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

November 23, 2018

Submission to provincial Legal Aid Services Review - BCGEU

A robust public legal aid program is essential for realising the fundamental right to justice for all British Columbians, and the BCGEU has long advocated for improvements to the province's legal aid services. The B.C. government is currently conducting an independent review of B.C.'s legal aid service delivery system, and your union has made a submission to this process.In this submission we c...

November 23, 2018

New resources for Residential Tenancy Branch a good first step - BCGEU

Union sees need to enhance online resources with added walk-in service The recent announcement by the B.C. government of improved staffing and service levels at the Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB) is a welcome improvement and a good first step, but should not completely replace walk-in services, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union said today. The B.C. government reported that at l...

November 23, 2018

Nominations for Local 1710 Executive - BCGEU

Nominations are now open for the following positions on your Local Executive: 1st Vice Chair 2nd Vice Chair Treasurer Information on the responsibilities and activities of each position is attached and is also available from your Area Office. Please find a nomination form also attached. Your nomination must be dropped off, emailed, faxed, or mailed as an attachment to the Fort St. John Area O...

November 22, 2018

Local 1703 BCGEU Members at Vancity - Visa Service Centre & Member Service ...

Steward Nominations Nominations are now open for 1 steward position at Visa Service Centre and 1 steward position at Member Service Centre at your worksite and will close on Thursday, December 6th, 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 collecti...

November 22, 2018

Members at BC Housing- Administrative/Clerical Division - Call for Nomination...

With your collective agreement expiring on March 31, 2019, it's time for you to nominate candidates for your new BCGEU Bargaining Committee. There are three spots available: Chairperson of the Bargaining Committee, one position Bargaining Committee member, two positions Any BCGEU member working in the Administrative/Clerical Division can be nominated by a co-worker for the Chairperson positio...

November 22, 2018

Members at BC Housing- Maintenance/Service Division - Call for Nominations fo...

With your collective agreement expiring on March 31, 2019, it's time for you to nominate candidates for your new BCGEU Bargaining Committee. There are three spots available: Chairperson of the Bargaining Committee, one position Bargaining Committee member, two positions Any BCGEU member working in the Maintenance/Service Division can be nominated by a co-worker for the Chairperson position. I...

November 16, 2018

Local 1704 members - Nominations for Local Executive - BCGEU

Nominations open for the following positions on the local executive: 1st Vice Chairperson 2nd Vice Chairperson Recording Secretary Member at Large (1 position)  Young Worker Member at Large (eligible candidates must be under 29 years of age or younger) The term is three years. Information on the responsibilities and activities of each office is available from your area office. The deadline fo...

November 13, 2018

Hard Rock Casino Shift Pick and Start Times - BCGEU

Stewards and members of the Bargaining Committee have met with the Employer several times to discuss worker concerns about shift pick. Some improvements to the process were achieved through those meetings but not everything has been resolved.The Employer's current plan is to have workers pick bid lines that include defined days of rest and their block (days, mids, graves) but not start times. T...

November 13, 2018

Casino workers go back to work after achieving wage increases, improved benef...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 9, 2018Casino workers go back to work after achieving wage increases, improved benefits (Thompson-Okanagan) Nearly 700 members of the BCGEU working in Gateway Casinos in the Thompson-Okanagan voted to ratify a new contract with their employer ending a 19-week strike."I am so impressed by the solidarity and courage of our members" said Stephanie Smith, president of...

November 13, 2018

New Steward at Vancity Branch 53 - BCGEU

Nominations closed for 1 steward position on Friday, November 9, 2018. We are pleased to announce that Angela Kulis is the new steward at Branch 53. Please join us in wishing Angela well in her new position.In Solidarity, Megan McKinneyStaff RepresentativeDownload PDF of notice UWU/MoveUP

November 09, 2018

Money Laundering Training Pay Issue at Starlight Casino (Gateway) - BCGEU

Members who complete the Money Laundering Training on their own time can claim the actual length of time it takes to complete the training, to a maximum of 90 minutes. Please be sure to accurately report the time it took you to complete the course, and if you notice any discrepancy between your claim and your pay, please submit a payroll discrepancy form. If your payroll discrepancy claim does ...

November 08, 2018

BCGEU welcomes new legislation aimed at improving working conditions for heal...

The BC Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) welcomes the B.C. government's announcement today that it will repeal both the Health and Social Services Delivery Improvement Act (Bill 29) and the Health Sector Partnerships Agreement Act (Bill 94). Enacted in 2002 and 2003, the bills led to the deterioration of working conditions for health and social-sector workers by stripping workpl...

November 06, 2018

Come get the facts – not rumours! - Starlight Casinos - BCGEU

We're in the process of compiling a complete ratification package that will fully explain all the changes to the agreement and how they will affect you. The package will be available at ratification meetings next week along with a series of presentations and question and answer sessions. You'll have an opportunity at these sessions to look over all the changes and speak with bargaining committe...

November 06, 2018

Come get the facts! See the whole deal - Grand Villa Casino - BCGEU

We're in the process of compiling a complete ratification package that will fully explain all the changes to the agreement and how they will affect you. The package will be available at ratification meetings next week along with a series of presentations and question and answer sessions. You'll have an opportunity at these sessions to look over all the changes and speak with bargaining committe...

November 06, 2018

Visa Service Centre & Member Service Centre (Vancouver) Steward Nominations ...

Nominations are now open for 1 steward position at Visa Service Centre and 1 steward position at Member Service Centre at your worksite and will close on Wednesday, November 21st, 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. Sup...

November 02, 2018

Members at Northern Savings Credit Union – Masset and Queen Charlotte - Ten...

Your Bargaining Committee met with the Employer from October 29 to November 1 to bargain a new Collective Agreement and is pleased to announce that a Tentative Agreement has been reached! Full details of the Tentative Agreement will be provided at the ratification meeting next week and voting will occur at these meetings. The ratification meetings will occur as follows:  Wednesday, November 7,...

November 02, 2018

BCGEU welcomes action plan to mitigate wildfire and flood risks in B.C. - BCGEU

The BCGEU welcomes this week's release of Government's Action Plan: Responding to wildfire and flood risks ('The Action Plan') by the provincial government, and applauds the actions outlined in the report to better prepare British Columbians for extreme wildfires and floods. At the same time, more will need to be done to mitigate the effects of what now appears to be the new normal in our provi...

November 01, 2018

Local 1705 & 1707 Members at Gateway Lake City Casinos - Tentative Agreement ...

After many days of extensive and vigorous bargaining we reached a tentative agreement with the employer.  We'll be releasing full details of the agreement next week at ratification meetings. At those meetings, you'll have a chance to view the tentative agreement in full, ask questions and vote.  You've all done a great job building strength and solidarity these past months. Thank you for your p...

November 01, 2018

Local 1703 Members at Grand Villa Casino - Tentative Agreement Reached - BCGEU

After many days of extensive and vigorous bargaining we reached a tentative agreement with the employer.  We'll be releasing full details of the agreement next week at ratification meetings. At those meetings, you'll have a chance to view the tentative agreement in full, ask questions and vote.  You've all done a great job building strength and solidarity these past months. Thank you for your p...

November 01, 2018

Local 1703 Members at Starlight Casino - Tentative Agreement Reached - BCGEU

After many days of extensive and vigorous bargaining we reached a tentative agreement with the employer.  We'll be releasing full details of the agreement next week at ratification meetings. At those meetings, you'll have a chance to view the tentative agreement in full, ask questions and vote.  You've all done a great job building strength and solidarity these past months. Thank you for your p...

October 31, 2018

Local 1707 Executive - update - BCGEU

Please be advised nominations have been received for the local 1707 executive. Your local executive is as follows:   Local chairperson: Gayle Furgala 1st Vice chair: Tawni Duhamel 2nd Vice chair: Kamila Vejvoda Treasurer: Marisa Lavoie Recording secretary: Vacant Member-at-large: Vacant Member-at-large: Vacant Member-at-large: Vacant  Member-at-large (young worker): Kelly Hutchinson ...

October 30, 2018

Steward Nominations for Vancity – Branch 53 - BCGEU

Nominations are now open for 1 steward position at your worksite and will close on Friday, November 9, 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...

October 26, 2018

Members at River Rock Casino Resort Table Games Schedule and Vacation Selecti...

It is the Union's position that the way the Employer is doing the schedule and vacation selection process for Table Games includes many violations of the Collective Agreement. The Union has tried to work with the Employer on these issues since September, but without luck. A union grievance was filed on behalf of all members today, but all members have the right to file an individual grievance t...

October 26, 2018

Recommended Changes To Provincial Labour Code A Good Start – But Don’t Go Far...

The BCGEU supports many of the recommendations put forward yesterday by the independent, three-person Labour Relations Code Review Panel appointed by Labour Minister Harry Bains earlier this year. "Our submission to the panel asked that balance and fairness be restored to the B.C. Labour Relations Code and Labour Relations Board," said BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. "We believe the recommenda...

October 26, 2018

Component 17 Stewards & Mail Contacts At Credit Union Worksites Financial Ins...

The BCGEU Financial Institution Bargaining Council is (from left to right): Jennifer Keenan (Union Bay CU), Megan McKinney (BCGEU Staff), Kimberley Wallace (First CU), Zahra Damjanovic (Vancity CU), Dani Noble (Interior Savings Thompson), Ria Webster (Vancity CU), Tracy Noseworthy (Grand Forks District CU), Jennifer Sipma (Lakeview CU). The BCGEU Financial Institution Bargaining Council (FIBC) ...

October 25, 2018

Hard Rock Casino Members Grievance Filed on Discipline Issued Prior to Ratifi...

The Union has filed a grievance on behalf of all impacted members regarding discipline.   It has come to our attention that discipline issued prior to ratification is being made subject to the terms of Article 9.2 and being held on file for 17 months. It is the Union's position that any discipline issued prior to ratification should be removed according to the terms under which it was issued. D...

October 25, 2018

280 transition housing units to be built for women fleeing violence - BCGEU

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) welcomed today’s announcement by the provincial government to initiate the first steps towards establishing 1,500 new supportive housing units for women and children fleeing violence. As part of government’s Building BC: Women’s Transition Housing Fund, 280 transition housing units will be built province-wide. This news follows their commit...