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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

October 03, 2017

October is Community Living Month - BCGEU

19 years ago, the province of BC declared October Community Living Month. The BCGEU is proud to represent thousands of members across the province who have dedicated their careers to helping those who are not able, or need the assistance of others, to bring a level of independence and quality of life that benefits not only those with developmental disabilities, but also the communities that we ...

October 03, 2017

Sister in Spirit Vigils - BCGEU

October 4th is a day where we honour the lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). The violence experienced by Indigenous women and girls in Canada is a national tragedy. We must take the time to give thanks to the families who are our reason for demanding continued action. The BCGEU believes that the October 4th Sisters In Spirit Vigils are a movement for social change....

October 03, 2017

BCGEU opening $5 million building in Fort St. John - BCGEU

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union President Stephanie Smith and other union members will be in Fort St. John Tuesday to help open the BCGEU's new building on 100th Ave. Smith will officially open the new BCGEU area office on the corner of 100th Ave and 102nd Street late Tuesday afternoon. The two-storey, 6,300-square-foot building was built by unionized workers,...

October 03, 2017

BCGEU OPENS NEW $5 MILLION DOLLAR BUILDING IN FORT SAINT JOHN - BCGEU

Fort Saint John --- President Stephanie Smith and the rest of the Provincial Executive members will be in Fort St. John to visit with local B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) members at their workplaces. "Showing up and talking with members in their community about the issues that affect them is one of the best ways to understand how the union can be a positive force in people...

October 02, 2017

CLC Winter School 2018 - BCGEU

Course listings and registration for the Canadian Labour Congress Winter School (January 14 to February 16, 2018) at Harrison Hot Springs is now available. Active union members are encouraged to apply online. Applications will be forwarded to your component executive to determine who will attend the school.  Registration cut off is November 3rd for all courses.   Please click here to register...

September 29, 2017

BCGEU meets with Federal Minister of Status of Women Maryam Monsef at roundta...

On September 8, as a follow up to the report Collective Wisdom: Challenges and Opportunities in B.C's Women's Services the BCGEU was invited by the federal Minister of Status of Women Maryam Monsef to participate in a roundtable discussion as part of the federal government's commitment to addressing gender-based violence (GBV). At the Roundtable were approximately 30 representatives for women's...

September 29, 2017

BCGEU meets with Federal Minister of Status of Women Maryam Monsef at roundta...

On September 8, as a follow up to the report Collective Wisdom: Challenges and Opportunities in B.C's Women's Services the BCGEU was invited by the federal Minister of Status of Women Maryam Monsef to participate in a roundtable discussion as part of the federal government's commitment to addressing gender-based violence (GBV). At the Roundtable were approximately 30 representatives for women's...

September 25, 2017

The Salvation Army Ocean Crest Ministries - Bargaining Update - BCGEU

Your committee has met to review issues and develop bargaining proposals. Collective agreement negotiations with the Employer are scheduled to begin October 3 – 6. Your committee has worked hard to represent a broad range of issues and we are looking forward to securing a fair and reasonable deal. Please continue to check your union bulletin board for bargaining updates. To ensure you receive ...

September 25, 2017

River Rock Casino workers negotiate strong first collective agreement after a...

RICHMOND – B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) members at River Rock Casino Resort voted by 81 per cent to ratify a four-year collective agreement today after more than a year of negotiations with Great Canadian Gaming Corporation. "I am so proud of the outstanding resolve and determination of workers at the River Rock Casino to negotiate such a strong first agreement," says BC...

September 22, 2017

Walk for Reconciliation 2017 - BCGEU

Join and support the spirit of 'Namwayut - We are all one. On September 24, 2017, BCGEU members will joining in the 2017 Walk for Reconciliation in Vancouver!  The BCGEU is proud to sponsor the walk once again this year and support a positive movement to build better relationships among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians.  Walk for Reconciliation: Sunday, September 24th | 9:30am 650 Cambie St...

September 21, 2017

RV Tour – Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat, Hazelton, Smithers, Houston, Franc...

The BCGEU RV will be touring through the above noted locations. Below you will find dates, locations and times. We hope you can join us!   Monday September 18, 2017 – Prince Rupert: · Liquor Distribution Branch (Liquor Store) Parking Lot BBQ Lunch – 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, all members and families welcome · Northwest Community College Campus Refreshments – 3:00 pm, come join us on your coffee brea...

September 20, 2017

Strains & Pains - BCGEU

October is Ergonomics Month. The Workers Compensation Board is recognizing Ergonomics month with their release of printed materials specifically targeted for early childhood educators, see links below. It has long been recognized that this occupational sector suffers from high levels of musculoskeletal injury due to repetitive lifting, awkward positions for long durations, noise levels and work...

September 19, 2017

Local 309 - Call for Delegates for Sectoral Bargaining Conference - REVISED -...

In preparation for sectoral agreements contract expiry in 2019, the BCGEU is holding a Community Social Services Sectoral Bargaining Conference.   Conference Details   Community Social Services Sectoral Bargaining Conference November 6th and 7th, 2017 Pacific Gateway Hotel at Vancouver Airport 3500 Cessna Drive, Richmond   The Union will provide leave to attend the conference, make arrangements...

September 15, 2017

More care workers needed to help B.C. seniors feel at home

Vancouver— Today the Seniors’ Advocate of B.C. published the results of a comprehensive study on the state of care homes in BC. The report shows in no uncertain terms what many families, seniors, and care workers have been raising with government for some time now: basic standards in care homes are not being met. “I can’t imagine how heartbreaking it must be for everyone involved to know there ...

September 15, 2017

Rally in support of Edgewater Casino workers - BCGEU

Paragon Gaming is relocating Edgewater Casino to a new $600m facility in September of 2017, but instead staffing the new location with their existing union employees, they are planning to outsource the food and beverage department. This will affect over 100 casino workers represented by Unifor who fought hard for a collective agreement and respect from their employer. The jobs created by the ne...

September 15, 2017

B.C. government strikes a pragmatic balance in budget update – says B.C.’s la...

The B.C. NDP government's first budget update is measured, pragmatic and balances key spending priorities with modest tax increases to high income earners, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union says in their annual budget analysis. "The government has made good use of the operating surplus to address urgent needs such as education, poverty reduction, housing and mental health," says ...

September 11, 2017

B.C. budget delivers on key priorities for British Columbians - BCGEU

BURNABY – The BC NDP government's first budget update delivers on commitments to re-invest in critical public services this year, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) said today. The government will increase public service staffing levels by more than 600 positions, addressing the critical need for additional social workers, park rangers, environmental management staff and c...

September 08, 2017

B.C. throne speech focuses on real needs of British Columbians - BCGEU

BURNABY – The B.C. NDP government's first throne speech is a transitional roadmap that steers the province toward a progressive future, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) said today.  "The throne speech strikes a positive tone and commits the government to focus on the real needs of our citizens," says BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. "The former government spent 16 years ...

September 06, 2017

Victoria Native Friendship Centre - Election of Bargaining Committee - BCGEU

Notice to Bargain The BCGEU will be giving formal notice to the employer to commence the bargaining process because the current collective agreement term ends on October 1, 2017. Of course your collective agreement remains in full force and effect until a new agreement is negotiated and brought to all of you to vote on and ratify.   Elect your Bargaining Committee There are two (2) positions fo...

September 06, 2017

Election of Bargaining Committee for Growing Together Child & Parent Society ...

Notice to Bargain The BCGEU will be giving formal notice to the employer to commence the bargaining process because the current collective agreement term ends on October 31, 2017. Of course your collective agreement remains in full force and effect until a new agreement is negotiated and brought to all of you to vote on and ratify. Elect your Bargaining Committee There are two (2) positions for...

September 01, 2017

Celebrating Labour Day 2017

This Labour Day we celebrate not only the great legacy of the labour movement in British Columbia, and across Canada, but today’s movement that continues to grow and evolve as we stand up for all working people. Representing members across all sectors of the economy, we welcomed 3,000 workers into our union this past year, growing our membership to over 73,000! And in the last 12 months, we’ve ...

August 31, 2017

Local 312 Call for Delegates for Sectoral Bargaining Conference - BCGEU

In preparation for sectoral agreements contract expiry in 2019, the BCGEU is holding a Community Social Services Sectoral Bargaining Conference.   Conference Details Community Social Services Sectoral Bargaining ConferenceNovember 6th and 7th, 2017Pacific Gateway Hotel at Vancouver Airport3500 Cessna Drive, Richmond   The Union will provide leave to attend the conference, make arrangements for ...

August 30, 2017

BCGEU applauds the housing minister’s decision to review caps on rental price...

The BCGEU applauds housing minister Selina Robinson’s announcement that the new NDP government, in an effort to stabilize rental prices, will look into changing the guidelines that cap the amount by which landlords are allowed to hike rental prices year after year. The rising cost of housing is having a very real impact on working people in B.C. As housing prices have increased faster than wage...

August 30, 2017

Report highlights need to provide greater supports to unpaid caregivers in se...

The B.C. Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) commends the report released today by the Office of the Seniors Advocate, Caregivers in Distress: A Growing Problem. This report highlights a worrying trend of increased distress among unpaid caregivers, and makes recommendations to provide them with greater supports as the needs of B.C.'s aging population become increasingly complex. T...

August 29, 2017

Local 309 Member to Member – Worksite Visits - BCGEU

To: Local 309 Members Re: Member to Member – Worksite Visits    Your Local 309 Chairperson, Michelle Davis, will be conducting worksite visits on September 13, 14 & 15, 2017 as follows:   Wednesday, September 13, 2017 9:30-10:30 Kootenay Kids Child Care Resource and Referral Program ( Nelson) 10:45-12:00 Nelson Community Services (including the Transition House, Cicada Place & Communi...

August 28, 2017

Local 301 Call for Delegates for Sectoral Bargaining Conference - BCGEU

In preparation for sectoral agreements contract expiry in 2019, the BCGEU is holding a Community Social Services Sectoral Bargaining Conference.   Conference Details   Community Social Services Sectoral Bargaining Conference November 6th and 7th, 2017 Pacific Gateway Hotel at Vancouver Airport 3500 Cessna Drive, Richmond   The Union will provide leave to attend the conference, make arrangements...