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 17, 2018

British Columbia turns over a new leaf - BCGEU

Vancouver – With cannabis prohibition finally over in Canada, British Columbia is bracing itself for a new era of economic potential. “Legal, recreational cannabis has the potential to be a major driver of economic growth and direct monetary benefit to the province” noted BCGEU President Stephanie Smith. “Wise investments in the regulation, sale, and distribution of alcohol provide billions in ...

October 16, 2018

BCGEU members in employment assistance meet with minister - BCGEU

Six BCGEU members who work for the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction met with minister Shane Simpson late last week. The members are from BCGEU Component 6 - Social, Information and Health and Component 12 – Administrative Services. The meeting was organized by the union so that the minister could hear firsthand the issues facing workers on the front-lines in the hope they ca...

October 12, 2018

Provincial magazine – Autumn 2018 - BCGEU

The latest issue of The Provincial magazine is available for download. In this month's issue: • Casino workers stand strong • Violence at Forensics Hospital • Protection from online harassment • Sectoral Bargaining updates • Referendum on proportional representation • Ginger Goodwin memorial, and much more. • Download PDF file of Provincial UWU/MoveUP

October 11, 2018

BCGEU submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government S...

Every fall your union participates in the public consultation for the next provincial budget. The consultation is led by the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services—an all-party committee of the Legislative Assembly—and involves public hearings across the province as well as written, audio and video submissions and online surveys. The Committee reviews all input received fr...

October 11, 2018

Local 1703 Members at Canadian Diabetes Association and National Diabetes Tru...

On behalf of your bargaining committee, I am happy to announce that after votes at both the CDA office in Vancouver and the NDT office in Coquitlam were tallied, your agreement has ratified.   We look forward to working with you all to implement this new agreement. If you have questions about the implementation of the collective agreement, please contact one of your local shop stewards.   In so...

October 11, 2018

Local 1703 Members at Hard Rock Casino - BCGEU

Shift Pick at Hard Rock The members have made it clear that they have unanswered questions and concerns about the shift pick process. Your union representatives met with the Employer at the Joint Labour Management Meeting yesterday to review those concerns. Following the meeting, it has been mutually decided that the shift pick process will be delayed by one month. We need time to address worke...

October 10, 2018

Local 1703 Members at Vancity Branch 52 - New Steward at Branch 52 - BCGEU

Nominations closed for 1 steward position on Friday, October 5, 2018.  We are pleased to announce that Tyler Russell is the new steward at Branch 52.  Please join us in wishing Tyler well in his new position.   In Solidarity,   Megan McKinneyStaff Representative Download PDF of notice here UWU/MoveUP

October 10, 2018

New Steward at Vancity Branch 41 - BCGEU

Nominations closed for 1 steward position on Friday, October 5, 2018. We are pleased to announce that Teresa Perri is the new steward at Branch 41. Please join us in wishing Teresa well in her new position.In Solidarity, Megan McKinneyStaff RepresentativeDownload PDF of notice here. UWU/MoveUP

October 10, 2018

UPDATED: Information For BCGEU Members At Gateway Casinos - BCGEU

On Friday, September 15 Gateway Casino filed an application in BC Supreme Court seeking an injunction that would have severely restricted picketing at the Penticton location. Gateway's application relied on video and other evidence that allegedly showed our members trespassing, delaying vehicles, and intimidating casino clients.  The Court heard the application on Monday and issued a ruling on ...

October 09, 2018

New resource guide to First Nations acknowledgements, protocol and terminolog...

There is a groundswell of change happening in Canada with respect to relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. The BCGEU has always strived to be a positive ally to Indigenous Peoples and as part of our ongoing work to put this commitment into action, I am pleased to provide you with a copy of the BCGEU guide to First Nations acknowledgement, protocol & terminology. D...

October 05, 2018

Labour Endorsed Candidates - BCGEU

Local government elections are your opportunity to influence decision-making in your community by electing mayors, councilors, regional district directors, school board trustees and other representatives who will take action on issues that matter for working people; issues like affordable housing, inclusive schools, and keeping services public. Polls will be open in every community across the p...

October 05, 2018

Hard Rock Casino Steward Election Results - BCGEU

The votes have been counted. Big thanks to Trish Gant, Matt Heisler and Gordon Barkman for running the vote. Casino: Edeliza Madriaga Kam Wing Cheong Katherine Wiebe Nicole Shaw Pak Keung (Mark) Chun Zhong Hua (Ivan) Yao Culinary: Parminder Bains (acclaimed)   Theatre: Barry Salway (acclaimed) These eight people will act as your union representatives. Any steward can represent any mem...

October 05, 2018

Collective Agreement For River Rock Casino Resort - BCGEU

Members are advised that an electronic copy of the renewed Collective Agreement (September 25, 2017 to September 24, 2021) can downloaded from the BCGEU website here. The Union encourages use of the electronic copy. If preferred, members may pick up a printed copy of the Collective Agreement from the Tip Committee during tip distribution time. Alternately, you may request a copy of the Collecti...

October 05, 2018

Local 1703 River Rock Security Members - Steward Election - BCGEU

An interim election for one (1) Steward position in Security is being held to replace a Steward in Security who resigned their employment with River Rock. The successful candidate will serve for the remainder of the current term. What do stewards do? Stewards provide support and advice to members who think they are being treated unfairly. They make sure new employees sign union membership cards...

October 04, 2018

Sisters In Spirit Vigils - A movement for social change - BCGEU

October 4th is a day to honour the lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) and their families. The Native Women's Association of Canada invites all family members, Indigenous community members and allies to take some reflective time on October 4th to attend a vigil or a community event or take a moment of silence to honour our stolen sisters and to support all families ...

October 04, 2018

Local 1703 Members at Canadian Diabetes Association - Shop Stewards - BCGEU

The Union is pleased to announce that Paul Tomczak has been acclaimed as shop steward for Canadian Diabetes Association. This notice is to advise all BCGEU members at Canadian Diabetes Association that the following people are your shop stewards: Franca Lattanzio Paul Tomczak If you have any questions regarding workplace issues or your collective agreement, please contact either of your stewa...

October 03, 2018

Casino workers say they cannot get by on Gateway wages - BCGEU

Striking workers speak out about need for family-supporting wages (Thompson-Okanagan) As the strike at Gateway Casinos in the Thompson-Okanagan continues, BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) members are opening up about why they are holding out for fair wages despite being on the picket line for over three months. "Over the years I've struggled as a single mom to make ends meet,"...

October 02, 2018

President’s bulletin to members on the introduction of the Poverty Reduction ...

Since November 2017 it has been my honour to serve as a member of the Minister's Advisory Forum on Poverty Reduction-a diverse and dynamic group made up of 27 people from the non-profit sector, labour, business, academia, local government, health care, social services, First Nations and Indigenous communities and including people with lived experience of poverty. The Forum was created to serve ...

October 02, 2018

Hardrock Casino Steward Election Ballot Count Time - BCGEU

The ballot count for the Hard Rock steward election will take place just after midnight after the close of voting at 12:01 AM on Thursday, October 4th. The original bulletin showed the vote count taking place at 12:01 pm (noon) which is incorrect. You can vote for you Casino Stewards Tuesday, October 2nd from 10am to 6pm and on Wednesday, October 3rd from 4pm to midnight.   In solidarity, Fateh...

September 28, 2018

Union challenging undemocratic ICBA referendum lawsuit - BCGEU

VANCOUVER - The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) was granted intervenor status with the right to call evidence by the B.C. Supreme Court Thursday in response to the petition brought forth by the Independent Contractors and Business Association (ICBA), the Canada West Construction Union and private citizen Kenneth Baerg. The petition challenges the provincial government's propo...

September 28, 2018

Local 1703 Hard Rock Casino - Time To Vote For Your Stewards! - BCGEU

What: Steward Election (Stewards are Hard Rock workers just like you who act as union representatives on the job and whom management is legally responsible to recognize in the process of resolving issues in the workplace.) Who: All members in the Table Games, Slots, Guest Services, Security, Count/Cage departments can and should vote! When: The election for stewards will take place on Tuesday, ...

September 26, 2018

BCGEU applauds provincial government's decision to lower annual rent increase

The BCGEU is encouraged by the government's decision to lower annual rent increases by capping them to inflation. This was one of the recommendations outlined earlier this week by the BC Rental Housing Task Force. "There is no solution to the housing affordability crisis that doesn't include rental affordability so we are very pleased with the government's decision to cap the maximum allowable ...

September 25, 2018

List of Vancity MSC/Visa Stewards - BCGEU

Please be advised the following members below are stewards at MSC/Visa:  Bruce Hill Janet Cruz Cesar Junio Melissa Harding Cody Burenski Nathaniel Prakash Gurmeet Singh Vicki Kwong Javier Gonzales  If you have any questions regarding workplace issues or your collective agreement, please feel free to contact one of these stewards. Thank you to all of you who stepped up to repre...

September 25, 2018

Improvements to front line services for seniors welcome, and long overdue. - ...

New Westminster – Today Health Minister Adrian Dix, and Premier John Horgan announced important new funding for seniors in British Columbia. The government is increasing the budget for staffing, retention, and training by $240 million dollars in the next three years, with $50 million in this calendar year.  BCGEU President Stephanie Smith reflected on today's announcement: "More money for staff...

September 24, 2018

BCGEU celebrates National Forest Week: Sept. 23-29, 2018 - BCGEU

  Each year National Forest Week (NFW) is celebrated by individual citizens, governments and non-governmental organizations across Canada.  Established in 1920 as Forest Fire Prevention Week, there was no shortage of trees for industrial expansion – at a time the time when the main threat to forests was from forest fires, many caused by humans. In 1967 the name was changed to National Forest W...

September 24, 2018

Local 1703 Hard Rock Casino Members - Grievances Filed on Health Benefit Elig...

The Union has filed two grievances on behalf of all impacted members regarding Health Benefit eligibility as per Article 31 of the Collective Agreement. Weeks On Strike included in Eligibility Period Shortly after returning to work after the strike, members received a letter from the Employer Re: Eligibility for Group Benefits. Members were deemed ineligible for Long Term Disability (LTD) becau...

September 21, 2018

Members at Canadian Diabetes Association Call for Nominations for Steward - B...

To:                 All BCGEU Members at Canadian Diabetes Association Re:                 Call for Nominations for Steward   We are calling for nominations for one (1) shop steward at the Canadian Diabetes Association. Deadline for the return of nominations is October 1, 2018 at 5:00 PM.Nominations forms may be returned by one of the following options: • In person at the Lower Mainland Area Of...

September 20, 2018

Revised- All Vancity Stewards – Local 1701, 1703 & 1704 Vancity Stewards Meet...

TO:                       All Vancity Stewards – Local 1701, 1703 & 1704 DATE & TIME:      Wednesday, October 10, 2018 | 6:00pm – 8:30pm PLACE:                  Lower Mainland Area Office – Squamish Room                                #130 - 2920 Virtual Way, Vancouver, BC V5M 0C4                                6:00 p.m. – pizza dinner | 6:30 p.m. – meeting starts RE:                   ...

September 20, 2018

CLC Winter School 2019

CLC Winter School 2019 Course listings and registration for the Canadian Labour Congress Winter School (January 13 to February 15, 2019) at Harrison Hot Springs is now available. Active union members are encouraged to apply online. Applications will be forwarded to your Component executive to make their selections on who will attend the school.  Registration cut off is November 2nd for all cour...

September 19, 2018

Steward Nominations at Vancity – Branch 52 - BCGEU

As long-serving steward Sabina Braidwood has retired, the Union is calling for nominations for a new steward at your branch.  Nominations are now open for 1 position of steward position at your worksite and will close on Friday, October 5, 2018.Stewards are the primary representatives of members and have an important role within the Union. Some of the roles of a steward are:   Helping co-worke...

September 19, 2018

1703 Members at Vancity-Branch 41 Steward Nominations - BCGEU

To: All Local 1703 BCGEU Members at Vancity – Branch 41 Re: Steward Nominations   Nominations are now open for 1 position of steward position at your worksite and will close on Friday, October 5, 2018.   Stewards are the primary representatives of members and have an important role within the Union.    Some of the roles of a steward are: • Helping co-workers interpret and understand their colle...

September 17, 2018

Local 1703 Members at Grand Villa Casino Union Support for Evening and Overni...

Your Bargaining Committee Chair, Craig Proctor will be available to speak with workers: Tuesday, September 18th 8pm – until 2am Saturday, September 22nd 8pm – until 2am   Craig will be stationed in the break room. He is available to answer your questions about the Collective Agreement and hear your opinion on workplace issues.   Please take time on your break to learn more about the Union.    I...

September 14, 2018

Members at Grand Villa Casino - Taking Breaks and Leaving On Time - BCGEU

Taking Breaks and Leaving On Time Your Union has received numerous reports from members at Grand Villa struggling with unmanageable workloads. In some cases, members have reported working through their breaks and performing unpaid overtime to compensate.  As Union members, you have rights under your Collective Agreement and if these are denied you should ask a steward to help you file a grievan...

September 13, 2018

Strike continues as Gateway Casinos refuse to release company financials - BCGEU

Union cites lack of transparency as reason for breakdown in talks  (Kelowna) Mediated talks between Gateway Casinos and over 675 members of the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) in the Thompson-Okanagan broke off last week after the company refused to release financial information to back up claims that they cannot afford the workers' wage proposals. "Gateway says they can't af...

September 13, 2018

Casino union fires back - BCGEU

The president of the BCGEU says she shares Gateway Casinos' disappointment at the failure of mediation talks last week. Read more... UWU/MoveUP

September 13, 2018

City of Kamloops could take financial hit due to casino strike - BCGEU

The City of Kamloops doesn't yet know how the Cascades Casino strike will impact its bottom line, but if last year is any indication, it stands to lose a half-million dollars by the end of the month.   Read more... UWU/MoveUP

September 12, 2018

BCGEU demands WorkSafe investigate new assaults on Forensics hospital staff -...

BURNABY – The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union reports that four staff members at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam have been injured in another violent attack by a patient this week and the union is demanding that WorkSafeBC investigate security measures at the facility. BCGEU members report that two health care workers (HCW) and two nurses were attacked by a patient on Se...

September 12, 2018

Area 01 Young Workers Committee - BCGEU

We are excited to introduce ourselves to you as your Area 01 Young Worker Committee. Local 301 Amanda Nurse                  amanda_nurse@hotmail.com Local 401 Sarah Ball                        sarahmichelleball@hotmail.com Local 501 Rostislav Artiushenkov    rostokcan@gmail.com Local 601 Alexandra Richardson     alex_richardson12@hotmail.com Local 801 Samantha Brumwell        samma12@live...

September 11, 2018

Grievance Filed on Stat Holiday Rate of Pay - Hard Rock Casino - BCGEU

The Union has filed a grievance on behalf of all members that worked on the August 6th statutory holiday.The Employer and the Union have been unable to reach an agreement on the meaning of Clause 18.2 d):An employee who is scheduled by the Employer to work on a statutory holiday shall be paid one and one-half times their wage rate for any hours worked on the statutory holiday, in addition to th...

September 10, 2018

Steward Nominations for Hard Rock Casino - BCGEU

Nominations are now open for 8 steward positions at your worksite andwill close at 11:59 PM on Sunday, September 23rd. Background  The Steward Election Committee met on August 23rd to review the results of a member survey about how to elect stewards. The majority of members that completed the survey wanted to use the Grand Villa model of non-departmental stewards. As a result, the Committee dec...

September 07, 2018

Pension workshops available for Public Service Pension Plan and Municipal Pen...

Every year the Pension Corporation offers a spring and fall calendar of educational workshops about the Municipal Pension Plan and Public Service Pension Plan. The calendars are now posted on the pension websites (see links below). The College Pension Plan sessions should be posted soon.  Two different workshops are offered: 1) For younger members who want to know more about your plan. 2) For t...

September 06, 2018

Union representing correctional officers calls for action after alleged assau...

The BC Government and Service Employees (BCGEU) union is asking for a change to better protect correctional officers and sheriffs who are escorting prisoners from correctional centers. The call comes after the alleged assault of a correctional officer at Vancouver General Hospital on Aug. 28.     Read more... UWU/MoveUP

September 05, 2018

Union calls for gov't intervention after spike in staff assaults at Coquitlam...

Two unions that represent workers at Coquitlam's Forensic Psychiatric Hospital are sounding the alarm over a recent spike in assaults, blaming management for a "systemic failure" to respond. The B.C. Government and Service Employees Union said that there have been 21 staff injuries committed by patients to its members alone, between May and August of this year.     Read more... UWU/MoveUP

September 04, 2018

Hospitality Industrial Relations Bargaining Committee Established and Bargai...

The Union is pleased to advise that a new BCGEU Hospitality Industrial Relations bargaining committee has been established. Please join us in congratulating Aurna Singh (Best Western Kings Inn) and Nick Slaven (The Crest Hotel) as they take on the important responsibility of representing their respective worksites when bargaining for a new collective agreement begins in the near future. Before ...

August 31, 2018

Starlight Bargaining Update - BCGEU

We're reaching out today to let you know about how bargaining has been progressing so far, and to share a bit of good news. This week at bargaining we were successful in achieving a significant gain on the issue of patron abuse. We know how strongly you feel about this topic. The Employer has agreed to start implementing the process right away! We have signed off on many other improvements too,...

August 31, 2018

Update on Starlight Bargaining - BCGEU

This week at bargaining we were successful in achieving a significant gain on the issue of patron abuse. We know how strongly you feel about this topic. The Employer has agreed to start implementing the process now! We have signed off on many other improvements too, however, we are still far apart on many other items that you have identified as important. We are scheduling more bargaining dates...

August 31, 2018

An Open Letter from BCGEU President Stephanie Smith on Labour Day - BCGEU

As a mother and an early childhood educator l know that for many British Columbians Labour Day represents the end of summer and the beginning of school. But as a union activist the first Monday in September represents much more. Labour Day is an opportunity to celebrate working people: the ones who built our province; the ones who take care of our families and our communities every day; and the...

August 29, 2018

Assaults at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital highlight failure to provide a safe...

BURNABY – Recent serious assaults on staff by patients at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital (FPH) in Coquitlam highlight a disturbing trend that endangers the lives of workers at the facility, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union said today. "There have been 21 injuries to staff since May of this year, by patients who are at the hospital for committing serious crimes," said BCGEU tr...

August 27, 2018

Update on Bargaining for members at Starlight Casino - BCGEU

We met for three days with the employer this week to discuss monetary proposals. The employer gave us their proposal for wages, benefits and other key items and it wasn't good enough. We replied with a counter offer and we have more meetings with the employer set for August 30 & 31 where they will provide a full response to all our outstanding proposals.  We are still working on several non...

August 27, 2018

BCGEU community social services members ratify collective agreement - BCGEU

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) announced today that its members in the Community Social Services (CSS) sector voted by 85.7 per cent in favour to ratify a new collective agreement. The three-year contract provides significant compensation increases for workers while meeting the government mandate of improving the services British Columbians count on. CSS consists of thre...