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 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

November 23, 2018

Submission to provincial Legal Aid Services Review - BCGEU

A robust public legal aid program is essential for realising the fundamental right to justice for all British Columbians, and the BCGEU has long advocated for improvements to the province's legal aid services. The B.C. government is currently conducting an independent review of B.C.'s legal aid service delivery system, and your union has made a submission to this process.In this submission we c...

November 23, 2018

New resources for Residential Tenancy Branch a good first step - BCGEU

Union sees need to enhance online resources with added walk-in service The recent announcement by the B.C. government of improved staffing and service levels at the Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB) is a welcome improvement and a good first step, but should not completely replace walk-in services, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union said today. The B.C. government reported that at l...

November 23, 2018

Nominations for Local 1710 Executive - BCGEU

Nominations are now open for the following positions on your Local Executive: 1st Vice Chair 2nd Vice Chair Treasurer Information on the responsibilities and activities of each position is attached and is also available from your Area Office. Please find a nomination form also attached. Your nomination must be dropped off, emailed, faxed, or mailed as an attachment to the Fort St. John Area O...

November 22, 2018

Local 1703 BCGEU Members at Vancity - Visa Service Centre & Member Service ...

Steward Nominations Nominations are now open for 1 steward position at Visa Service Centre and 1 steward position at Member Service Centre at your worksite and will close on Thursday, December 6th, 2018. Stewards are the primary representatives of members and have an important role within the Union.  Some of the roles of a steward are: Helping co-workers interpret and understand their collecti...

November 22, 2018

Members at BC Housing- Administrative/Clerical Division - Call for Nomination...

With your collective agreement expiring on March 31, 2019, it's time for you to nominate candidates for your new BCGEU Bargaining Committee. 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-worker for the Chairperson positio...

November 22, 2018

Members at BC Housing- Maintenance/Service Division - Call for Nominations fo...

With your collective agreement expiring on March 31, 2019, it's time for you to nominate candidates for your new BCGEU Bargaining Committee. 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-worker for the Chairperson position. I...

November 16, 2018

Local 1704 members - Nominations for Local Executive - BCGEU

Nominations open for the following positions on the local executive: 1st Vice Chairperson 2nd Vice Chairperson Recording Secretary Member at Large (1 position)  Young Worker Member at Large (eligible candidates must be under 29 years of age or younger) The term is three years. Information on the responsibilities and activities of each office is available from your area office. The deadline fo...

November 13, 2018

Hard Rock Casino Shift Pick and Start Times - BCGEU

Stewards and members of the Bargaining Committee have met with the Employer several times to discuss worker concerns about shift pick. Some improvements to the process were achieved through those meetings but not everything has been resolved.The Employer's current plan is to have workers pick bid lines that include defined days of rest and their block (days, mids, graves) but not start times. T...

November 13, 2018

Casino workers go back to work after achieving wage increases, improved benef...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 9, 2018Casino workers go back to work after achieving wage increases, improved benefits (Thompson-Okanagan) Nearly 700 members of the BCGEU working in Gateway Casinos in the Thompson-Okanagan voted to ratify a new contract with their employer ending a 19-week strike."I am so impressed by the solidarity and courage of our members" said Stephanie Smith, president of...

November 13, 2018

New Steward at Vancity Branch 53 - BCGEU

Nominations closed for 1 steward position on Friday, November 9, 2018. We are pleased to announce that Angela Kulis is the new steward at Branch 53. Please join us in wishing Angela well in her new position.In Solidarity, Megan McKinneyStaff RepresentativeDownload PDF of notice UWU/MoveUP

November 09, 2018

Money Laundering Training Pay Issue at Starlight Casino (Gateway) - BCGEU

Members who complete the Money Laundering Training on their own time can claim the actual length of time it takes to complete the training, to a maximum of 90 minutes. Please be sure to accurately report the time it took you to complete the course, and if you notice any discrepancy between your claim and your pay, please submit a payroll discrepancy form. If your payroll discrepancy claim does ...

November 08, 2018

BCGEU welcomes new legislation aimed at improving working conditions for heal...

The BC Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) welcomes the B.C. government's announcement today that it will repeal both the Health and Social Services Delivery Improvement Act (Bill 29) and the Health Sector Partnerships Agreement Act (Bill 94). Enacted in 2002 and 2003, the bills led to the deterioration of working conditions for health and social-sector workers by stripping workpl...

November 06, 2018

Come get the facts – not rumours! - Starlight Casinos - BCGEU

We're in the process of compiling a complete ratification package that will fully explain all the changes to the agreement and how they will affect you. The package will be available at ratification meetings next week along with a series of presentations and question and answer sessions. You'll have an opportunity at these sessions to look over all the changes and speak with bargaining committe...

November 06, 2018

Come get the facts! See the whole deal - Grand Villa Casino - BCGEU

We're in the process of compiling a complete ratification package that will fully explain all the changes to the agreement and how they will affect you. The package will be available at ratification meetings next week along with a series of presentations and question and answer sessions. You'll have an opportunity at these sessions to look over all the changes and speak with bargaining committe...

November 06, 2018

Visa Service Centre & Member Service Centre (Vancouver) Steward Nominations ...

Nominations are now open for 1 steward position at Visa Service Centre and 1 steward position at Member Service Centre at your worksite and will close on Wednesday, November 21st, 2018.  Stewards are the primary representatives of members and have an important role within the Union.Some of the roles of a steward are:   Helping co-workers interpret and understand their collective agreement. Sup...

November 02, 2018

Members at Northern Savings Credit Union – Masset and Queen Charlotte - Ten...

Your Bargaining Committee met with the Employer from October 29 to November 1 to bargain a new Collective Agreement and is pleased to announce that a Tentative Agreement has been reached! Full details of the Tentative Agreement will be provided at the ratification meeting next week and voting will occur at these meetings. The ratification meetings will occur as follows:  Wednesday, November 7,...

November 02, 2018

BCGEU welcomes action plan to mitigate wildfire and flood risks in B.C. - BCGEU

The BCGEU welcomes this week's release of Government's Action Plan: Responding to wildfire and flood risks ('The Action Plan') by the provincial government, and applauds the actions outlined in the report to better prepare British Columbians for extreme wildfires and floods. At the same time, more will need to be done to mitigate the effects of what now appears to be the new normal in our provi...

November 01, 2018

Local 1705 & 1707 Members at Gateway Lake City Casinos - Tentative Agreement ...

After many days of extensive and vigorous bargaining we reached a tentative agreement with the employer.  We'll be releasing full details of the agreement next week at ratification meetings. At those meetings, you'll have a chance to view the tentative agreement in full, ask questions and vote.  You've all done a great job building strength and solidarity these past months. Thank you for your p...

November 01, 2018

Local 1703 Members at Grand Villa Casino - Tentative Agreement Reached - BCGEU

After many days of extensive and vigorous bargaining we reached a tentative agreement with the employer.  We'll be releasing full details of the agreement next week at ratification meetings. At those meetings, you'll have a chance to view the tentative agreement in full, ask questions and vote.  You've all done a great job building strength and solidarity these past months. Thank you for your p...

November 01, 2018

Local 1703 Members at Starlight Casino - Tentative Agreement Reached - BCGEU

After many days of extensive and vigorous bargaining we reached a tentative agreement with the employer.  We'll be releasing full details of the agreement next week at ratification meetings. At those meetings, you'll have a chance to view the tentative agreement in full, ask questions and vote.  You've all done a great job building strength and solidarity these past months. Thank you for your p...

October 31, 2018

Local 1707 Executive - update - BCGEU

Please be advised nominations have been received for the local 1707 executive. Your local executive is as follows:   Local chairperson: Gayle Furgala 1st Vice chair: Tawni Duhamel 2nd Vice chair: Kamila Vejvoda Treasurer: Marisa Lavoie Recording secretary: Vacant Member-at-large: Vacant Member-at-large: Vacant Member-at-large: Vacant  Member-at-large (young worker): Kelly Hutchinson ...

October 30, 2018

Steward Nominations for Vancity – Branch 53 - BCGEU

Nominations are now open for 1 steward position at your worksite and will close on Friday, November 9, 2018. Stewards are the primary representatives of members and have an important role within the Union. Some of the roles of a steward are:   Helping co-workers interpret and understand their collective agreement.  Supporting co-workers in meetings with management. Listening to co-workers abou...

October 26, 2018

Members at River Rock Casino Resort Table Games Schedule and Vacation Selecti...

It is the Union's position that the way the Employer is doing the schedule and vacation selection process for Table Games includes many violations of the Collective Agreement. The Union has tried to work with the Employer on these issues since September, but without luck. A union grievance was filed on behalf of all members today, but all members have the right to file an individual grievance t...

October 26, 2018

Recommended Changes To Provincial Labour Code A Good Start – But Don’t Go Far...

The BCGEU supports many of the recommendations put forward yesterday by the independent, three-person Labour Relations Code Review Panel appointed by Labour Minister Harry Bains earlier this year. "Our submission to the panel asked that balance and fairness be restored to the B.C. Labour Relations Code and Labour Relations Board," said BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. "We believe the recommenda...

October 26, 2018

Component 17 Stewards & Mail Contacts At Credit Union Worksites Financial Ins...

The BCGEU Financial Institution Bargaining Council is (from left to right): Jennifer Keenan (Union Bay CU), Megan McKinney (BCGEU Staff), Kimberley Wallace (First CU), Zahra Damjanovic (Vancity CU), Dani Noble (Interior Savings Thompson), Ria Webster (Vancity CU), Tracy Noseworthy (Grand Forks District CU), Jennifer Sipma (Lakeview CU). The BCGEU Financial Institution Bargaining Council (FIBC) ...

October 25, 2018

Hard Rock Casino Members Grievance Filed on Discipline Issued Prior to Ratifi...

The Union has filed a grievance on behalf of all impacted members regarding discipline.   It has come to our attention that discipline issued prior to ratification is being made subject to the terms of Article 9.2 and being held on file for 17 months. It is the Union's position that any discipline issued prior to ratification should be removed according to the terms under which it was issued. D...

October 25, 2018

280 transition housing units to be built for women fleeing violence - BCGEU

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) welcomed today’s announcement by the provincial government to initiate the first steps towards establishing 1,500 new supportive housing units for women and children fleeing violence. As part of government’s Building BC: Women’s Transition Housing Fund, 280 transition housing units will be built province-wide. This news follows their commit...

October 23, 2018

President Irene Lanzinger won't seek re-election as BC's top labour leader - ...

Sister Irene Lanzinger has announced that she will not be running for re-election next month at the 58th Convention of the BC Federation of Labour. As the largest affiliate union of the BC Fed, the BCGEU would like to thank Irene for her contributions to the labour movement in British Columbia during her time as president. As the first woman president of the Federation, Irene redefined what is ...

October 22, 2018

Proposed legislation will lay foundation for improved professional reliance s...

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) is pleased with the provincial government's introduction today of the Professional Governance Act aimed at improving B.C.'s professional reliance system in the natural resource sector. If passed, the new legislation will lay the foundation for a series of much-needed changes to better protect and manage the province's natural resources for ...

October 22, 2018

Hard Rock Casino Members Health Eligibility Grievance Resolved - BCGEU

Shortly after returning to work after the strike, most workers received a letter from the Employer informing them that they were ineligible for Long Term Disability benefits. A much smaller number of workers were informed they were ineligible for all health benefits. This happened as a result of the Employer including the weeks of the strike in the 6-month averaging period for health benefit el...

October 22, 2018

River Rock Casino Table Games Schedule and Vacation Selection - BCGEU

The Union has advised the Employer that its intended schedule and vacation selection process for table games employees presents numerous gross violations of the Collective Agreement and therefore must not proceed.   The Union says that such Collective Agreement violations include, but are not limited to: effectively laying employees off without proper process by (a) forcing them to accept down...

October 18, 2018

How To Grieve Discipline - Hard Rock Casino - BCGEU

With your collective agreement, there is now a formal process to solve problems or disagreements about discipline. This is called the grievance procedure and you can find it in Article 7 of the collective agreement.  You have the right to have a steward present whenever you are receiving discipline of any kind from the Employer (as per Article 9.1)If you receive discipline that you believe is u...