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.
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
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR BARGAINING COMMITTEE
Nominations are now open for the following positions:
Chairperson of the Bargaining Committee, one position
Any BCGEU member can be nominated from any department. If more than one candidate is nominated, there will be a ballot and the entire membership will vote for one candidate. The candidate with the most votes will be elected.
The issue of elder care received next to no attention during the 2015 federal election. This is alarming as the fastest growing segment of the Canadian population is older Canadians (people 85 and older), most of whom are women. In 1900, the average life expectancy was 47 years of age; by 2000 that had increased to 76 years of age. The end result is the expansion of our population of older adul...
On Thursday, January 28, the BCGEU signed on to a petition calling for the release of Chinese labour activists who were detained by the government.
Advanced by the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions, the petition has now been signed by over 175 organizations.
Read more about the petition and sign as an individual
China Kidnappings in Spotlight as Canada Mulls New Trade Deal - The Tyee...
The BCGEU is welcoming news the federal government has introduced legislation to reverse anti-union laws introduced by the Stephen Harper government last year. In the House of Commons today, the Liberals introduced legislation that would reverse changes to laws under Bill-377, which placed vastly expanded requirements on unions to disclose how members’ dues are spent.
“This legislation had not...
The creation of the OHS Networking team comes from the BCGEU 2014 convention. Convention delegates were loud and clear with their OHS resolutions: they wanted an expansion in the OHS department. They wanted BCGEU OHS activists to play a larger role, and to see the creation of an OHS Task Force. The OHS Task Force, released their report in April of 2015, with strong and practical recommendations...
The Bargaining Committee has met approximately 18 days with the Employer since November. We have made some progress and are confident that a new collective agreement will be reached. We are currently bargaining monetary issues.
We appreciate your patience while we work through this process.
Chris Mudry, Bargaining Committee Member
Michael Vyner, Bargaining Committee Member
A message from Unite Here! Local 40
Thanks to all of you from BCFED Staff, CUPE, FPSE, GEU, HEU, HSA, MoveUp, TWU/SWA and Unifor who came out to support our members at the Hilton Metrotown on January 20. Management took notice of your support.
Many of you have asked for updates on the status of bargaining at both the Hilton and with Coast Hotels in Kelowna, Victoria, Nanaimo and Prince George...
The following are your stewards:
Please feel free to contact them with any union-related questions or concerns that you have.
Download PDF of notice here.