ACTIONS

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. 

Stop the Fentanyl Crisis

People are dying in our streets. The fentanyl crisis has pushed our medical system to the breaking point and inaction by senior levels of government has left everyone scrambling to save lives. We stand with all those whose days are spent in our streets working to save the lives of some of the most marginalized and forgotten members of our society.

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.

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.

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.

 

Young Workers

The BCGEU Young Workers Committee is comprised of members 30 and under who encourage young people to get active in all areas of the union.