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

July 04, 2019

Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society bargaining update – bulletin #...

Your committee will be meeting soon to review issues and develop proposals prior to meeting with the Employer.To assist the Bargaining Committee in preparing for bargaining,all members should complete the enclosed survey to bring forward issues for the bargaining table.  Please return your complete bargaining surveys in the stamped self-addressed envelope we have enclosed for your convenience. ...

July 04, 2019

The Salvation Army Gateway of Hope - reminder ratification meeting and vote t...

This is a friendly reminder that we have our ratification meetings and vote scheduled for tomorrow, July 5, 2019 at your worksite. We want the opportunity to go over the agreement with you and give you a chance to ask questions before you vote. Meeting times are listed below: Amenities Room: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm3:15 pm to 4:15 pm4:15 pm to 5:15 pm Classroom: 5:45 pm to 6:45 pm We have a lot to go...

July 03, 2019

Salvation Army – Belkin House - bargaining update - BCGEU

Your bargaining committee met with the Employer for the last two days and had positive discussions regarding the important issues that you brought forward to us. We have agreed to most of the non-monetary items and are ready to continue with discussions on monetary proposals on the next available date, Friday, September 13, 2019. We thank you for your patience and will keep you updated as we co...

July 02, 2019

Steward Election Results - Archway (formerly known as Abbotsford Community Se...

Please be advised that the following members have been elected into the position of Steward at Archway Community Services for Local 304: Keith Redmond Karla Woelbern Keith and Karla join Sharon Hollingsworth as the steward team for Archway. Congratulations and welcome.We would like to thank everyone who participated in the process.In solidarityTamara Peterson Heather Turner Local 304 Chairpe...

July 02, 2019

Voicing our concerns: BCGEU recommendations to the provincial Budget 2020 pro...

Each year, our union makes budget recommendations to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services. This usually happens in the Fall and it's our chance to offer our input into next year's budget. This year, the process has been moved up several months. Late last week, we submitted our written report to the committee. It reflects the feedback of your senior elected leadership...

June 28, 2019

The Salvation Army Centre of Hope - bargaining update - BCGEU

This is a brief update on the status of bargaining with The Salvation Army Centre of Hope for a renewed collective agreement. The parties met for two full days of bargaining on June 19-20, 2019. We made progress on approximately two-thirds of both parties' non-monetary proposals. Additional bargaining is scheduled for the following dates to address the remaining non-monetary proposals and to ta...

June 27, 2019

Salvation Army – Belkin House bargaining update - BCGEU

Your bargaining committee is meeting with the Employer on Thursday, June 27, 2019 to start negotiations. The Committee will present their non-monetary proposals to open negotiations with the Employer on June 27th and will continue discussions on June 28th. Monetary proposals will be tabled after most of the non-monetary issues have been completed. We will keep you updated as we continue through...

June 26, 2019

Young Women's Christian Association of Vancouver (YWCA) opening nominations ...

We are now preparing for the upcoming round of collective bargaining. We need your help and participation. The first step is to elect 1 Bargaining Committee Chairperson, 1 Bargaining Committee Member plus 1 Alternate for the bargaining committee. If there are more nominations than positions available, the Union will conduct an election. Nominations are now open and will close on Friday, July 26...

June 26, 2019

Cedar Drive Preschool Society - Announcement of bargaining committee and barg...

Please be advised that the following members have been acclaimed to the Bargaining Committee: Laura Allan Kathy Geremia  I would like to thank all of the nominated candidates for their demonstrated interest and commitment. In the coming weeks, the Bargaining Committee will meet to review priorities and develop bargaining proposals prior to negotiations with the Employer. To assist us in this ...

June 19, 2019

BCGEU welcomes Auditor General’s recommendations to address MCFD’s ineffectiv...

The BC Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) welcomes the Office of the Auditor General of British Columbia's report released today: Oversight of Contracted Residential Services for Children and Youth in Care. The BCGEU has for decades called on the provincial government to address chronic and significant challenges within the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) and s...

June 19, 2019

Nominations for Steward for SARA for Women - BCGEU

Nominations are now open for eight stewards for SARA for Women. New stewards are trained by the union. The deadline for nominations is June 25, 2019 by 5:00 pm The nomination form (attached) must be used. The deadline for submission is to the area office by fax (604.882.5032), email (area04@bcgeu.ca), hand delivered to the Fraser Valley area office at 8555 198A Street, Langley, V2Y 0A9, no late...

June 14, 2019

Voicing our concerns: BCGEU presentations regarding workers’ compensation sys...

Participating in public consultations is a valuable way to make sure our voices are heard before government makes important decisions. Two public consultation processes are currently underway that will directly impact working people in B.C. – the Worker's Compensation Review and the provincial government's Budget 2020 Consultation. Today I had the honour of presenting at public hearings for bot...

June 14, 2019

Local 304 Members at The Salvation Army Centre of Hope - Negotiations to Comm...

Your bargaining committee has met over three days in recent weeks to prepare for negotiations with your employer. Our preparations have included reviewing your priorities as indicated on bargaining surveys, the collective agreement from cover to cover, and wages for comparable work. We have prepared complete packages of non-monetary and monetary proposals to table with your employer. The partie...

June 14, 2019

1 out of 10 Independent Shareholders of Brookfield Asset Management Agree tha...

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) and SumOfUs are encouraged that 10% of independent shareholders voted for the company to tie executive pay to preventing sexual misconduct at the firm Today, BCGEU and SumOfUs presented a proposal that called on Brookfield Asset Management to address sexual misconduct in the financial services industry by penalizing executive compensation p...

June 13, 2019

Improving services and supports for children and youth with neuro-diverse spe...

The Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth has invited British Columbians to participate in their special project on assessment and eligibility processes for children and youth with neuro-diverse special needs (e.g.: ASD, FASD, Developmental Delay). Last week your union provided a submission to the committee which included recommendations for improving the province's ability to provide...

June 13, 2019

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith first presenter at workers’ compensation syst...

BURNABY, June 13, 2019 – The workers' compensation system has been seriously undermined by policy and legislative changes introduced by the BC Liberals in 2002. The system shifted to focus on the financial impact to employers which has resulted in an overall reduction in compensation benefits to workers both in the short and the long term, a more limited ability to appeal decisions, and a reduc...

June 12, 2019

Members at Abbotsford Community Services - Steward Election - BCGEU

The BCGEU is holding an election for two stewards at Abbotsford Community Services with Local 304. Candidate Statements are attached. Keith Redmond Josie Kane Maureen Accleton Karla Woelbern In person voting will be held at the worksite, 2420 Montrose Avenue, Abbotsford, on June 18, 2019. Ballots are also available from the area office. If you are unable to vote at the worksite or get to the ...

June 12, 2019

Burnaby Children's Centres Society (BCCS) Members Ratify Tentative Agreement,...

The Members of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) and Burnaby Children's Centres Society (BCCS) have ratified their agreement starting April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2023.Your Bargaining Committee would like to thank everyone who participated in the ratification vote, and all members for their support throughout this round of collective bargaining.   In solidarity Kathleen Hur...

June 11, 2019

Local 304 Union Orientation Night June 17, 2019 - BCGEU

Local 304 Union Orientation Night June 17, 2019 at 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Fraser Valley Union Office 8555 – 198A Street, Langley   ****** REMINDER ******  New member? Existing member? Do you have a question for your union? Come join your fellow members and meet your Local Executives for pizza! You will have a chance to learn about the BCGEU. This orientation will be specific to Local 304 members...