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

September 01, 2017

Celebrating Labour Day 2017

This Labour Day we celebrate not only the great legacy of the labour movement in British Columbia, and across Canada, but today’s movement that continues to grow and evolve as we stand up for all working people. Representing members across all sectors of the economy, we welcomed 3,000 workers into our union this past year, growing our membership to over 73,000! And in the last 12 months, we’ve ...

August 31, 2017

Election of Bargaining Committee and Bargaining Survey - BCGEU

Notice to Bargain   The BCGEU recently gave formal notice to the employer to commence the bargaining process as the current collective agreement term ends on September 30, 2017. Of course your collective agreement remains in full force and effect until a new agreement is negotiated and brought to all of you to vote on and ratify.   Elect your Bargaining Committee   There are two (2) positions f...

August 30, 2017

BCGEU applauds the housing minister’s decision to review caps on rental price...

The BCGEU applauds housing minister Selina Robinson’s announcement that the new NDP government, in an effort to stabilize rental prices, will look into changing the guidelines that cap the amount by which landlords are allowed to hike rental prices year after year. The rising cost of housing is having a very real impact on working people in B.C. As housing prices have increased faster than wage...

August 30, 2017

REVISED - Nominations for Bargaining Committee - Result - BCGEU

Please see corrections/additions below marked with an asterisk (*) Nominations for the Lake City/Cascades Bargaining Committee closed on August 21st with the following results:   · Chairperson – Four candidates are nominated: Gayle Furgala/Kelowna Mike Schmidt/Kamloops Peter Burton/Vernon Mike Janzen/Kamloops Election details to follow in a separate bulletin   · Bargaining Committee Member Mike...

August 30, 2017

Report highlights need to provide greater supports to unpaid caregivers in se...

The B.C. Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) commends the report released today by the Office of the Seniors Advocate, Caregivers in Distress: A Growing Problem. This report highlights a worrying trend of increased distress among unpaid caregivers, and makes recommendations to provide them with greater supports as the needs of B.C.'s aging population become increasingly complex. T...

August 25, 2017

Lake City/Cascades Casino Nominations for Bargaining Committee - Results - BCGEU

To: All BCGEU Members at Lake City/Cascades Casinos Re: Nominations for Bargaining Committee - Results Nominations for the Lake City/Cascades Bargaining Committee closed on August 21st with the following results:   Chairperson – Four candidates are nominated: Gayle Furgala/Kelowna Mike Schmidt/Kamloops Peter Burton/Vernon Mike Janzen/Kamloops   Election details to follow in a separate bulle...

August 25, 2017

Getting ready for steward elections – Coming after Labour Day - BCGEU

Informed, active stewards are the backbone of our union, and elections to choose the stewards in our workplaces are coming up.   Becoming a steward is a great way to ensure that everyone at your workplace is treated fairly and that the hard-won improvements in our collective agreements are upheld.   Information packets on this year's steward elections will be mailed out to stewards starting aft...

August 24, 2017

Labour Day Celebration - BCGEU

To: Area 11 BCGEU Members Re: Labour Day Celebration     The Labour Day Organizing Committee and North Central Labour Council has organized a Labour Day celebration and march. Everyone is welcome!   Please join the Labour Movement to celebrate Past-Present-Future fighting for the rights of all.   Date: Monday, September 4, 2017   Time: 11:00 am March through downtown (start at PG City Hall) 12...

August 23, 2017

River Rock - Re: Replacement Workers - BCGEU

We understand that your employer is looking for ways to continue operating during a strike or lockout at River Rock Casino. Here are the facts around what your employer can and cannot do. The Labour Relations Code prohibits the following people from doing work normally done by unionized employees during a strike or lockout at River Rock Casino:   1. Anyone hired after January 18, 2016. That is ...

August 23, 2017

Workers rally against privatization at the Department of National Defence, Ph...

Victoria – Federal public service workers are rallying in Esquimalt to highlight the dangers involved in contracting out maintenance in the governments new multi-billion-dollar shipbuilding plans and to call on the government to do more to fix the problem-plagued Phoenix pay system. The federal government recently awarded an $800-million contract to perform future maintenance and repair work on...

August 23, 2017

BCGEU remembers first woman president - BCGEU

It's hard not to think of Joan Gower Gillatt as the first woman of the BCGEU. Not the first woman member, but our union's first woman trailblazer. Joan passed away on August 10, 2017 in Duncan. She was 93. __________ A service will be held for Joan Gower Gillatt on:Friday, August 25, 20171:00 pmDuncan United Church, 246 Ingram Street, Duncan, B.C. _________ Joan's was a life of community servic...

August 21, 2017

River Rock Bargaining - Labour Board Mediation Update - BCGEU

You may be wondering, we voted overwhelmingly for strike action, now what's happening? Here's a brief update from your bargaining committee.   Beginning on August 17th, and with the assistance of a Labour Board mediator, we resumed collective agreement negotiations with your Employer. Rest assured, our incredibly strong strike mandate remains in full force and effect. The mediation process is t...

August 16, 2017

Standing against hatred in our communities - BCGEU

As I read reports and watch coverage of the events unfolding in Charlottesville, it saddens me to see the rise of hateful, intolerant rhetoric in our public discourse. These bigoted beliefs have no place in the just and equitable society that so many BCGEU members fight to achieve every day.   Nonetheless, it's inspiring to see so many members of the Charlottesville community and activists acro...

August 15, 2017

Employer ends Profit Sharing Plan (PSP) for Hard Rock Casino BCGEU Members...

You may have noticed that the PSP is now missing from your biweekly pay. Some managers have been telling members that the Union was supposed to make an announcement the Employer was terminating the Profit Sharing Plan in August. Why would the Union announce that? Your employer made the decision to take away this employee benefit and it is their responsibility to tell you. Bargaining is schedule...

August 15, 2017

Employer ends Profit Sharing Plan (PSP) at Hard Rock Casino - BCGEU

You may have noticed that the PSP is now missing from your biweekly pay. Some managers have been telling members that the Union was supposed to make an announcement the Employer was terminating the Profit Sharing Plan in August. Why would the Union announce that? Your employer made the decision to take away this employee benefit and it is their responsibility to tell you. Bargaining is schedule...

August 14, 2017

Labour Day Picnic - BCGEU

The BCGEU Area 01Cross Component Committee invites all BCGEU members and their families to participate in the 29TH Annual Labour Day Event(hosted by the Victoria Labour Council)     Date: Monday, September 4th - 2017Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.Location: On the Lawn of the BC Legislature   Please join us for an afternoon of fun for the whole family! We will have games, clowns, a bouncy castle an...

August 11, 2017

Community health workers avoid strike action, negotiate tentative agreement -...

BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) members have reached a tentative agreement with their employer, We Care Home Health Services, a decision that came late last night before a rotating strike was set to begin this morning. After joining the union last July, the BCGEU bargaining committee began negotiations to improve working conditions for the 221 community health workers at the ...

August 11, 2017

Casino workers vote overwhelmingly in favour of job action against Great Cana...

August 11, 2017   Casino workers vote overwhelmingly in favour of job action against Great Canadian Casinos   Workers at River Rock Casino this week voted 99.4 per cent in favour of a strike if necessary to back their contract proposals. In nearly a year of negotiations between the BCGEU and the employer, Great Canadian Casinos, the two sides have failed to achieve a first collective agreement....

August 11, 2017

Casino workers vote overwhelmingly in favour of job action against Great Cana...

August 11, 2017   Casino workers vote overwhelmingly in favour of job action against Great Canadian Casinos   Workers at River Rock Casino this week voted 99.4 per cent in favour of a strike if necessary to back their contract proposals. In nearly a year of negotiations between the BCGEU and the employer, Great Canadian Casinos, the two sides have failed to achieve a first collective agreement....

August 10, 2017

RIVER ROCK 99.4% VOTE FOR STRIKE ACTION!

You have spoken with one clear voice – "We are ALL willing to fight for a fair collective agreement". You can be proud of this accomplishment of solidarity. Almost every one of you who was not on vacation came out to vote. The result speaks for itself. What happens now?  We go back to the bargaining table to see if we can win a fair collective agreement. We have meetings scheduled for August 17...

August 09, 2017

Local 1702 Union Meeting - BCGEU

DATE:     Wednesday, October 4, 2017 TIME:      4:00 p.m. – General Meeting                 5:00 p.m. – Executive Meeting PLACE:    BCGEU North Island Area Office                 106-1650 Terminal Ave N., Nanaimo    AGENDA General Business  We look forward to seeing you there!   To join by phone: Call 1-866-562-0090 Conference ID: 431572   In solidarity Jennifer Keenan Local 1702 Chairperson ...

August 08, 2017

Community health workers launch strike for fair wages and fair scheduling - B...

Following several months of unsuccessful negotiations seeking fair wages and fair scheduling provisions, 221 community support workers will go on strike Friday. The workers, employed by home support agency We Care Home Health Services, will initiate a rotating strike to emphasize the need for a fair contract.  “Community health workers are trained professionals, and the vital work they do must ...

August 08, 2017

Reminder - Call for Nominations for Bargaining Committee at Lake City Casinos...

With summer now in high gear, and your collective agreement soon to expire, it's time for our members working at Lake City Casinos in Penticton, Vernon, Kelowna and Kamloops to nominate candidates to become your new BCGEU bargaining committee. There are four spots available, and each casino will be represented by one member. The committee will be made up of a Chairperson and three Bargaining Co...

August 08, 2017

BCGEU welcomes government’s decision to eliminate tuition fees for Adult Basi...

The BC Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) welcomes today's announcement by the provincial government to remove tuition fees for Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English Language Learning (ELL) programs in the province. ABE is the gateway to many other advanced education programs and good jobs, and ELL programs are essential to new Canadians' ability to access employment and educat...

August 08, 2017

Basic Stewards' Training - BCGEU

The BCGEU provides training to all of its Stewards and Local Executives. Training is essential to you in your role as a steward. You are receiving this notice because you are on our list for those Stewards awaiting your Steward Course. Paid leaves from work, accommodation, travel and meal expenses, if required, will be paid for by the Union. Lunch will be provided for the days you are in class....