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

January 02, 2018

Hard Rock Casino More Bargaining Dates! - BCGEU

Hey Hard Rock Management… With the holiday season now wrapped up, it's time to get back to the bargaining table!We are ready to go at a moment's notice. In fact, we have dates available this week, and even on the weekend. How about it? It's time to get this done! You say you want a deal…… then propose some dates! The union bargaining committee has 25 of the 31 days in January available to come...

December 22, 2017

Nominations for Local 1704 Executive - BCGEU

Nominations open January 4, 2018 for the following positions on the local executive:   Chairperson 1st Vice Chairperson 2nd Vice Chairperson Recording Secretary Member at Large (2 positions) Young Worker Member at Large (eligible candidates must be under 29 years of age or younger)   *nominations received prior to January 4, 2018 will have to be resubmitted*   The term is three years. Informa...

December 22, 2017

Professional Reliance Review Will Protect Workers - BCGEU

The BC government has initiated a review of the professional reliance model in the natural resource sector. Many BCGEU members' day-to-day is shaped by this regulatory model. The professional reliance model effectively lets the "fox guard the henhouse," leading – in some cases - to the mismanagement of our resources and harm to the environment. Combined with deep staff and funding cuts to respo...

December 21, 2017

First Insurance and Westview Agencies Bargaining Meeting - BCGEU

Those BCGEU members working at First Insurance and those working at Westview Agencies are invited to a discussion with BCGEU Staff Representative Ernie Gorrie.   DATE: Monday, January 8, 2018 TIME: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. LOCATION: Town Centre Hotel 4660 Joyce Ave, Powell River   The purpose of the meeting is to provide members in the First Insurance and Westview Agencies bargaining unit of t...

December 21, 2017

First Credit Union Bargaining Update and Meeting - BCGEU

Your bargaining committee worked through the late spring preparing for bargaining directly with First Credit Union. The members of your bargaining committee are shown below. The Employer is represented by Sandra McDowell, VP Communications & Culture, First Group of Companies; Angie Poulsen, Human Resources Manager, First Group of Companies; and First Credit Union bargaining spokesperson, Ga...

December 20, 2017

BCGEU members land $20 million contract to refit B.C. ferry - BCGEU

BC Government & Service Employees' Union workers employed at Esquimalt Drydock Company will begin work on a B.C. Ferries contract worth $20 million to refit the Northern Sea Wolf. The 17-year-old vessel will accommodate approximately 3,500 passengers and 1,200 vehicles each year on a route between Port Hardy and Bella Coola. Members at Esquimalt Drydock have extensive experience in ship rep...

December 19, 2017

Thanking and Recognizing the Public Servants who Keep our Communities Safe ...

This year's fire season is far behind us and while recent winter storms have made many in the province forget about this summer's devastation, many communities are still working to rebuild what was lost in the fire.  As we see the devastation that fires are currently causing across California and as we look back at the lessons learned over the summer, the BCGEU would like to thank and recognize...

December 19, 2017

Bargaining Update for Hard Rock Casino - BCGEU

Bargaining with your employer resumed in early December and what a round of talks it was! Let us fill you in. Do you remember that post from your employer? The one that said the union was slow to respond to articles like scheduling and seniority. We have been talking with members and working on language on both those important topics. We have not only responded to those items, but we have also ...

December 15, 2017

BCGEU calls for reinvestment in seniors’ services as Seniors Advocate release...

On Thursday, December 14, 2017, the B.C. Seniors Advocate released the annual Monitoring Seniors' Services report. Their findings present further evidence that the B.C. government has to reverse the policies of austerity implemented under the BC Liberals. B.C.'s seniors need significant reinvestment in community services and affordable housing to undo the resulting increase in poverty now faced...

December 15, 2017

Compliance and Enforcement in B.C. Forests - BCGEU

With the B.C. Government's review of professional reliance across many industries underway, the BCGEU has released a short paper about compliance and enforcement in B.C.’s forests. Check it out below and be sure to share it with your networks.  

December 13, 2017

Bargaining Committee Election Results for Starlight Casino - BCGEU

The election for the two remaining positions on the bargaining committee is now complete. The representatives of the Union Bargaining Committee are: Wei Chen from Tables Games Jason Jones from F&B (includes Match and Kitchen) Michael Vyner from Slots (includes Cash Cage) Shirley McMillan from Race Book (includes Security, Count Team and Guest Services) Congratulations to Wei Chen, Jason J...

December 12, 2017

Bargaining Update for Grand Villa Casino - BCGEU

The committee met in November on the 6th, 20th and 27th. On these days, we met with representatives from F&B, Count Team, VIP Host and Guest Services. We have had a good opportunity to understand the key issues for each department and now, alongside with the bargaining surveys, we will begin planning on proposals to take forward for bargaining with the Employer.  Bargaining dates with the E...

December 11, 2017

BC Human Rights Commission - BCGEU

Today the report, A Human Rights Commission for the 21st Century: British Columbians talk about Human Rights was released detailing 25 recommendations to government as they re-establish the BC Human Rights Commission (dismantled in 2002 by the previous Liberal government). The report recommends to B.C.'s Attorney General that the new commission be built on four important pillars in order to cre...

December 11, 2017

BCGEU disappointed by decision to complete Site C dam, urges government to em...

The BCGEU is disappointed by the provincial government's decision today to complete the Site C dam despite findings by the BC Utilities Commission that question the economic viability of the project. In 2015 the union took a position against the construction of the dam citing economic and environmental concerns as well infringement on First Nations' rights. This decision demonstrates the work s...

December 07, 2017

BCGEU remembers Leonard George - BCGEU

It is with tremendous sadness to learn of the passing of Tsleil-Waututh leader, Leonard George. Leonard, served as Chief of the Tsleil-Waututh nation, was an iconic leader and teacher to thousands of people across British Columbia. In his special way, he was able to build bridges between communities and encouraged everyone to work together as one. His knowledge and wisdom drew many to his side ...

December 07, 2017

Statement on Fair Wages Commission - BCGEU

Today, December 7, is the final day to provide submissions to B.C.'s Fair Wages Commission. The BCGEU would like to mark this date by calling for the immediate implementation of a $15 per hour minimum wage for all workers in our province. The BCGEU is a tireless advocate for fair wages for all workers. Daily, BCGEU members providing health and social services confront the consequences of low wa...