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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 30, 2020

New Book Recounts Worker-led Occupation at Tranquille - BCGEU

  UPDATE - It is with heavy hearts we have to tell you about the passing of our dear friend Gary Steeves, a true champion of working people, human rights and social justice.  The devastating news comes as we and Gary were celebrating another great achievement of his, the recent printing of his book, Tranquility Lost: The Occupation of Tranquille & Battle for Community Care. We are feeli...

November 26, 2020

City of Fort St. John - News on bargaining - BCGEU

Your bargaining committee met with your employer for 5 full days of bargaining last week and are pleased with the considerable progress which has been made. We continue to work hard on your behalf and are scheduling further dates early in January. Please support your committee as they return to their worksites. We will keep you posted as we move through the process of negotiations.   In solidar...

November 23, 2020

All BCGEU Members at Ford Mountain, FRCC and OCC (Compass Group) - RATIFICATI...

Your Bargaining Committee has carefully considered your recent rejection of the settlement offer of the Fraser Valley collective agreement. We have contacted your employer, Compass Canada, and they will not improve the offer. A copy of the settlement offer is here. Over the past week, we have talked with as many of you as possible and scheduled a telephone or a Zoom call with the Bargaining Com...

November 19, 2020

BCGEU members win major victory for safe workplaces during COVID-19

I am writing to celebrate with you. Because of our solidarity and collective action, our union has won a major victory in our campaign to ensure safer workplaces across British Columbia.The Provincial Health Officer has just announced that wearing masks is now mandatory in all indoor public and retail spaces. This is a huge victory that shows the power of workers standing together to demand saf...

November 19, 2020

BCGEU members win major victory for safe workplaces during COVID-19 - BCGEU

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENovember 19, 2020BCGEU members win major victory for safe workplaces during COVID-19BURNABY, COAST SALISH TERRITORIES – After weeks of surging COVID-19 case numbers, members of the B.C. Government and Services Employees' Union (BCGEU) have won a major victory in their campaign to ensure safer workplaces across British Columbia."This is a huge victory that shows the power of...

November 19, 2020

All BCGEU members Compass Group (All worksites) - Important Membership Meetin...

A special meeting, only for members working at FRCC and Ford Mountain, has been scheduled as follows: When: Friday, November 20, 2020Time: 7:30 pmForum: Remotely by Zoom Your Bargaining Committee will be available for consultation and to report on our discussions with Compass Canada. Please make every effort to attend this important meeting. If you have an email address on file with the Union, ...

November 13, 2020

Letter from the Premier regarding the loss of John Fryer - BCGEU

November 5, 2020 Stephanie SmithBCGEU President4911 Canada WayBurnaby, BC V5G 3W3Sent via email Dear Stephanie: As Premier of the Province of British Columbia, my thoughts are with you and all BCGEUmembers as you mourn the loss of John Fryer. John was a tireless advocate for workers' rights, and he played a crucial role in transitioning theBCGEU into the union it is today. His career was underp...

November 13, 2020

Potential sale of Great Canadian Gaming - BCGEU

This week our union learned that your employer, Great Canadian Gaming Corp. (GCGC), has agreed to the sale of the casinos to Apollo Global Management Inc., a large U.S. private equity firm. Our union is working quickly to learn more about the details of the proposed sale and at this time we are not aware of any impact this will have on staff once casinos reopen.The sale requires shareholder app...

November 13, 2020

1710 – City of Fort St. John - Bargaining Set to Start - BCGEU

This bulletin is to update the membership about the Collective Bargaining process between the Union and the City of Fort St. John. Your committee will be meeting with your Employer November 16 – 20th, 2020, to commence negotiations. We will keep you updated throughout the week. In solidarity, Ashley Murphey – Bargaining ChairBob Corbett – Bargaining Committee MemberNaomi Gallant – Bargaining Co...

November 09, 2020

Compass Group - Ratification Vote Results  - BCGEU

The ballot has been counted and the results are in: • Nanaimo Correctional Centre – ratified • Surrey Pre-Trial and Surrey School Board – ratified • FRCC, Ford Mountain and OCC – not ratified Your Bargaining Committee is discussing next steps and we have contacted the employer requesting further consultation. We will advise you when we hear back from Compass Canada. In solidarity, Mike Wittevee...

November 08, 2020

BCGEU calls on BC Public Service Agency to protect employees with stronger ma...

BURNABY, Coast Salish Territories – With new cases of COVID-19 increasing across the province and surging in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) has called on the BC Public Service Agency to take immediate action to protect employees in their workplaces. In a conversation with Don Wright, Head of Public Service Agency (PSA), BCGEU pres...

November 08, 2020

Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley office closures - BCGEU

As COVID-19 cases rise in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, our union has been monitoring public health recommendations with regard to workplaces. In accordance with the latest restrictions enacted for the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions on November 7 (click here to read the latest restrictions), our union has made the decision to close the following physical offices and ...

November 02, 2020

Remembering John Fryer, “a titan in the labour movement” - BCGEU

BCGEU is saddened to hear of the sudden passing of John Fryer. Fryer served as BCGEU's general secretary from 1969-1983 and president of NUPGE (National Union of Public and General Employees) from 1980-1990. Those who knew him characterize John Fryer as no-nonsense, gritty, brilliant and a larger than life personality. He will be best remembered for his role in securing collective bargaining ri...

November 02, 2020

All BCGEU Compass Group Members - Ratification Update – Questions about Sala...

Thank you to all the members that were able to attend the Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, October 28th. We appreciated the opportunity to meet with you by telephone, given the restrictions with Covid-19. Your Bargaining Committee has received some questions about the new salary grid and additional premiums that may be available. Classifications at each correctional centre are now paid at the sa...