President's Blog

Recognizing the important work of our administrative service professionals

Having worked for many years in public service and as an elected union official, I can assure you that it would be impossible for me to do my job, but for the able assistance of the many administrative service workers who keep our organizations and government running efficiently. Read more »

2014: The year BC Parks changed forever

Bill 4 opens door to industrial uses in BC Parks

On the face of it, the amendments to the BC Parks Act (Bill 4) seem like legislative housekeeping – with definitions like “research” and “purpose” and “feasibility study”. Read more »

Protecting public health care

Activists around the country will be out in full force on Monday, March 31 to draw attention to the expiry of Canada’s health accord.

Our current health accord, which was negotiated in 2004 between the federal and provincial governments, sets out a federal funding formula and ensures that the provinces adhere to the Canada Health Act. Read more »

Immigrant settlement services and ESL training in jeopardy

Direct federal government funding for immigrant settlement services and English as a second language (ESL) training is ending on in March 31. What happens next is still up in the air.
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March is Community Social Services Awareness Month

BCGEU members in community social services have something to celebrate this CSS Awareness Month, unlike previous years. Read more »

Guest blogger - Treasurer & Women's Committee Chair Stephanie Smith's International Women's Day message

Women and Unions – Now More Than Ever

Millions of women around the world will be commemorating the 103rd annual International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8, 2014. We will be celebrating the struggles of the past that women have turned into victories and looking forward to the day women everywhere enjoy equality, respect, justice and peace. Read more »

Striving for respectful workplaces – Pink Shirt Anti-Bullying Day February 26

Workplace bullying is a problem we at the BCGEU take very seriously. That’s why we’re committed to getting anti-bullying language in collective agreements to address and mitigate workplace discrimination, harassment, and bullying. Read more »

BC budget leaves unanswered questions

The provincial government’s bare-bones budget, announced yesterday in the legislature, continues to underfund public services and does not repair any of the damage done by budget cuts and freezes over the last dozen years.

It also leaves a lot of important questions unanswered. Read more »

Honouring missing and murdered women

BCGEU activists will join thousands of others on February 14 in marches and vigils across the country to remember and honour women who have gone missing or been murdered. Read more »

Recognizing the value of community health

Community health is vital to our province’s health care system.

This week community health members from BCGEU and other unions voted to accept a new tentative agreement. Over 15,000 workers now have a new five-year contract that aims to offer much-needed stability to the sector. Read more »