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.
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.
As Canadians we have 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.
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.
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.
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.
Every day in British Columbia, vulnerable children, youth, and families are falling through the cracks of an under-resourced and over-stretched child welfare system. The safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children and families is being compromised because the B.C. government is not committing the resources required to protect them, with desperately tragic consequences.