BCGEU - B.C.'s Union since 1919 B.C.'S UNION SINCE 1919

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

August 15, 2017

Employer ends Profit Sharing Plan (PSP) for Hard Rock Casino BCGEU Members...

You may have noticed that the PSP is now missing from your biweekly pay. Some managers have been telling members that the Union was supposed to make an announcement the Employer was terminating the Profit Sharing Plan in August. Why would the Union announce that? Your employer made the decision to take away this employee benefit and it is their responsibility to tell you. Bargaining is schedule...

August 15, 2017

Employer ends Profit Sharing Plan (PSP) at Hard Rock Casino - BCGEU

You may have noticed that the PSP is now missing from your biweekly pay. Some managers have been telling members that the Union was supposed to make an announcement the Employer was terminating the Profit Sharing Plan in August. Why would the Union announce that? Your employer made the decision to take away this employee benefit and it is their responsibility to tell you. Bargaining is schedule...

August 14, 2017

Labour Day Picnic - BCGEU

The BCGEU Area 01Cross Component Committee invites all BCGEU members and their families to participate in the 29TH Annual Labour Day Event(hosted by the Victoria Labour Council)     Date: Monday, September 4th - 2017Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.Location: On the Lawn of the BC Legislature   Please join us for an afternoon of fun for the whole family! We will have games, clowns, a bouncy castle an...

August 11, 2017

Community health workers avoid strike action, negotiate tentative agreement -...

BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) members have reached a tentative agreement with their employer, We Care Home Health Services, a decision that came late last night before a rotating strike was set to begin this morning. After joining the union last July, the BCGEU bargaining committee began negotiations to improve working conditions for the 221 community health workers at the ...

August 11, 2017

Casino workers vote overwhelmingly in favour of job action against Great Cana...

August 11, 2017   Casino workers vote overwhelmingly in favour of job action against Great Canadian Casinos   Workers at River Rock Casino this week voted 99.4 per cent in favour of a strike if necessary to back their contract proposals. In nearly a year of negotiations between the BCGEU and the employer, Great Canadian Casinos, the two sides have failed to achieve a first collective agreement....

August 11, 2017

Casino workers vote overwhelmingly in favour of job action against Great Cana...

August 11, 2017   Casino workers vote overwhelmingly in favour of job action against Great Canadian Casinos   Workers at River Rock Casino this week voted 99.4 per cent in favour of a strike if necessary to back their contract proposals. In nearly a year of negotiations between the BCGEU and the employer, Great Canadian Casinos, the two sides have failed to achieve a first collective agreement....

August 10, 2017

RIVER ROCK 99.4% VOTE FOR STRIKE ACTION!

You have spoken with one clear voice – "We are ALL willing to fight for a fair collective agreement". You can be proud of this accomplishment of solidarity. Almost every one of you who was not on vacation came out to vote. The result speaks for itself. What happens now?  We go back to the bargaining table to see if we can win a fair collective agreement. We have meetings scheduled for August 17...

August 09, 2017

Local 1702 Union Meeting - BCGEU

DATE:     Wednesday, October 4, 2017 TIME:      4:00 p.m. – General Meeting                 5:00 p.m. – Executive Meeting PLACE:    BCGEU North Island Area Office                 106-1650 Terminal Ave N., Nanaimo    AGENDA General Business  We look forward to seeing you there!   To join by phone: Call 1-866-562-0090 Conference ID: 431572   In solidarity Jennifer Keenan Local 1702 Chairperson ...

August 08, 2017

Community health workers launch strike for fair wages and fair scheduling - B...

Following several months of unsuccessful negotiations seeking fair wages and fair scheduling provisions, 221 community support workers will go on strike Friday. The workers, employed by home support agency We Care Home Health Services, will initiate a rotating strike to emphasize the need for a fair contract.  “Community health workers are trained professionals, and the vital work they do must ...

August 08, 2017

Reminder - Call for Nominations for Bargaining Committee at Lake City Casinos...

With summer now in high gear, and your collective agreement soon to expire, it's time for our members working at Lake City Casinos in Penticton, Vernon, Kelowna and Kamloops to nominate candidates to become your new BCGEU bargaining committee. There are four spots available, and each casino will be represented by one member. The committee will be made up of a Chairperson and three Bargaining Co...

August 08, 2017

BCGEU welcomes government’s decision to eliminate tuition fees for Adult Basi...

The BC Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) welcomes today's announcement by the provincial government to remove tuition fees for Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English Language Learning (ELL) programs in the province. ABE is the gateway to many other advanced education programs and good jobs, and ELL programs are essential to new Canadians' ability to access employment and educat...

August 08, 2017

Basic Stewards' Training - BCGEU

The BCGEU provides training to all of its Stewards and Local Executives. Training is essential to you in your role as a steward. You are receiving this notice because you are on our list for those Stewards awaiting your Steward Course. Paid leaves from work, accommodation, travel and meal expenses, if required, will be paid for by the Union. Lunch will be provided for the days you are in class....

August 03, 2017

Strike Vote/Employer Memo for River Rock Members - BCGEU

Yesterday, hundreds of you came out to vote "YES" at the strike ballot box. Your Employer also sent out a memo to try to crush your spirit in your fight for a fair collective agreement. You can expect to see a lot more of that as the fight heats up.   Here is what's happening. The Union has suspended bargaining to take a strike vote. The lack of progress at the bargaining table on key issues t...

August 02, 2017

The BCGEU welcomes the government’s decision to review the economic viability...

The BCGEU welcomes today's announcement that the provincial government has asked the BC Utilities Commission to review the $8.8 billion Site C dam. Long overdue, the commission finally has the opportunity to provide a fair and transparent assessment of the merits of the project. British Columbians deserve nothing less.  BCUC's due diligence will clarify the choices that are available now that c...

August 02, 2017

Williams Lake Area Office Re-Opens Today - BCGEU

The Williams Lake Area Office re-opens today, August 2, 2017. Thank you for your patience, and special thanks to the volunteers in the area who assisted residents during the wildfires evacuation, as well as the recent return home of residents. Please note that with the re-opening of the office, calls will no longer be re-directed to Prince George. However, although the evacuation order is lifte...

August 01, 2017

Trial Shift Selection/ Table Games at River Rock Casino Resort - BCGEU

With everyone's attention focused on this week's River Rock Strike Vote, we thought it best to update you on a recent development that has been brought to the Union's attention. There is a lot happening for our members at River Rock these days, so we strongly advise all of you to keep checking in for updates from your Union.  Trial Shift Selection/Table Games: Your Employer intends to proceed w...

August 01, 2017

The BCGEU granted standing at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered ...

Good news from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). The BCGEU has been granted standing in the MMIWG allowing it to make formal written and oral submissions to the public inquiry.  The letter received states: On behalf of the Commissioners, the Application for Standing submitted by BC Government and Service Employees' Union has been granted, for gre...

July 31, 2017

Read The Summer 2017 Issue Of The Steward - BCGEU

In this issue, we look at a variety of topics to keep you up-to-date on issues that could affect your workplace, and the members you represent. Topics include bullying and harassment, planning ahead in case of permanent disability, stories of grievances and their outcomes from across Canada, and tips from an advocacy department co-op student for assisting members as a steward. We hope you'll f...

July 28, 2017

Notice of Poll - Strike Vote for River Rock members - BCGEU

NOTICE OF POLL   S T R I K E V O T E   A Strike Vote will be conducted on:   DATE:            Wednesday, August 2nd thru Sunday, August 6th, 2017TIME:            7:00 AM to 10:00 PM every dayLOCATION:    President Ballroom, Radisson Hotel,                     8181 Cambie Rd, Richmond, BC   For the employees of: Great Canadian Casinos Inc. (d.b.a. River Rock Casino Resort)   In the bargaining un...

July 28, 2017

Provincial magazine - Summer 2017 - BCGEU

Download the PDF file of the 2017 Summer issue of The Provincial magazine. In this issue: New Leadership - Convention 2017 reports BCGEU Environment Policy 2017 audited financial statements BCGEU Community Remembering John Shields and more...  

July 28, 2017

TIME FOR STRIKE VOTE River Rock Casino members - BCGEU

The day that so many of you have been waiting for has finally arrived. We need to take a strike vote, and potentially go on strike to get a contract that provides real changes and wage increases to your workplace. This took longer than any of us expected. This is the first time we have been in a legal position to strike, now having discussed all the issues. If we'd taken a strike vote earlier, ...

July 25, 2017

Killer found after escaping custody at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital - BCGEU

An hour after warning the public that a killer was missing from B.C.'s Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, the 54-year-old man is back in police custody. Mounties issued a warning Monday afternoon, three days after Terrance Scott Giesbrecht left the facility at 70 Colony Farm Rd. in Coquitlam. Giesbrecht was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant, the RCMP said.   Read more...

July 24, 2017

Bargaining Update for BCGEU Members at First Credit Union ONLY - 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...

July 24, 2017

Bargaining Update for at First Insurance and Westview Agencies ONLY - 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 on Tuesday August 1, 2017. The purpose of the meeting is to advise members of the strategy that the Union has taken so far with regard to the timing of bargaining for the three bargaining units associated with the First Group of Companies...

July 24, 2017

‘Violent’ attack on Colony Farm psychiatric hospital staffer prompts call for...

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) is calling on the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) to protect workers after a staff member was allegedly assaulted by a patient at a high-security Coquitlam psychiatric hospital.   Read more...

July 21, 2017

River Rock Casino - Monetary Proposals/Hundreds Attend Strike Education Works...

On July 6, 2017, your Employer responded to the Union's monetary proposals that had been tabled weeks earlier. July 6th turned out to be a very disappointing day. Instead of coming to the table with a serious offer to improve wages and benefits, the Employer presented a package that offered few improvements and actual ROLLBACKS! Talk about being completely unacceptable!! When the parties resume...

July 21, 2017

Call for Nominations for Bargaining Committee - Lake City Casino Members - B...

With summer now in high gear, and your collective agreement soon to expire, it's time for our members working at Lake City Casinos in Penticton, Vernon, Kelowna and Kamloops to nominate candidates to become your new BCGEU bargaining committee. There are four spots available, and each casino will be represented by one member. The committee will be made up of a Chairperson and three Bargaining Co...

July 20, 2017

BCGEU, NUPGE pledge $100,000 donation to B.C. wildfire relief - BCGEU

The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) announced today that it has joined with its national affiliate, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) to pledge a $100,000 donation to the Red Cross to help with wildfire relief efforts in British Columbia.  "We are pleased to contribute to the relief effort for B.C. residents affected by wildfires," says BCGEU presid...

July 18, 2017

BCGEU looking forward to working in the spirit of collaboration with new Premier

VICTORIA –   As a new government is sworn in today at the British Columbia Legislature, it marks a new era of leadership for the people of British Columbia. In marking the occasion, President Stephanie Smith noted that "We are incredibly excited by what the future will hold for Premier John Horgan, and a new government forged in the spirit of collaboration."  Under the leadership of Premier Hor...