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.

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

May 20, 2015

We have met with the YMCA Management and exchanged bargaining proposals.  Our next dates for bargaining are May 20, 21 and 22, 2015.  We will be sending out regular updates. Stay tuned!

May 15, 2015

Your newly elected bargaining committee met on May 13, 2015.  The committee received training and orientation on the bargaining process, and reviewed all bargaining surveys that were submitted.

May 11, 2015

The Union counted ballots from the vote last Thursday and these are the results:


Component News

May 27, 2015

We want to hear from you, and from all community-based social service workers across B.C.!

May 27, 2015

B.C.'s community-based social services workers are on the frontlines of the province's social safety net. It can be a rewarding but also a tough and sometimes thankless job.


Media Coverage

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

Jan 30, 2015

Vulnerable children and families are falling through the cracks of an under-resourced child welfare system “with desperately tragic consequences,” according to the union representing B.C.’s social


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