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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.

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.

 

Women

The BCGEU is recognized as a leader in fighting for women's rights in the workplace and the community. The BCGEU has a long and proud herstory of representing women member, who presently make up two-thirds of the total BCGEU membership. 

Watch We are the union: Women's Work, a documentary produced by the Provincial Executive Women's Committee that celebrates the achievements of union women throughout history.

 

WOMEN'S COMMITTEE

Terms of reference: 

WOMEN'S COMMITTEE

  • promotes the awareness of women's issues within the union;
  • encourages the participation of women at all levels of union activities;
  • recommends to the provincial executive the elimination of specifically identified systemic barriers to full participation of women in the union;
  • promotes, through the education committee, and other provincial executive committees, the continuing education of our members on areas of gender equity and rights within the union;
  • develops bargaining proposals on issues of concern to women;
  • recommends educational programs which address the needs of women;
  • reviews union policies, practices and positions with a life/work balance lens and amend as required; and
  • develops and submits resolutions to the provincial executive for BCGEU and labour affiliates.

The BCGEU Women's Committee is involved in the following:

  • International Women's Day on March 8: Around the world people celebrate women's contributions and continue to fight for women's equality. Copies of the BCGEU International Women's Day poster are available at BCGEU area offices. 
  • Herstory Month in October.
  • The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6.

Check back for a list of labour-supported events in communities across B.C. All BCGEU members are invited to take part in these events.

 

RESOURCES

International Women's Day poster
DOWNLOAD INT'L WOMEN'S DAY POSTER (PDF)

 

 

 

DOWNLOAD THE HERSTORY POSTER (OCTOBER)

 

 

 

 

 

DOWNLOAD THE NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE POSTER (DECEMBER 6)

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Solidarity

BCGEU Members, as part of a global community, have made supporting international social justice and labour solidarity causes a priority for our union. Our jobs and the delivery of important public services for British Columbians are impacted by developments in other countries.

Our International Solidarity Committee supports and collaborates with a number of organizations to advance working people's interests around the world. 

CURRENT ACTIONS:

 

What does our International Solidarity Committee do?

  • Show that the global community is watching: we often send official letters to governments and other organizations in support of our international partners.
  • Spread awareness on issues of importance to workers around the world through alerts to our members with information as to how they can get involved.
  • Support our international partners through member delegations and financial contributions.

BCGEU Members, as part of a global community, have made supporting international social justice and labour solidarity causes a priority for our union. Our jobs and the delivery of important public services for British Columbians are impacted by developments in other countries.

Partner organizations: 
View the list of partner organizations

Do you know a project or organization that would be a good candidate for support from our International Solidarity Committee?
Let us know by filling out and sending in an application to Kari.Michaels@bcgeu.ca and Andrea.Duncan@bcgeu.ca:

Equity and Human Rights

As Canadians, we have the rights to be treated fairly and with equality. These rights extend into our workplace. In our workplace, we have the right to be treated fairly and without discrimination based on our gender, sex, disability, race, religion, or age.

Despite the laws that protect us such as the Canadian Human Rights Act, the Human Rights Code of British Columbia, and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights; which our country helped write, we still face racism and discrimination in our workplaces and in our communities.

Click here to access the equity survey.

The BCGEU works closely with our national union (NUPGE) and the Canadian Labour Congress to eliminate discrimination in the workplace and in our society and continues to do so. 

 

BCGEU EQUITY & HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE

Are you a member of the BCGEU Equity Network yet?

The BCGEU is committed to ensuring that our activities and events are accessible to our members from all equity-seeking groups, and to connecting with and supporting our diverse membership. BCGEU members who identify with one or more of the four equity groups have joined the BCGEU Equity Network, and we would like to encourage you to sign up!

The Equity Network groups are:

  • Aboriginal
  • Workers with Disabilities (this includes any hidden disability)
  • Workers of Colour
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Transgender

Signing up to the Equity Network puts you on a confidential mailing list and you receive information, news stories and invitations to BCGEU-sponsored cultural and community events. We also welcome any interesting articles or events from your community that you would like us to distribute to the Network.

The email and contact list is kept confidential. Unless you agree by indicating on the form that you want to be contacted by other members of your equity group, there is no distribution of your email for any other purpose.

If you haven’t signed up yet, please click here to download and submit the survey form.

If you have any questions or require further information please contact the Equity and Human Rights Officer Earl Moloney, (email), or phone (604) 291-9611 or 1-800-663-1674.


Check out the Equity & Human Rights Photo Gallery

Download PDF file of the 2014 Aboriginal Roundtable Report

 


"My Life, My Union"

BCGEU member Kiran Kang shares her thoughts in the latest installment of the "My Life, My Union" series featured in a number of newspapers. Kang is a member of the union's provincial Women's Committee and a member of the Equity Network. Read about Kang here.

Mimi Murray, a steward at the Surrey City Centre branch of Vancity, is profiled here.

Former BCGEU Vice-President Lorene Oikawa on being active in thhe BCGEU, is profiled here.

Anti-bullying

The BCGEU takes the issue of workplace bullying very seriously. We're putting mechanisms in place to address the problem, such as educating our members about bullying and negotiating anti-bullying language in our collective agreements.

Our successes include:

  • Negotiated an MOU (#13) with the B.C. Government. The MOU is entitled Bullying in the Workplace and contained in our 16th Master Agreement.
  • Negotiated anti-bullying language in collective agreement for Component 17 members at BC Place and Atira.
  • The BCGEU also leads educational campaigns and holds workshops to educate members about workplace bullying.

 

PINK SHIRT DAY (HELD EACH FEBRUARY)

WHAT IS PINK SHIRT DAY?

Pink Shirt Day is an annual event meant to remind us about the misery caused by bullying. The “pink” campaign began in Nova Scotia in 2007 when two high school students learned a fellow student had been threatened for wearing a pink polo shirt. To support their friend, the teens bought 50 pink shirts and tank tops and urged others to wear them in support of anti-bullying. When the bullied student walked into school, he saw his fellow students dressed in pink. It was a powerful, supportive moment. When a large of group of people stand up against bullies in support of the victim, bullies lose all their power. Schools and workplaces across Canada have since adopted the campaign.

Visit the resources section below for anti-bullying posters and materials you can download and print for your worksite.

 

2016 EVENT INFORMATION

Pink Shirt Day is scheduled for Wednesday, February 24. The BCGEU is, for a fourth year, partnering with the CKNW Orphan's Fund

A BCGEU-themed public service announcement will air on CKNW during the month of February 2016. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 EVENT INFORMATION 

Pink Shirt Day is scheduled for Wednesday, February 25. The BCGEU is, for a third year, partnering with the CKNW Orphan's Fund. We'll have more information on ways BCGEU members can get involved, closer to the date. So, please keep checking back.

A BCGEU-themed public service announcement will air on CKNW during the month of February 2015. You can hear it here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 EVENT INFORMATION

Since 2013, the BCGEU partnered with Vancouver radio station CKNW on its annual Orphans' Fund Pink Shirt Day. We were a proud sponsor again in 2014.

As part of our sponsorship, CKNW will air a public service message we've produced. Listen to it here.
The message will air on CKNW Radio between February 1 and Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. 

We'll also participate in a radio interview airing on the Simi Sara Show.
As well, our activists participated in a special Pink Shirt Day event in downtown Vancouver. See CKNW's Pink Shirt Day website.

See our Pink Shirt Day 2014 photo gallery. Includes photos of the anti-bullying awareness luncheon co-sponsored by the BCGEU, PAVCO and Centerplate at BC Place on February 26, 2014.

 

 

2013 EVENT INFORMATION

News release about sponsors and guests at the campaign event in downtown Vancouver on February 27, 2013. Photos of BCGEU members at Pink Shirt Day 2013.

 

RESOURCES

ANTI-BULLYING POSTERS FOR DOWNLOAD AND PRINTING 

Click on image to download colour version for any BCGEU-member worksite

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on image to download black & white version for any BCGEU-member worksite

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANTI-BULLYING STICKERS FOR DOWNLOAD AND PRINTING 

  Use AVERY 5163 sticker stock when you print.

  Download by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

 

ANTI-BULLYING MATERIAL FOR YOUR WORKSITE FOR DOWNLOAD AND PRINTING 

 

 

Click on the image to
download a pdf on
how to handle
bullying in the workplace.

 

Aboriginal Rights

The BCGEU recognizes and supports treaty negotiations and the right of self-government and self-determination for First Nations.

Thank A BC Worker

In 2018 BCGEU successfully bargained new collective agreements covering roughly 53,000 employees in health, community social services and public services. The "Thank a BC Worker" campaign highlighted 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.

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.