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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

March 13, 2020

BCGEU calls for suspension of rent and mortgage payments for sick/self-isolat...

Burnaby, B.C. – In response to the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 a "pandemic" and public health experts recommending social distancing including self-isolation for exposed or symptomatic people, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) is calling on federal and provincial governments to immediately suspend all mortgage and rent payments until the pandemic is over....

March 11, 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic Response - BCGEU

Today, the WHO declared that COVID-19 has escalated from public health crisis to pandemic. In plain language this means the public health priority has shifted from preventing the spread of the virus to slowing it down so that our healthcare system doesn't get overwhelmed by too many infections happening concurrently. In light of this, the Provincial Executive of the BCGEU unanimously passed the...

March 11, 2020

Strike action: stand with IBEW members on strike against Ledcor tomorrow - BCGEU

Our union encourages members in the Vancouver area to stand in solidarity with members of IBEW Local 213 on Thursday, March 12 at 3 pm in front of Ledcor's office at 1055 West Hastings Street downtown. These workers are fighting for their first contract with Ledcor. The strike began on Sept. 30, 2019. Their battle for a contract began more than two full years earlier on Aug. 31, 2017, when thei...

March 11, 2020

BCGEU calls on all employers to drop doctor’s note requirement amid COVID-19 ...

The B.C. Government Employees' Union (BCGEU) is encouraging employers to waive the requirement for employees to produce a sick note to access sick leave. The B.C. government announced last week employees no longer have to produce a sick note amidst concerns over the coronavirus. Read full article here UWU/MoveUP

March 10, 2020

B.C. employers must drop doctor’s note requirements to limit COVID-19 spread,...

B.C. employers must drop doctor's note requirements to limit COVID-19 spread, says BCGEU Burnaby, B.C.- In light of the ongoing concern regarding the COVID-19 virus, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union is calling on all B.C. employers to waive the requirement for employees to provide a note from a doctor to access their sick leave. "We all must take appropriate steps to limit the s...

March 10, 2020

Members at University Hill Kinderclub - Bargaining Committee elected - BCGEU

Please be advised that the following members have been acclaimed for the positions of bargaining committee member for University Hill Kinderclub: • Natalia Sa • Jamie Nishihata We want to thank Natalia and Jamie for stepping forward to represent you during this round of bargaining. We look forward to working with them. The next step in the bargaining process is for you to let your Bargaining Co...

March 06, 2020

BCGEU celebrates International Women’s Day for an Equal and Enabled world

March 8th is International Women's Day (IWD), a time to recognize the remarkable achievements by women across the globe and stand in solidarity with calls for decisive action to promote gender justice and end gender-based violence and discrimination. The global theme this year is #EachforEqual An EQUAL World is an ENABLED World. "As an out and proud feminist who has the privilege to be surround...

March 06, 2020

UBC Child Care Services Program - tentative agreement reached - BCGEU

After two long days of mediation and tough negotiations by your Bargaining Committee with the assistance of the Labour Relations Board mediator, we are pleased to advise that we reached a tentative collective agreement with your Employer last night. We believe that this tentative agreement addresses your bargaining priorities within the economic realities of the provincial government's bargaini...

March 05, 2020

BCGEU calls on LRB to bring Retirement Concepts members under one bargaining ...

The B.C. Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) has filed a common employer application at the BC Labour Relations Board (LRB) seeking to consolidate all nine of the union's bargaining units with Well Being Services/Retirement Concepts (WBS/RC) into a single bargaining unit. The move to a single bargaining unit would position the union and its members to address many of the issues th...

March 05, 2020

BC union shareholder proposal prompts RBC to confirm screening of U.S. privat...

(Burnaby, BC)Following a shareholder proposal by the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU), Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has confirmed that it will not provide lending or financing services to companies including GEO Group (NYSE: GEO) and Core Civic (NYSE: CXW). These U.S. private prison companies operate the majority of U.S. detention facilities currently detaining migrant familie...

March 02, 2020

Members at Sunshine Valley Child Care Society -  Ratification & Retroactive P...

The members at Sunshine Valley Child Care Society voted 100% in favour of the proposed settlement on February 26, 2020.   The settlement includes retroactive payment of wages back to April 1, 2019. All members with certificates will see your wage increase on this cheque and the retro payment will follow on March 19, 2020.   On April 1, 2020, all wages, except casuals, will increase again by the...

February 27, 2020

YWCA - ratification results - BCGEU

Your new collective agreement with the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) ratified on February 26, 2020. Summary of the new agreement: It's a four year agreement from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2023. There will be a wage increase retroactive to October 1, 2019 of 1.25 - 2 % for regular employees, depending on classification, and 15 - 19 % for the auxiliaries depending on qualific...

February 27, 2020

BCGEU analysis of provincial Budget 2020 - BCGEU

The BCGEU has prepared a detailed analysis of Budget 2020 to help members understand how the targeted investments in programs, infrastructure and affordability will impact members: Budget analysis 2020/21  Although prudent and perhaps cautious in tone, Budget 2020 is progressive – which is much needed at a time when other provincial governments in Canada are implementing harsh austerity progr...

February 26, 2020

Montessori Day Care Society - Your bargaining committee members - BCGEU

Please be advised that Meng –Hsuan Chang (Kate) has been acclaimed to your bargaining committee. Accordingly, the bargaining committee is comprised as follows: Chang-Lin Hsieh                  (Primary Program) Meng –Hsuan Chang (Kate)  (Toddler Program) In the coming weeks, the Union bargaining committee will meet and develop bargaining proposals prior to negotiating a new collective agreeme...

February 26, 2020

BCGEU seniors’ care workers reach deal to improve working conditions at long-...

Following six months of negotiations, over 500 BC Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) members working at Broadmead Care Society in Victoria ratified a tentative deal this week that will improve conditions for both workers and seniors at the non-profit organization. Members secured wage increases, weekend shift premiums and the continuation of their Short-Term Illness and Injury Pl...

February 26, 2020

YWCA - Tentative Collective Agreement Reached - BCGEU

Your elected Bargaining Committee and your Employer have successfully negotiated a tentative Collective Agreement. The Bargaining Committee will be conducting a ratification meeting. You will have an opportunity to review, question and vote on the tentative agreement. This meeting is your opportunity to vote on this tentative agreement, and we are excited to share the results with you. Meeting ...

February 26, 2020

Coronavirus information for BCGEU members - BCGEU

As you are all likely aware, a new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is causing respiratory infections mostly in Hubei Province, China. As of today there is one confirmed case of the virus in B.C.; however, according to the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer, the risk to British Columbians is considered extremely low. I want you to know that your union has been closely monitoring this s...

February 26, 2020

The public inquiry into money laundering has begun – your union’s opening st...

Just over fourteen months ago, your union launched the Public Inquiry Now campaign-making the BCGEU one of the first voices demanding that the provincial government call a public inquiry into the links between the housing affordability crisis, the overdose crisis and criminal money laundering in casinos. As you know, our campaign succeeded. And Monday I was honoured to take the stand in front o...