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Component 12 includes members who work for the B.C. Government and non-government employers providing front-line administrative and support services.

They work in a variety of classifications and positions: administrative officer, clerk, postal clerk, clerk stenographer, coordinator of volunteers, court clerk, financial officer, health unit aide, medical records librarian and technician, office assistant, data processing operator, radio, teletype and switchboard operators, stationery clerk and stockworker.


May 04, 2016

BCGEU president’s statement re: Fort McMurray wildfire & $50k donation

NEW: The BCGEU has made a $50,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross towards relief efforts. Like you, I’ve been watching the images and video footage from wildfire-ravaged Fort McMurray, Alberta. It’s heartbreaking to see. The lives of those affected have been changed forever. We know some of our BCGEU members have loved ones and friends who’ve been impacted by the evacuation of a staggerin...

May 04, 2016

Local 1203 Stewards meeting

Your Local Executive is working on setting up regularly occurring Local 1203 steward meetings to discuss various topics that you face often as stewards. This is also an excellent opportunity to network and connect with your fellow stewards. In preparation for these meetings, we would like to hear from you about the top three issues you face at your worksite.  To participate, please send your a...

May 04, 2016

Local 1204 nomination for local executive 2nd vice chairperson

Nominations are now open for the position of 2nd Vice Chairperson on the Local Executive. The roles and responsibilities are as follows: It shall be the duty of the 2nd Vice Chairperson in the absence of the Chairperson and 1st Vice Chairperson to assume the chair and discharge the duties of the chair according to the bylaws. Such other duties as may be assigned by the Chairperson or the b...

May 03, 2016

Auditor general report on mining sector: BCGEU calls for expanded resources

The BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) is calling on the B.C. Government to allocate additional resources to boost staffing for regulation and enforcement in the Ministry of Energy and Mines and the Ministry of Environment. The call comes in response to today’s comprehensive report from B.C. Auditor General Carol Bellringer, entitled, An Audit of Compliance and Enforcement of t...

May 02, 2016

BC Federation of Labour "Stress in the Workplace" Course

The “Understanding and Preventing Stress in the Workplace” course will be offered at the Castlegar area office on Friday June 3, 2016 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. This course will be facilitated by a BC Federation of Labour Health and Safety Centre facilitator. This course is designed to help identify stressors such as job demands, job control, lack of support, organization styles, bullying and lac...

May 02, 2016

Area 05 Stewards Educational Seminar – Pension Workshop

The Area 05 Cross Component Committee is pleased to invite you for a free education session regarding a Pension Workshop. This educational session will be useful for all BCGEU members who want more information related to Pensions and Pension Plans.     WHERE: Kamloops Area Office                    158 Oriole Road, Kamloops                   After hours entrance at right rear of building.    ...

April 28, 2016

Member Update - April 27, 2016

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith provides an update on some of the important events and initiatives the BCGEU is involved with in April and May.

April 28, 2016

Stephanie Smith: Day of Mourning 2016

UPDATE: Day of Mourning photos Many of you will be attending Day of Mourning events on April 28 in different communities around our province. Some of you will be there to honour and remember your co-workers and family members or to show solidarity and empathy for those who have been affected by the death or injury of a worker. The provincial government will be lowering flags on all provincia...

April 27, 2016

Speak out against death threats to union leaders in Colombia

We have been alerted through CoDevelopment Canada and our Colombian partner NOMADESC that there has been a new round of death threats against numerous human rights defenders and union leaders. These threats are taking place in the Valle de Cauca region, and originate with the paramilitary group Gaitanistas Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AGC). This is the latest incident in a recent increase i...

April 27, 2016

BCGEU supports transgender human rights bill

On Wednesday, April 27, 2016 NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert is presenting the Trans Equality Bill to the BC Legislature. This bill will ensure that trans and gender variant British Columbians are explicitly protected under the B.C. Human Rights Code. It is Chandra Herbert’s fourth attempt to introduce the private member’s bill. BCGEU President Stephanie Smith has sent a letter in support of...

April 27, 2016

The BCGEU is proud to endorse the Sanctuary City principles

When refugee applicants come to Canada, there is often an assumption that Canada is a safer place than their home countries. But if you have a precarious migration status or no status at all, and you fear being turned over to the immigration authorities, life here is not safe at all. Transit, health care, and community based social services workers could all be directed by their employers to d...

April 25, 2016

Singing our praises loudly and proudly - Administrative Services Component

We’re not invisible. We’re the people in the background and foreground, in the private and public sector. For the most part, we don’t wear uniforms. We’re not always easy to identify. Yet, administrative service professionals are the backbone of every organization. The BCGEU’s Administrative Services Component is roughly 10,000 members strong. We’re as diverse as the duties we perform. We work...

April 25, 2016

Ergonomics in the workplace

Ergonomics is the science of adapting the workplace to the worker and the product to the user. You are at risk of developing musculoskeletal injuries (MSI) when you carry out work without first considering how the workplace suits you. This can lead to disabling conditions if not recognized and treated in the early stages. The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, Sections 4.46 – 4.53, re...

April 22, 2016

Unusually warm spring renews focus on wildfire fighters

Only four months into the new year and British Columbia has already seen 143 wildfires by April 19, affecting over 13,000 hectares. The Prince George Fire Centre saw 37 new fires start in one day in April. The spring river melt is already well underway, weeks earlier than normal. High winds and temperatures reaching 28 degrees in the Peace River region has produced tinder-dry conditions. As we...