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

May 15, 2017

Local 305 Union Meeting Cancelled - BCGEU

COMPONENT: Community Social Services  LOCAL:            305 DATE:              Wednesday, May 17, 2017 TIME:              5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. PLACE:             BCGEU, 158 ORIOLE ROAD, KAMLOOPS (VALLEYVIEW)                                                  CANCELLED AGENDA You are invited to dinner and a movie with your Local 305 Executive on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ...

May 12, 2017

Life, interrupted: How B.C. youth are fighting for stability in a broken chil...

Alex Gervais was someone who moved. Sometimes, he chose to move — those who knew him well say he spent countless afternoons flying around the bike park on his BMX bike at the recreation centre in Abbotsford, B.C. Other times, he was moved. As one of 7,000 or so kids who are under the care of the B.C. government at any given moment, Alex was shuffled between foster homes, temporary stays with fa...

May 09, 2017

Ratification Vote – Tentative Agreement Reached for Members at Shaughnessy He...

To:      All BCGEU Members at Shaughnessy Heights Early Learning Centre Society, Local 303 Re:      Ratification Vote – Tentative Agreement Reached   The Union has reached a tentative agreement for the renewal of the collective agreement with the Employer. A tentative agreement needs to be approved by the membership in a ratification vote. The Union Bargaining Committee is recommending that mem...

May 04, 2017

BC Employment Standards Coalition releases report: Why BC Employment Standard...

Today the BC Employment Standards Coalition released a powerful report called Workers’ Stories of Exploitation & Abuse: Why BC Employment Standards Need to Change. The report is based on a series of Workers’ Forums the coalition hosted over the past few months in the Lower Mainland and Victoria to give voice to BC workers who have been treated unfairly. The report brings the inadequacies of...

May 04, 2017

Day of Mourning honours lives lost on the job - BCGEU

About 25 people gathered at City Hall Friday afternoon to march in honour of those who lost their lives in the workplace. The annual Day of Mourning recognizes the need for safe work practices and those who died on the job. Kurt Langdon, an equipment operator with the city of Fort St. John and local chair for the BCGEU, said he was pleased to see the number of people that came out. Read more...

May 04, 2017

BCGEU president calls on government to increase support to women’s services a...

BURNABY – Today the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) publically released its report Collective wisdom: challenges and opportunities in B.C. women’s services. The report describes a sector greatly undermined by inadequate public funding, resource and staffing shortages, troubled working conditions, and a lack of public and government recognition and support for both workers and...

May 02, 2017

Local 305 Meeting Notice - BCGEU

DATE:        Wednesday, May 17, 2017 TIME:         5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. PLACE:       BCGEU, 158 ORIOLE ROAD, KAMLOOPS (VALLEYVIEW)                   Evening entrance at Northwest corner of building  AGENDA You are invited to dinner and a movie with your Local 305 Executive on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The BCGEU and Local 305 want to celebrate and bring awareness to Int...

April 28, 2017

Mental Health First Aid Training - BCGEU

The Canadian Mental Health association recognizes Mental Health Week from May 1 – 7, 2017. BCGEU members have requested more focus, training and resources to be provided in support of mental health. Mental Health First Aid Training will be offered to Local 303 and Local 803 Occupational Health and Safety Representatives at the Lower Mainland office. The goal of Mental Health First aid Trainin...

April 27, 2017

Les Leyne: B.C. leaders lie low on legal highs ahead - BCGEU

Campaigning provincial politicians have dozens of changes in mind for B.C., but they are scarcely talking about the major adjustment that’s coming, regardless of who wins the election. For all the competing visions being outlined by provincial leaders, the federal government’s move to legalize marijuana is going to be the single biggest revamp on the social and political scene. It was introduce...

April 26, 2017

BCGEU Equity and Human Rights Conference 2017 - BCGEU

The BCGEU 50th Triennial Convention is taking place June 14 -17, 2017.   As part of convention, the Equity and Human Rights Conference is taking place on June 18 and 19, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel, for members who identify with one or more of four equity groups: workers of colour, workers with disabilities, aboriginal workers and LGBTQI2S workers. Registered members will be p...

April 25, 2017

Dozens of Aboriginal child welfare workers rally for improved funding for Abo...

BURNABY - About 60 Aboriginal child welfare staff and community members braved the cold and wind on Saturday, April 22 to demand more funding for Aboriginal child and family services. Reporters from both CBC and APTN filmed the colourful event. Workers and community members of all ages marched along Croydon Drive and stopped outside Minister Stephanie Cadieux’s campaign office to demand improv...

April 24, 2017

Parksville Stabbing - BCGEU

Background On January of 2015, a client with dementia stabbed a community health worker that was attending to his wife in their home. Fortunately for the worker, she reacted quickly by grabbing the knife out of his hand and threw it under the bed where he couldn’t reach it. This prevented further injury to her as she escaped the house. Also fortunately for the worker, the client’s dementia pre...

April 24, 2017

Aboriginal child welfare agency workers rally for better pay, fewer cases - B...

A rally was held over the weekend at the constituency office of the minister of Children and Family Development in Vancouver.   Read more...