COMPONENT 17 - GENERAL SERVICES

Component 17 includes members in a variety of sectors in B.C.

They are employed by casinos, hotels, banks, credit unions, B.C. Place, B.C. Housing Management, some Royal Canadian Legion operations, B.C. Milk Marketing Board, Compass Foods, regional districts plus private businesses.

NEWS & UPDATES

December 14, 2018

Members of Hospitality Industrial Relations (Best Western Kings Inn and the C...

Dear members, Recently I advised your bargaining committee that I have accepted a transfer from the BCGEU's negotiating department in Burnaby, to the Union's area office in Victoria. This opportunity came up quite unexpectedly. I move to Victoria the beginning of January. In a short period of time a new negotiator will be assigned to assist and help your committee prepare for upcoming collectiv...

December 13, 2018

Nominations Needed for BCGEU Bargaining Committee for BC Housing- Administrat...

Please note that the nomination period for positions on the Bargaining Committee will expire at 5:00pm on Friday, December 21st and there are still vacancies to fill.  There are three spots available:   Chairperson of the Bargaining Committee, one position Bargaining Committee member, two positions   Any BCGEU member working in the Administrative/Clerical Division can be nominated by a co-w...

December 13, 2018

Nominations Needed for BCGEU Bargaining Committee for BC Housing- Maintenance...

Please note that the nomination period for positions on the Bargaining Committee will expire at 5:00pm on Friday, December 21st and there are still vacancies to fill.  There are three spots available:   Chairperson of the Bargaining Committee, one position Bargaining Committee member, two positions   Any BCGEU member working in the Maintenance/Service Division can be nominated by a co-worke...

December 12, 2018

Local 1701, 1703, 1704- List of Vancity Stewards - BCGEU

Below is a list of all of your BCGEU stewards. Stewards are available to answer questions about your collective agreement, and to join you in meetings with management that could lead to discipline. As a BCGEU member, you are able to choose any Vancity steward to assist you, even if they are at a different worksite. Name   Branch/Worksite Name   Branch/Worksite Karim (Ely) Ha...

December 12, 2018

BCGEU welcomes the provincial government's Rental Housing Task Force report a...

In July 2018 the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) made a submission to the provincial government's Rental Housing Task Force recommending measures to expand and better protect the supply of rental housing in the province. Today, the Task Force released its report and 23 policy recommendations that will help to improve life for tenants in B.C. The BCGEU's submission focused on ...

December 12, 2018

Casino workers negotiate new contracts - BCGEU

(Burnaby/New Westminster) Over 1,200 members of the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) working at Gateway's Grand Villa Casino in Burnaby and Starlight Casino in New Westminster voted to accept new collective agreements putting them among the highest paid casino workers in the province. "These workers stuck together to set the industry standard," said BCGEU Treasurer Paul Finch....

December 11, 2018

BCGEU presents member’s recommendations to the National Inquiry into missing ...

Tomorrow, I will proudly represent the 77,000 members of the BCGEU at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous women and girls. We are the only union in Canada to have legal standing at the Inquiry and I'll be sharing your recommendations directly with the commissioners. My journey here to Ottawa began on the convention floor in 2014 when a resolution was passed to call for a n...

December 10, 2018

Your New Local Executive -1710 - BCGEU

Nominations closed on December 7, 2018 for 1st Vice Chair, 2nd Vice Chair, and Treasurer. The following is now your local 1710 Executive: Local 1710 Chairperson:  Kurt Langdon Local 1710 1st Vice Chair:  Charlene Jackson Local 1710 2nd Vice Chair:   Naomi Gallant Treasurer:   Michael Irwin Local 1710 Recording Secretary:         Selena Yates Local 1710 Member-at-Large:           ...

December 10, 2018

BCGEU commends report calling for overhaul of system to support children with...

The BC Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) commends the report Alone and Afraid: Lessons learned from the ordeal of a child with special needs and his family released by the Representative for Children and Youth (RCY) today, and their 11 recommendations to overhaul British Columbia's system of services to support children with complex needs. The report details the difficult and he...

December 10, 2018

Interim Election for Steward (Security) – New Dates for River Rock Casino – S...

The BCGEU is holding an interim election for members in the Security Department to vote for a new shop steward to fill a vacancy. New dates: The election will take place from Tuesday, December 11 at 1:00pm to Thursday, December 13 at 1:00pm. Voting will take place at the River Rock Security Break Room. Only members who work in the Security Department are eligible to vote. Candidates in this int...

December 06, 2018

Members need your help on the picket line  - BCGEU

As you may know fellow BCGEU members working at Comox Valley Seniors Village or Casa Loma are currently on strike in Courtenay. Today I received reports that our members' safety has been threatened on the picket line and we are quickly mobilizing to provide additional support to ensure their continued safety.Can you help?Picket captains will review safety protocols with all members on the picke...

December 06, 2018

STAFF REPRESENTATIVE KELOWNA AREA OFFICE - BCGEU

STAFF REPRESENTATIVE KELOWNA AREA OFFICE INTERNAL POSTINGDecember 6, 2018   The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union requires a staff representative to work in the Kelowna Area office, effective date to be determined.  DUTIES: Assist officers, stewards and membership in the day-to-day administration of their union by attending membership meetings; assisting in union elections, preparin...

December 06, 2018

ADMINISTRATIVE REPRESENTATIVE 2 FINANCE DEPARTMENT - BCGEU

ADMINISTRATIVE REPRESENTATIVE 2 FINANCE DEPARTMENT INTERNAL POSTINGDecember 6, 2018   The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union requires an Administrative Representative in the Finance Department, effective date is to be determined. The position reports directly to the Financial Controller.  DUTIES:  Preparation of monthly financial statements; preparation of year end audit working paper...

December 06, 2018

STAFF REPRESENTATIVE LOWER MAINLAND AREA OFFICE - BCGEU

STAFF REPRESENTATIVE LOWER MAINLAND AREA OFFICE INTERNAL POSTINGDecember 6, 2018 The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union requires a staff representative to work in the Lower Mainland Area office, effective date to be determined. DUTIES: Assist officers, stewards and membership in the day-to-day administration of their union by attending membership meetings; assisting in union election...

December 06, 2018

STAFF REPRESENTATIVE (Temporary) LOWER MAINLAND AREA OFFICE - BCGEU

STAFF REPRESENTATIVE (Temporary)LOWER MAINLAND AREA OFFICE INTERNAL POSTINGDecember 6, 2018   The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union requires a temporary staff representative to work in the Lower Mainland Area office for 3 months or to return of incumbent, effective date to be determined.  DUTIES: Assist officers, stewards and membership in the day-to-day administration of their unio...

December 06, 2018

Review suggests no reason to discipline guards in death of prisoner, union sa...

The vice-president of the union that represents B.C. prison guards says his members followed policy the day an inmate died in the back of a corrections van. Dean Purdy of the B.C. Government and Service Employees Union said in a memo to his members that a government review has already determined that "no discipline is required" in the death of Alex Joseph.     Read more... UWU/MoveUP

December 05, 2018

BCGEU applauds bold, inclusive plan for emissions reduction and clean growth ...

The BC Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) applauds the B.C. government's release today of CleanBC which outlines plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent compared to 2007 levels by 2030. Through a sector-by-sector approach focusing on transportation, buildings and industry, government seeks to work collaboratively with stakeholders to foster economic growth and cre...

December 03, 2018

Lake View Credit Union notice of bargaining committee members - BCGEU

Nominations for your Bargaining Committee closed on November 15, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. The following members are now your Bargaining Committee:   Bargaining Committee Chair:        Jennifer SipmaBargaining Committee Member:    Danika HinksBargaining Committee Member:    Carolyn Reeves       Please join us in congratulating your new bargaining committee for the Lake View Credit Union!Thank you Downl...

November 30, 2018

Starlight and Grand Villa ratification documents - BCGEU

The ratification documents for Grand Villa and Starlight are here. Please read them carefully and prepare any questions for the information sessions. Paper copies will also be available in the Pit Manager's Office area.   Drop-in information sessions at Starlight will be held in the boardroom at the following times: Monday Dec 3 – 7:30 – 15:00 Tuesday Dec 4 – 16:00 – 23:00 Wednesday Dec 5 – 22...

November 29, 2018

Stand with postal workers this Saturday in support of labour rights - BCGEU

The protected rights of all unionized workers in Canada are being challenged right now in the Canadian Union of Postal Workers' (CUPW) current struggle to achieve a collective agreement. Canada Post workers have taken action over health and safety issues, exhaustive and unsustainable workload issues, and inequities between urban and rural mail carriers.  Entering their second month of rotating ...

November 29, 2018

The BCGEU congratulates Cronk and Skidmore on election to lead BC Fed - BCGEU

VANCOUVER – The BC Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) congratulates Laird Cronk and Sussanne Skidmore on their election today as the new president and secretary-treasurer of the BC Federation of Labour (BC Fed) at the federation's 58th convention. Cronk and Skidmore bring extensive experience from both the private and public sectors of the labour movement to their roles. And as a...

November 28, 2018

BCGEU offers multi-million dollar loan to CUPW - BCGEU

The leadership of the BCGEU has approved a $3-million interest-free loan for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers to call on if needed to support their ongoing struggle to achieve a collective agreement. Thousands of postal workers were ordered back to work earlier this week following more than a month of rotating strikes. "We condemn the unconstitutionality of the federal government's back to ...

November 28, 2018

Protecting Your Privacy - River Rock Casino Resort - BCGEU

We are pleased to report that in response to a Union grievance, River Rock has ended a practice that did not respect members' rights to medical privacy. What was the problem? When an employee submitted a sick note or Occupational Fitness Assessment Form (OFAF) that resulted in follow-up questions for the doctor, the Employer would sometimes have the employee sign a form so the Employer could sp...

November 28, 2018

Interim Election for Steward (River Rock Casino - Security Department) - BCGEU

The BCGEU is holding an interim election for members in the Security Department to vote for a new shop steward to fill a vacancy. The election will take place from December 3rd at 4am to December 5th at 12pm (noon). Voting will take place at the River Rock Security Break Room. Only members who work in the Security Department are eligible to vote. Candidates in this interim election are (in alph...

November 26, 2018

Hard Rock Casino Shift Pick Meetings With The Employer - BCGEU

Last week the stewards that are acting as shift pick witnesses (Mark C., Katherine W. and Liza M.) along with myself and Mark Fletcher, met with the Employer to make one final attempt to persuade them to include start times in the shift pick process and bid lines. We spent an hour discussing the following:-this is very important to a large number of members and not doing so is going to impact m...

November 24, 2018

Gateway – Grand Villa Casino strike vote result - BCGEU

BURNABY- The workers of Grand Villa Casino have spoken – 88.6% voted in favour of a strike. This is a very strong message to the employer that members are willing to fight for the fair wages, benefits and respect they deserve. The next steps are to prepare for a strong, well-organized strike. The first step in this process is this coming week - we will be holding picket captain training, and pi...

November 24, 2018

Gateway – Starlight Casino strike vote results - BCGEU

New Westminster - The workers of Starlight Casino have spoken – 79% voted in favour of a strike. This is a very strong message to the employer that members are willing to fight for the fair wages, benefits and respect they deserve. The next steps are to prepare for a strong, well-organized strike. The first step in this process is this coming week - we will be holding picket captain training, a...

November 23, 2018

Local 1703 Members at Atira - Worksite Visits - BCGEU

Executive Vice-President, Kari Michaels will be visiting members at Atira worksites, December 11th and 12th.   We look forward to seeing you! If you have any questions, please contact Hilary Andow, at the BCGEU Lower Mainland Area Office by email at area03@bcgeu.ca or phone 604-215-1499.   In Solidarity,    Hilary Andow, Staff Representative Download PDF of notice here UWU/MoveUP