News Release

Frontline caring professionals to get 11.5% pay boost by 2019

Frontline caring professionals across B.C. will get a pay boost of 11.5% by 2019, the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) announced today.

The wage increases are included in the new collective agreement ratified by an 85.6% vote in favour by 11,000 community social service workers across B.C. today. Read more »

Corrections PTR (Part Time Regular) staff Update

At the last round of Component 1 Corrections & Sheriff Services bargaining, the bargaining committee was able to negotiate new language for Adult Custody part-time, regular staff. The Component Executive will be finalizing the changes to the letter of understanding. The new language in section 1 (b) (2) now states: Read more »

Throne speech repeats LNG hopes but offers no new ideas

This afternoon’s Speech from the Throne offered surprisingly few new ideas and instead relied on past promises around a Liquefied Natural Gas industry that is already facing uncertainty. Read more »

$100,000 Scholarship Fund Launched for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

The BC Government Employees’ and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) and Community Living BC (CLBC) today launched a $100,000 scholarship fund to benefit adults with developmental disabilities being served by CLBC across the province. The fund was established as a result of bargaining negotiations between CLBC and BCGEU. Read more »

Corrections and Sheriff's Service Classification Review Update

The BCGEU Classifications department and two members of the Component 1 executive (Dean Purdy, Component Chair and Brian Campbell, Component 2nd Vice Chair) have been working with Corrections Branch officials to create new benchmarks for Correctional Officers and Correctional Supervisors. Read more »

BC Ombudsperson leads community discussion on home support in Kelowna

Seniors, local residents and workers from the community health sector gathered on Thursday evening at Okanagan College in Kelowna to attend a forum on home support featuring BC’s Ombudsperson, Kim Carter. Read more »

Staff shortages, workload, major contributing factors of failure of BC child protection services, report shows

Repeated failures to report, intervene and protect a young, vulnerable First Nations girl who took her own life in 2011 amounted to a complete failure of B.C.’s child protection and mental health services, the Representative for Children and Youth stated in a report released today. Read more »

Worksafe Magazine - January/February edition

In the latest edition of WorkSafe Magazine: Read more »

BC Fed - Lack of charges in Babine explosion shakes worker confidence in provincial safety agencies

Vancouver, BC – B.C. Federation of Labour President Jim Sinclair said today that significant steps must be taken to restore confidence in worker protection in British Columbia, in the wake of a damning incident investigation report into the deaths of Robert Luggi and Carl Charlie in the Babine Forest Products explosion and fire. Read more »

BCGEU calls on government to develop public retailing model in grocery store liquor sales

The BCGEU is calling on the provincial government to maintain a public retailing model as it develops and implements a move to allow grocery stores to sell liquor. Grocery store sales is one of 73 recommendations included in a provincial liquor policy review released today by Parliamentary Secretary John Yap. Read more »

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