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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

March 18, 2020

Best Western Plus Burnaby Hotel and Crest Hotel ratification vote result - BCGEU

This is to advise you that a majority of members have voted to accept the contract package consisting of the employers' latest wage and term proposals in addition to the other proposals the parties had agreed on. The result was 61% in favour of renewing the collective agreement as presented.Highlights of the agreement include an average total wage increase over the life of the agreement of near...

March 17, 2020

2020 BCGEU scholarships

The 2020 BCGEU scholarship deadline has passed and we are no longer accepting applications. We have received over 400 applications – thank you for all your hard work! If you have submitted an application, we will be announcing the successful applicants once our Education and Scholarship committee has met and considered all of the applications. We expect to be able to advise applicants by the en...

March 16, 2020

Members at BC Housing – Administration/Clerical Division - Bargaining Update ...

Due to recent events, meetings with the employer have been pushed back for the last two weeks. As a result, we are still on monetary issues with no response to our wage proposals.  Understandably, we have received quite a few questions about bargaining, lately, and particularly, about the sick leave provisions. Many of our members had originally asked for improved (100% pay) sick leave. We did ...

March 16, 2020

Component 17 Update on COVID-19 and suspension of casino operations - BCGEU

Hello, I know that the growing concern around COVID-19 has everyone feeling uneasy, especially as we face more changes to our daily routines and future plans. This is why I am personally reaching out to you today to let you know that we here at the BCGEU feel it too. Our main priority is keeping our members and your families safe. We are aware that Great Canadian Gaming Corporation has temporar...

March 13, 2020

BCGEU calls for suspension of rent and mortgage payments for sick/self-isolat...

Burnaby, B.C. – In response to the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 a "pandemic" and public health experts recommending social distancing including self-isolation for exposed or symptomatic people, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) is calling on federal and provincial governments to immediately suspend all mortgage and rent payments until the pandemic is over....

March 11, 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic Response - BCGEU

Today, the WHO declared that COVID-19 has escalated from public health crisis to pandemic. In plain language this means the public health priority has shifted from preventing the spread of the virus to slowing it down so that our healthcare system doesn't get overwhelmed by too many infections happening concurrently. In light of this, the Provincial Executive of the BCGEU unanimously passed the...

March 11, 2020

Strike action: stand with IBEW members on strike against Ledcor tomorrow - BCGEU

Our union encourages members in the Vancouver area to stand in solidarity with members of IBEW Local 213 on Thursday, March 12 at 3 pm in front of Ledcor's office at 1055 West Hastings Street downtown. These workers are fighting for their first contract with Ledcor. The strike began on Sept. 30, 2019. Their battle for a contract began more than two full years earlier on Aug. 31, 2017, when thei...

March 11, 2020

BCGEU calls on all employers to drop doctor’s note requirement amid COVID-19 ...

The B.C. Government Employees' Union (BCGEU) is encouraging employers to waive the requirement for employees to produce a sick note to access sick leave. The B.C. government announced last week employees no longer have to produce a sick note amidst concerns over the coronavirus. Read full article here UWU/MoveUP

March 10, 2020

B.C. employers must drop doctor’s note requirements to limit COVID-19 spread,...

B.C. employers must drop doctor's note requirements to limit COVID-19 spread, says BCGEU Burnaby, B.C.- In light of the ongoing concern regarding the COVID-19 virus, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union is calling on all B.C. employers to waive the requirement for employees to provide a note from a doctor to access their sick leave. "We all must take appropriate steps to limit the s...

March 10, 2020

Elements Casino Victoria workers negotiate strong first collective agreement ...

VICTORIA – B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) members at Elements Casino Victoria voted by 89 per cent to ratify a four-year collective agreement after six months of negotiations with Great Canadian Gaming Corporation. "Bargaining a first agreement is a big deal for new members of our union. I'm very proud of what these members achieved at the table," says BCGEU president Step...

March 06, 2020

Members at Best Western Plus Burnaby Hotel - Collective Agreement Ratificatio...

Members are strongly encouraged to attend a collective agreement ratification meeting and vote. For members who cannot attend and vote during the meeting, additional voting opportunities will be provided at the worksite as specified below. Your bargaining committee is presenting the employer's latest proposal without recommendation. Instead, the committee will share its assessment of the streng...

March 06, 2020

BCGEU celebrates International Women’s Day for an Equal and Enabled world

March 8th is International Women's Day (IWD), a time to recognize the remarkable achievements by women across the globe and stand in solidarity with calls for decisive action to promote gender justice and end gender-based violence and discrimination. The global theme this year is #EachforEqual An EQUAL World is an ENABLED World. "As an out and proud feminist who has the privilege to be surround...

March 05, 2020

BCGEU calls on LRB to bring Retirement Concepts members under one bargaining ...

The B.C. Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) has filed a common employer application at the BC Labour Relations Board (LRB) seeking to consolidate all nine of the union's bargaining units with Well Being Services/Retirement Concepts (WBS/RC) into a single bargaining unit. The move to a single bargaining unit would position the union and its members to address many of the issues th...

March 05, 2020

BC union shareholder proposal prompts RBC to confirm screening of U.S. privat...

(Burnaby, BC)Following a shareholder proposal by the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU), Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has confirmed that it will not provide lending or financing services to companies including GEO Group (NYSE: GEO) and Core Civic (NYSE: CXW). These U.S. private prison companies operate the majority of U.S. detention facilities currently detaining migrant familie...

March 04, 2020

Crest hotel - Collective agreement ratification vote and worksite meeting - B...

Members are strongly encouraged to attend a collective agreement ratification vote and worksite meeting. For members who cannot attend and vote during the meeting, additional voting opportunities will be provided at the worksite as specified below. In addition to matters related to ratification of the collective agreement, members will have the opportunity to raise and discuss other worksite is...

March 03, 2020

Vancity voting occurs this week, view your ratification document - BCGEU

Friends,In follow up to our email last week on our tentative agreement, and in anticipation of our ratification meetings this week, below is a link to the ratification document that tracks all of the changes agreed to in this round of bargaining.DRAFT: VANCITY TENTATIVE AGREEMENTPlease note that voting will occur at the ratification meetings listed below: March 3, 2020 at the SFU Harbour Centr...

March 03, 2020

REVISED - Vancity Savings Credit Union Ratification Vote (Revised - Additiona...

The Union Bargaining Committee is pleased to announce that a tentative agreement for a new collective agreement was reached with Vancity Savings Credit Union.  Ratification Meetings will be taking place over the following dates:March 3, 2020 at the SFU Harbour Centre (515 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC) from 6pm – 8pmMarch 4, 2020 at the Sheraton Guildford (15269 104 Ave, Surrey, BC) from 6pm – 8...