Component 12 - Administrative Services

Component 12, Administrative Services, members provide front-line administrative and support services for the B.C. Government and non-government employers.

We work in a variety of classications and positions: administrative officer, clerk, postal clerk, clerk stenographer, coordinator of volunteers, court clerk, financial officer, health unit aide, medical records librarian and technician, office assistant, data processing operator, radio, teletype and switchboard operators, stationery clerk and stockworker.

Please join us in wishing Component 12 vice president, Lori Joaquin, all the best as she embarks on her next journey, retirement!

Lori is an icon in our union, and has been a dedicated activist for decades. Her work and accomplishments are too many to list here, but here is a summary of her extraordinary work.

Lori became a BCGEU member in 1981, and in 1982 became a shop steward. In 1991, Lori became chair of local 1206, winning the Shane Murphy memorial award for her outstanding activism in 1996. She has served in almost every component executive position over her many years. She was elected in 2000 as component 1st vice, joining the provincial executive. She has been component vice president since 2014.   

Lori has also been a member of the Public Service Bargaining Committee for many rounds of bargaining, as well as a member of the Article 13 and Joint Workforce Adjustment Steering Committee ensuring members' rights were protected during some of the biggest cuts the public service and our members faced. In 2008 she became a Public Service Pension Trustee.

Lori’s well known for her dedication, fairness and her common sense no-nonsense approach to issues. She’s also a wealth of historical knowledge, and you quite often heard “We’ll ask Lori, she’ll know or have it in her notes!"

Thank you Lori for your tireless dedication to our members, our component, and our union!  You will be missed, but we all wish you well in your well-deserved retirement.

The Breakaway Campaign (2015-2016)

We recently surveyed our members in Administrative Services (aka Component 12) about workload. Here's what we found out:

  • 58 per cent of you said your position isn’t adequately backfilled while you’re on vacation or leave.
  • 65 per cent of you told us your workplace isn’t adequately staffed.

By and large, your workloads are unmanageable. It's time that changed.

That's why we've created the Breakaway campaign. 

Find out about the origins of Breakaway: The Workload Project.


Bargaining Updates

Apr 14, 2016

I am pleased to advise that the tentative agreement has been ratified by the membership. 

Nov 17, 2015

The Public Service Agency has calculated the Economic Stability Dividend (ESD) for 2016. The BCGEU has also confirmed these calculations.

Apr 10, 2015

On behalf of your bargaining committee, I am pleased to advise that the HPAS tentative agreement has been ratified.


Component News

Oct 20, 2016

Nominations are now open for 1 position for a steward at your worksite, and will close 5:00pm, November 21, 2016.

Oct 19, 2016

Bring your Questions! Build Your Skills! Have Fun!

Oct 17, 2016

DATE: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
TIME: 5:30 pm
PLACE: BCGEU Victoria Area Office - Auditorium



Media Coverage

Oct 11, 2016

No wonder B.C. child-welfare workers are seeking union membership

Dec 15, 2015

Wait times for welfare phone line soar

Dec 14, 2015

Inside a chaotic government welfare office in Victoria, crying children were tired of waiting in line, desperate adults couldn’t get their cheques, and overwhelmed ministry staff faced relentless c