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Pandemic premium pay - stand up for workers

Essential frontline workers are putting their health and safety on the line for us every day during this pandemic.

We have called them heroes, and hold them up as symbols of strength in this time of crisis.

But we have not given them the recognition that they deserve when it matters the most.

Too many of them have been left out of the government's temporary pandemic pay program.


Seniors Deserve Better

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.


The BCGEU is a leader in advocating for better health and safety at the workplace and across the province.

The BCGEU's OHS department works to prevent physical and psychological injury to our members, to empower and enable workers to go home safe and healthy at the end of their workday.

The department develops health and safety courses, trains worker facilitators, schedules courses, and supports their delivery. Overall, the BCGEU puts on almost 250 OHS courses, training about 3,000 people each year.

The department also provides support to worker health and safety representatives, BCGEU components and BCGEU staff. Our staff liaise with the WCB to support members' concerns, participate in reviews and provide input into regulatory changes. We work broadly with the labour community to build public support for improved health and safety conditions, and represent the BCGEU at the WCB and on regional and provincial OHS committees in a number of sectors.

Public Inquiry Now

Join the call for a public inquiry now into organized crime, opioids, and money laundering in B.C. A public inquiry could be our best chance to learn the truth about a crisis that has claimed thousands of lives, and has made our province the most unaffordable to live in.

We deserve to know the truth.

Add your name to the call for a public inquiry.

Affordable BC

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. 

Shop Public

Big changes have come to BC Liquor stores: Sunday and holiday openings, extended hours, and refrigerated products. These changes are long overdue. Public liquor stores should remain central to this ongoing modernization. They have a long tradition of better pricing, better selection, knowledgeable staff and social responsibility. The public distribution and retailing of alcohol also produces important public revenue. BC Liquor stores also provide good jobs all across our province.

My Library - the heart of the community - BCGEU

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.

Our Environment

The BCGEU has long recognized that a healthy environment is essential to the well-being and prosperity of all working people and their communities. At the same time, BCGEU members are increasingly concerned about environmental issues and the effects of climate change. In 2005, the union struck the Provincial Executive Environment Committee to examine environmental issues in B.C. and across Canada. Through this work, the committee seeks to contribute to better environmental stewardship and climate change solutions, as well as support a just transition as the world moves to more sustainable methods of production.

Community Social Services Matter

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.