B.C.'S UNION SINCE 1919

COMPONENT 3 - COMMUNITY SOCIAL SERVICES

Component 3 includes members who work in community social services.

These caring professionals provide supports, services, and resources to vulnerable families and individuals across the province. They include supporting adults and children with developmental disabilities, women and children fleeing violence, youth-at-risk, child care, community justice services, Aboriginal services, and employment services, among others. With over 10,000 workers in the sector, BCGEU is the largest community social services union in B.C.

NEWS & UPDATES

2019 BCGEU Scholarships - BCGEU

The 2019 Scholarship Programs has now closed and winners will be posted to the website in mid-June. Applications for the 2019 BCGEU Scholarship program are now being accepted. The union will award $60,000 in scholarships to students in post-secondary education. Full-time scholarships are worth $2,000 and part-time scholarships are worth $1,000.Apply online here. Applicants must be: A BCGEU me...

BCGEU members in the public service – your new collective agreement between t...

The new 18th Main Public Service Agreement and Component Agreements are in effect as of April 1, 2019. BCGEU members who work in the B.C. public service ratified these agreements last year following five weeks of negotiations.The agreements are for three years and expire on March 31, 2022. The main agreement features many improvements, such as: a two per cent general wage increase in each year...

June 20, 2019

BCGEU North Island Area Office Internal posting Secretary (temporary)

BCGEU NORTH ISLAND AREA OFFICE   INTERNAL POSTING June 20, 2019     POSITION: SECRETARY (Temporary) GRADE: Level 5 – MoveUP Agreement A secretary is required to provide secretarial support to staff representatives in the North Island Area Office. Term of assignment is up to 3 months or return of incumbent. DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful applicant will perform Level 5 duties as as...

June 19, 2019

BCGEU welcomes Auditor General’s recommendations to address MCFD’s ineffectiv...

The BC Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) welcomes the Office of the Auditor General of British Columbia's report released today: Oversight of Contracted Residential Services for Children and Youth in Care. The BCGEU has for decades called on the provincial government to address chronic and significant challenges within the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) and s...

June 19, 2019

Nominations for Steward for SARA for Women - BCGEU

Nominations are now open for eight stewards for SARA for Women. New stewards are trained by the union. The deadline for nominations is June 25, 2019 by 5:00 pm The nomination form (attached) must be used. The deadline for submission is to the area office by fax (604.882.5032), email (area04@bcgeu.ca), hand delivered to the Fraser Valley area office at 8555 198A Street, Langley, V2Y 0A9, no late...

June 18, 2019

Secretary Level 3 - Victoria Area Office - BCGEU

BCGEU VICTORIA AREA OFFICE  INTERNAL POSTING June 18, 2019   POSITION: SECRETARY   GRADE: LEVEL 3 – MoveUP AGREEMENT   A secretary is required to perform secretarial and word processing functions for staff representatives. This person may also be required to assist with switchboard and receptionist duties.   DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:   Will include processing a variety of documents such a...

June 17, 2019

2019 BCGEU scholarship winners announced - BCGEU

Congratulations to the 2019 BCGEU Scholarship Winners. The BCGEU is pleased to support our 2019 scholarship recipients in their continuing education. (Winners will receive a letter in the mail with instructions on how to claim their scholarship). 2019 Scholarship Winners List This year, applicants were asked to write an essay on one of three topics: How can unions lead the way on climate chang...

June 14, 2019

Voicing our concerns: BCGEU presentations regarding workers’ compensation sys...

Participating in public consultations is a valuable way to make sure our voices are heard before government makes important decisions. Two public consultation processes are currently underway that will directly impact working people in B.C. – the Worker's Compensation Review and the provincial government's Budget 2020 Consultation. Today I had the honour of presenting at public hearings for bot...

June 14, 2019

Local 304 Members at The Salvation Army Centre of Hope - Negotiations to Comm...

Your bargaining committee has met over three days in recent weeks to prepare for negotiations with your employer. Our preparations have included reviewing your priorities as indicated on bargaining surveys, the collective agreement from cover to cover, and wages for comparable work. We have prepared complete packages of non-monetary and monetary proposals to table with your employer. The partie...

June 14, 2019

1 out of 10 Independent Shareholders of Brookfield Asset Management Agree tha...

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) and SumOfUs are encouraged that 10% of independent shareholders voted for the company to tie executive pay to preventing sexual misconduct at the firm Today, BCGEU and SumOfUs presented a proposal that called on Brookfield Asset Management to address sexual misconduct in the financial services industry by penalizing executive compensation p...

June 13, 2019

Improving services and supports for children and youth with neuro-diverse spe...

The Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth has invited British Columbians to participate in their special project on assessment and eligibility processes for children and youth with neuro-diverse special needs (e.g.: ASD, FASD, Developmental Delay). Last week your union provided a submission to the committee which included recommendations for improving the province's ability to provide...

June 13, 2019

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith first presenter at workers’ compensation syst...

BURNABY, June 13, 2019 – The workers' compensation system has been seriously undermined by policy and legislative changes introduced by the BC Liberals in 2002. The system shifted to focus on the financial impact to employers which has resulted in an overall reduction in compensation benefits to workers both in the short and the long term, a more limited ability to appeal decisions, and a reduc...

June 12, 2019

Members at Abbotsford Community Services - Steward Election - BCGEU

The BCGEU is holding an election for two stewards at Abbotsford Community Services with Local 304. Candidate Statements are attached. Keith Redmond Josie Kane Maureen Accleton Karla Woelbern In person voting will be held at the worksite, 2420 Montrose Avenue, Abbotsford, on June 18, 2019. Ballots are also available from the area office. If you are unable to vote at the worksite or get to the ...

June 12, 2019

Burnaby Children's Centres Society (BCCS) Members Ratify Tentative Agreement,...

The Members of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) and Burnaby Children's Centres Society (BCCS) have ratified their agreement starting April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2023.Your Bargaining Committee would like to thank everyone who participated in the ratification vote, and all members for their support throughout this round of collective bargaining.   In solidarity Kathleen Hur...

June 11, 2019

Local 304 Union Orientation Night June 17, 2019 - BCGEU

Local 304 Union Orientation Night June 17, 2019 at 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Fraser Valley Union Office 8555 – 198A Street, Langley   ****** REMINDER ******  New member? Existing member? Do you have a question for your union? Come join your fellow members and meet your Local Executives for pizza! You will have a chance to learn about the BCGEU. This orientation will be specific to Local 304 members...

June 11, 2019

The Salvation Army Gateway of Hope - Save the Date – July 5, 2019! - BCGEU

Now that we have a tentative agreement on your first collective agreement, you need to vote on whether to accept the terms. We are currently working on a draft of your collective agreement, so that we can give you a copy and go over what we achieved with you before you vote. Join us for ratification meetings on July 5, 2019 at The Salvation Army Gateway of Hope. We want the opportunity to go ov...

June 10, 2019

Change to the UBC Child Care Services bargaining committee - BCGEU

There has been a change to the bargaining committee. Because Erin had to step down, the following nominees have agreed to step up:  Barbara Undurraga – Pioggia Daycare – bargaining committee member Angela Chiasson – Hummingbird Daycare – alternate  Thank you and welcome to the bargaining team! The committee is in the process of scheduling meeting dates, and we will keep you informed as we go ...

June 07, 2019

British Columbians need a break: the BCGEU submission to the Fair Wages Commi...

BURNABY- The British Columbia Government and Service Employees' union, representing more than 79,000 workers in various sectors and occupations in the province has submitted its report to the provincial government's Fair Wages Commission. The Fair wages commission was set up by the provincial government to advise government on how to raise minimum wages with increases that are regular, measured...

June 07, 2019

Workers’ Compensation Review Underway - BCGEU

In response to years of advocacy by workers and their unions, the provincial government has initiated an independent and comprehensive review of BC's workers' compensation system.  This is a tremendously important opportunity for BCGEU members to tell their stories about the injustices within the current system, and to influence legislative and policy changes that will restore fairness to the w...

June 06, 2019

BCLRB case decided in our favour, upcoming worksite visits to discuss next st...

As you may have heard, last week the BC Labour Relations Board (BCLRB) ruled in favour of our challenge against unfair labour practices that have occurred at your worksite over the past year. You can read the short decision document here: http://www.lrb.bc.ca/decisions/B073$2019.pdf.All workers deserve a healthy and supportive work environment yet for too long, your employer has failed to provi...

June 06, 2019

Members at The Salvation Army Gateway of Hope - Tentative Agreement Reached -...

Your bargaining committee met with the employer on Monday and Tuesday this week, and we reached a tentative agreement on your first collective agreement late Tuesday night. Highlights of the collective agreement: • Four-year agreement, expiring March 31, 2022 • Language on occupational health and safety and harassment procedures • Standard language on union rights and recognition, grievance pro...

June 05, 2019

Final report from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous W...

On Monday, June 3rd, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls released its final report and recommendations in a ceremony at the National Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec on Algonquin Territory. The release was the culmination of a three-year process in which the Inquiry heard testimony, submissions and stories from more than 2,000 people including the fami...