Component 3 - Community Social Services

BCGEU community-based social service workers provide supports, services, and resources to vulnerable families and individuals across the province.

They include community living workers supporting youths and adults with developmental disabilities, youth-at-risk, women services, child care, community justice services, First Nations family services, and employment services, among others.

BCGEU is the largest community social service union in BC, representing over 8000 workers in the sector.

Click here to view the Community Social Services Matter! campaign.

Together with self-advocates, families, and agencies, BCGEU successfully advocated and negotiated for improved community living program funding – and improved contracts for the workers that support adults and youth with developmental disabilities. Click here to read “Better funding, services for vulnerable British Columbians,” an opinion article published in the Vancouver Sun in March 2014.

Bargaining Updates

Jul 29, 2015

The BCGEU is pleased to announce the results of the ratification vote.

The new Collective Agreement was ratified by 100% of the membership.

Jul 23, 2015

The union will be conducting a ratification meeting and vote as the parties reached a tentative agreement on July 14, 2015, for a renewed collective agreement expiring on March 31, 2018.

Jul 21, 2015

On July 13, 2015, the BCGEU reached a tentative agreement with St. James Daycare Society.

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Component News

Jul 30, 2015

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith updates members on summer events and ongoing union issues.

Jul 29, 2015

Gayle Wilson, a community support worker from the Okanagan, submitted the best profile to the Community Social Services Matter website

Jul 21, 2015

Sisters and Brothers,

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Media Coverage

Jun 2, 2015

It is difficult to work to improve something when you won’t accept there is even a problem.

Apr 9, 2015

The computer system used to protect vulnerable kids and deliver social programs has never lived up to expectations, B.C.’s auditor general states in a report released today.

Mar 9, 2015

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

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Pension News

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