B.C.'S UNION SINCE 1919

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

August 30, 2019

Paid leave for people who experience domestic violence – B.C. should become a...

Earlier this month, the BCGEU wrote to Minister of Labour Harry Bains calling on the B.C. government to amend the Employment Standards Act in order to support those who experience domestic violence. Today we are pleased to learn that government has launched consultations on the matter, and we reiterate our call for B.C. to adopt New Zealand's standard which allows all workers affected 10 days o...

August 29, 2019

A message for Labour Day from Stephanie Smith - BCGEU

Like thousands of labour activists, I’ll spend the first Monday in September surrounded by my family—my labour family. It’s a family I’ve been a part of since I first joined a union as a childcare worker more than 30 years ago. It’s a family I cherish.Labour Day 2019 is special for me and every member of the BCGEU because this is our centennial year. The Provincial Civil Service Association o...

August 29, 2019

Kootenays inland ferry workers serve 72-hour strike notice - BCGEU

On Wednesday, the 80 members of the BC Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) employed by Western Pacific Marine issued a 72-hour strike notice, making it all but certain that the Kootenay Lake ferry will be shut down to routine travel over the Labour Day long weekend. The move comes after several months of unsuccessful negotiations for a new collective agreement that the ferry worke...

August 27, 2019

BCGEU calls on BC government to scrap detrimental pension rules

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) is calling on the BC government to scrap outdated rules that compromise private sector defined benefit pension plans by inaccurately measuring their value and creating unnecessary volatility. The union's call to action on this issue follows the release of "A Review of the Solvency Funding Framework under the Pension Benefits Standards Act: ...

August 26, 2019

Self-Checkouts in our Libraries - BCGEU

  More and more nowadays, we encounter machines where once we would have encountered a person. Have you ever stopped and wondered how often you interact with a machine in your daily life? We're talking about self-checkouts and self-check ins. They are in many large retailers and grocery stores, at the airport, fast food chains, and even one of our most community orientated spaces: libraries.On...

August 26, 2019

Members at UBC Child Care Services - Membership Meeting - BCGEU

The bargaining committee has scheduled caucus dates to prepare for bargaining on September 16th, 26th and 27th. If you have not completed a bargaining survey, please contact one of the committee members and return it to them by no later than Friday, September 13th. We also want to meet with you and discuss your priorities. The meeting details are as follows: Membership MeetingThursday, Septembe...

August 19, 2019

Local 303 Members at Salvation Army - Stevenson House - Bargaining Update - B...

This is a brief update on the status of bargaining with The Salvation Army Stevenson House for a renewed collective agreement. The parties met for three days of bargaining on August 13th, 14th and 15th, 2019. We reached agreement on two-thirds of both parties' non-monetary proposals and are at impasse on approximately one-third of the Union's non-monetary proposals. The Union tabled its monetar...

August 15, 2019

2019 PAC Survey - BCGEU

The federal election is fast approaching and union members will be voting based on key issues. We are asking you to fill out the below survey to identify what is most important to members.  The results will be shared mid September and resources relevant to these issues will be provided to members.  To ensure only one submission per person, please enter your name and email. UWU/MoveUP

August 13, 2019

St. James Day Care Bargaining Committee Nominations - BCGEU

  As the collective agreement with your Employer expires on December 31, 2019, we are preparing for the upcoming round of collective bargaining. The Union needs your help and participation. The first step is to elect a bargaining committee to negotiate the new collective agreement with your Employer. The positions open for nominations are as follows:   Bargaining Committee Chair Alternate Att...

August 13, 2019

BCGEU Centennial BBQ Celebration - BCGEU

Cariboo Area 06 MembersSunday, September 1, 201911:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.BCGEU Centennial BBQ CelebrationBoitanio Park, Williams Lake     Come celebrate 100 years of the BCGEU with a Centennial BBQ in the Park!Bring the family; we will have a bouncy castle, face painting and bungee run. Download Centennial BBQ Sept 1 invite.pdf UWU/MoveUP

August 09, 2019

Government includes BCGEU recommendations in Budget 2020 report

Last month our union participated in the public consultation to offer input into next year's budget by submitting recommendations to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services (more on this here). The Committee has now reported out on the results of this process and we are pleased to let you know that government listened to many of our positions and put a number of them in...

August 08, 2019

Affordability experts respond to announcement to build 1,100 housing units in...

MEDIA ADVISORYFor Immediate Release   Affordability experts respond to announcement to build 1,100 housing units in Vancouver WHAT: The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) will hold a press conference at its Vancouver Area Office Friday at 10:00AM in response to the federal government's announcement of $180M in loans and funding for affordable housing in Vancouver. The federal mo...

August 08, 2019

YMCA Bargaining Committee Nominations - BCGEU

As the collective agreement with your Employer expires on December 31, 2019, we are preparing for the upcoming round of collective bargaining.  The Union needs your help and participation in the preparations and bargaining process. The first step is to elect a union bargaining committee which will negotiate the new collective agreement with the employer bargaining committee. You will need to el...

August 08, 2019

Nominations for Stewards for Salvation Army – Gateway of Hope - BCGEU

Nominations are now open for 2 stewards and one alternate at Salvation Army – Gateway of Hope.  New stewards are trained by the union.If you wish to know more about the roles and responsibilities of the steward, please contact Tamara Peterson, Local 304 Chair at 778-836-8991. The deadline for nominations is August 19, 2019 by 5:00 pm The nomination form (attached) must be used. The deadline for...

August 08, 2019

Cedar Drive Preschool Society -update election for your bargaining committee ...

Kathy Geremia, one of the nominees for your bargaining committee, has withdrawn her nomination. Please consider this when completing your ballot. If you would like a new ballot, I would be happy to send you one by mail or drop off ballots at the worksite. If you have not received your ballot in the mail, please let me know and I can resend you the package or drop off ballots at your worksite. A...