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

March 29, 2018

BCGEU brings 15 recommendations to labour code review panel, calls for fairne...

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) president Stephanie Smith meets today in Surrey with a special government panel reviewing B.C.'s labour laws to call for changes that reflect the needs and interests of B.C. workers. Representing over 75,000 workers from nearly every economic sector in B.C., the recommendations in the union's submission to the panel are based on three theme...

March 28, 2018

Local 302 - Nomination for Local Executive – Member-at-Large (Young Worker) -...

Nominations are now open for the position of Member-at-Large – Young Worker (29 years of age or younger) on the local executive. The position is for the balance of the current three year term that will expire in 2021. Responsibilities of a Young Worker a) liaises with other young workers in the local and brings their concerns/issues to the local;  b) assists the local executive in identifying a...

March 28, 2018

Quadra Daycare Society Tentative Agreement Ratified - BCGEU

We are pleased to announce that the members of Quadra Daycare Society have ratified the tentative agreement reached with the Employer.    Highlights of the agreement include:  • 4% increase for all members each year of a three year agreement • Addition of Special Leave language • Increased RRSP contributions Our sincerest thanks to the Bargaining Committee for all of their hard work and dedicat...

March 27, 2018

Britannia Members Bargaining Update - BCGEU

The Union bargaining committee met on January 24 and February 15, 2018 where we went over the responses and priorities provided in your bargaining questionnaires and developed the bargaining proposals. The Union bargaining committee met with the Employer on February 22, 2018 at which time we presented the Union's bargaining proposals. The next bargaining meeting of the Union and the Employer wi...

March 27, 2018

Lower Mainland Purpose Society (LMPS) Bargaining Update - BCGEU

The Union is pleased to announce that Kirsten Nicholson is the bargaining committee member for this round of collective bargaining. The Union Bargaining Committee met on March 22 to review the priorities identified in the bargaining questionnaires submitted by LMPS members and to prepare bargaining proposals. The Union Bargaining Committee will meet with the Employer on April 5 to exchange barg...

March 26, 2018

Your Local 301 Executive - BCGEU

I am pleased to announce the results for the Local 301 Executive Elections:  Chairperson - Ken Neal 1st Vice Chairperson - Brian Calderwood 2nd Vice Chairperson - John Manthorpe Treasurer – vacant Recorder – vacant Member at Large – vacant Member at Large – vacant Member at Large – vacant Member at Large (Equity) – vacant Member at Large (Young Worker) – Amanda Nurse  In solidarity Ken Neal, Lo...

March 22, 2018

Public Service Pension Plan Update - BCGEU

Dear BCGEU Public Sector Pension Plan Member, We understand that the recently announced changes to the Public Sector Pension Plan (PSPP) design have generated a lot of concerns. Many have indicated to us the communication from the Pension Corporation left them wondering how the plan impacted them, which has created anxiety and confusion. In this environment, serious misinformation has circulate...

March 22, 2018

Quadra Daycare Tentative Agreement Ratification Meeting & Vote - BCGEU

Your bargaining committee is pleased to announce that we've reached a tentative agreement with your employer. The bargaining committee is conducting a ratification meeting on Tuesday, March 27th, at 6:00pm at the day care. You will have the opportunity to hear, review, ask questions and vote on the tentative agreement.  DATE:    Tuesday March 27, 2018TIME:    6:00pmPLACE:  Quadra Daycare  The ...

March 22, 2018

BCGEU calls for labour code amendments to ensure balance and fairness for wor...

  The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) has submitted multiple recommendations to a panel of special advisors currently reviewing British Columbia's Labour Relations Code. The submission calls for changes that properly reflect the needs and interests of workers in B.C.'s modern economy. The BCGEU's submission is based on three themes: 1. That workers be entitled to make their o...

March 21, 2018

Local 311 Executive Election & Nomination Results - BCGEU

The election process for your Local Chair closed on March 19, 2018, and we want to take this opportunity to advise you of the results and congratulate the successful candidate. Congratulations to Pat Westerlund (Local 0311 Chair position). With the close of the election we also want to take this opportunity to congratulate Weston McGee (Member At Large position). Your Executive with the results...

March 21, 2018

BCGEU recognizes International Day of Forests - March 21 - BCGEU

Our natural forests are an important part of British Columbia's environment, economy and social fabric. More than a third of our planet's land mass is covered by forests, which absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen into our atmosphere.  According to the United Nations, "forests are the most biologically diverse ecosystems on land, home to more than 80 per cent of the terrestrial species of a...

March 20, 2018

Recent win: driver's licence arbitration - BCGEU

In 2012, the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) successfully argued at arbitration that Clause 28.12 (Required Certificates) of the Community Social Services sectoral collective agreements required Community Social Services employers to reimburse employees the costs associated with renewing their Class 4 driver's licence. Arbitrator Vince Ready ruled that if an employee is...

March 20, 2018

Elections For Local 305 Executive - BCGEU

The BCGEU is holding elections for the following positions of the local 305 executive. Candidate statements are attached for those candidates who provided them:  2nd Vice Chairperson: Michelle WhalleyRhonda Millwater      Ballots are available from your stewards and contacts at the worksite. You may also vote at the area office, (158 Oriole Road Kamloops, BC).      Ballots are due back to th...

March 19, 2018

Join the Child Care Reduction Initiative and help build an affordable child c...

Optimizing the early years of children's lives is the best investment we can make in ensuring their future success. But for many British Columbians, the high cost of child care means many families are unable to access the quality, affordable care they need. Pledging to put people first, the B.C. government recently launched Child Care BC, a bold commitment towards the "largest investment in chi...

March 16, 2018

BCGEU Members size up B.C.'s worst summer of natural disasters

For many people across the province the summer of 2017 was one of angst, uncertainty, and demanding work load due to extreme wildfires and floods. BCGEU members were front and centre in containment and rescue efforts delivered through key agencies like the B.C. Wildfire Service and Emergency Management B.C. Others across the public service took on significant roles in management, administration...

March 16, 2018

Updated information on improvements to your Public Sector Pension Plan (PSPP)...

Today the Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP) Board of Trustees has announced a landmark change to the plan design of the PSPP. The BCGEU has a long history of negotiating and advocating for pensions for our members in all sectors. Over the last few years, the BCGEU, as the Plan Partner representative for the PSPP, has engaged the Government Partner on potential plan design improvements. It has ...

March 16, 2018

Local 312 Steward Results for Terrace & District Community Social Services - ...

The Union is pleased to announce the following Stewards for your worksite. If you have any questions regarding workplace issues, or your Collective Agreement, please contact:  Alanna BenthamAndrew BrownRajwinder GillJocelyn McMillanLucia MortonJessie PedenMary Ellen WoodCongratulations to the above noted! We look forward to working with you. In solidarityChristine FullerStaff Representative102-...

March 16, 2018

Local 302 - Salvation Army Ocean Crest - Ratification Vote Results - BCGEU

Ballots have been counted for the ratification vote, and the members at Salvation Army Ocean Crest Ministries – Campbell River have voted to ratify the renewal collective agreement with a vote of 95.5% in favour of acceptance.   I would like to take this opportunity to thank the bargaining committee for all of their hard work and determination in achieving the renewal agreement on your behalf. ...