COMPONENT 20 - ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNICAL AND OPERATIONAL

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

February 21, 2017

Budget 2017 does little to address public service deficit

The B.C. government’s election year budget sees modest increases in select public services, but does little to address the serious public service deficit stemming from more than a decade of budget cuts, says the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union. Additional funding is targeted to politically sensitive areas that have seen serious service cuts since 2001, including the Ministry of Ch...

February 21, 2017

Emergency meeting called to develop spending recommendations for $65 million ...

Emergency meeting called to develop spending recommendations for $65 million in federal funding for opioid crisis VANCOUVER – The BC Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) has called an emergency meeting to discuss the federal government’s February 17 announcement of $65 million dollars to address the opioid crisis and the lack of a strategy attached to this funding. B.C. is at the...

February 20, 2017

OHS Courses for Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Burnaby Area

"2 Day Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Tuesday, March 21 and Wednesday, March 22, 2017. "Ergonomics" will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2017. These courses will be held at the Burnaby Head Office– 4911 Canada Way, Burnaby from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. In the Joint OHS Committee Training course you will learn: Worker OHS rights, including the refusal of unsafe work procedure OHS le...

February 20, 2017

OHS Courses for Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Ft. St. John Area

"2 Day Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Tuesday, March 14 and Wednesday, March 15, 2017. "Prevention of Workplace Violence" will be held on Thursday, March 16, 2017. These courses will be held at the Northern Grand Hotel, 9830 – 100 Ave, Fort. St. John from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. In the Joint OHS Committee Training course you will learn: Worker OHS rights, including the refusal of ...

February 20, 2017

OHS Courses for Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Kamloops Area

"2 Day Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Tuesday, March 7 and Wednesday, March 8, 2017. "Incident Investigations" will be held on Thursday, March 9, 2017. These courses will be held at the BCGEU area office, 158 Oriole Road, Kamloops from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. In the Joint OHS Committee Training course you will learn: Worker OHS rights, including the refusal of unsafe work procedur...

February 20, 2017

OHS Courses for Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Victoria Area

"Ergonomics" will be held on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 and "Prevention of Workplace Violence" will be held on Thursday, March 2, 2017. These courses will be held at the Learning Centre, 716 Courtney Street, Victoria from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm.] In the Ergonomics course you will learn: •    Requirements of the ergonomics regulation •    How to identify ergonomic hazards, to assess the risk factors ...

February 17, 2017

Wanted: A budget that truly lifts all boats

By: Stephanie Smith  For the past decade and a half, the B.C. government has cut taxes, regulations and public services. The needs of business have been prioritized over the needs of people and the environment. British Columbians have been told that the province cannot afford to invest in social programs.  Rather than assume a leading role in setting the conditions for our common advancement,...

February 17, 2017

Local 2008 Union Meeting

COMPONENT:    Environmental, Technical and Operational           LOCAL:    2008             DATE:    Friday, March 17, 2017             TIME:    6:00 p.m.           PLACE:    BCGEU East Kootenay Cranbrook Area Office                         46 7th Ave S, Cranbrook          AGENDA Convention Resolutions Election – Alternate Convention Delegate   If you are unable to attend this meeti...

February 16, 2017

Local 604 Union Meeting

COMPONENT:    Social, Information and Health           LOCAL:    604            DATE:    Thursday, February 23, 2017            TIME:    Executive – 6:00 pm; General – 7:00 pm          PLACE:    BCGEU Fraser Valley Union Centre                         8555 – 198A Street, Langley Twp – Fraser Room   UPDATE - REMINDER *CALL FOR RESOLUTIONS AND NOMINATIONS FOR THE 50TH BCGEU TRIENNIAL CONST...

February 15, 2017

BCGEU welcomes provincial interest in land value capture tax, seeks input in ...

Land Value Capture, a mechanism that taxes development speculation along proposed transit routes and puts those dollars into transit development is a solution the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) has been advocating for since 2015 to address the Lower Mainland’s transit crisis. Now, BC TransLink Minister Peter Fassbender is proposing a provincial development tax which the BCGE...

February 14, 2017

B.C. government focus on tax cuts ignores need for public re-investment

BC Throne Speech response: Throne speeches are political documents that governments use to promote successes and paper over their failures, while setting broad-brush political priorities for upcoming budgets. The 2017 Speech from the Throne is true to form; providing few details, but gives broad hints about future economic policy. In this election year the B.C. Liberal government has returned...

February 14, 2017

Free eLearning course and workshops for your employees

MPP Dear Municipal employer, We are excited to get the improved member education season under way. Please encourage your newer employees and those with optional enrolment in the plan to take the eLearning course Getting to Know Your Pension and your employees who are plan members to register for Making the Most of Your Pension and Approaching Retirement workshops. How you benefit Investing ...

February 14, 2017

Local 2009 Meeting Notice

COMPONENT:   Environmental, Technical & Operational          LOCAL:    2009           DATE:    March 14, 2017            TIME:    6:30 pm          PLACE:    BCGEU Castlegar Area Office                         2316 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar   AGENDA   BCGEU Triennial Convention, June 14 – 17, 2017 Resolutions to Convention Call for Nominations/Election of Delegates and Alternate...

February 10, 2017

BCGEU provides submission to Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth

Today the BCGEU provided its submission to the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth, an all-party committee of the Legislative Assembly, in response to its regular statutory review of the Representative for Children and Youth Act (SBC, 2006, c. 29). The Office of the Representative for Children and Youth (RCY) provides an essential point of oversight and review for our province’s ch...

February 09, 2017

Local 2007 Meeting and call for resolutions to the BCGEU 50th Triennial Const...

COMPONENT:  Environmental, Technical and Operational LOCAL:            2007 DATE:              March 14, 2017 TIME:              5:30 pm PLACE:            BCGEU Area Office                        1064 Borden Ave, Kelowna   AGENDA Call for resolutions to the BCGEU 50th Triennial Constitution Convention (June 14-17, 2017) Nomination and Election of Delegates to the BCGEU Triennial Conventio...

February 09, 2017

BCGEU encouraged by Vancouver’s New Investments in Harm Reduction

VANCOUVER – Yesterday Vancouver City council made important steps in bolstering their response to the fentanyl crisis by releasing the second wave of funding intended to provide support to affected communities. “We are encouraged by City Council’s focus on providing the necessary relief to the hardest hit communities, and to hear about an additional focus on supporting front line workers.” sa...

February 09, 2017

Local 2010 Meeting and nominations of convention delegate and alternates

COMPONENT:  Environmental, Technical & Operational LOCAL:            2010 DATE:              Thursday, March 9th, 2017 TIME:              5:30 pm PLACE:            BCGEU Office – 10251 100th Street, Fort St John     AGENDA General Membership Information Meeting Delegates to Convention Updates from Component Resolutions for Convention     CONVENTION DELEGATE AND ALTERNATES If y...

February 07, 2017

Tell Us About Your Bad Job

Tell Us About Your Bad Job   Unpaid wages? Unpaid overtime? Employer taking your tips? Unfair firings? Unfair treatment of workers is all too common in British Columbia. Few people know their rights, and getting justice from a bad boss can be nearly impossible. The BC Employment Standards Coalition is campaigning for better employment laws and stronger enforcement for all workers. Tell yo...

February 07, 2017

Nominations Open for Local 2004 Executive

To:     All BCGEU Local 2004 Members Re:     Nominations Open for Local Executive   The Local Chairperson has declared  nominations open for the following positions on the Local 2004 Executive: 1st Vice Chair 2nd Vice Chair Treasurer Recording Secretary Member at Large These positions are for the remainder of a three year term ending in the Spring of 2018. Information on the duties o...

February 06, 2017

Public service benefits change to take effect in April 2017

As you may already know the Province of BC has announced that they will be changing the carrier for employee benefits from Pacific Blue Cross to Great West Life. As benefit entitlements are set out in our negotiated collective agreement, this change should result in no substantive changes in benefits for members. The change will take effect in April 2017, and BCGEU’s Public Service Bargaining...

February 06, 2017

Report reaffirms urgent need for B.C. government to transform Aboriginal chil...

Report reaffirms urgent need for B.C. government to transform Aboriginal child welfare system BURNABY – A report released today by the Representative for Children and Youth (RCY), Bernard Richard, exposed once again the systemic complexity and dysfunction of B.C.’s Aboriginal child welfare system and the urgent need for reform. The report, Broken Promises: Alex’s Story, details the tragic dea...

February 06, 2017

Local 2010 New Local Executive Members Elected

By acclamation Adam Hughes is the new Local Chair for Local 2010, Hack Waldon is the new 1st Vice Chair & Erin Hall is a new Member-at-Large! Congratulations Adam, Hack and Erin! Executive for Local 2010: Chairperson                       Adam Hughes 1st Vice Chair                    Hack Waldon 2nd Vice Chair                   VACANT Treasurer                          VACANT Recording S...