Beginning in May 2018, the BCGEU will begin bargaining with the provincial government for new collective agreements that will cover roughly 53,000 employees in health, community social services and public services. Thank a BC Worker is a campaign to highlight this diverse cross-section of workers that care for our families and support our communities, and calls for a reinvestment in the services that support British Columbians.
February 22, 2018
All libraries, large or small, at their heart provide the same core services – books, computer access, and connection to the larger world. In small communities libraries reflect their communities and meet broad needs including personal connection. Programs and partnerships become ways for the community to share knowledge and connect to others. The library becomes a space to honour local traditions, share ideas and catch up with neighbours.
It’s more important than ever to protect and promote these important cultural hubs in rural areas of our province.
The BCGEU is launching the My Library: Heart of the Community campaign to raise awareness of the important role that libraries play in small communities.
December 04, 2017
Voters are increasingly disengaged because they don’t vote with their hearts, they vote strategically. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The new provincial government has announced plans for a referendum on proportional representation, happening the fall of 2018. B.C. voters deserve an opportunity to elect candidates and government that best reflects their values. Proportional representation will give British Columbians a more diverse and representative legislature, ensuring that everyone's voices are heard and that there is no such thing as a “wasted vote”.
October 31, 2017
The housing crisis is denying BC's working class the ability to own or rent a home that fits their needs. Rents are skyrocketing, and wages cannot keep up. To make life more affordable we need to strike at the root of the housing crisis.
Affordable BC is a plan put together by the BCGEU with the help of experts to solve the housing crisis. By working together, we can make this plan become a reality. Take action today.
September 01, 2017
Public and private liquor stores in British Columbia have the strongest track record of checking identification, are an age-controlled environment where children are prohibited and contribute substantial tax revenue to our provincial government.
Tell the BC government and municipalities that retailing non-medical marijuana should be done in the most socially responsible way: through public and private liquor stores.
June 02, 2017
We know that families can't afford childcare, in fact paying for childcare in BC is like having a second mortgage.
For many people the costs associated with childcare mean that it's not worth going back to work.
The $10/day child care plan is a made-in-BC proposal for a quality, affordable, public system of early childhood care and learning. It's time to invest in our kids.
June 02, 2017
Community social services support youth and adults with developmental disabilities and Aboriginal communities. They help women facing domestic violence, the homeless, individuals battling addictions. They work to strengthen families through counselling, and help youth in conflict with the law. They provide kids with a great start to life through early childhood education and learning.
June 02, 2017
Overcrowding. Double-bunking. Gang Violence. Inmates with addictions and mental health problems. Assaults on Officers. BC's prisons are out of control.
In 2001: a correctional officer worked on a living unit with 20 inmates.
Today: a correctional officer works alone on a living unit with up to 72 inmates.
Last year assaults on officers increased 39 per cent.
When their sentences are finished, these violent inmates will return to communities just like yours.
June 02, 2017
Home support is the most cost-efficient way to take care of seniors and people with physical disabilities. It allows them to live longer, healthier and happier lives.
Community health workers are trained professionals, but funding cuts have made it hard for them to do their jobs.
The provincial government’s recent funding commitment covers a number of areas including home support, but we need to ensure proper implementation of the plan.