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

January 25, 2016

BCGEU’s Occupational Health and Safety Networkers

The creation of the OHS Networking team comes from the BCGEU 2014 convention. Convention delegates were loud and clear with their OHS resolutions: they wanted an expansion in the OHS department. They wanted BCGEU OHS activists to play a larger role, and to see the creation of an OHS Task Force. The OHS Task Force, released their report in April of 2015, with strong and practical recommendations...

January 22, 2016

Starlight Casino – Gateway Casinos collective bargaining update

The Bargaining Committee has met approximately 18 days with the Employer since November. We have made some progress and are confident that a new collective agreement will be reached. We are currently bargaining monetary issues.  We appreciate your patience while we work through this process. In solidarity Chris Mudry, Bargaining Committee Member Michael Vyner, Bargaining Committee Member Meg...

January 22, 2016

UNITE HERE! Local 40 Hilton Metrotown and Coast Hotels Bargaining Update

A message from Unite Here! Local 40 Thanks to all of you from BCFED Staff, CUPE, FPSE, GEU, HEU, HSA, MoveUp, TWU/SWA and Unifor who came out to support our members at the Hilton Metrotown on January 20. Management took notice of your support. Many of you have asked for updates on the status of bargaining at both the Hilton and with Coast Hotels in Kelowna, Victoria, Nanaimo and Prince George...

January 21, 2016

BC Place shop stewards for 2015-2018

The following are your stewards: Stefan Babchuk     Edward Oleksiuk Osmond Bramble     Justin Rai Bruce Cornell     Victor Rostalski Mark Hillicke     Kevin Singh Joel Knutsen     James Swank David MacDonald     Please feel free to contact them with any union-related questions or concerns that you have. Download PDF of notice here. UNIFOR467/MoveUP  

January 21, 2016

Cascades Casino (formerly Lake City Casino) steward list

Mike Schmidt, Security Judy Kowalyshyn, Cash Cage Michael Janzen, Cash Cage John Webber, Dealer Mike Grant, Guest Services Leslie (Jill) Whitson, Food and Beverage Please feel free to contact them with any Union-related questions or concerns that you have. Download PDF of notice here. UNIFOR467/MoveUP

January 21, 2016

Statement on First Nations Supreme Court ruling

The BCGEU enthusiastically supports the January 13 B.C. Supreme Court decision in favour of the Gitga’at First Nation and Coastal First Nations. This decision ruled that the B.C. government has completely failed in its duty to consult with First Nations on the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project.   The court said it was not “reasonable or correct” for the province to sign over the enviro...

January 20, 2016

OHS Training in Kelowna Area

To all Labour Code OHS Committee Members in the Kelowna Area "Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Wednesday, February 24 and "Incident Investigations" will be held on Thursday, February 25. These courses will be held at the BCGEU office at 1064 Borden Ave, Kelowna from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm In the Joint OHS Committee Training course you will learn: Worker OHS rights, including the re...

January 20, 2016

OHS Committee Training in Vancouver

To all Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Lower Mainland "Ergonomics" will be held on Tueday, February 16 and "Joint OHS Committee Course" will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb 23-24. These courses will be held at the BCGEU office at #130-2920 Virtual Way, Vancouver from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm In the Ergonomics course you will learn: Requirements of the ergonomics regulation H...

January 20, 2016

Vancity Savings Credit Union Branch 9/Vancouver steward nomination

Nominations are now open for 1 position for a steward at your worksite and, will close February 18, 2016. 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 ab...

January 20, 2016

Vancity Savings Credit Union MSC/Visa Centre steward nominations

Nominations are now open for 4 positions for stewards at your worksite and, will close February 18, 2016. 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 ab...

January 18, 2016

Starlight Casino shop stewards for 2015-2018

The BCGEU is pleased to announce the following members as your Starlight Casino shop stewards for 2015-2018: Wei Chen     Veronica Kravchenko Michael Vyner     Emeline Naiker Yelena Natanov     Lea Oliver-Cross Mark Robertson     Valentina Sharp Lin Wang     Megan Washington Joseph Wong     William Wu Cindy Brown    Sandra Rematore Gail Maloy     Please feel free to contact t...

January 15, 2016

Big win for BCGEU members at Starlight Casino

The BCGEU has won an important arbitration victory for members at Starlight Casino that includes significant back pay. In December 2014, Starlight Casino informed the BCGEU that it would no longer be offering poker as part of its casino operations. Starlight then issued layoff notices to its poker dealers. The layoff notice gave the laid off workers three choices: a recall option to a differen...

January 14, 2016

Just Film Festival coming up in February

The Just Film Festival features social justice and environmental documentaries that go to the heart of issues confronting communities here and around the planet. The focus of the festival is to motivate audiences to action by spotlighting issues both local and global. It will also include a Social Justice Bazaar, on Saturday February 13th. Visit the festival website for more information about ...

January 11, 2016

Area 04 stewards' training

COURSE: Stewards' Training WHEN: February 16-18, 2016 WHERE: BCGEU Fraser Valley Area Office, 8555 198A Street, Langley TIME: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm - Please note: our gate and office do not open until 8:30 am REGISTRATION: Please call our office at 604-882-0111 or toll free at 1-888-991-6062 or respond by email to marylee.hanlon@bcgeu.ca as soon as possible to register for t...

January 08, 2016

BCGEU opposes renters’ dispute fee hike imposed by B.C. Government

The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) is speaking out against a fee increase to rental tenants seeking a dispute resolution through the Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB). The new fee took effect on Jan. 1. A renter filing a dispute resolution application with the RTB will now have to pay $100. That’s up from $50. An appeal review will now cost $50, up from $25. “British Col...