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

October 03, 2017

October is Community Living Month - BCGEU

19 years ago, the province of BC declared October Community Living Month. The BCGEU is proud to represent thousands of members across the province who have dedicated their careers to helping those who are not able, or need the assistance of others, to bring a level of independence and quality of life that benefits not only those with developmental disabilities, but also the communities that we ...

October 03, 2017

Bargaining Update for members at Grand Villa Casino - BCGEU

The bargaining committee met for 4 days in September and have another 4 days scheduled between October and November for pre-bargaining. The committee has been reviewing the bargaining surveys, reviewing resource materials and meeting with department representatives prior to beginning to prepare proposals. We are committed to keeping the membership actively engaged in the pre-bargaining process ...

October 03, 2017

Sister in Spirit Vigils - BCGEU

October 4th is a day where we honour the lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). The violence experienced by Indigenous women and girls in Canada is a national tragedy. We must take the time to give thanks to the families who are our reason for demanding continued action. The BCGEU believes that the October 4th Sisters In Spirit Vigils are a movement for social change....

October 03, 2017

BCGEU opening $5 million building in Fort St. John - BCGEU

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union President Stephanie Smith and other union members will be in Fort St. John Tuesday to help open the BCGEU's new building on 100th Ave. Smith will officially open the new BCGEU area office on the corner of 100th Ave and 102nd Street late Tuesday afternoon. The two-storey, 6,300-square-foot building was built by unionized workers,...

October 03, 2017

BCGEU OPENS NEW $5 MILLION DOLLAR BUILDING IN FORT SAINT JOHN - BCGEU

Fort Saint John --- President Stephanie Smith and the rest of the Provincial Executive members will be in Fort St. John to visit with local B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) members at their workplaces. "Showing up and talking with members in their community about the issues that affect them is one of the best ways to understand how the union can be a positive force in people...

October 02, 2017

CLC Winter School 2018 - BCGEU

Course listings and registration for the Canadian Labour Congress Winter School (January 14 to February 16, 2018) at Harrison Hot Springs is now available. Active union members are encouraged to apply online. Applications will be forwarded to your component executive to determine who will attend the school.  Registration cut off is November 3rd for all courses.   Please click here to register...

September 29, 2017

BCGEU meets with Federal Minister of Status of Women Maryam Monsef at roundta...

On September 8, as a follow up to the report Collective Wisdom: Challenges and Opportunities in B.C's Women's Services the BCGEU was invited by the federal Minister of Status of Women Maryam Monsef to participate in a roundtable discussion as part of the federal government's commitment to addressing gender-based violence (GBV). At the Roundtable were approximately 30 representatives for women's...

September 25, 2017

Vernon casino workers win in labour decision - BCGEU

A handful of unionized workers at a Vernon casino have scored a victory with the B.C. Labour Relations Board. The labour board has dismissed objections and opposition from the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union (COPEU) Local 378 over an application made by certain employees at Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Ltd. – which operates Lake City Casino on Anderson Way – to vary the ba...

September 25, 2017

River Rock Casino workers negotiate strong first collective agreement after a...

RICHMOND – B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) members at River Rock Casino Resort voted by 81 per cent to ratify a four-year collective agreement today after more than a year of negotiations with Great Canadian Gaming Corporation. "I am so proud of the outstanding resolve and determination of workers at the River Rock Casino to negotiate such a strong first agreement," says BC...

September 25, 2017

Call for Nominations for Four (4) Bargaining Committee Members for Starlight ...

We are calling for nominations to sit on the Bargaining Committee for the upcoming round of negotiations with the Employer. Pursuant to Article 2.10 – Union Bargaining Committee, the Bargaining Committee shall consist of four (4) members from the following departments:   · one (1) member from Tables Games · one (1) member from F&B (including Match and Kitchen) · one (1) member from Slots or...

September 22, 2017

Walk for Reconciliation 2017 - BCGEU

Join and support the spirit of 'Namwayut - We are all one. On September 24, 2017, BCGEU members will joining in the 2017 Walk for Reconciliation in Vancouver!  The BCGEU is proud to sponsor the walk once again this year and support a positive movement to build better relationships among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians.  Walk for Reconciliation: Sunday, September 24th | 9:30am 650 Cambie St...

September 21, 2017

Lake City/Cascades Casinos - Bargaining Chair Election/Worksite Voting Locati...

Members who did not receive a ballot in the mail can vote for the next bargaining unit chair in the worksites and at their BCGEU Area Office. Voting at the Worksite Date: Friday, September 29 Times: Between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Locations: Cascade Casino Penticton - Computer Room Lake City Casino Kelowna - Self-Exclusion Office Lake City Casino Vernon - Training Room Cascade Casino Ka...

September 21, 2017

RV Tour – Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat, Hazelton, Smithers, Houston, Franc...

The BCGEU RV will be touring through the above noted locations. Below you will find dates, locations and times. We hope you can join us!   Monday September 18, 2017 – Prince Rupert: · Liquor Distribution Branch (Liquor Store) Parking Lot BBQ Lunch – 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, all members and families welcome · Northwest Community College Campus Refreshments – 3:00 pm, come join us on your coffee brea...

September 18, 2017

It's time to vote! Ratification Meeting Schedule for River Rock Casino Resort...

Notice Of Poll It's time to vote! A tentative collective agreement has been negotiated with your Employer, and this is your chance to review all that has been agreed to at the negotiating table, and vote on whether or not you accept the terms and conditions of this tentative agreement!  Your bargaining committee is unanimously recommending you vote yes to accept!! Highlights of the four year ag...

September 15, 2017

More care workers needed to help B.C. seniors feel at home

Vancouver— Today the Seniors’ Advocate of B.C. published the results of a comprehensive study on the state of care homes in BC. The report shows in no uncertain terms what many families, seniors, and care workers have been raising with government for some time now: basic standards in care homes are not being met. “I can’t imagine how heartbreaking it must be for everyone involved to know there ...

September 15, 2017

Rally in support of Edgewater Casino workers - BCGEU

Paragon Gaming is relocating Edgewater Casino to a new $600m facility in September of 2017, but instead staffing the new location with their existing union employees, they are planning to outsource the food and beverage department. This will affect over 100 casino workers represented by Unifor who fought hard for a collective agreement and respect from their employer. The jobs created by the ne...

September 15, 2017

B.C. government strikes a pragmatic balance in budget update – says B.C.’s la...

The B.C. NDP government's first budget update is measured, pragmatic and balances key spending priorities with modest tax increases to high income earners, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union says in their annual budget analysis. "The government has made good use of the operating surplus to address urgent needs such as education, poverty reduction, housing and mental health," says ...

September 13, 2017

Tentative deal reached at River Rock Casino - BCGEU

After more than a year of hard negotiating, your bargaining committee is pleased and proud to announce that a tentative collective agreement has been negotiated with your Employer. This tentative first agreement will see vast improvements to your current working conditions, including wages, benefits, scheduling, and health and safety. In fact, for most River Rock members, you will become some o...

September 11, 2017

River Rock Casino Resort - Labour Board Mediation Update - BCGEU

Your bargaining committee spent most of last week, including Saturday, at Labour Board mediation with your Employer. It was a very intense week, with both parties working late into the night trying to find common ground and make some movement. Both sides are now reviewing recommendations that have been sent out by the mediator. Before we can move on anything, these recommendations have to be co...

September 11, 2017

B.C. budget delivers on key priorities for British Columbians - BCGEU

BURNABY – The BC NDP government's first budget update delivers on commitments to re-invest in critical public services this year, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) said today. The government will increase public service staffing levels by more than 600 positions, addressing the critical need for additional social workers, park rangers, environmental management staff and c...

September 08, 2017

B.C. throne speech focuses on real needs of British Columbians - BCGEU

BURNABY – The B.C. NDP government's first throne speech is a transitional roadmap that steers the province toward a progressive future, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) said today.  "The throne speech strikes a positive tone and commits the government to focus on the real needs of our citizens," says BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. "The former government spent 16 years ...

September 08, 2017

Lake City/Cascades Casinos - Election of Bargaining Unit Chair - BCGEU

An impressive response for calls to nominate a BCGEU Lake City/Cascades Casinos Bargaining Unit Chair and Bargaining Committee members has resulted in the need to conduct elections to determine who will sit on the committee when talks begin to negotiate your new collective agreement. The first step in the election process is to determine who will occupy the important position of Bargaining Unit...

September 01, 2017

Celebrating Labour Day 2017

This Labour Day we celebrate not only the great legacy of the labour movement in British Columbia, and across Canada, but today’s movement that continues to grow and evolve as we stand up for all working people. Representing members across all sectors of the economy, we welcomed 3,000 workers into our union this past year, growing our membership to over 73,000! And in the last 12 months, we’ve ...

August 31, 2017

Election of Bargaining Committee and Bargaining Survey - BCGEU

Notice to Bargain   The BCGEU recently gave formal notice to the employer to commence the bargaining process as the current collective agreement term ends on September 30, 2017. Of course your collective agreement remains in full force and effect until a new agreement is negotiated and brought to all of you to vote on and ratify.   Elect your Bargaining Committee   There are two (2) positions f...

August 30, 2017

BCGEU applauds the housing minister’s decision to review caps on rental price...

The BCGEU applauds housing minister Selina Robinson’s announcement that the new NDP government, in an effort to stabilize rental prices, will look into changing the guidelines that cap the amount by which landlords are allowed to hike rental prices year after year. The rising cost of housing is having a very real impact on working people in B.C. As housing prices have increased faster than wage...

August 30, 2017

REVISED - Nominations for Bargaining Committee - Result - BCGEU

Please see corrections/additions below marked with an asterisk (*) Nominations for the Lake City/Cascades Bargaining Committee closed on August 21st with the following results:   · Chairperson – Four candidates are nominated: Gayle Furgala/Kelowna Mike Schmidt/Kamloops Peter Burton/Vernon Mike Janzen/Kamloops Election details to follow in a separate bulletin   · Bargaining Committee Member Mike...

August 30, 2017

Report highlights need to provide greater supports to unpaid caregivers in se...

The B.C. Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) commends the report released today by the Office of the Seniors Advocate, Caregivers in Distress: A Growing Problem. This report highlights a worrying trend of increased distress among unpaid caregivers, and makes recommendations to provide them with greater supports as the needs of B.C.'s aging population become increasingly complex. T...