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COMPONENT 20 - ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNICAL AND OPERATIONS

Component 20 includes members who work for the B.C. Government engaged in engineering support and inspectional duties at the technical level, as well as those charged with protecting and regulating natural resources or ensuring the quality of the environment.

NEWS & UPDATES

July 02, 2021

BC Restart Phase 3 – union offices opening and changes at work - BCGEU

BCGEU offices re-opening on July 12With the shift to Phase 3 of the BC Restart Plan, BCGEU offices will re-open, by appointment only, on July 12.Members can visit offices for meetings and to drop off or pick up materials.For the safety of BCGEU members and staff, masks are required in common spaces and visitors must register upon arrival. Additional occupational health and safety protocols will...

June 30, 2021

Canada Day: Reflect, listen, learn, commit to action - BCGEU

How can we make Canada Day meaningful? By taking time on July 1 to reflect and collectively mourn about recent events as we learn more about the horrors and abuse that took place in residential schools. We grieve alongside Indigenous Peoples and communities as we validate tragic events in our history. Of course, the most recent ones being the deeply disturbing news of 751 unmarked graves being ...

June 30, 2021

Report into working conditions at Royal B.C. Museum - BCGEU

The BCGEU has received the Royal British Columbia Museum's Report to British Columbians, which acknowledges acts of racism, discrimination, harassment, and the failure of the museum's leadership to provide an adequate and timely resolution of these matters. The report is troubling and difficult to read. It identifies problems around equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA), as wel...

June 29, 2021

Update: WorkSafeBC Compliance Agreement - CVSE - BCGEU

For BCGEU member who works for the Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure (MOTI) in Commercial Vehicle Safety & Enforcement (CVSE).Since our last email to you on May 20 about the Compliance Agreement between WorkSafeBC and CVSE, our union has continued to engage with the employer about health and safety for workers in CVSE. We met with the employer to hear about their plans to meet...

June 29, 2021

Staying Safe While Working in the Heat - BCGEU

In the past weekend, BC has set a new record temperature high not seen in Canada since 1937. Since we are not acclimatized to this high heat, these increased temperatures present a physical risk factor that may not be taken into account in your day-to-day work. WorksafeBC has put out a comprehensive heat safe document here. This bulletin will take you through any additional factors that need to...

June 25, 2021

All BC Wildfire Members - Settlement of Policy Grievance regarding Memorandum...

The Union recently settled a policy grievance regarding a claim that ETO can be used for salary continuance, including extension of the period of benefits and seniority. In the settlement, the Employer agreed: To provide seniority credit for banked ETO that was paid out as a lump sum at the end of the 2019 and/or 2020 wildfire seasons. To consider auxiliary employees who meet the following cri...

June 22, 2021

Tentative Agreement Reached - Western Canada Wilderness Committee - BCGEU

We are pleased to announce a tentative agreement has been reached between the BCGEU and Western Canada Wilderness Committee. We will be hosting a Town Hall to go over the changes to the Collective Agreement.  When: Thursday, June 24, 2021 Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm (PDT)  7:30pm – 9:30pm (EST) Where: ZOOM (link to follow this bulletin)  On Thursday June 24th, at 7pm, you will receive an email with a...

June 21, 2021

BCGEU statement on National Indigenous Peoples Day - BCGEU

Today, on National Indigenous Peoples Day, the BCGEU encourages members to reflect on and celebrate the heritage and contributions of Indigenous Canadians. Thank you to all Indigenous members for your work over the years to build our union and serve your communities. In addition to celebrations, it is also a time to commit to action in decolonization. The Tk'emlúps First Nation's discovery of 2...

June 17, 2021

Passing of BCGEU member in component 20- - BCGEU

It is with deep sadness we have to inform you of the sudden passing of a member of the BCGEU family. Tristan Montjoy was a valued member of the Conservation Officer Service, part of the BCGEU component 20, and stationed in Fort St. John. Tristan has been a BCGEU member since 2015. In addition to his work in the COS, he also worked in the BC Wildfire Service and was passionate about protecting o...

June 13, 2021

Stephanie Smith re-elected to third term at BCGEU’s first virtual convention ...

Vancouver, BC (Coast Salish Territories)-The BCGEU emerged from its 51st triennial constitutional convention on Saturday, June 12th with a new name, an ambitious agenda for the next three years, and Stephanie Smith acclaimed to lead the union's 82,000 members as president for a third term. In addition to president, delegates elected five other members of the 2021-2024 executive committee. Treas...

June 11, 2021

Congratulations to the 2021 BCGEU Scholarship Winners.

Congratulations to the 2021 BCGEU Scholarship Winners. The BCGEU is pleased to support our 2021 scholarship recipients in their continuing education. 2021 Scholarship Winners List  (Winners will be mailed a letter with instructions on how to claim their scholarship). This year, applicants were asked to write an essay on one of four topics: The coronavirus pandemic has deemed frontline workers ...