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 19, 2016

BC Place PavCo bargaining update

The BCGEU and BC Place management have been negotiating a total of 7 days of bargaining since the proposals were tabled on December 15, 2015.  Complete proposal packages have been tabled by both parties and negotiations have so far concentrated on non-monetary issues. Negotiations have moved slowly so far as there is a lot of detail to work through on the non-monetary items.  There's a protoc...

February 19, 2016

Vancity Branch 70 joint labour management committee (2 positions)

Please be advised that nominations are now open for two (2) Joint Labour Management Committee positions at your worksite.  Please see the attached nomination form. Nomination forms must be received at the Fraser Valley Area Office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2016.  Should we receive more nominations than positions available, an election(s) will occur.  Completed nomination forms may be f...

February 17, 2016

Member Update - Budget 2016 Response

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith provides the union's response to the BC government's 2016 budget, which was introduced to the legislature on February 16, 2016.

February 17, 2016

BCGEU unionizes advocacy group Leadnow

Leadnow employees have organized to join the BCGEU. The organization works to promote democracy and social justice in Canada. It describes itself as: ‘an independent advocacy organization that runs campaigns on the major issues of our time, engages people in participatory decision-making, and organizes in communities across Canada.’ “We’re delighted to welcome Leadnow into the BCGEU family. T...

February 17, 2016

Local 1705 member nominations open for local executive

Nominations are now open for following positions on the Local Executive: 2nd Vice-Chairperson Treasurer 2 Members-at-Large, of which one may be a Young Worker Representative (29 years or under) designated as Member-at-Large This three-year term expires in 2018.  Information on the responsibilities and activities of each office is available from your Area Office. Nominations for these Ex...

February 17, 2016

Starlight Casino – Gateway Casinos ratification results

We are pleased to announce that the new collective agreement has been ratified by 67%. The committee thanks the membership for their support throughout the bargaining and ratification process.  In Solidarity Starlight Bargaining Committee: Chris Mudry Michael Vyner Megan Washington Angela Mahlmann – Staff Representative Download PDF of notice. UNIFOR467/MoveUP

February 16, 2016

Increased funding for MCFD welcome news, investment overdue in other ministries

“We welcome the increased funding for the Ministry for Children and Family Development announced in today’s budget. Our union, and especially our frontline members, have worked hard to convince government that a significant increase is crucial for the ministry. Their concerns were detailed in the BCGEU report Choose Children, and these efforts have paid off. Additional frontline social workers,...

February 12, 2016

Congratulations David Vipond!

Today is a day many thought would never happen: it is BCGEU Director David Vipond’s last day on the job before retirement. For those that don’t know David, he’s been one of the behind the scenes heroes of the BCGEU throughout the last 35 years, and it’s hard to imagine what the BCGEU will be like without him. David’s history with the BCGEU began as an member, working at the B.C. Liquor Dist...

February 10, 2016

Local 1701 members meeting

    TO: All Local 1701 BCGEU Members Employed at:             BC Housing, Destination Cinema Inc./IMAX             PC Helpline Computer Support Inc., Van City Credit Union             Brookfield GIS Workplace Solutions Inc. (WSI)             Precision Orthotic Laboratory DATE: February 24, 2016 TIME: 5:30pm PLACE: BCGEU 2994 Douglas St, Classroom AGENDA Review of previous meeting minutes W...

February 10, 2016

Information on bullying and harassment

On Wednesday, February 24, 2016, we stand together to say no to bullying. The Workers Compensation Board approved three Occupational Health and Safety policies under sections 115, 116, and 117 of the Workers Compensation Act. These policies deal with workplace bullying and harassment. The policies define bullying and harassment, and explain the duties of employers, workers, and supervisors to p...

February 09, 2016

Throne speech: province to expand on Plecas’ recommendations, modernize commu...

The BCGEU is welcoming news the provincial government plans to implement and expand on the recommendations contained in the Plecas report on the Ministry for Children and Family Development. The news was announced in the throne speech this afternoon. Plecas’ report corroborated most of the findings and recommendations from BCGEU’s 2014 Choose Children report and concerns raised by B.C.'s Repres...

February 09, 2016

River Rock Casino Resort bulletin and questionnaire

The BCGEU is looking for your input in preparation for bargaining a first collective agreement. Your Bargaining Committee will soon be elected and meeting to review and develop proposals prior to meeting with the Employer. All members should complete the enclosed questionnaire to bring forward issues for the bargaining table. Please fax or email your completed questionnaire to: Facsimile: 60...

February 04, 2016

Join us on February 14 for the 26th annual Women's Memorial March – "Their Sp...

The annual February 14 Women's Memorial March was started in 1991 in Vancouver in response to the murder of a Coast Salish woman on Powell Street.  Since then, marches have been held every year to honour the lives of missing and murdered women. Please join BCGEU president Stephanie Smith and fellow activists in supporting this women-organized, women-led event, to come together to grieve, to rem...

February 04, 2016

Starlight Casino update on poker arbitration

Here is an update of our progress in the Starlight Casino Award regarding the elimination of Poker.  Contrary to certain rumours being promulgated on the casino work floor, the Employer has not appealed Arbitrator Brown’s January 8, 2016 decision.  An appeal must be filed within fifteen (15) days of an award. Whoever is spreading these rumours is mistaken. In order to pursue the redress sough...

February 04, 2016

Local 1704 notice for executive nominations

COMPONENT: General Services LOCAL: 1704 DATE: Monday, March 7, 2016 TIME: 6:00 p.m. PLACE: BCGEU Fraser Valley Office               8555 198A St., Langley TWP (put in Langley TWP if using a map search) AGENDA Bargaining Updates             Steward/OSH Briefing Staff Report Labour Council Position Nominations, Elections and Installation of Officers Worksite Visits Open Discussion Ple...

February 04, 2016

BCGEU signs First Nations Solidarity Accord opposing oil sands pipelines and...

First Nations/union alliance emerges in wake of Supreme Court ruling requiring BC government to make a decision on Northern Gateway pipeline and to consult with First Nations.  VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, COAST SALISH TERRITORY – (February 4, 2016) – The BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) signed a Solidarity Accord today, affirming its support of the Save the Fraser Declaratio...

February 04, 2016

BCGEU wishes members a happy Lunar New Year

The Lunar New Year starts on Monday February 8. This marks the start of a fifteen day festival and holiday. Celebrations have started around the world as we say goodbye to the Year of the Sheep and hello to the year of the Fire Monkey.  "We wish our members and their families a very happy and prosperous Lunar New Year," says BCGEU President Stephanie Smith. "We wish you luck, good health and g...

February 04, 2016

BCGEU celebrates the 20th anniversary of Black History Month in Canada

The BCGEU joins Canadians to celebrate Black History Month this February, which marks the event’s 20th anniversary. Our federal government officially recognized Black History Month after passing a parliamentary motion introduced by the Honourable Jean Augustine, the first black Canadian woman elected to Parliament.  "This February, take some time to learn about black Canadians’ tremendous cont...

February 04, 2016

Local 1703 enhanced stewards training

You are invited to attend Local 1703's enhanced steward training on February 24th, 2016 at the Lower Mainland Area Office. Date: February 24th, 2016 Time: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Place: BCGEU Lower Mainland Area Office, Suite 130 – 2920 Virtual Way, Vancouver – Auditorium This is a one day course that will cover issues such as Accommodations, Step 1 Meetings, Common Grievances, Dealing with Di...