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 08, 2018

Bargaining Committee Member at McGregor Child Care Society - BCGEU

Further to our call for nominations issued on October 4, 2018, Shakti Duggal has been acclaimed as your bargaining committee member. Congratulations!  In the coming weeks, I will be working with Shakti to prepare for bargaining, including developing a membership survey.  We will keep you informed of developments.   In solidarity,   Oliver RohlfsStaff Representative   Download NOB McGregor barg...

November 08, 2018

BCGEU welcomes new legislation aimed at improving working conditions for heal...

The BC Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) welcomes the B.C. government's announcement today that it will repeal both the Health and Social Services Delivery Improvement Act (Bill 29) and the Health Sector Partnerships Agreement Act (Bill 94). Enacted in 2002 and 2003, the bills led to the deterioration of working conditions for health and social-sector workers by stripping workpl...

November 07, 2018

Bargaining Committee Members and Bargaining Questionnaire for Boat Daycare So...

I am pleased to advise that Ferewine Tessfamariam has been acclaimed as the Bargaining Committee Members who will assist in negotiating the new collective agreement with the Employer. A number of dates have been set in December to meet with your employer. We are sending you a bargaining questionnaire to determine what are the most important issues to you during bargaining. We you ask that you k...

November 02, 2018

BCGEU welcomes action plan to mitigate wildfire and flood risks in B.C. - BCGEU

The BCGEU welcomes this week's release of Government's Action Plan: Responding to wildfire and flood risks ('The Action Plan') by the provincial government, and applauds the actions outlined in the report to better prepare British Columbians for extreme wildfires and floods. At the same time, more will need to be done to mitigate the effects of what now appears to be the new normal in our provi...

October 26, 2018

Recommended Changes To Provincial Labour Code A Good Start – But Don’t Go Far...

The BCGEU supports many of the recommendations put forward yesterday by the independent, three-person Labour Relations Code Review Panel appointed by Labour Minister Harry Bains earlier this year. "Our submission to the panel asked that balance and fairness be restored to the B.C. Labour Relations Code and Labour Relations Board," said BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. "We believe the recommenda...

October 25, 2018

Transition housing units to be built for women fleeing violence - BCGEU

We are so proud to share some good news with you. This morning, we learned that the provincial government is moving forward with plans to build 280 new housing units specially earmarked for women and children fleeing violence. This is Phase I of a commitment of $734 million over 10 years to build supportive housing for those who need it most- the first investment in 20 years in supportive housi...

October 25, 2018

280 transition housing units to be built for women fleeing violence - BCGEU

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) welcomed today’s announcement by the provincial government to initiate the first steps towards establishing 1,500 new supportive housing units for women and children fleeing violence. As part of government’s Building BC: Women’s Transition Housing Fund, 280 transition housing units will be built province-wide. This news follows their commit...

October 23, 2018

President Irene Lanzinger won't seek re-election as BC's top labour leader - ...

Sister Irene Lanzinger has announced that she will not be running for re-election next month at the 58th Convention of the BC Federation of Labour. As the largest affiliate union of the BC Fed, the BCGEU would like to thank Irene for her contributions to the labour movement in British Columbia during her time as president. As the first woman president of the Federation, Irene redefined what is ...

October 22, 2018

Proposed legislation will lay foundation for improved professional reliance s...

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) is pleased with the provincial government's introduction today of the Professional Governance Act aimed at improving B.C.'s professional reliance system in the natural resource sector. If passed, the new legislation will lay the foundation for a series of much-needed changes to better protect and manage the province's natural resources for ...

October 17, 2018

British Columbia turns over a new leaf - BCGEU

Vancouver – With cannabis prohibition finally over in Canada, British Columbia is bracing itself for a new era of economic potential. “Legal, recreational cannabis has the potential to be a major driver of economic growth and direct monetary benefit to the province” noted BCGEU President Stephanie Smith. “Wise investments in the regulation, sale, and distribution of alcohol provide billions in ...

October 16, 2018

BCGEU members in employment assistance meet with minister - BCGEU

Six BCGEU members who work for the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction met with minister Shane Simpson late last week. The members are from BCGEU Component 6 - Social, Information and Health and Component 12 – Administrative Services. The meeting was organized by the union so that the minister could hear firsthand the issues facing workers on the front-lines in the hope they ca...

October 15, 2018

Local 303 Members at City Hall Child Care Society - Nominations are now open ...

We are now preparing for the upcoming round of collective bargaining. The first step is to elect two bargaining committee members. If there are more nominations than positions available, the Union will conduct an election. Nominations are now open and will close on Monday, October 29, 2018 at 5:00 pm. All nominations must be received by 5:00 pm on Monday, October 29th. Nominations are to be ret...

October 15, 2018

Local 303 Members at Boat Daycare Society - Bargaining Committee Elected - BCGEU

Please be advised that Ferewine Tessfamariam has been acclaimed for the position of bargaining committee member for Boat Daycare Society. I want to thank Ferewine for stepping forward to represent you during this round of bargaining. I look forward to working with Ferewine during this round of bargaining.  In solidarity,   Tina-Marie BradfordBCGEU Staff Representative Download PDF of notice her...

October 12, 2018

Update on Bargaining for The Salvation Army Gateway of Hope - BCGEU

Your bargaining committee and the Employer's bargaining committee have been making steady progress in negotiating the language for our first collective agreement. The Union met today to prepare for further dates with the Employer and are confident that we will continue to make progress. Our next scheduled dates at the bargaining table are: October 25, 26, and November 5, 6 and 8.The process of ...

October 12, 2018

Provincial magazine – Autumn 2018 - BCGEU

The latest issue of The Provincial magazine is available for download. In this month's issue: • Casino workers stand strong • Violence at Forensics Hospital • Protection from online harassment • Sectoral Bargaining updates • Referendum on proportional representation • Ginger Goodwin memorial, and much more. • Download PDF file of Provincial UWU/MoveUP

October 11, 2018

BCGEU submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government S...

Every fall your union participates in the public consultation for the next provincial budget. The consultation is led by the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services—an all-party committee of the Legislative Assembly—and involves public hearings across the province as well as written, audio and video submissions and online surveys. The Committee reviews all input received fr...