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 29, 2016

To all Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Victoria Area

"Incident Investigations" will be held on Wednesday, March 2 and "Ergonomics" will be held on Thursday, March 3. The Incident Investigations course will be held at the BCGEU area office, 2994 Douglas St., Victoria and the Ergonomics course will be held at Harbour Towers, 345 Quebec St, Victoria. In the Incident Investigations course you will learn: The legislative requirements for conductin...

January 29, 2016

Labour Code OHS Committee Members in the Langley Area

"Ergonomics" will be held on Tuesday, March 1 and "Incident Investigations" will be held on Thursday, March 3. These courses will be held at the BCGEU office at 8555 198A Street, Langley from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm In the Ergonomics you will learn: Requirements of the ergonomics regulation How to identify ergonomic hazards, to assess the risk factors of tasks and to recommend appropriate soluti...

January 28, 2016

Vancity tentative agreement reached

Your Bargaining Committee met with the Employer to negotiate a renewal collective agreement. The committee is pleased to advise you that a tentative agreement was reached on January 28, 2016. All employees will receive wage increases of: 2% general wage increase effective January 1, 2016 2% general wage increase effective January 1, 2017 2% general wage increase effective January 1, 2018 ...

January 28, 2016

River Rock Casino Resort notice of election of Bargaining Committee (6 positi...

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 and the entire membership will vote for one candidate. The candidate with the most votes will be elected. Bargaining ...

January 28, 2016

National Survey on Seniors' Care - Work/Life Balance

The issue of elder care received next to no attention during the 2015 federal election. This is alarming as the fastest growing segment of the Canadian population is older Canadians (people 85 and older), most of whom are women. In 1900, the average life expectancy was 47 years of age; by 2000 that had increased to 76 years of age. The end result is the expansion of our population of older adul...

January 28, 2016

BCGEU Signs on to Petition to Free Chinese Labour Activists

On Thursday, January 28, the BCGEU signed on to a petition calling for the release of Chinese labour activists who were detained by the government. Advanced by the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions, the petition has now been signed by over 175 organizations. Read more about the petition and sign as an individual China Kidnappings in Spotlight as Canada Mulls New Trade Deal - The Tyee...

January 28, 2016

Liberal government right to repeal anti-union Bill-377

The BCGEU is welcoming news the federal government has introduced legislation to reverse anti-union laws introduced by the Stephen Harper government last year. In the House of Commons today, the Liberals introduced legislation that would reverse changes to laws under Bill-377, which placed vastly expanded requirements on unions to disclose how members’ dues are spent. “This legislation had not...

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 ...