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

February 21, 2017

Budget 2017 does little to address public service deficit

The B.C. government’s election year budget sees modest increases in select public services, but does little to address the serious public service deficit stemming from more than a decade of budget cuts, says the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union. Additional funding is targeted to politically sensitive areas that have seen serious service cuts since 2001, including the Ministry of Ch...

February 21, 2017

BCGEU and Vancity Joint Labour-Management Committees Established

The BCGEU and Vancity have formalized the newly bargained Joint Labour-Management Committee structure. These meetings are an opportunities for members to bring forward issues and concerns on an even playing field with management. A shop steward will be attending each meeting to represent branch members. Topics for discussion include, but are not limited to, job training, health and safety, chan...

February 21, 2017

Emergency meeting called to develop spending recommendations for $65 million ...

Emergency meeting called to develop spending recommendations for $65 million in federal funding for opioid crisis VANCOUVER – The BC Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) has called an emergency meeting to discuss the federal government’s February 17 announcement of $65 million dollars to address the opioid crisis and the lack of a strategy attached to this funding. B.C. is at the...

February 20, 2017

OHS Courses for Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Burnaby Area

"2 Day Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Tuesday, March 21 and Wednesday, March 22, 2017. "Ergonomics" will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2017. These courses will be held at the Burnaby Head Office– 4911 Canada Way, Burnaby from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. In the Joint OHS Committee Training course you will learn: Worker OHS rights, including the refusal of unsafe work procedure OHS le...

February 20, 2017

OHS Courses for Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Ft. St. John Area

"2 Day Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Tuesday, March 14 and Wednesday, March 15, 2017. "Prevention of Workplace Violence" will be held on Thursday, March 16, 2017. These courses will be held at the Northern Grand Hotel, 9830 – 100 Ave, Fort. St. John from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. In the Joint OHS Committee Training course you will learn: Worker OHS rights, including the refusal of ...

February 20, 2017

OHS Courses for Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Kamloops Area

"2 Day Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Tuesday, March 7 and Wednesday, March 8, 2017. "Incident Investigations" will be held on Thursday, March 9, 2017. These courses will be held at the BCGEU area office, 158 Oriole Road, Kamloops from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. In the Joint OHS Committee Training course you will learn: Worker OHS rights, including the refusal of unsafe work procedur...

February 20, 2017

OHS Courses for Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Victoria Area

"Ergonomics" will be held on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 and "Prevention of Workplace Violence" will be held on Thursday, March 2, 2017. These courses will be held at the Learning Centre, 716 Courtney Street, Victoria from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm.] In the Ergonomics course you will learn: •    Requirements of the ergonomics regulation •    How to identify ergonomic hazards, to assess the risk factors ...

February 17, 2017

Wanted: A budget that truly lifts all boats

By: Stephanie Smith  For the past decade and a half, the B.C. government has cut taxes, regulations and public services. The needs of business have been prioritized over the needs of people and the environment. British Columbians have been told that the province cannot afford to invest in social programs.  Rather than assume a leading role in setting the conditions for our common advancement,...

February 17, 2017

Local 1708 Union Meeting

COMPONENT:    General Services           LOCAL:    1708             DATE:    March 17, 2017             TIME:    1:00 p.m.           PLACE:    BCGEU East Kootenay Cranbrook Area Office                          46 7th Ave S, Cranbrook AGENDA Convention Resolutions Election – Alternate Convention Delegate   If you are unable to attend this meeting at the Union Office (and live in a co...

February 16, 2017

Local 604 Union Meeting

COMPONENT:    Social, Information and Health           LOCAL:    604            DATE:    Thursday, February 23, 2017            TIME:    Executive – 6:00 pm; General – 7:00 pm          PLACE:    BCGEU Fraser Valley Union Centre                         8555 – 198A Street, Langley Twp – Fraser Room   UPDATE - REMINDER *CALL FOR RESOLUTIONS AND NOMINATIONS FOR THE 50TH BCGEU TRIENNIAL CONST...

February 15, 2017

BCGEU welcomes provincial interest in land value capture tax, seeks input in ...

Land Value Capture, a mechanism that taxes development speculation along proposed transit routes and puts those dollars into transit development is a solution the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) has been advocating for since 2015 to address the Lower Mainland’s transit crisis. Now, BC TransLink Minister Peter Fassbender is proposing a provincial development tax which the BCGE...

February 14, 2017

B.C. government focus on tax cuts ignores need for public re-investment

BC Throne Speech response: Throne speeches are political documents that governments use to promote successes and paper over their failures, while setting broad-brush political priorities for upcoming budgets. The 2017 Speech from the Throne is true to form; providing few details, but gives broad hints about future economic policy. In this election year the B.C. Liberal government has returned...

February 14, 2017

Free eLearning course and workshops for your employees

MPP Dear Municipal employer, We are excited to get the improved member education season under way. Please encourage your newer employees and those with optional enrolment in the plan to take the eLearning course Getting to Know Your Pension and your employees who are plan members to register for Making the Most of Your Pension and Approaching Retirement workshops. How you benefit Investing ...

February 14, 2017

Steward Election Results for Pomeroy Sports Centre members

To:       All BCGEU Members of the Pomeroy Sports Centre Re:       Steward Election Results   Naomi Gallant has been elected as a new steward in your worksite. Please join us in wishing her well in her new position!   In solidarity,   Angie Panoulias Staff Representative   Download PDF of notice here   467/MoveUP

February 10, 2017

BCGEU provides submission to Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth

Today the BCGEU provided its submission to the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth, an all-party committee of the Legislative Assembly, in response to its regular statutory review of the Representative for Children and Youth Act (SBC, 2006, c. 29). The Office of the Representative for Children and Youth (RCY) provides an essential point of oversight and review for our province’s ch...

February 09, 2017

Ratification Vote Results for at District of Sechelt

To:     All BCGEU Members at District of Sechelt Re:     Ratification Vote Results   The bargaining committee is happy to report that the membership has ratified the agreement. The vote result is 95% in favour of acceptance of the deal. We thank the membership for your support during bargaining. The bargaining committee will be your representatives at labour management during the term of thi...

February 09, 2017

BCGEU encouraged by Vancouver’s New Investments in Harm Reduction

VANCOUVER – Yesterday Vancouver City council made important steps in bolstering their response to the fentanyl crisis by releasing the second wave of funding intended to provide support to affected communities. “We are encouraged by City Council’s focus on providing the necessary relief to the hardest hit communities, and to hear about an additional focus on supporting front line workers.” sa...

February 07, 2017

Tell Us About Your Bad Job

Tell Us About Your Bad Job   Unpaid wages? Unpaid overtime? Employer taking your tips? Unfair firings? Unfair treatment of workers is all too common in British Columbia. Few people know their rights, and getting justice from a bad boss can be nearly impossible. The BC Employment Standards Coalition is campaigning for better employment laws and stronger enforcement for all workers. Tell yo...

February 07, 2017

Local 1712 Meeting and Election of an alternate delegate to Convention

COMPONENT:     General Services LOCAL:               1712 DATE:                 Monday March 13th, 2017 TIME:                 7:00 pm PLACE:               BCGEU Terrace Area Office                           102-4710 Lazelle Ave, Terrace, BC                                                      or                          Conference Call – Dial 1-866-562-0090, ID#:  17705   AGENDA Election of ...

February 06, 2017

Public service benefits change to take effect in April 2017

As you may already know the Province of BC has announced that they will be changing the carrier for employee benefits from Pacific Blue Cross to Great West Life. As benefit entitlements are set out in our negotiated collective agreement, this change should result in no substantive changes in benefits for members. The change will take effect in April 2017, and BCGEU’s Public Service Bargaining...

February 06, 2017

Report reaffirms urgent need for B.C. government to transform Aboriginal chil...

Report reaffirms urgent need for B.C. government to transform Aboriginal child welfare system BURNABY – A report released today by the Representative for Children and Youth (RCY), Bernard Richard, exposed once again the systemic complexity and dysfunction of B.C.’s Aboriginal child welfare system and the urgent need for reform. The report, Broken Promises: Alex’s Story, details the tragic deat...