The union's component structure was established when bargaining rights in the public service were finally granted by legislation in 1974.
At that time, the government employees' components were negotiated, based on occupational groupings. This structure was later extended to other groups of workers represented by the BCGEU certified under the Labour Code. Over the years some components are changed, merged or created to reflect reorganization within the government service and to meet the needs of new members.
The BCGEU is currently structured with the following components:
Our members who work at correctional centres and as sheriffs throughout British Columbia.
Our members who work for non-profit societies and corporations, providing child care, family and children's services, community justice, social services to the developmentally challenged, and women's services.
Our members who work in facilities and as paramedical professionals in drug and alcohol treatment centres, adult day care, detox and emergency shelters, women's clinics, services to seniors, mental health group homes, regional health units and other community-based health services.
Our members operate the provincial government's retail liquor stores and warehouse operations.
Our members in ministries across government who work in a great variety of social, cultural, educational, information technology, research, health care delivery and associated direct technical support functions, including social workers, child protection and probation officers, and system analysts.
BCGEU Component 7 represents the Education, Scientific, Technical and Administrative workers of the union. Our members work in school districts, colleges, universities, institutes, private schools, private testing laboratories, offices, libraries, legal services, NDP constituency assistants and caucus workers, Student Unions, skill centres, and Native Court workers.
Our members covered by the HEABC Community Health subsector agreement.
Our members working for private corporations, contracted by the government to maintain provincial highways and bridges. The component includes inland ferries, some municipal governments and tree nurseries.
Our members who provide administrative and support services in the direct government, a number of authorities in the broader public sector and for private employers under contract to provide government services.
BCGEU members employed by local governments, hotels, theatres, credit unions, B.C. Place, B.C. Housing Management, retail outlets, casinos, labs and call centres.
Our members working in government engineering support and inspectional duties, protecting and regulating natural resources, and environmental protection. They include biologists, design engineers, conservation officers, laboratory workers, scientific/technical officers, inspectors and planning officers.