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 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...

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...