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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 12,000 workers in the sector, BCGEU is the largest community social services union in B.C.


March 23, 2016

Information table at Kootenay market

On Saturday April 2, 2016 between 11am to 1pm, the 309 Local Executive will be setting up an information table at the Kootenay Market at 635 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar, BC.  We will be giving out cupcakes and chatting with people about what Community Social Services means in their community. In solidarity Michelle Davis Local 309 Chairperson Download PDF of notice here. UNIFOR467/MoveUP

March 23, 2016

Members at Milieu nominations for shop stewards (6 positions)

Nominations are now open for: Six positions for Shop Stewards at Milieu Family Services Inc. What do stewards do? Stewards provide support and advice to members who think they are being treated unfairly. They sign up new employees, provide information on BCGEU services and solve problems in the workplace. They conduct ratification votes and elections, and stewards keep members informed by di...

March 23, 2016

City Hall Child Care Society ratified 3 Year collective agreement

Members of the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) who work at City Hall Child Care have ratified their agreement.   Highlights of the agreement include: Three-year agreement ending March 31, 2018 3% increase retroactive to April 1, 2015 for all staff 1% increase April 1, 2016 2% increase April 1, 2017 Extended Health Benefits Plan increase in massage, physiotherapy & ...

March 23, 2016

Forests and Water: Key elements of environmental and economic stability

In March every year the United Nations commemorates two important days. The International Day of Forests (March 21) and World Water Day (March 22) are celebrated together to focus attention on the fact that the health of these two natural elements are interconnected with the economic and social health of the entire population of our planet. Forests cover one third of the global land mass and a...

March 23, 2016

B.C. Legislature Recognizes CSS Awareness Month

click to download the proclamation In appreciation of CSS employees, the B.C. Legislature has recognized their important work on a number of occasions this month. At the beginning of March, stating that "greater recognition and understanding of the critical role these services play in our communities is needed to ensure their continued accessibility, availability and improvment," the Legisla...

March 22, 2016

Lower Mainland Purpose Society bargaining committee

Nominations for three Bargaining Committee positions closed on Monday, March 14, 2016.  One nomination was received so therefore, by acclamation, the following individual is your new Bargaining Committee member: Kirsten Nicholson I would like to thank the nominee for stepping forward to represent the Lower Mainland Purpose Society in this round of bargaining.  Congratulations to Kirsten! ...

March 22, 2016

Community Social Services: New Agreement on Portability and Retention Reached

Earlier this year, an agreement was reached that could allow union members covered by the  Community Social Services (CSS) General Services, Community Living and Aboriginal Services collective agreements to transfer seniority as it pertains to wages and vacation from a job with one CSS employer to another within the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA). The process is not a...

March 21, 2016

Recognizing the movement to eliminate racial discrimination

March 21 is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The date was selected by the United Nations to honour the 69 people who were killed by police at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid in Sharpeville, South Africa in 1960. In South Africa, March 21 is a public holiday, "Human Rights Day," to commemorate the lives that have been lost in the fight for democracy ...

March 21, 2016

OHS training at the BC Federation of Labour

The BCGEU Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) department is offering additional training through the BC Federation of Labour for government and labour code OHS worker representatives. These training sessions are for specific courses we do not offer through the BCGEU. The one or two day OHS course is a pre-requisite to the BC Federation of Labour OHS training. Your employer must pay for you to...

March 17, 2016

Urgent Action - Honduran activist assassination

Berta Cáceres, a prominent environmental activist, was assassinated in Honduras on March 3, and a witness to the assassination is being held against his will. We need people to urge both Canadian & Honduran authorities to take action and conduct a full investigation. Full details and letters to sign can be found on the CoDevelopment Canada website by clicking here.  UPDATE: There has been ...

March 16, 2016

Have you taken your Occupational Health and Safety training?

Are you an Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) worker representative for your workplace?  If the answer is “yes”, your employer is required by law to pay for at least eight hours of annual OHS education for you (Workers Compensation Act). If you are unable to take the training yourself, you have the right to assign your eight-hour annual allotment to another worker representative.  Your co...

March 14, 2016

L'Ecole Bilingue Kindercare Society call for bargaining committee nominations

In preparation for negotiations, a new bargaining committee must be elected to participate in the bargaining process. Call for nominations for: One (1) Bargaining Committee Member One (1) Bargaining Committee Member – Alternate If there are more nominations than positions available, the Union will conduct an election. In order to be nominated, a member and nominator must complete the no...

March 14, 2016

City Hall Child Care ratification vote & highlights

Your Bargaining Committee was able to successfully negotiate a tentative collective agreement. Highlights include: Three-year agreement ending March 31, 2018 3% increase retroactive to April 1, 2015 for all staff 1% increase April 1, 2016 2% increase April 1, 2017 Extended Health Benefits Plan increase in massage, physiotherapy & registered psychologist to $700 for each in a calendar...

March 14, 2016

Change to OHS course dates

  Labour Code OHS Scheduled Courses March - December - 2016   Courses Location Day 1   Course Type Course Name City Venue Mar 17/16   Labour Code Incident Investigations Victoria BCGEU Mar 18/16 ...

March 11, 2016

Community Social Services - 304 - Diversecity

                              REVISED MEETING LOCATION                               COMPONENT:    Community Social Services – C3                                         LOCAL:    304 - DIVERSECITY                                           DATE:    Monday, March 14, 2016                                           TIME:    6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.                                         PLACE: ...

March 11, 2016

Island Crisis Care Society - Tentative Agreement Reached

Date:              March 10th, 2016 To:                 All BCGEU Members at Island Crisis Care Society Re:                 Tentative Agreement Reached Your bargaining committee is pleased to advise you that a tentative renewal collective agreement has been reached with the Employer.  While they will not be attached to the collective agreement, the agreement includes revised schedules that r...

March 10, 2016

Number of homeless youths in Vancouver continues to rise

More youth are being counted as homeless in Vancouver and they are choosing to sleep on the streets because they feel unsafe in the city’s shelters. Read more...

March 09, 2016

Local 0311 Nomination Results

Sisters and Brothers The nomination process for your vacant positions on your Local Executive (Member-At-Large Young Worker) closed on February 19, 2016. We want to take this opportunity to advise you of the results. Congratulations to Sister Kyla Conlon-Fettes who was acclaimed to the position. Your Local Executive is as follows: Chair                                                 Chris...

March 09, 2016

North American Occupational Safety and Health Week

NAOSH week is recognized annually throughout North America to promote the prevention of injury and illness at the workplace. Organizations are encouraged to participate by planning activities during this week. The theme this year is to “make health and safety a habit”. For more information go to Worksafe BC’s website at This link will g...

March 07, 2016

BCGEU Members at SPARC of BC, bargaining your new collective agreement

The time has come, once again, to negotiate a new Collective Agreement. I have been assigned as the Staff Representative to work with your Bargaining Committee. We will elect 3 members to make up the new Bargaining Committee. Nominations are now open and forms are attached. Nominations will close on March 29 and forms must be received by the Lower Mainland Area Office  by 4:30 pm, March 29. Se...