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 31, 2017

The BCGEU invites members to celebrate the life of John Shields alongside his...

It is with a heavy heart that the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) staff and members learned of the passing of former BCGEU president John Shields on March 24. Shields served seven, two-year terms as BCGEU president between 1984 and 1999. For decades he was a champion of labour rights and his legacy can be found in every workplace in B.C. —in the improved working condition...

March 30, 2017

Report highlights continued government inaction on Aboriginal child protectio...

Report highlights continued government inaction on Aboriginal child protection; agency workers seek solutions at bargaining table The BCGEU applauds the vital work done by the Representative for Children and Youth (RCY) in the report published today, Delegated Aboriginal Agencies: How resourcing affects service delivery. This is the most recent in a succession of investigations going back more...

March 30, 2017

Steward Nominations (two positions) for Members at MSA Society for Community ...

To:    All BCGEU Members at MSA Society for Community Living Re:    Steward Nominations – Two positions   Please be advised that there is a vacancy for two stewards to represent members at MSA Society for Community Living. Please find attached nomination form. Completed nomination forms are to be returned to the union no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, May 1, 2017. Please post the notice and n...

March 30, 2017

Local 302 Nominations for Alternates to BCGEU Triennial Convention (2 positi...

**CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR THE 50th BCGEU TRIENNIAL CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION** of 2 Alternates held June 14-17, 2017, Vancouver.** Local 302 is entitled to 3 delegates to BCGEU Triennial Convention. The local is seeking nominations for up to 2 Alternates to fill the delegate seat at Convention if for any reason one of the three cannot attend for the Local. Close of Nominations for Conventi...

March 29, 2017

Bargaining Update & Meeting on Tuesday, May 2 at 1:30PM at Trafalgar - BCGEU

I am the BCGEU Staff Representative who will be working with your bargaining committee on this round of bargaining. Your current collective agreement expires August 31, 2017, so negotiations between your Employer and the BCGEU will begin shortly.  We need your participation with the following: Electing a bargaining committee (up to 3) Completing a bargaining survey We have attached a bar...

March 27, 2017

The BCGEU applauds government building asbestos inventory, a step towards pro...

The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union is encouraged by steps the B.C. government is taking to complete a provincial inventory of asbestos in provincial government buildings built before 1990. This is a significant step in ensuring worker safety during construction, maintenance and renovation of government buildings, and an important step ahead of the promised ban on asbestos by the f...

March 27, 2017

Workers at Aboriginal child protection agency seek contract to improve child ...

Workers at Aboriginal child protection agency seek contract to improve child safety BURNABY – Workers at the Fraser Valley Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society (also known as Xyolhemeylh) are seeking a union contract in line with best practices for Aboriginal child welfare services in B.C. Xyolhemeylh workers want their employer to agree to reducing their caseloads and provide resourc...

March 24, 2017

BCGEU remembers former president John Shields - BCGEU

The BCGEU is saddened by the passing of our former president, John Shields. Shields died today in Victoria at the age of 78. Shields served seven, two-year terms as BCGEU president between 1984 and 1999. “It’s a sad day for the BCGEU. John was a great friend to me and so many of us at the BCGEU and within the labour movement nationally,” said BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. “He stayed connec...

March 22, 2017

Steward Nominations - Milieu Children & Family Services - BCGEU

Nominations are now open for shop stewards at Milieu Children & Family Services Inc. What do stewards do? Stewards provide support and advice to members who think they are being treated unfairly. They sign up new employees, provide information on BCGEU services and solve problems in the workplace. They conduct ratification votes and elections, and stewards keep members informed by distr...

March 22, 2017

Nominations for Shop Steward (1 position) at Milieu Family Services Inc. - BCGEU

Nominations are now open for shop steward at Milieu Family Services Inc. What do stewards do? Stewards provide support and advice to members who think they are being treated unfairly. They sign up new employees, provide information on BCGEU services and solve problems in the workplace. They conduct ratification votes and elections, and stewards keep members informed by distributing BCGEU info...

March 21, 2017

OHS Courses for Labour Code OHS Committee Members in the Vancouver Area - BCGEU

"Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Wednesday, May 24 and "Investigations" will be held on Thursday, May 25. These courses will be held at the BCGEU Lower Mainland office at #130 – 2920 Virtual Way, Vancouver from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. In the Joint OHS Committee Training course you will learn: Worker OHS rights, including the refusal of unsafe work procedure OHS legislation Roles ...

March 21, 2017

OHS Courses for all Labour Code OHS Committee Members in the Victoria Area - ...

"Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Wednesday, May 10 and "Prevention of Workplace Violence" will be held on Thursday, May 11. These courses will be held at the BCGEU office at 2994 Douglas St, Victoria from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. In the Joint OHS Committee Training course you will learn: Worker OHS rights, including the refusal of unsafe work procedure OHS legislation Roles and re...

March 21, 2017

OHS Courses for all Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Victoria A...

"Ergonomics" will be held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. This course will be held at the Victoria BCGEU office, 2994 Douglas Street, Victoria from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. In the Ergonomics course you will learn: Requirements of the ergonomics regulation How to identify ergonomic hazards, to assess the risk factors of tasks and to recommend appropriate solutions Strategies for implementing an effe...

March 21, 2017

OHS Courses for Labour Code OHS Committee Members in the Prince George Area

"Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Tuesday, May 16, "Incident Investigations" on Wednesday, May 17, "Ergonomics" on Thursday, May 18, as well as "Prevention of Workplace Violence" on Thursday, May 18. These courses will be held at the Ramada Inn, 444 George St, Prince George. In the Joint OHS Committee Training course you will learn: Worker OHS rights, including the refusal of u...

March 21, 2017

OHS Courses for all Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Prince Geo...

"2 Day Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Tuesday, May 16 and Wednesday, May 17, 2017. "Incident Investigations" will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2017. These courses will be held at the Ramada Prince George, 444 George Street, Prince George from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. In the Joint OHS Committee Training course you will learn: Worker OHS rights, including the refusal of unsafe work proc...

March 21, 2017

OHS Courses for Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Cranbrook/East...

"2 Day Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Tuesday, May 9 and Wednesday, May 10, 2017.  This course will be held at the Days Inn Cranbrook, 600 Cranbrook St. North, Cranbrook from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. In the Joint OHS Committee Training course you will learn: Worker OHS rights, including the refusal of unsafe work procedure OHS legislation Roles and responsibilities of employers, worke...

March 21, 2017

OHS Courses for Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Terrace/Northw...

"Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Tuesday, May 2 and Wednesday, May 3. This courses will be held at the Best Western Terrace Inn, 4553 Greig Avenue, Terrace from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. In the Joint OHS Committee Training course you will learn: Worker OHS rights, including the refusal of unsafe work procedure OHS legislation Roles and responsibilities of employers, workers, superv...

March 20, 2017

Nomination for Vacant Positions for your Local 0306 Executive

To:       All BCGEU Local 0306 Members Re:       Nomination for Vacant Positions for your Local Executive Nominations are now open for vacant positions on your Local Executive: 2nd Vice Chair, Treasurer & Member-At-Large (3). Your Local Executive is as follows: Position                                                         Name                          Work Phone Chair                ...

March 20, 2017

3 Day Steward Training

STEWARD TRAINING TUESDAY – WEDNESDAY – THURSDAY April 25-26-27, 2017   This three (3) day “Steward Training” course (9:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m. each day) will be held at the:   LOCATION:       Peace River Area Office of the BCGEU                          10251 - 100th Street, Fort St. John DATE:               Three Days ~ April 25-26-27, 2017 TIME:                9:00 am – 5:00  pm   Provided ...

March 20, 2017

Area 11 Steward Training - April 25-27, 2017

STEWARD TRAINING TUESDAY – WEDNESDAY – THURSDAY April 25-26-27, 2017 This three (3) day “Steward Training” course (9:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m. each day) will be held at the: LOCATION:    Diane L. Wood Union Centre                       Prince George Area Office of the BCGEU                       500 Quebec Street, Prince George DATE:            Three Days ~ April 25-26-27, 2017 TIME:             9:0...

March 16, 2017

Trail Worksite Visits from BCGEU President, Stephanie Smith

BCGEU President, Stephanie Smith and other VIP's will be visiting worksites in Trail, on Thursday, March 23, 2017, as follows:   LOCATION/WORKSITE                                               ARRIVAL TIME   Silver City Gardens (CMHA)                                       10:00 AM 1939 Columbia Avenue Selkirk College, Trail Campus                                    11:15 AM 900 Helena St...

March 15, 2017

Stewards at Mission Association for Community Living

Please be advised due to the recent nominations, that the following members have been acclaimed as stewards at your worksite as follows: •    Ian Burgos •    Dustin Gaiser •    Tiffany Harris They join the ranks with your other stewards, Tara Webb and Margaret Farquhar. Please contact a steward should you require assistance with any worksite concerns or with your collective agreement. All s...

March 15, 2017

Your Right to Know

BCGEU met with Workers Compensation Board (WCB) managers on March 7 to express our concerns about the levels of violence in the health and community social services sectors.  The health and community social services sectors have been included in the WCB?s 2017 ?high risk strategy? because of the sheer number and gravity of incidents from this sector. The prevention of violence is WCB?s main ob...

March 15, 2017

Stewards/Labour Management Committee for Salvation Army – Centre of Hope

Please be advised that the following members are your representatives at your worksite as follows: Stewards Rob Smith phone:    604.852.9305, extension 103 email:    ss.304.rob.smith@gmail.com   Pedro Isaac phone:    604.557.8774 email:    pedrorisaac@hotmail.com   Cliff Delorme phone:    604.852.9305 email:    bcgeustewardcenterofhope@gmail.com Labour ...