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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

June 11, 2020

Community Builders Group -Implementation of the General Services Collective A...

Now that all BCGEU members at Community Builders Group (CBG) are covered under the General Services Collective Agreement there is some important information that your Union wants to make sure that you are aware of. This means that whether you work at a provincially funded site or non-provincially funded (NPF) site you all have access to the following: Right to Union representation Grievance Pr...

June 09, 2020

Community Builders Group (CBG) - Worksite Stewards - BCGEU

The BCGEU is looking for 7 stewards at Community Builders Group. As having a steward at your worksite is of vital importance to every union member, we are opening up nominations at all worksites. If you are interested in becoming a steward, or know someone who is, please fill out the nomination form attached here. What do stewards do? Stewards provide support and advice to members who think the...

June 05, 2020

Hazard Alert: Hand sanitizer at worksites - BCGEU

Hazard Alert: Hand sanitizer at worksitesYou are receiving this hazard alert as an OHS representative of BCGEU members. Please inform your colleagues of the following information. Due to supply issues, some manufacturers of hand sanitizer are substituting food-grade ethanol with technical-grade ethanol – which contains toxicological properties including carcinogenicity and should NOT be used on...

June 05, 2020

Collective agreements now available - BCGEU

The Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) and the Community Social Services Employers’ Association (CSSEA) are pleased to announce that the Community Living Services, General Services and Indigenous Services collective agreements are now available.   Community Living Services Collective Agreement General Services Collective Agreement  Indigenous Services Collective Agreement ...

June 03, 2020

CSSEA - COVID-19 Temporary Pandemic Pay – update - BCGEU

As you are aware, the federal and provincial governments have worked together to provide front line workers with access to COVID-19 Temporary Pandemic Pay. For further information on this temporary program, go here. There is ongoing uncertainty about how the provincial government intends to apply this pay across all of the workers in the community social services (CSS) sector. At present, we un...

May 28, 2020

Call for Nominations for Bargaining Committee - Kitsilano Area Childcare Soci...

In preparation for negotiations, a new bargaining committee must be elected to participate in the bargaining process.The bargaining committee has two (2) vacancies that must be filled. As such, nominations for two (2) bargaining committee members from Kitsilano Area Childcare Society are now open. A nomination form is attached to this bulletin. Nominations close on June 30, 2020and can be maile...

May 28, 2020

Glass Lewis endorses shareholder motion questioning Thomson Reuters’s (NYSE, ...

Burnaby – One of the world's leading independent proxy advisory firms, Glass Lewis, has recommended that Thomson Reuters (NYSE, TSX: TRI) shareholders vote FOR a proposal filed by the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU). The proposal calls on the Thomson Reuters board to produce a human rights report that addresses the impacts of contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforceme...

May 25, 2020

Single Site Scheduling Strive Living Society (CSS) Sites - BCGEU

Single Site Scheduling Strive Living Society (CSS) Sites We are writing with important information about scheduling for employees affected by the Provincial Health Officer's Single Site Order. This e-mail applies to you if you work at any of the following worksites: Freedom Place, Hollypark Lodge, or Liberty Place. The Single Site Order restricts workers to working at only one Assisted Living, ...

May 22, 2020

Your union and WorkSafeBC guidance for re-opening - BCGEU

Your union and WorkSafeBC guidance for re-opening  Over the past 10 days, your union's executive, component vice presidents and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) team provided input to the Workers' Compensation Board (WorkSafeBC) as they developed guidance for sectors that are re-opening, as per the B.C. government's Restart Plan.  We provided feedback on protocols and best practices to help...

May 21, 2020

Child Care Pandemic Pay - BCGEU

To All Child Care Professionals  In our last bulletin to you we remarked on the recent acknowledgement from Premier John Horgan and Minister of State for Child Care, Katrina Chen, about the critically important work you do. Unfortunately, it appears that the competing financial obligations of the provincial government meant that child care professionals were not included as recipients of the re...

May 21, 2020

COVID-19 Update and BC Government Restart Plan for Members in Community Socia...

For some workers in the community social services (CSS) sector, your programs have maintained staffing levels throughout the COVID-19 pandemic; for others, your programs may have closed or changed service delivery methods or you may have been deployed to other programs. In any of these cases, entering this next phase under the BC government's Restart Plan will involve further adaptations and ad...

May 20, 2020

BCGEU releases investor brief calling on Thomson Reuters (TSX, NYSE: TRI) to ...

Ahead of the Thomson Reuters (TSX, NYSE: TRI) annual meeting of shareholders on June 3, 2020, the BCGEU has released an investor brief about its shareholder proposal, raising concerns about human rights impacts at the $8-billion software and media company. The Proposal asks the Thomson Reuters board to investigate and disclose whether it has adequately assessed and mitigated the reputational an...