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.


June 30, 2016

BCGEU presses Canadian Prime Minister on Mexican teacher repression

Since mid-May, Mexican teachers have launched a nation-wide protest against new government measures that seek to shut down teacher (normal) training schools, base continued employment on teachers’ results on standardized written exams, and eliminate the need for pedagogical training for new teachers. The government’s response has been a wave of violence that includes the abduction and arbitrary...

June 30, 2016

Addition to ratification for BC PavCo

Please see below the addition made in the attached ratification.  Download PDF of ratification here. UNIFOR467/MoveUP

June 30, 2016

North Peace Cultural Centre ratification of collective agreement

We are pleased to announce the members of Local 1710, North Peace Cultural Centre ratified their tentative agreement on Wednesday June 29th, 2016. Congratulations to the Bargaining committee for all your hard work! In solidarity Susanne Currie, Bargaining Chair Gabrielle Beauchemin, Bargaining Committee Member Angie Panoulias, Staff Representative UNIFOR467/MoveUP

June 29, 2016

City of Fort St. John - Sick bank

Dear Brothers and Sisters The union is sending out this information to ensure all of the members who work for the City of Fort St. John are aware of the procedure for applying to the sick bank, if it is required. We are also looking for new members to join the sick bank committee. The procedure to apply for time out of the Union Sick Bank is as follows: 1)      If an employee is sick, he or...

June 29, 2016

BC Milk Marketing Board tentative agreement

The parties have reached a tentative agreement and the bargaining committee is recommending acceptance on the deal. The committee bargained over a three-day period (June 6, 7 and 21). Details of the ratification are: Date: Tuesday, July 12 Time: 4:30 p.m. Venue: BC Milk Marketing Board – Minter Street boardroom Details of the tentative agreement will be discussed at the meeting. If you are...

June 29, 2016

North Peace Cultural Centre ratification meeting

We send this bulletin to update the membership about the Collective Bargaining process between the union and the North Peace Cultural Centre. We are pleased to announce we have reached a tentative settlement. Details of the proposed settlement will be released at a ratification meeting, being held at the Cultural Centre on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Members will vote on the tentat...

June 29, 2016

Working Poverty in Metro Vancouver: the extent of the problem and realistic s...

Today the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) released a study on poverty in Vancouver. The report, Working Poverty in Metro Vancouver, presents sobering details on the increasing levels of poverty in the region. It also dispels an important myth about poverty: that getting a job will help lift a person out of poverty. Poverty in B.C.’s largest city is increasingly a story of low pa...

June 24, 2016

Keep Your Cool!

The recent hot weather in our province generated several calls to the BCGEU Occupational Health and Safety department. Members want to know if the employer has the responsibility to protect workers from hot temperatures both indoors and out. The short answer is “YES!” The Workers Compensation Act Section 115 mandates that employers must ensure the health and safety of all workers working for t...

June 22, 2016

Security, Culinary and Shippers/Receivers at River Rock Casino Resort call fo...

Nominations are now open for two positions – one from each department: Culinary and Shippers & Receivers – one position Security and Security Supervisors – one position Only a BCGEU member in a department can nominate another member in the same department. If more than one candidate in a department is nominated, there will be an election in that department. Only members working in t...

June 21, 2016

Town of Gibsons call for nominations for bargaining committee

Your collective agreement is set to expire on December 31, 2016. It is now time to elect a bargaining committee to represent you in negotiations with your employer. Call for nominations for: •    One (1) Bargaining Unit Chair •    Two (2) Bargaining Committee Members As per the relevant language in the collective agreement: 7.2 Union Bargaining Committees A union bargaining committee shall b...

June 20, 2016

BCGEU celebrates the 20th National Aboriginal Day

On June 21, 1996 the federal government declared the first National Aboriginal Day. Since that time, the BCGEU has joined the celebrations and the calls for increased support and recognition of Aboriginal peoples across Canada. Over the course of those 20 years, Aboriginal peoples in Canada have fought for and won many advancements and reinforcements of their rights – sometimes through govern...

June 20, 2016

BCGEU demands freedom for Iranian trade unionists

In solidarity with the Free Them Now campaign to free jailed workers in Iran, the BCGEU sent two letters demanding the release of Jafar Azimzadeh and other jailed trade union leaders. Click here to read the general solidarity letter, and click here for the the more specific letter. 

June 20, 2016

Call for nominations for vacant Local 1702 Executive position

Nominations are now open for Recording Secretary position which is vacant on the Local 1702 Executive: The term is three years. The role of the Recording Secretary is as follows: assists Local chairperson with responsibilities outlined above with the chair, sets meeting dates and develops agendas is responsible for all meeting notices and minutes Reports all correspondence at Local meet...

June 20, 2016

Local 1702 union meeting

DATE: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 TIME: 5:30 p.m. – Executive Meeting           6:00 p.m. – General Meeting PLACE: Union Bay Credit Union             313 McLeod Road, Union Bay   AGENDA General Business Nominations for the position of Recording Secretary and closure of nominations/election to follow if required. Please come out and meet your BCGEU Local 1702 Executives and bring your questio...

June 20, 2016

BC Place Tentative Settlement

Your BCGEU bargaining committee has reached a tentative agreement with your employer, BC Place. Details on the ratification process are still being worked on. We’ll get you that information soon along with details of proposed collective agreement. In Solidarity Dave MacDonald, Bargaining Committee Chair Barry Cameron, Bargaining Committee Member Nadine Gagnon, Bargaining Committee Member Kevi...

June 16, 2016

Study english before or after work

Free - English as a Second Language classes for BCGEU members. For more information please click the PDF's below. Download PDF of notice here. Download PDF of notice here (chinese translation). UNIFOR467/MoveUP

June 16, 2016

River Rock Casino Resort update on bargaining

The BCGEU and River Rock management met on June 10th to table proposal packages for a first collective agreement. Comprehensive packages have been tabled by both parties, although the monetary issues will not be addressed until after the non-monetary issues have been considered. Negotiations have moved slowly so far as there is a lot of detail to work through on the non-monetary items. The par...

June 16, 2016

Province invests $18 million in trades training at BCIT

The Province has announced today that it has invested, through the Industry Training Authority (ITA), $18 million in British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) for trades training through to March 31, 2017, to meet industry needs and ensure quality training in high-priority trades. Read more...

June 15, 2016

Hard Rock Casino call for nominations for bargaining committee

Nominations are now open for the following positions: Chairperson of the Bargaining Committee, one position Any BCGEU member can be nominated from any department. If more than one candidate is nominated, there will be a ballot of the entire membership to elect one candidate. The candidate with the most votes will be elected. Bargaining Committee member, seven positions – one from each dep...

June 15, 2016

Lakeview Credit Union bargaining update

Sisters & Brothers, As you may know, the union and your employer are in the process of negotiating the Collective Agreement. We have asked a number of times for the employer to commit to additional bargaining dates and to date they have refused to do so. They suggest this is due to our not responding to their latest proposal. We have responded, they simply didn't like the answers. We rema...

June 13, 2016

Love must be greater than hate – Orlando shootings

The BCGEU expresses deep sorrow at the brutal hate crime which occurred in Orlando, Florida this past weekend and sends condolences to the families of the more than 100 innocent people who were killed and seriously injured at the Pulse nightclub on Sunday morning. Much of the news coverage has focused on allegations of extremist religious motives. But this was not an act of terrorism, although...

June 13, 2016

The Columbia Institute releases a climate change report

The Columbia Institute released a brand-new report today: Top Asks for Climate Action - Ramping Up Low Carbon Communities. You can find it and a summary here. Local governments have a crucial role to play in combating climate change. Their decisions directly or indirectly impact sixty percent of Canada’s energy consumption and more than fifty percent of GHG emissions. Top Asks pinpoints what l...

June 10, 2016

BCGEU writes Colombian and Canadian governments on repression

In early June, the BCGEU learned that Colombian state security forces used indiscriminate and excessive force against Colombian citizens engaged in peaceful protest. This led to deaths, serious injuries and arrests of citizens taking part in the “National Agrarian, Peasant, Ethnic and Grassroots Mobilization – for Good Living, A structural Agrarian Reform and Dignified Cities – Sowing Hope, Har...