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 10, 2017

Local 312 Steward Election Results

To:   ALL BCGEU Members of Lakes District Community         Services Society Re:   Local 312 Steward Election Results The Union is pleased to announce that Denise Cunningham (Local 312) has been acclaimed as a Steward for your worksite.  If you have any questions regarding workplace issues, or your Collective Agreement, please feel to contact Denise.   In solidarity Michele Freethy Staff Rep...

March 10, 2017

Local 0306 Enhanced Steward Training

To:   Stewards and Executive Members in Local 0306 Re:   Enhanced Steward Training   MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Enhanced Steward Training   Date:          Thursday, April 13, 2017 Time:          9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Location:    Cariboo Area Office of the BCGEU                   107A 1st Avenue North                   Williams Lake V2G 1Y7          Lunch will be provided.  To ensure enough f...

March 10, 2017

Save the Date – for File This! BCGEU administrative services conference

Are you a BCGEU member works in an office environment providing administrative services OR provides frontline service to the public in an administrative role? If the answer is YES, then save these dates: Sunday, October 1 to Tuesday, October 3, 2017 for “File This!”, a BCGEU conference for members who work in administrative services. The conference will be held in Richmond, B.C. and feature g...

March 08, 2017

We stand in solidarity with the Jewish Community in Vancouver

The BCGEU expresses its condemnation of the bomb threat made to a Vancouver Jewish Community Centre last night. This kind of violence and anti-Semitism must not be tolerated. We stand in solidarity with the Jewish Community, and the families affected by this event. We are also heartened by expressions of support British Columbians are extending to the Jewish Community as we stand against hate ...

March 07, 2017

Happy International Women?s Day - Will you #BeBoldForChange?

Today, we?re proud to celebrate International Women?s Day 2017 ? Be Bold for Change. International Women?s Day is a day to celebrate the valuable achievements women have made across the world and a time to reflect on the progress made to advance equality for women. Despite these successes, we recognize that there are still many barriers and challenges that remain in working towards gender parit...

March 07, 2017

Bargaining Update ? The Salvation Army Ocean Crest Ministries (Campbell River)

To:    All BCGEU Members at The Salvation Army Ocean Crest Ministries (Campbell River) Re:    Bargaining Update ? Bulletin #3:   Bargaining Committee Election   Nominations have closed for the Chairperson of the Bargaining Committee and Bargaining Committee Members at your worksite.  Sue Moen has been acclaimed as the Chairperson of the Bargaining Committee. The following are the nominees f...

March 07, 2017

OHS Courses for Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Lower Mainland...

"2 Day Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Tuesday, March 21 and Wednesday, March 22, 2017. "Ergonomics" will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2017. These courses will be held at the Burnaby Head Office? 4911 Canada Way, Burnaby 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 le...

March 06, 2017

OHS Course - Vancouver Area - Prevention of Workplace Violence - Wednesday, A...

To all Labour Code OHS Committee Members in the Vancouver Area "Prevention of Workplace Violence" will be held on Wednesday, April 19. This course will be held at the BCGEU office at #130-2920 Virtual Way, Vancouver from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm In the Prevention of Workplace Violence you will learn: The legislative requirements for a violence prevention program The definition of workplace viole...

March 03, 2017

March is Community Social Services Awareness month in British Columbia

The BCGEU would like to thank all those who have dedicated their careers to helping others in need and supporting the most vulnerable in our society.  BCGEU vice president for Community Social Services Andrea Duncan said, “Virtually every family in B.C. has been touched by support from our Caring Professionals in the community social services sector.  We care for and provide services to some o...

March 02, 2017

Nominations for Shop Stewards (4 positions) at Strive Living Society

To:    All BCGEU Members at Strive Living Society Re:    Nominations for Shop Stewards (4 positions)   Nominations are now re-opened for shop stewards at Strive Living Society. 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. Th...

March 01, 2017

U-Hill Kinderclub Tentative Agreement and Ratification Details

The Members of the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) and U-Hill Kinderclub have ratified their agreement starting January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2019. The highlights of the tentative agreement are: A 3-year term, ending December 31, 2019 3% wage increase each year of the agreement Your Bargaining Committee would like to thank you for your support during this process. I...

March 01, 2017

BCGEU partner APSIES in El Salvador - women's empowerment

Supported through CoDevelopment Canada, APSIES is a grassroots organization that works in five rural municipalities in southeastern El Salvador to mobilize citizens to protect and enhance publicly-funded healthcare and other social services. APSIES takes a comprehensive approach to health as a human right, with a special emphasis on women?s empowerment primarily through education and capacity-b...

March 01, 2017

Local 303 Union Meeting

TO:        All Local 303 Members RE:        General Membership Meeting DATE:    Wednesday, March 15, 2017 TIME:     6:30 pm – 8:00 pm PLACE:   BCGEU Lower Mainland Area Office               130-2920 Virtual Way, Vancouver, BC  V5M 0C4              (kitty corner to Renfrew Skytrain station)   BCGEU 50th Triennial Constitutional Convention – June 14 to 17, 2017 – Vancouver, BC 2nd Call f...

February 28, 2017

Nominations for Shop Stewards (3 positions) - Burnaby Association of Communit...

To:     All BCGEU Members at Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion Re:    Nominations for Shop Stewards (3 positions) Nominations are now re-opened for shop stewards at Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion . 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 servi...

February 25, 2017

Remembering Millie Canessa: July 20, 1927 - February 19, 2017

Mildred ?Millie? Irene Canessa July 20, 1927 - February 19, 2017 Long-time trade unionist and social activist Millie Canessa passed away Sunday morning. An ardent defender of human rights and social justice causes including gender equality and workers' rights, Millie dedicated most of her life to bettering her community. Millie joined the Government Employees' Association in 1967, prior to t...

February 24, 2017

“Balanced” Budget 2017 tips the scales pre-election

BC Budget 2017 This week, the BC Liberals delivered a pre-election budget with uncharacteristic commitments to new spending. In his budget speech, Finance Minister Mike de Jong boasted about the province’s ability to make service and program investments after so many years of discipline and sacrifice by British Columbians. Indeed—albeit on the heels of intense public and media pressure—there ...

February 23, 2017

BCGEU supports report recommendation for more legal aid and court funding

The BCGEU commends the work of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, for its recently released report An Agenda for Justice: Platform considerations. The report outlines serious issues facing B.C.’s legal system and makes numerous recommendations to improve services. The recommendations supported by the BCGEU include: Increased funding for family law legal aid; Increased funding for sta...