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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 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...

June 02, 2016

New casino proposed for North Shore or south of the Fraser

The B.C. Lottery Corporation is asking local governments on the North Shore and south of the Fraser River if they are interested in having a new casino. Read more...

June 01, 2016

Workplace first aid requirements

First aid is an important element of workplace health and safety. This includes having the correct equipment, procedures and trained people in place to respond in the event of a workplace injury. Here are the basic first aid requirements under the Workers Compensation Act:  (1) The employer must provide for each workplace such equipment, supplies, facilities, first aid attendants and services...

June 01, 2016

Member Update - June 2016

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith and Corrections and Sheriff Services Component 1 VP Dean Purdy update members on ongoing union campaigns. *You can also view the video on the BCGEU YouTube channel

May 30, 2016

OHS Representatives in the province right to refuse unsafe work

Recent incidents at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam have highlighted the need for workers to be made aware of their rights and duties under the Worker’s Compensation Act in carrying out their work. On May 23, BCGEU members were injured while transporting a patient from the Royal Columbian Hospital back to the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital. A preliminary investigation has been conduc...