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

January 02, 2018

Local 309 Nomination for Local Executive - BCGEU

On January 11, 2018, nominations open for the following positions on the Local Executive: Chair 1st Vice Chair 2nd Vice Chair Treasurer Recording Secretary Member at Large The term is three years. Information on the responsibilities and activities of each office is available from your Area Office. The deadline for nominations is: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 If there is an election for a positi...

January 02, 2018

Nomination for Vacant Positions for Local 0312 Executive - BCGEU

Nominations are now open for the following positions on the local executive:  Chair 1st Vice Chair 2nd Vice Chair Treasurer Recording Secretary Member-At-Large (1 Position) Member-At-Large (Young Worker) Member-At-Large (Equity)  The term is three years. Information on the responsibilities and activities of each office is available from your area office.  The deadline for nominations is: 5:00 p...

January 02, 2018

Nomination for Vacant Positions for Local 0310 Executive - BCGEU

Nominations are now open for the following positions on the local executive:  Chair 1st Vice Chair 2nd Vice Chair Treasurer Recording Secretary Member-At-Large (3 Positions) Member-At-Large (Equity Delegate) Member-At-Large (Young Worker)  The term is three years. Information on the responsibilities and activities of each office is available from your area office.  The deadline for nomination...

December 22, 2017

Professional Reliance Review Will Protect Workers - BCGEU

The BC government has initiated a review of the professional reliance model in the natural resource sector. Many BCGEU members' day-to-day is shaped by this regulatory model. The professional reliance model effectively lets the "fox guard the henhouse," leading – in some cases - to the mismanagement of our resources and harm to the environment. Combined with deep staff and funding cuts to respo...

December 21, 2017

Island Crisis Care Society Ratification Results - BCGEU

On behalf of the Bargaining Committee, I am pleased to advise that members voted unanimously in favour of the Tentative Agreement reached between the parties on December 4, 2017. I have received information from the Employer that the new rates of pay negotiated will commence on December 24, 2017. They have further advised me that they aim to have the retroactive monies paid out on the last cheq...

December 20, 2017

BCGEU members land $20 million contract to refit B.C. ferry - BCGEU

BC Government & Service Employees' Union workers employed at Esquimalt Drydock Company will begin work on a B.C. Ferries contract worth $20 million to refit the Northern Sea Wolf. The 17-year-old vessel will accommodate approximately 3,500 passengers and 1,200 vehicles each year on a route between Port Hardy and Bella Coola. Members at Esquimalt Drydock have extensive experience in ship rep...

December 19, 2017

Thanking and Recognizing the Public Servants who Keep our Communities Safe ...

This year's fire season is far behind us and while recent winter storms have made many in the province forget about this summer's devastation, many communities are still working to rebuild what was lost in the fire.  As we see the devastation that fires are currently causing across California and as we look back at the lessons learned over the summer, the BCGEU would like to thank and recognize...

December 15, 2017

BCGEU calls for reinvestment in seniors’ services as Seniors Advocate release...

On Thursday, December 14, 2017, the B.C. Seniors Advocate released the annual Monitoring Seniors' Services report. Their findings present further evidence that the B.C. government has to reverse the policies of austerity implemented under the BC Liberals. B.C.'s seniors need significant reinvestment in community services and affordable housing to undo the resulting increase in poverty now faced...

December 15, 2017

Compliance and Enforcement in B.C. Forests - BCGEU

With the B.C. Government's review of professional reliance across many industries underway, the BCGEU has released a short paper about compliance and enforcement in B.C.’s forests. Check it out below and be sure to share it with your networks.  

December 11, 2017

BC Human Rights Commission - BCGEU

Today the report, A Human Rights Commission for the 21st Century: British Columbians talk about Human Rights was released detailing 25 recommendations to government as they re-establish the BC Human Rights Commission (dismantled in 2002 by the previous Liberal government). The report recommends to B.C.'s Attorney General that the new commission be built on four important pillars in order to cre...

December 11, 2017

BCGEU disappointed by decision to complete Site C dam, urges government to em...

The BCGEU is disappointed by the provincial government's decision today to complete the Site C dam despite findings by the BC Utilities Commission that question the economic viability of the project. In 2015 the union took a position against the construction of the dam citing economic and environmental concerns as well infringement on First Nations' rights. This decision demonstrates the work s...

December 08, 2017

Ratification Meeting for members at Island Crisis Care Society - BCGEU

Your Bargaining Committee is pleased to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement with the Employer. Highlights of this agreement include wage increases for each year of the agreement, with a 2% increase retroactive to April 1, 2017, Personal Wellness days, agreement to reinvest any cuts to MSP premiums into better benefits for the members and more. There will be a Ratification Meetin...

December 07, 2017

BCGEU remembers Leonard George - BCGEU

It is with tremendous sadness to learn of the passing of Tsleil-Waututh leader, Leonard George. Leonard, served as Chief of the Tsleil-Waututh nation, was an iconic leader and teacher to thousands of people across British Columbia. In his special way, he was able to build bridges between communities and encouraged everyone to work together as one. His knowledge and wisdom drew many to his side ...

December 07, 2017

Statement on Fair Wages Commission - BCGEU

Today, December 7, is the final day to provide submissions to B.C.'s Fair Wages Commission. The BCGEU would like to mark this date by calling for the immediate implementation of a $15 per hour minimum wage for all workers in our province. The BCGEU is a tireless advocate for fair wages for all workers. Daily, BCGEU members providing health and social services confront the consequences of low wa...