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 21, 2018

Strikers head to lottery corp offices - BCGEU

Strikers at Gateway Casinos' four locations in the Thompson Okanagan are trying a new tactic as the strike drags into its eighth week. Members of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) are gathering at the head office of the B.C. Lottery Corporation (BCLC) in Kamloops at noon today to call upon the regulatory body to investigate whether or not the casinos are operating safely ...

August 21, 2018

Striking casino workers call for probe of employer - BCGEU

Striking casino workers gathered at the BC Lottery Corporation's head office in Kamloops Monday afternoon. Union members are calling on the regulatory body to investigate whether or not the casinos where they work are operating safely during the strike.   Read More... UWU/MoveUP

August 21, 2018

Vancity – Branch 6 Steward Election Results - BCGEU

The Union is pleased to announce that Magda Duszynska has been elected the new steward at Branch 6. Please join us in wishing Magda well in her new position, and in thanking all the candidates that put their names forward.In Solidarity,Megan McKinneyStaff RepresentativeDownload PDF of notice here. UWU/MoveUP

August 20, 2018

Members at Gateway Grand Villa - Bargaining update - 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 a meeting with the employer set for August 31 where they will provide a response. We may meet even sooner if dates open up in the week of August 27. We are still working...

August 20, 2018

Casino workers urge BCLC to investigate Gateway’s operations during strike -...

(Kamloops) Members of the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) on strike at Gateway Casinos' four Thompson-Okanagan casinos are gathering at BC Lottery Corporation's (BCLC) head office in Kamloops on Monday, August 20 at 12pm to call upon the regulatory body to investigate whether or not the casinos are operating safely during the strike. "We've got questions about how Gateway Cas...

August 16, 2018

Local 1701, 1703 & 1704 Vancity Letters of Expectation - BCGEU

Your Union has recently observed Vancity issuing so-called "letters of expectation" to members (employees) that are in fact disciplinary. In the event that you may not be aware of the term "letters of expectation", here are a number of key features of such a letter: The tone of a letter of expectation should be positive and constructive. A letter of expectation should not include a finding of ...

August 13, 2018

Three-year agreement for thousands of B.C. government workers - BCGEU

VICTORIA - Thousands of British Columbia public service workers have ratified a three-year contract agreement giving them an annual 2 per cent wage increase. The agreement covers workers who provide social, environmental and pubic safety services, as well as Liquor Distribution Branch employees and some of those who work at the BC Pension Corp.   Read more... UWU/MoveUP

August 13, 2018

Vancity – Local 1701, 1703 & 1704 Re: Workload Concerns - BCGEU

Your Union has received numerous reports from members (employees) at Vancity struggling with unmanageable workloads. In some cases, members have reported working through their breaks and performing unpaid overtime to compensate. Recently, a manager celebrated an individual employee for taking a shorter lunch to get more work done. In order to address workload concerns, BCGEU members must stop w...

August 10, 2018

BCGEU public service members ratify collective agreement - BCGEU

BURNABY – The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union announced today that its members in the B.C. public service sector have voted to ratify the tentative agreement reached with the B.C. government in June. The final vote was 62.7 per cent in favour. "After 16 years of staff cuts and wage restraint, there was a lot of pent-up demand for positive change from our membership," said BCGEU pre...

August 10, 2018

The Provincial - Summer 2018 - BCGEU

The digital version of the Summer 2018 issue of The Provincial is available to download online. In this issue: MMIWG Inquiry Professional reliance Labour review Bargaining update Affordable BC campaign Events and more…   Download the Summer 2018 issue  Download the consolidated financial statements of B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union Dec 31 2017 hereUWU/MoveUP

August 08, 2018

Bargaining Committee Nominations for St Eugene Mission - BCGEU

Nominations are open for 1 position on the bargaining committee plus 1 alternate. Nominations will be open for 10 days. If you wish to run for the above-noted position, please complete the attached nomination form and return to the East Kootenay Cranbrook area office by facsimile (250) 489-4700 / 1-800-946-0253, by email area08@bcgeu.ca or by mail/drop off to: 46 7th Avenue South, Cranbrook, BC...

August 08, 2018

Local 1703 Members at Starlight Casino - Delivered monetary package - BCGEU

We delivered a full monetary package to the employer last week and we're expecting a response next week. We have confirmed bargaining dates for August 21, 22, 24 and additional dates in the first week of September. We've reached agreement on a large number of non-monetary proposals but were unable to agree on others and are at impasse on those.  Now that the employer is looking over our monetar...

August 08, 2018

Local 1703 Members at Grand Villa Casino - Delivered monetary package - BCGEU

We delivered a full monetary package to the employer and we're expecting a response next week. We have confirmed bargaining dates for August 14, 15, 16, 31 and additional dates in the first week of September. We've reached agreement on a large number of non-monetary proposals but were unable to agree on others and are at impasse on those.  Now that the employer is looking over our monetary prop...

August 03, 2018

Gateway Starlight Bargaining Update – Delivered Monetary Package - BCGEU

We delivered a full monetary package to the employer earlier this week and we're expecting a response at our next scheduled bargaining dates. We have confirmed dates at the beginning of September, but we've asked to meet earlier. We'll let you know what we hear from the employer.  We've reached agreement on a large number of non-monetary proposals but were unable to agree on others and are at i...

August 03, 2018

Gateway Grand Villa Bargaining Update – Delivered Monetary Package - BCGEU

We delivered a full monetary package to the employer last week and we're expecting a response at our next scheduled bargaining dates. We have confirmed dates at the end of August, but we've asked to meet earlier. We'll let you know what we hear from the employer.  We've reached agreement on a large number of non-monetary proposals but were unable to agree on others and are at impasse on those. ...

August 03, 2018

President's message on 40 years of Vancouver Pride - BCGEU

Forty years ago, Vancouver Pride started with a handful of people struggling against homophobia and transphobia coming together in solidarity. In the beginning, it was a small group of activists that wanted to be proud of who they were and who they love, and has now grown into a vibrant celebration enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people.  Today, there are Pride parades in communities large ...

August 03, 2018

An Open Letter from Gateway Casino Workers in the Thompson-Okanagan – OUR COM...

Friday, August 3, 2018  An Open Letter from Gateway Casino Workers in the Thompson-Okanagan – OUR COMMUNITIES DESERVE BETTER!  Dear Community Members,For over five weeks, almost 700 community members in the Thompson-Okanagan have been on strike. We are Gateway Casino workers fighting for respect and the ability to live in the communities we serve. We are parents, students, long-time employees –...

August 02, 2018

BCGEU offers policy ideas for local governments to address affordable housing...

BURNABY – The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) has released a list of policy proposals titled "What Can Local Governments Do?", directed at municipalities who want to take bold action on issues of housing affordability. As property prices across B.C. continue to escalate, access to affordable housing has become a central concern for BCGEU members. By focusing on measures that ...

August 01, 2018

Vancity - Visa Service Centre - Steward Nominations - BCGEU

Nominations are now open for 1 position of steward at your worksite and will close on August 24th, 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 collective agreement.  • Supporting co-workers in meetings with management. • Listening to co-workers abou...

August 01, 2018

2 New Stewards at Vancity – Branch 9 - BCGEU

Nominations closed for 2 steward positions on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. We are pleased to announce that the following people were acclaimed as stewards for your worksite: Edmelynne Vendiola Rodrigo Laia Manentti  Please join us in wishing them well in their new position.In Solidarity,Megan McKinneyStaff RepresentativeDownload PDF of notice here. UWU/MoveUP

August 01, 2018

New Alternate Steward - Vancity Branch 10 - BCGEU

Nominations closed for an alternate steward at your branch on Monday, July 23, 2018. We are pleased to announce that Samantha Hollander has been acclaimed your new alternate steward. Please join us in wishing her well in her new position.In Solidarity,Megan McKinneyStaff RepresentativeDownload PDF of notice here. UWU/MoveUP

August 01, 2018

Union sees no value in highrise, urges city to reject proposal - BCGEU

Unionized provincial government workers have registered their opposition to a 25-storey highrise in central Kelowna. The Brooklyn project should be rejected by city council, the BCGEU says, because it will do nothing to promote affordable housing in Kelowna.   Read more... UWU/MoveUP

July 31, 2018

BCGEU health care members ratify three-year deal - BCGEU

Members of a multi-union group working in B.C. community living homes and services have voted to accept a new three-year employment contract, eight months before the existing contract expires. The contract covers 16,000 people and was recommended to members in June by the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union and others in the community health bargaining group.     Read more... UWU/MoveUP

July 30, 2018

BCGEU community health workers vote to accept new agreement - BCGEU

Burnaby- Community health sector workers, represented by the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) have voted strongly in favour of a tentative agreement reached with health employers. This agreement firms up a new three-year collective agreement for 16,000 union workers, which will take effect April 1, 2019 and expire March 31, 2022. The new collective agreement brings in yearly...

July 30, 2018

Local 1703 Members at Vancity - Branch 6 - Steward Elections - BCGEU

Exciting news! We have received two nominations for your second shop steward at Branch 6. They are:  Magda Duszynska Jenessa De Young As there is only one steward vacancy, we will require a vote at the Branch. Ballots will be collected by your shop steward Carmela Busto until 5PM August 9th, and the successful nominee will be announced after the vote. In Solidarity,   Megan McKinneyStaff Repr...

July 26, 2018

BCGEU celebrates 99 years in union movement - BCGEU

Can you believe we're almost a century old? Today, the BC Government and Service Employees' Union celebrates our 99th birthday. Of course, we weren't known as the BCGEU back in 1919, but July 26 marks the anniversary of the first annual convention of the Provincial Civil Service Association of BC which, over the decades, grew to become the BCGEU.  "At 77,000 members strong, the BCGEU is one of ...

July 24, 2018

Casino workers vote yes on new agreement ending Hard Rock strike - BCGEU

BCGEU members thank customers for their support.  (Coquitlam) - After being on strike for more than 10 weeks, over 400 members of the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) working at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver in Coquitlam have voted in favour of a new agreement with their employer. "BCGEU members at the Hard Rock casino stuck together through a long, tough fight and thanks to thei...

July 24, 2018

Vancity Branch Worksite Visits From Executive Vice-President Sussanne Skidmor...

Sussanne Skidmore, BCGEU Executive Vice-President, will be doing worksite visits at the following Vancity Branches on the following dates and times: Branch 6 – Monday, July 30th at 9:30AM Branch 10 – Tuesday, July 31st at 8:30AM Branch 9 – Tuesday, July 31st at 11:00AM  The purpose of the visit is to meet with Vancity BCGEU members where they work, to answer any questions you may have about y...

July 23, 2018

Wages Vancity – Branch 10 - BCGEU

As you know, the Employer and the Union continue to dispute what wages should be paid to the newly certified BCGEU members who became unionized earlier this year. The Union continues to argue that the Collective Agreement wage grid and Letter of Intent #2 apply to you. Specifically, that all your hours in your role (including hours prior to unionization) are used to find your place on the wage ...

July 23, 2018

Call For Nominations For Crest Motor Inn Hotel Bargaining Committee - BCGEU

With your collective agreement recently expired, we are still looking for members working at the Crest Motor Inn to nominate candidates to represent your worksite as part of the BCGEU Hospitality Industrial Relations bargaining committee.  Bargaining Committee MemberCrest Hotel – one position You can nominate, or accept nomination, only for the bargaining committee position available at your w...

July 23, 2018

Talks break off between Gateway Casinos and union - BCGEU

KAMLOOPS - Mediation has been cut short between BCGEU and Gateway Casinos.   Read more... UWU/MoveUP

July 23, 2018

Support for striking BCGEU brothers and sisters - BCGEU

The BC labour movement staged a show of support Saturday for striking BCGEU members   Read more.... UWU/MoveUP

July 23, 2018

Mediation talks break off in casino strike - BCGEU

Mediation between Gateway Casinos and over 675 members of the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) on strike officially broke off on Saturday, July 21 – the same day that saw hundreds of supporters flock to the picket lines across all four sites in the Thompson Okanagan.   Read more..... UWU/MoveUP

July 20, 2018

Local 1712 Steward Results - BCGEU

Please be advised that Nick Salyn has been acclaimed as a steward for your worksite. If you have any questions regarding workplace issues, or your Collective Agreement, please contact Nick. We congratulate Nick and thank him for stepping up! We look forward to working with you.  Download PDF of notice here UWU/MoveUP

July 18, 2018

Secretary- BCGEU Fraser Valley Area Office - BCGEU

BCGEU FRASER VALLEY AREA OFFICE INTERNAL POSTING July 18, 2018   POSITION: SECRETARY GRADE: LEVEL 3 – MoveUP AGREEMENT A secretary is required to perform secretarial and word processing functions for staff representatives. This person will also be required to assist with switchboard and receptionist duties. DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: Will include: processing a variety of documents such as...

July 16, 2018

Vancity – Branch 10 Steward Nominations - BCGEU

Nominations are now open for 1 alternate steward position at your worksite and will close on July 23, 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 collective agreement. Supporting co-workers in meetings with management. Listening to co-workers about thei...

July 13, 2018

BC Liberal foot-dragging on whistleblower protection aided casino money laund...

BCGEU members are in a unique position to help monitor the laundering of dirty money in B.C. casinos. However, the failure of the former BC Liberal government to provide whistleblower protection for our members ensured there was no avenue for casino workers to expose illegal activity. In fact, the recent Peter German report on money laundering reveals that the BC Liberal government willfully tu...

July 12, 2018

Casino strike enters its second week - BCGEU

Cascades Casino employees in Kam­loops continue to soldier on along the picket line as their union is back at the negotiating table this week.   Read more... UWU/MoveUP

July 12, 2018

Spirits high on casino picket line - BCGEU

A unicycling panda, music and a flag-bearing recumbent are just some of the things keeping spirits up on the picket lines at the Penticton Gateway Casino.   Read more... UWU/MoveUP

July 11, 2018

Workers joining union help keep child care centre open - BCGEU

Workers joining union help keep child care centre openDTES daycare to stay open at least until November  (Vancouver) After workers at the Phil Bouvier Child and Family Center in Strathcona voted 95% in favour of joining the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU), the employer, who had previously threatened to close the daycare, agreed to a settlement which would keep the centre open...

July 10, 2018

Steward Nominations for Vancity - Branch 9 - BCGEU

Nominations are now open for 2 positions for stewards at your worksite and will close on July 18, 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 collective agreement. Supporting co-workers in meetings with management. Listening to co-workers about thei...

July 10, 2018

Steward Nominations for Vancity - Branch 6 - BCGEU

Nominations have been re-opened for 1 position of steward at your worksite and will close July 18, 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 collective agreement. Supporting co-workers in meetings with management. Listening to co-workers about their...

July 09, 2018

BCGEU makes recommendations to government’s Rental Housing Task Force - BCGEU

 BURNABY, July 9, 2018 – The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) has made a submission to the provincial government's Rental Housing Task Force recommending measures to expand and better protect the supply of rental housing in the province. As property prices across B.C. continue to escalate, pushing home ownership outside the realm of affordability, access to affordable housing ...

July 05, 2018

List Of Vancity Stewards - BCGEU

Below is a list of all of your BCGEU stewards. Stewards are available to answer questions about your collective agreement, and to join you in meetings with management that could lead to discipline. As a BCGEU member, you are able to choose any Vancity steward to assist you, even if they are at a different worksite.   Name   Branch/Worksite Name   Branch/Worksite Karim (Ely) ...

July 04, 2018

Final Ratification of New Collective Agreement – Article 22.4 for Union Bay C...

As members will know, the employer requested a change to the renewed collective agreement. Specifically that Article 22.4 should return to previous contract language. The union agreed to this change and submitted the change to members for ratification last week. The results being that members did indeed endorse this change by ratifying it.With this final step in place, the finalization process ...

July 04, 2018

Members at Canada BC Business Services Society Ratify Tentative Agreement - B...

The Members of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) and Canada BC Business Services Society have ratified their agreement starting April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2021.  Your Bargaining Committee would like to thank everyone who participated in the ratification vote, and all members for their support throughout this round of collective bargaining.   In solidarity Amy Elgie, Barga...

July 03, 2018

Gateway’s Okanagan casino workers going on strike - BCGEU

Unionized Gateway Casinos workers in Kamloops, Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton intend to walk off the job today at 3:01 p.m. More than 675 Gateway workers affiliated with the BC Government and Service Employees' Union will set up picket lines in front of the Cascades Kamloops, Cascades Penticton, Playtime Kelowna and Lake City Vernon casinos after mediation talks broke down earlier this week.    ...

July 02, 2018

Union to host housing panel discussion in Kelowna - BCGEU

One of B.C.'s largest unions is tackling the issue of housing. The B.C. Government and Service Employees Union (BCGEU) will host a panel of experts and community members in Kelowna Tuesday, July 3 to speak about different ways to tackle the affordability crisis.     Read more... UWU/MoveUP

June 29, 2018

Gateway's Okanagan casino workers on strike - BCGEU

 Gateway's Okanagan casino workers on strikeWorkers in Kamloops, Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton will walk off the job on Friday(Okanagan) Over 675 members of the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) working at Gateway Casinos in the Okanagan are walking off the job at 3:01 pm on Friday, June 29. Casino workers at Cascades Kamloops, Cascades Penticton, Playtime Kelowna and Lake City...

June 29, 2018

Professional Reliance Reform Is A Step Forward For B.C. - BCGEU

Yesterday, we welcomed the final report on the independent professional reliance review, the result of an eight-month review process led by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy to examine professional reliance in the natural resource sector. The comprehensive report clearly identifies the problems with professional reliance and provides concrete recommendations to make the sy...

June 29, 2018

BCGEU to host public meeting on housing affordability crisis in the Okanagan ...

KELOWNA, June 29, 2018 – Since taking power, government has implemented a number of major policy changes and promised to invest billions into affordable housing. This has been a great start but as housing prices continue to soar, the Okanagan has become one of the least affordable regions in Canada, and many people across the political spectrum feel more can be done.This event will host a panel...

June 28, 2018

Gateway’s Okanagan casino workers to strike - BCGEU

More than 675 Okanagan casino workers will walk off the job this week. Casino workers at Cascades Kamloops, Cascades Penticton, Playtime Kelowna and Lake City Vernon are set to strike Friday, June 29, after mediation broke down earlier this week. "Our members are asking for living wages that would bring them in-line with the industry standard for casino workers in BC," said BCGEU President Step...

June 27, 2018

CSSBA reaches tentative agreement for Indigenous services workers - BCGEU

The Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) and the Community Social Services Employers' Association (CSSEA) have reached a tentative three-year collective agreement for Aboriginal Services. This agreement provides significant compensation increases for workers in this sector while meeting the government mandate of improving the services British Columbians count on.   Highlight...