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

November 21, 2017

The National Inquiry into into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girl...

        On November 1, 2017 the commissioners for the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls released their interim report, Our Women and Girls are Sacred. As an organization with standing in the Inquiry, the BCGEU has carefully reviewed the 118-page report which clearly demonstrates the enormous scope of the Inquiry. The report includes some very startling statis...

November 21, 2017

On the National Inquiry into into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and G...

On November 1, 2017 the commissioners for the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls released their interim report, Our Women and Girls are Sacred. As an organization with standing in the Inquiry, the BCGEU has carefully reviewed the 118-page report which clearly demonstrates the enormous scope of the Inquiry. The report includes some very startling statistics – I...

November 20, 2017

Bargaining Committee Nominations at Lower Mainland Purpose Society (LMPS) - B...

Your current collective agreement with LMPS expires on March 31, 2018. You therefore need to elect a bargaining committee to negotiate the new collective agreement with your Employer. You will be electing up to three bargaining committee members, with a maximum of one member from any one Centre, plus one alternate. Attached to this notice is a nomination form for the bargaining committee member...

November 20, 2017

­­B.C.’s fastest growing union launches housing affordability plan - BCGEU

­­B.C.'s fastest growing union launches housing affordability plan     Following the launch of a campaign on housing affordability earlier this month, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) has released a report detailing recommendations on how the province can solve the housing affordability crisis.   The Building an Affordable B.C. report provides recommendations aimed at ta...

November 18, 2017

Human Rights Commission - BCGEU

As you may be aware, the province has been undertaking steps to reinstate the BC Human Rights Commission. The BCGEU is pleased to hear that the provincial government is taking this step and that the province has called on all British Columbians to engage in the process by sharing their thoughts and opinions on what the commission should look like. The BCGEU has developed a submission that bring...

November 09, 2017

BCGEU out of gate early with public service bargaining conferences - BCGEU

VANCOUVER – The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) is ramping up pre-bargaining efforts by conducting bargaining conferences this week, even though most collective agreements aren't set to expire until 2019. Delegates from across the province gathered in Vancouver to hammer out bargaining priorities for upcoming negotiations, which are expected to take place in the new year. "...

November 08, 2017

Aboriginal Veterans Day - BCGEU

On November 8th we, as Canadians, honor and celebrate the great contributions and sacrifices that Aboriginal peoples have made in defending Canada during times of war. Aboriginal veterans have participated in all major wars since the war of 1812 and enlist in higher proportion than any other group in Canada.  The BCGEU is honored this year to sponsor the luncheon for veterans at the Vancouver A...

November 03, 2017

Ratification Results for Members at Salvation Army Ocean Crest Ministries – C...

  This is to advise that members at Salvation Army Ocean Crest Ministries have voted 54% against the tentative agreement.   The bargaining committee will be reviewing our options going forward.   Please stay tuned for further communication in that regard.   In solidarity,   Your Bargaining Committee:   Sue Moen, Bargaining Committee Chairperson Terrie Woods, Bargaining Committee Member Debora...

October 31, 2017

Membership Meeting and Bargaining Proposals for Members at Island Crisis Care...

Your Bargaining Committee met in September to begin the bargaining proposals. We are now looking to find out what your priorities are for this round of contract negotiations with the Employer.   Attached you will find a Bargaining Questionnaire. We ask that you take a few minutes to fill this form out and return it to the BCGEU Nanaimo Area Office. This can be done in a variety of ways:   1) Fa...

October 31, 2017

Bargaining Update for Xyolhemeylh - BCGEU

Your Union Bargaining Committee met with the Employer last Thursday to continue bargaining. A number of proposals were agreed and signed off.  Although the Union's issue of seeking more bargaining dates and the Employer's issue of seeking the Union's monetary proposal remain unresolved, the parties were able to have productive discussions on a number of proposals. Your Union Bargaining Committe...

October 30, 2017

Casual Call-In Procedure at at Milieu Families Services - BCGEU

At a recent Labour Management Committee meeting, the issue of the Casual Call-In Procedure was raised. After some discussion it was agreed that it would be useful to refresh members' understanding of the casual call-in procedures. There is specific language in the Collective Agreement and the issues are addressed in the Local Issues Memorandum of Agreement. Employees being contacted for casual...

October 30, 2017

Casual Call-In Procedure at Milieu Children and Families Services - BCGEU

At a recent Labour Management Committee meeting, the issue of the Casual Call-In Procedure was raised. After some discussion it was agreed that it would be useful to refresh members' understanding of the casual call-in procedures. There is specific language in the Collective Agreement and the issues are addressed in the Local Issues Memorandum of Agreement. Employees being contacted for casual...

October 30, 2017

Non-Compensated Client Contact Members at Milieu Family Services and Milieu C...

At the September 26th Labour Management Committee meeting, the issue was raised that members are occasionally remaining at their work location after their scheduled shift has come to an end or engaging with clients during non working hours. This is a topic of shared interest between the Employer and the Union.  There are legal liability issues if staff engage with a client outside of their shi...

October 27, 2017

You're Invited - Powered by Love: A Grandmothers' Movement to End AIDS in Afr...

BCGEU members are invited to join the Stephen Lewis Foundation for this event at Langara College in November:   The Stephen Lewis Foundation is proud to announce the publication of: Powered by Love: A Grandmothers' Movement to End AIDS in Africa BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!  A SECOND BOOK LAUNCH FOR VANCOUVER – JOIN US! Thursday, November 9, 2017 Event is from 7-9:00 pm Langara College (100 West 4...

October 26, 2017

Report affirms need for B.C. government to increase supports to children and ...

Room for Improvement – a report released today by the Representative for Children and Youth (RCY) – makes recommendations for additional funding as well as coordination between the Ministry of Education, school districts, and the Ministry of Children and Family Development to help children and youth in care succeed academically. The report also highlights the need for culturally appropriate sup...

October 24, 2017

Steward Election Results for of Local 0310 – Community Social Services - BCGEU

The Steward Elections for Local 0310 closed on October 11th. The following are the results for each worksite in Community Social Services: Community Bridge: Val Bennett Tammy Kostuik  Fort St. John Association for Community Living Marlene MacLeod  Leonora Newhook  Pat Taylor  South Peace Community Resources Katie Hallgate  WJ Stelmaschuk Glenn McGarvey  Roy Scafe Please join us in wishin...

October 24, 2017

Bargaining update for all Xyolhemeylh Members - BCGEU

Your Union Bargaining Committee tabled a full package of non-monetary proposals on March 6, 2017. "Non‑monetary" proposals are all those proposals that don't deal with compensation. By the end of May, the Employer had responded to about 2/3 of the proposals tabled 2 months prior. The Union was unable to return to the table during June. The Employer provided 2 available days over the months of J...

October 23, 2017

Executive Vice President Tour - Revised - BCGEU

  Hello Everyone!   Executive Vice President, James Coccola will be visiting worksites in Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat, Hazelton and Smithers starting at 8:00 am on October 22 as outlined in the schedule below (all times are approximate):   Prince Rupert, Sunday October 22nd, 2017: 1. 8:00 - 10:00 am Crest Motor Hotel 2. 11:15 - 11:35 am BC Liquor Store   Old Hazelton, Monday October 23rd...

October 20, 2017

President's statement on death of correctional officer Kellie Shand - BCGEU

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Kellie Shand, a long-time BCGEU member, who tragically died while on shift as a correctional officer at Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre (VIRCC). This is a terrible tragedy for not only our Corrections and Sheriffs component, but for our entire union. In his 22-year career as a correctional officer, Kellie was a committed and experienced profes...