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 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...

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