Mask usage in BCGEU buildings
(Updated Apr 27, 2023)
Effective immediately, we are making a change to our building protocols regarding mask usage in our buildings.
Mask use is now optional in our buildings, including in common areas and meeting rooms.
Staff and visitors to BCGEU buildings may, of course, continue to use masks and other layers of protection based on their own comfort and risk factors. We ask that we respect others and wear masks if requested in groups.
Please be reminded that no one should attend BCGEU buildings if they have active cold or flu-like symptoms.
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.
We are pleased to announce that the new collective agreement has been ratified by 67%. The committee thanks the membership for their support throughout the bargaining and ratification process.
Starlight Bargaining Committee:
Angela Mahlmann – Staff Representative
Download PDF of notice.
“We welcome the increased funding for the Ministry for Children and Family Development announced in today’s budget. Our union, and especially our frontline members, have worked hard to convince government that a significant increase is crucial for the ministry. Their concerns were detailed in the BCGEU report Choose Children, and these efforts have paid off. Additional frontline social workers,...
Today is a day many thought would never happen: it is BCGEU Director David Vipond’s last day on the job before retirement.
For those that don’t know David, he’s been one of the behind the scenes heroes of the BCGEU throughout the last 35 years, and it’s hard to imagine what the BCGEU will be like without him.
David’s history with the BCGEU began as an member, working at the B.C. Liquor Dist...
TO: All Local 1701 BCGEU Members Employed at:
BC Housing, Destination Cinema Inc./IMAX
PC Helpline Computer Support Inc., Van City Credit Union
Brookfield GIS Workplace Solutions Inc. (WSI)
Precision Orthotic Laboratory
DATE: February 24, 2016
PLACE: BCGEU 2994 Douglas St, Classroom
Review of previous meeting minutes
On Wednesday, February 24, 2016, we stand together to say no to bullying. The Workers Compensation Board approved three Occupational Health and Safety policies under sections 115, 116, and 117 of the Workers Compensation Act. These policies deal with workplace bullying and harassment. The policies define bullying and harassment, and explain the duties of employers, workers, and supervisors to p...
The BCGEU is welcoming news the provincial government plans to implement and expand on the recommendations contained in the Plecas report on the Ministry for Children and Family Development. The news was announced in the throne speech this afternoon. Plecas’ report corroborated most of the findings and recommendations from BCGEU’s 2014 Choose Children report and concerns raised by B.C.'s Repres...
The BCGEU is looking for your input in preparation for bargaining a first collective agreement. Your Bargaining Committee will soon be elected and meeting to review and develop proposals prior to meeting with the Employer.
All members should complete the enclosed questionnaire to bring forward issues for the bargaining table.
Please fax or email your completed questionnaire to:
The annual February 14 Women's Memorial March was started in 1991 in Vancouver in response to the murder of a Coast Salish woman on Powell Street. Since then, marches have been held every year to honour the lives of missing and murdered women. Please join BCGEU president Stephanie Smith and fellow activists in supporting this women-organized, women-led event, to come together to grieve, to rem...
Here is an update of our progress in the Starlight Casino Award regarding the elimination of Poker.
Contrary to certain rumours being promulgated on the casino work floor, the Employer has not appealed Arbitrator Brown’s January 8, 2016 decision. An appeal must be filed within fifteen (15) days of an award. Whoever is spreading these rumours is mistaken.
In order to pursue the redress sough...
COMPONENT: General Services
DATE: Monday, March 7, 2016
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
PLACE: BCGEU Fraser Valley Office
8555 198A St., Langley TWP (put in Langley TWP if using a map search)
Labour Council Position
Nominations, Elections and Installation of Officers
First Nations/union alliance emerges in wake of Supreme Court ruling requiring BC government to make a decision on Northern Gateway pipeline and to consult with First Nations.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, COAST SALISH TERRITORY – (February 4, 2016) – The BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) signed a Solidarity Accord today, affirming its support of the Save the Fraser Declaratio...
The Lunar New Year starts on Monday February 8. This marks the start of a fifteen day festival and holiday. Celebrations have started around the world as we say goodbye to the Year of the Sheep and hello to the year of the Fire Monkey.
"We wish our members and their families a very happy and prosperous Lunar New Year," says BCGEU President Stephanie Smith. "We wish you luck, good health and g...
The BCGEU joins Canadians to celebrate Black History Month this February, which marks the event’s 20th anniversary. Our federal government officially recognized Black History Month after passing a parliamentary motion introduced by the Honourable Jean Augustine, the first black Canadian woman elected to Parliament.
"This February, take some time to learn about black Canadians’ tremendous cont...
You are invited to attend Local 1703's enhanced steward training on February 24th, 2016 at the Lower Mainland Area Office.
Date: February 24th, 2016
Time: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Place: BCGEU Lower Mainland Area Office, Suite 130 – 2920 Virtual Way, Vancouver – Auditorium
This is a one day course that will cover issues such as Accommodations, Step 1 Meetings, Common Grievances, Dealing with Di...
On January 27 our union presented a submission to the Special Committee to Review the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).
The foundation of public trust in government is transparency, accountability, and a consistently demonstrated respect for the rights of individuals. FIPPA is designed to protect and uphold these values; yet, public practice in information managemen...
A tentative agreement was reached on January 28, 2016. Attached to this bulletin is a Comprehensive Report that includes all the changes agreed to in negotiations.
The new collective agreement will be for a 4 year term with wage increases January 1st of each year. The language changes address the issues raised by the members. Your Bargaining Committee is recommending you vote in favour of the ...
"Incident Investigations" will be held on Wednesday, March 2 and "Ergonomics" will be held on Thursday, March 3. The Incident Investigations course will be held at the BCGEU area office, 2994 Douglas St., Victoria and the Ergonomics course will be held at Harbour Towers, 345 Quebec St, Victoria.
In the Incident Investigations course you will learn:
The legislative requirements for conductin...
"Ergonomics" will be held on Tuesday, March 1 and "Incident Investigations" will be held on Thursday, March 3. These courses will be held at the BCGEU office at 8555 198A Street, Langley from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
In the Ergonomics you will learn:
Requirements of the ergonomics regulation
How to identify ergonomic hazards, to assess the risk factors of tasks and to recommend appropriate soluti...
Your Bargaining Committee met with the Employer to negotiate a renewal collective agreement. The committee is pleased to advise you that a tentative agreement was reached on January 28, 2016.
All employees will receive wage increases of:
2% general wage increase effective January 1, 2016
2% general wage increase effective January 1, 2017
2% general wage increase effective January 1, 2018