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

December 07, 2017

VanCity Branch 6 Steward Elections - BCGEU

This is your opportunity to elect your workplace stewards and exercise your workplace democracy! You may vote for two stewards on the ballot. Voting will be open Thursday all day and Friday until 4pm. To Vote: You must clearly fill in the information on white, declaration ballot envelope. This confirms that you are a BCGEU member and have a right to vote in this election. Clearly, mark 2 stewa...

December 07, 2017

Watch Minister Eby's Address To C1 Conference Conference - BCGEU

Union activists from across the province gathered in Surrey BC this week to discuss important issues for Component 1 members.We reviewed grievance arbitration, short term illness and injury plan (STIIP) and long term disability (LTD) issues, gangs and threats, pensions and more. We also were updated on the progress of sheriff retention and recruitment efforts. Attorney General David Eby sent a ...

December 07, 2017

Watch Minister Farnworth's Address To C1 Conference - BCGEU

  Union activists from across the province gathered in Surrey BC this week to discuss important issues for Component 1 members.We reviewed grievance arbitration, short term illness and injury plan (STIIP) and long term disability (LTD) issues, gangs and threats, pensions and more.  Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth sent a video message of support to the conference, ...

December 06, 2017

BCGEU Remembers Maureen Headley - BCGEU

I am saddened today to inform BCGEU members and staff that long-time former employee Maureen Headley passed away on Monday December 4 after a long fight with cancer. Maureen worked at the BCGEU for over 12 years. She served BCGEU members as an organizer, as the assistant director of Membership Records, and as both assistant director and later as director of the Collective Bargaining & Arbit...

December 05, 2017

BC’s Liquor Distribution Branch the right choice to manage cannabis - BCGEU

  December 5, 2017 BC's Liquor Distribution Branch the right choice to manage cannabis   The B.C. government's decision to make the Liquor Distribution Branch responsible for the distribution of non-medical cannabis is the right choice for British Columbia, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union said today. "We applaud the BC government's decision to warehouse and distribute cannabis...

December 05, 2017

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women - BCGEU

  December 6:    National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women December 6th is a dark day in our country’s history. It marks the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique Massacre in Montreal, in which 14 women were singled out for their gender and killed. The 14 women slain in this horrific act of misogyny and gender-based violence were Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, N...

December 05, 2017

BCGEU welcomes wildfire review - BCGEU

  BCGEU welcomes wildfire review   The BC Government and Service Employees' Union welcomes the BC government's announcement of an independent review of wildfire and flood response today. "Our members, who provide on-the-ground emergency fire and flood response across the province, are happy to hear that the government has initiated a review of the catastrophic natural events of the past year,"...

December 04, 2017

Hard Rock Casino Bargaining Update, Your Union’s Perspective! - BCGEU

On November 29th, your Employer sent out a letter to members at Hard Rock Casino, titled  "Bargaining Update, Employers Perspective". It's a nice long letter, but WOW, is it ever misleading. Let's set the record straight! When the parties got together on November 20th, the Union did not have scheduling and seniority proposals to present. Why you ask? Because we were waiting for the Employer to ...

December 01, 2017

Ministry resources new Overdose Emergency Response Centre, more staff to step...

Victoria – Today the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions announced an escalation of their emergency response to the overdose crisis. To deal with the deepening crisis across the province, the government is setting up a centralized Overdose Emergency Response Centre to coordinate a response to the overdose crisis that spans the province. “Seeing the government move forward with creating new...

November 30, 2017

Bargaining Survey! Lake City/Cascades Casinos - BCGEU

With the election of a new Bargaining Unit Chair and Committee now complete, we need to hear from you on what you would like to see negotiated into your new collective agreement. In order to assist the Committee in prioritizing members' wants and needs, we ask that you spend a few moments filling out the attached Survey Monkey questionnaire - it's quick, easy and confidential. Let the Committee...

November 28, 2017

Sacred Water Ceremony - BCGEU

National Aboriginal Peoples CircleBCGEUVancouver Island Human Rights CommitteePSACBC Presents a  SACRED WATER CEREMONY According to Vice News Canada, as of July 31 2017, there were a total of 121 First Nations under 172 drinking water advisories across Canada. ACCESS TO CLEAN AND SAFE WATER IS A BASIC HUMAN RIGHT Join Todd Smith, PSAC A/Regional Executive Vice-President, and Sussanne Skidmore, ...

November 28, 2017

BCGEU launches housing affordability plan - BCGEU

Following the launch of a campaign on housing affordability earlier this month, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) has released a report detailing recommendations on how the province can solve the housing affordability crisis. The Building an Affordable B.C. report provides recommendations aimed at tackling the root of the housing crisis: speculation on the part of financi...

November 24, 2017

Bargaining Update for Hard Rock Casino Members - BCGEU

Collective agreement negotiations resumed with your Employer on November 20th. How did the talks go? Not well at all. Not only was the Employer at times disrespectful, they continued to ignore a substantial number of proposals that were presented to them almost a year ago. Your Employer keeps saying they want to get to a deal. If that's the case, it's time for them to start responding!   Your c...

November 24, 2017

Bargaining Committee Election Results/ Bargaining Preparations for Lake City/...

The Union recently conducted bargaining committee elections at Lake City Casino Kelowna, and Cascades Casino Penticton. On November 24th the ballots were counted, and the following nominees were elected. · Gayle Furgala/ Lake City Casino Kelowna · Bryan Woodard/ Cascades Casino Penticton Gayle and Bryan will join bargaining unit chair Mike Schmidt (Cascades Casino Kamloops) and committee membe...

November 23, 2017

Election for Bargaining Committee Members at Starlight Casino - BCGEU

The call for nominations to sit on the Bargaining Committee for the upcoming round of negotiations has resulted in the need to conduct an election for: one (1) member from Tables Games one (1) member from F&B (including Match and Kitchen) We received multiple nominations for both positions, and this means we will be conducting an election to fill these two (2) spots. We do not need to run...

November 23, 2017

District of Sechelt Steward Election Update - BCGEU

Nominations closed recently and there were more nominations received than positions available, therefore there will be an election at the worksite for:   · 1 position in Public Works · 1 position in Admin   An election will be conducted at the worksite for both these positions.     The good news is that a new steward has been acclaimed from Parks. Congratulations to Michelle MacMorland. Kim Wha...

November 23, 2017

Starlight Casino Steward Nominations - BCGEU

The recent steward nomination process will be redone on direction from the local 1703 Chair. The new nomination period will open November 23 at 1 pm and close at 12 noon on December 22. Nomination forms will be posted at the worksite in the staff break room. The current list of worksite stewards remains active during this period. In solidarity, Kim Howse Staff Representative Download as pdf

November 21, 2017

On the National Inquiry into into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and G...

On November 1, 2017 the commissioners for the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls released their interim report, Our Women and Girls are Sacred. As an organization with standing in the Inquiry, the BCGEU has carefully reviewed the 118-page report which clearly demonstrates the enormous scope of the Inquiry. The report includes some very startling statistics – I...

November 20, 2017

­­B.C.’s fastest growing union launches housing affordability plan - BCGEU

­­B.C.'s fastest growing union launches housing affordability plan     Following the launch of a campaign on housing affordability earlier this month, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) has released a report detailing recommendations on how the province can solve the housing affordability crisis.   The Building an Affordable B.C. report provides recommendations aimed at ta...

November 18, 2017

Human Rights Commission - BCGEU

As you may be aware, the province has been undertaking steps to reinstate the BC Human Rights Commission. The BCGEU is pleased to hear that the provincial government is taking this step and that the province has called on all British Columbians to engage in the process by sharing their thoughts and opinions on what the commission should look like. The BCGEU has developed a submission that bring...

November 16, 2017

Steward Election Results - Local 1710 - BCGEU

The Steward Nominations for Local 1710 closed on October 11th, while two worksites had Elections that closed on November 13th. The following are the updated results for each worksite in General Services:   City of Fort St. John City Hall – Erin McCluskey & Tara Snow Grounds – Kurt Langdon North Peace Arena – Troy Nichol North Peace Leisure Pool – Amy-Beth Priore, Naomi Gallant & Suzanne...

November 09, 2017

BCGEU out of gate early with public service bargaining conferences - BCGEU

VANCOUVER – The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) is ramping up pre-bargaining efforts by conducting bargaining conferences this week, even though most collective agreements aren't set to expire until 2019. Delegates from across the province gathered in Vancouver to hammer out bargaining priorities for upcoming negotiations, which are expected to take place in the new year. "...