The BCGEU has engaged in a series of forestry dialogues to focus attention on the ongoing crisis in BC forests.

International Solidarity

The BCGEU's International Solidarity Committee works to raise awareness about social justice issues around the world.

Our union takes an active role on international solidarity issues because BCGEU members are part of a global community.

Justice For All

The BC Liberal government has mandated deep cuts to the legal aid system in BC yet again. In January, funding cuts forced LSS to reduce staff in the Lower Mainland by 38 positions and cut back core services and special projects, while demand for services rose dramatically. Those cuts followed the massive 40 percent cut to legal aid by the BC Liberal government in 2002-2005.

Quality Public Services

Strengthening public services and ensuring tax fairness is the right thing and smart thing to do. The task has never been more formidable. The need has never been greater. It will take the effort of each of us. ALL TOGETHER NOW!

Road Safe BC

B.C.’s Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) inspectors – who inspect commercial vehicles, staff weigh scales and oversee private inspection facilities – has shrunk by more than 26 per cent since coming back into government service from ICBC in 2003. 1-in-4 inspector positions are now vacant.

 

Save AirCare

Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley Regional District unanimously endorsed extending AirCare until 2020.

Ontario and Washington State have extended their emissions testing programs until 2019 – what is different about B.C.?

Seniors' Care

As a province, we owe it to our seniors to care for them as they age. But we have a long way to go to provide care that is high quality, fully accessible, publicly funded, and meets the needs of seniors in their communities.

Women

The BCGEU is recognized as a leader in fighting for women's rights in the workplace and the community. The BCGEU has a long and proud herstory of representing women member, who presently make up two-thirds of the total BCGEU membership. 

Youth

The BCGEU Young Workers Committee is comprised of members 30 and under who encourage young people to get active in all areas of the union.

Past

BCGEU Votes!

BCGEU Votes! A political action campaign to engage and mobilize BCGEU members around the 2013 provincial election.

Community Living BC

Provincial funding to BC's community living sector has failed to keep pace with growing demographic and inflationary pressures and is inadequate to meet the needs of adults with developmental disabilities, families, and caregivers. Budget cuts and service redesigns are destroying the province's community inclusion infrastructure and violating fundamental rights of persons with disabilities to autonomy, independence, choice, and support. The province-wide campaign to expose this crisis has resulted in increased sectoral funding, but many outstanding issues remain.

Visit the BC Community Living Action group website.

Licensed Practical Nurses

BCGEU is proud to represent Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) in our health care sector. LPNs join other nurses, health science professionals, care aides, community health workers and support service workers in facilities, community health, and in government service. The BCGEU is BC's third largest health care union. LPNs have a strong voice in our union, serving in positions of leadership in their locals and components.