News Release

Negligent Bosses Go Undercharged for Worker Deaths

On May 9, 1992, deep in the coal seam of the Westray Mine beneath Plymouth, Nova Scotia, a spark ignited accumulated methane gas and triggered a huge explosion. By the time the resulting fireball had swept through the mine, fed to a murderous fury by choking clouds of coal dust, 26 workers were dead. Read more »

Kelowna youth programs face cuts ahead of by-election

The B.C. Liberal government’s failure to properly fund the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club in Kelowna-Westside may lead to youth service cuts, the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union has learned. Read more »

Domestic violence in the workplace

It has now been just over a year since WorkSafe's domestic violence tool kit was launched.

Addressing domestic violence is not a regulatory requirement in B.C. however WorkSafe recommends employers take the issue seriously.

Over the last year the online resources have been downloaded almost 25,000 times in British Columbia, nationally and internationally.  Read more »

‘Alive After Five’ program is looking for facilitators

Are you between the ages of 20 – 30 and looking to make a difference? Join the Alive After Five program!

Alive After Five is a peer to peer model of education for young workers. We get to over 17,000 high school students every year, informing young workers in grade 10 of their health & safety rights. Read more »

Component 1 Bargaining Committee

In January 2014 we will be returning to the bargaining table to negotiate a new Master Agreement (for all direct government employees) and a new Component 1 Agreement. 

Local union meetings were held in June and will continue into July to bring forward bargaining proposals from Component 1 members. Read more »

B.C. Government re-commits to core review of public services in throne speech

The B.C. Government throne speech, read in the legislature today, contained few surprises and affirmed the government’s commitment to a planned core review of public services, says the BCGEU.

“We’re looking forward to meeting with the government and providing meaningful input into the core review process,” says BCGEU president Darryl Walker. Read more »

Support Newfoundland strikers by boycotting these imported beers

The BCGEU is calling on its members and all British Columbians to support striking Labatt Breweries workers in Newfoundland by boycotting products imported into Canada by Labatt’s parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev). Read more »

Supreme Court rules against random drug testing

Labour unions are hailing a Supreme Court ruling as a major victory in the fight against random drug and alcohol testing. Read more »

BCGEU looks to new B.C. Government cabinet to improve services to British Columbians

The BCGEU welcomes Premier Christy Clark and her new cabinet announced today at a ceremony in Vancouver.

BCGEU President Darryl Walker was among the guests invited to the event. He said he looks forward to continuing discussions on matters of interest the union had taken up prior to the election. Read more »

WCB inspections lead to policy change on OC (pepper) spray

BC Corrections has informed us that OC spray (pepper spray) will be issued to living unit officers at all six maximum security jails in B.C. Read more »

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