ACTIONS

September 27, 2018

Support Gateway Workers

Send a message of support to striking BCGEU members at Gateway Casinos in the B.C. interior

Nearly 700 BCGEU members at four Gateway Casinos have been on strike since June 29.

Mediated talks recently broke off after Gateway refused to release financial information to back claims they cannot afford to pay higher wages.

Our members work at Playtime Casino in Kelowna, Lake City Casino in Vernon, and Cascades Casinos in Kamloops and Penticton. They work table games, as slot attendants, cashiers, in the count room, kitchen, security, guest services and maintenance.

They’re asking for living wages, better working conditions, and respect on the job.

We all know life in the Thompson-Okanagan is expensive. Gateway's most recent offer isn’t fair or reasonable. It would keep our members working in their casinos in the region earning well below wages casino workers are making on the coast for the same work. Our members simply cannot afford to live in the region on the wages the company is offering.

Spirits remain high on the picket lines, and we want to keep it that way. That’s why we’re seeking messages of support and solidarity. From you to them.

We have reason to be positive. On September 19, the B.C. Supreme Court denied Gateway's application to restrict picketing at the Penticton location. This is great news. The court upheld picketing as an exercise of free expression and workers’ rights.

Please sign the petition and add a message of support for BCGEU members at the four Gateway Casinos in the Thompson-Okanagan.

May 29, 2018

Thank A BC Worker

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

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.

December 04, 2017

Fair Elections BC

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

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. 

September 01, 2017

Responsible Retail

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

Childcare

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 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.

June 02, 2017

Prison Safety Now

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.