Component 17 - General Services

The BCGEU's General Services Component includes members employed by casinos, hotels, banks, credit unions, B.C. Place, B.C. Housing Management, some Royal Canadian Legion operations, B.C. Milk Marketing Board, Compass Foods, regional districts plus private businesses. This is one of the union's fastest growing components.

Anti-Bullying initiatives

Component 17 has been at the forefront of anti-bullying initiatives at the BCGEU. Our negotiators try to negotiate anti-bullying language into all our collective agreement. Some of our successes include anti-bullying language in BC Place (PAVCO) and Atira collective agreements.

In 2011, the component 17 raised public and BCGEU member awareness by launching its own Sea Of Pink campaign. It designed and distributed pink scarfs, stickers and pocket-sized information cards to educate members on ways to stand up against workplace bullying.

As a result of component 17's work, the BCGEU has broadened its anti-bullying efforts work by partnering with the CKNW Pink Shirt Day each February.

Component 17 Anti-Bullying Awareness Lunch at BC Place (February 26, 2014)
See other photos from this event. See the BCGEU's Anti-Bullying Campaign page.

Bargaining Updates

Feb 1, 2016

A tentative agreement was reached on January 28, 2016.

Jan 28, 2016

Your Bargaining Committee met with the Employer to negotiate a renewal collective agreement. The committee is pleased to advise you that a tentative agreement was reached on January 28, 2016.

Jan 28, 2016


Nominations are now open for the following positions:
Chairperson of the Bargaining Committee, one position 


Component News

Feb 4, 2016

Here is an update of our progress in the Starlight Casino Award regarding the elimination of Poker. 

Feb 4, 2016

COMPONENT: General Services
LOCAL: 1704
DATE: Monday, March 7, 2016
TIME: 6:00 p.m.

Feb 4, 2016

First Nations/union alliance emerges in wake of Supreme Court ruling requiring BC government to make a decision on Northern Gateway


Media Coverage

Dec 2, 2015

BC Place is failing to protect its workers from violence at the hands of rowdy sports fans and concert-goers, according to a WorkSafeBC report.

Mar 9, 2015

Although we've won many hard-fought battles, it's not all good news. 
By Stephanie Smith