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 20, 2018

Casino workers urge BCLC to investigate Gateway’s operations during strike -...

(Kamloops) Members of the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) on strike at Gateway Casinos' four Thompson-Okanagan casinos are gathering at BC Lottery Corporation's (BCLC) head office in Kamloops on Monday, August 20 at 12pm to call upon the regulatory body to investigate whether or not the casinos are operating safely during the strike. "We've got questions about how Gateway Cas...

August 20, 2018

Members at Sunshine Valley Child Care Society - Bargaining Update - BCGEU

The Parties continue to meet to negotiate the monetary portion of your Collective Agreement. As a wage increase was identified as your number one priority for this round, we will not be accepting anything less.  We will be meeting again with the employer on Thursday, August 23, 2018, which we hope will result in an offer for the membership to vote on. A membership meeting is scheduled as follow...

August 17, 2018

Members at Boat Daycare Society - Bargaining Committee Nominations - BCGEU

We are now preparing for the upcoming round of collective bargaining. Your current collective agreement with the Employer expires on December 31, 2018.  We need your help and participation. The first step is to elect a bargaining committee to negotiate the new collective agreement with your Employer. You will be electing one bargaining committee member and one alternate. Attached to this notice...

August 15, 2018

Steward Election for Thompson Community Services Terrace - BCGEU

Please be advised that BCGEU Community Social Services, Component 3 is holding Steward elections for members. Nomination Form is attached.  Nominations will be open from August 15, 2018 to September 13, 2018 at midnight. Fax your nomination form to the Terrace Area Office at 1.800.946.0259, or drop it off at the BCGEU Northwest area office located at 102-4710 Lazelle Ave, Terrace BC or email it...

August 13, 2018

Three-year agreement for thousands of B.C. government workers - BCGEU

VICTORIA - Thousands of British Columbia public service workers have ratified a three-year contract agreement giving them an annual 2 per cent wage increase. The agreement covers workers who provide social, environmental and pubic safety services, as well as Liquor Distribution Branch employees and some of those who work at the BC Pension Corp.   Read more... UWU/MoveUP

August 10, 2018

BCGEU public service members ratify collective agreement - BCGEU

BURNABY – The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union announced today that its members in the B.C. public service sector have voted to ratify the tentative agreement reached with the B.C. government in June. The final vote was 62.7 per cent in favour. "After 16 years of staff cuts and wage restraint, there was a lot of pent-up demand for positive change from our membership," said BCGEU pre...

August 10, 2018

The Provincial - Summer 2018 - BCGEU

The digital version of the Summer 2018 issue of The Provincial is available to download online. In this issue: MMIWG Inquiry Professional reliance Labour review Bargaining update Affordable BC campaign Events and more…   Download the Summer 2018 issue  Download the consolidated financial statements of B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union Dec 31 2017 hereUWU/MoveUP

August 09, 2018

Election of Additional Victoria Native Friendship Centre Bargaining Committee...

Elect Additional Bargaining Committee Members  There are two (2) positions for the BCGEU Bargaining Committee available.Nominate who you think would be your best representatives for bargaining. Please find the Bargaining Committee Nomination form attached to this bulletin. If you are interested in being on the Bargaining Committee, just have a co-worker (BCGEU member) sign it to nominate you an...

August 07, 2018

Victoria Native Friendship Centre Results Ratification Vote - BCGEU

The results of the ratification vote on the tentative agreement was 69% of the voters rejecting the proposed recommended tentative agreement. Therefore, the tentative agreement was not ratified. This means that we will have to go back to the bargaining table. I have let the employer know the results and hope to have dates to go back to the bargaining table as soon as possible. We will provide u...

August 03, 2018

President's message on 40 years of Vancouver Pride - BCGEU

Forty years ago, Vancouver Pride started with a handful of people struggling against homophobia and transphobia coming together in solidarity. In the beginning, it was a small group of activists that wanted to be proud of who they were and who they love, and has now grown into a vibrant celebration enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people.  Today, there are Pride parades in communities large ...

August 03, 2018

An Open Letter from Gateway Casino Workers in the Thompson-Okanagan – OUR COM...

Friday, August 3, 2018  An Open Letter from Gateway Casino Workers in the Thompson-Okanagan – OUR COMMUNITIES DESERVE BETTER!  Dear Community Members,For over five weeks, almost 700 community members in the Thompson-Okanagan have been on strike. We are Gateway Casino workers fighting for respect and the ability to live in the communities we serve. We are parents, students, long-time employees –...

August 02, 2018

BCGEU offers policy ideas for local governments to address affordable housing...

BURNABY – The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) has released a list of policy proposals titled "What Can Local Governments Do?", directed at municipalities who want to take bold action on issues of housing affordability. As property prices across B.C. continue to escalate, access to affordable housing has become a central concern for BCGEU members. By focusing on measures that ...

August 01, 2018

Remote Access for Xyolhemeylh Meetings tomorrow - BCGEU

Information meetings on the tentative settlement framework will be held on Aug 2 (tomorrow) at the following times and locations. A previous bulletin issued on July 26 provides more details. The Employer is providing time off work to attend the meetings either by phone link or in person if you work in the office at which the meeting is being held: 9:00 – 11:00 am Noon – 2:00pm 2:30pm – ...

August 01, 2018

Union sees no value in highrise, urges city to reject proposal - BCGEU

Unionized provincial government workers have registered their opposition to a 25-storey highrise in central Kelowna. The Brooklyn project should be rejected by city council, the BCGEU says, because it will do nothing to promote affordable housing in Kelowna.   Read more... UWU/MoveUP

July 31, 2018

BCGEU health care members ratify three-year deal - BCGEU

Members of a multi-union group working in B.C. community living homes and services have voted to accept a new three-year employment contract, eight months before the existing contract expires. The contract covers 16,000 people and was recommended to members in June by the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union and others in the community health bargaining group.     Read more... UWU/MoveUP

July 30, 2018

BCGEU community health workers vote to accept new agreement - BCGEU

Burnaby- Community health sector workers, represented by the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) have voted strongly in favour of a tentative agreement reached with health employers. This agreement firms up a new three-year collective agreement for 16,000 union workers, which will take effect April 1, 2019 and expire March 31, 2022. The new collective agreement brings in yearly...

July 27, 2018

Local 303 Members at BACI - Tentative Agreement - BCGEU

Your bargaining committee has reached a tentative agreement with your employer. A meeting will be held to explain the agreement as well as to vote on it: DATE:       Wednesday, August 1, 2018 TIME:       6:00 pm – 7:30 pm PLACE:     Brentwood Daycare Please try to attend as this is an important meeting. We apologize for the short notice but an explanation will be provided at the meeting. In sol...

July 26, 2018

Local 304 Members at Xyolhemeylh - Tentative Settlement Framework Reached - B...

On July 16, your Bargaining Committee reached a tentative settlement framework for a first collective agreement. The framework relies in large part on the Aboriginal Services agreement from CSSEA with some significant exceptions for Xyolhemeylh. The result is more detailed than we can present in an email or bulletin communication.  For that reason, information meetings will be held on Aug 2 (Th...

July 26, 2018

BCGEU celebrates 99 years in union movement - BCGEU

Can you believe we're almost a century old? Today, the BC Government and Service Employees' Union celebrates our 99th birthday. Of course, we weren't known as the BCGEU back in 1919, but July 26 marks the anniversary of the first annual convention of the Provincial Civil Service Association of BC which, over the decades, grew to become the BCGEU.  "At 77,000 members strong, the BCGEU is one of ...

July 24, 2018

Casino workers vote yes on new agreement ending Hard Rock strike - BCGEU

BCGEU members thank customers for their support.  (Coquitlam) - After being on strike for more than 10 weeks, over 400 members of the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) working at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver in Coquitlam have voted in favour of a new agreement with their employer. "BCGEU members at the Hard Rock casino stuck together through a long, tough fight and thanks to thei...

July 23, 2018

Talks break off between Gateway Casinos and union - BCGEU

KAMLOOPS - Mediation has been cut short between BCGEU and Gateway Casinos.   Read more... UWU/MoveUP

July 23, 2018

Support for striking BCGEU brothers and sisters - BCGEU

The BC labour movement staged a show of support Saturday for striking BCGEU members   Read more.... UWU/MoveUP

July 23, 2018

Mediation talks break off in casino strike - BCGEU

Mediation between Gateway Casinos and over 675 members of the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) on strike officially broke off on Saturday, July 21 – the same day that saw hundreds of supporters flock to the picket lines across all four sites in the Thompson Okanagan.   Read more..... UWU/MoveUP

July 20, 2018

Local 303 Members at Shannon Day Care Society - Ratification of the Collectiv...

The Union is pleased to announce that the members who voted at the ratification meeting June 18, 2018 have ratified the collective agreement with 100% voting in favour. Once the collective agreement is updated and finalized, the Union will provide copies to members and will post it on the BCGEU website. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bargaining Committee Member Yuki Cai and Alte...

July 19, 2018

Steward Elections for High Roads Services Society Members - BCGEU

Please be advised that BCGEU Community Social Services, Component 3 is holding Steward elections for members. Nomination Form is attached. Nominations will be open from July 18, 2018 to August 17, 2018 at midnight.  Fax your nomination form to the Terrace Area Office at 1.800.946.0259, or drop it off at the BCGEU Northwest area office located at 102-4710 Lazelle Ave, Terrace BC or email it to a...

July 19, 2018

Steward Elections at Eagles Nest Transition House – Burns Lake - BCGEU

Please be advised that BCGEU Community Social Services, Component 3 is holding Steward elections for members. Nomination Form is attached.  Nominations will be open from July 18, 2018 to August 17, 2018 at midnight.  Fax your nomination form to the Terrace Area Office at 1.800.946.0259, or drop it off at the BCGEU Northwest area office located at 102-4710 Lazelle Ave, Terrace BC or email it to ...

July 19, 2018

Steward Elections at Elizabeth Fry – Burns Lake - BCGEU

Please be advised that BCGEU Community Social Services, Component 3 is holding Steward elections for members. Nomination Form is attached.  Nominations will be open from July 18, 2018 to August 17, 2018 at midnight.  Fax your nomination form to the Terrace Area Office at 1.800.946.0259, or drop it off at the BCGEU Northwest area office located at 102-4710 Lazelle Ave, Terrace BC or email it to ...

July 19, 2018

Steward Elections at Thompson Community Services Inc. - Prince Rupert Members...

Please be advised that BCGEU Community Social Services, Component 3 is holding Steward elections for members. Nomination Form is attached.  Nominations will be open from July 18, 2018 to August 17, 2018 at midnight.  Fax your nomination form to the Terrace Area Office at 1.800.946.0259, or drop it off at the BCGEU Northwest area office located at 102-4710 Lazelle Ave, Terrace BC or email it to ...

July 19, 2018

Steward Elections at NIFSC - Prince Rupert members only - BCGEU

Please be advised that BCGEU Community Social Services, Component 3 is holding Steward elections for members. Nomination Form is attached.  Nominations will be open from July 18, 2018 to August 17, 2018 at midnight.  Fax your nomination form to the Terrace Area Office at 1.800.946.0259, or drop it off at the BCGEU Northwest area office located at 102-4710 Lazelle Ave, Terrace BC or email it to ...

July 18, 2018

Secretary- BCGEU Fraser Valley Area Office - BCGEU

BCGEU FRASER VALLEY AREA OFFICE INTERNAL POSTING July 18, 2018   POSITION: SECRETARY GRADE: LEVEL 3 – MoveUP AGREEMENT A secretary is required to perform secretarial and word processing functions for staff representatives. This person will also be required to assist with switchboard and receptionist duties. DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: Will include: processing a variety of documents such as...

July 13, 2018

BC Liberal foot-dragging on whistleblower protection aided casino money laund...

BCGEU members are in a unique position to help monitor the laundering of dirty money in B.C. casinos. However, the failure of the former BC Liberal government to provide whistleblower protection for our members ensured there was no avenue for casino workers to expose illegal activity. In fact, the recent Peter German report on money laundering reveals that the BC Liberal government willfully tu...

July 12, 2018

Casino strike enters its second week - BCGEU

Cascades Casino employees in Kam­loops continue to soldier on along the picket line as their union is back at the negotiating table this week.   Read more... UWU/MoveUP

July 12, 2018

Spirits high on casino picket line - BCGEU

A unicycling panda, music and a flag-bearing recumbent are just some of the things keeping spirits up on the picket lines at the Penticton Gateway Casino.   Read more... UWU/MoveUP

July 11, 2018

Workers joining union help keep child care centre open - BCGEU

Workers joining union help keep child care centre openDTES daycare to stay open at least until November  (Vancouver) After workers at the Phil Bouvier Child and Family Center in Strathcona voted 95% in favour of joining the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU), the employer, who had previously threatened to close the daycare, agreed to a settlement which would keep the centre open...

July 09, 2018

BCGEU makes recommendations to government’s Rental Housing Task Force - BCGEU

 BURNABY, July 9, 2018 – The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) has made a submission to the provincial government's Rental Housing Task Force recommending measures to expand and better protect the supply of rental housing in the province. As property prices across B.C. continue to escalate, pushing home ownership outside the realm of affordability, access to affordable housing ...

July 09, 2018

Applications open for B.C. child care construction fund - BCGEU

The B.C. government's new construction fund for daycare centres aims to expand spaces through non-profits that partner with school districts and other public facilities, with enough funding to provide 22,000 new spaces over the next three years. Children and Family Development Minister Katrine Conroy announced Friday that the revamped capital fund is taking applications from licensed child care...

July 06, 2018

Labour Management Committee for TDCSS - BCGEU

Jessie Peden has been acclaimed to the Labour Management Committee.Congratulations! We look forward to working with you.Download PDF of notice here.   UWU/MoveUP

July 05, 2018

Local 301 Members at Victoria Native Friendship Centre - Meeting Notice - BCGEU

Your bargaining committee reached a tentative agreement.  The new tentative agreement will be presented to you at the meeting on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. in the boardroom at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre. Light refreshments will be provided. Ballots will available to vote at the meeting and will remain available until Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. The bargaining commi...

July 03, 2018

Gateway’s Okanagan casino workers going on strike - BCGEU

Unionized Gateway Casinos workers in Kamloops, Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton intend to walk off the job today at 3:01 p.m. More than 675 Gateway workers affiliated with the BC Government and Service Employees' Union will set up picket lines in front of the Cascades Kamloops, Cascades Penticton, Playtime Kelowna and Lake City Vernon casinos after mediation talks broke down earlier this week.    ...

July 02, 2018

Union to host housing panel discussion in Kelowna - BCGEU

One of B.C.'s largest unions is tackling the issue of housing. The B.C. Government and Service Employees Union (BCGEU) will host a panel of experts and community members in Kelowna Tuesday, July 3 to speak about different ways to tackle the affordability crisis.     Read more... UWU/MoveUP

June 29, 2018

Gateway's Okanagan casino workers on strike - BCGEU

 Gateway's Okanagan casino workers on strikeWorkers in Kamloops, Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton will walk off the job on Friday(Okanagan) Over 675 members of the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) working at Gateway Casinos in the Okanagan are walking off the job at 3:01 pm on Friday, June 29. Casino workers at Cascades Kamloops, Cascades Penticton, Playtime Kelowna and Lake City...

June 29, 2018

Professional Reliance Reform Is A Step Forward For B.C. - BCGEU

Yesterday, we welcomed the final report on the independent professional reliance review, the result of an eight-month review process led by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy to examine professional reliance in the natural resource sector. The comprehensive report clearly identifies the problems with professional reliance and provides concrete recommendations to make the sy...

June 29, 2018

BCGEU to host public meeting on housing affordability crisis in the Okanagan ...

KELOWNA, June 29, 2018 – Since taking power, government has implemented a number of major policy changes and promised to invest billions into affordable housing. This has been a great start but as housing prices continue to soar, the Okanagan has become one of the least affordable regions in Canada, and many people across the political spectrum feel more can be done.This event will host a panel...

June 28, 2018

Gateway’s Okanagan casino workers to strike - BCGEU

More than 675 Okanagan casino workers will walk off the job this week. Casino workers at Cascades Kamloops, Cascades Penticton, Playtime Kelowna and Lake City Vernon are set to strike Friday, June 29, after mediation broke down earlier this week. "Our members are asking for living wages that would bring them in-line with the industry standard for casino workers in BC," said BCGEU President Step...

June 28, 2018

Local 301 Members at The Salvation Army – NRO (SANRO) - Tentative Collective ...

As members will know, your current collective agreement expired on March 31, 2018. As a result, your Union Bargaining Committee entered into bargaining with the Employer in order to achieve a renewed agreement. Your Committee is pleased to advised that we have been successful in achieving a fair and equitable tentative agreement. Highlights of the tentative agreement are as follows: • Term of c...

June 27, 2018

CSSBA reaches tentative agreement for Indigenous services workers - BCGEU

The Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) and the Community Social Services Employers' Association (CSSEA) have reached a tentative three-year collective agreement for Aboriginal Services. This agreement provides significant compensation increases for workers in this sector while meeting the government mandate of improving the services British Columbians count on.   Highlight...

June 27, 2018

Tentative agreement reached for Aboriginal Services - BCGEU

The Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) is pleased to announce that a tentative agreement has been reached for Aboriginal Services with the Community Social Services Employers' Association (CSSEA). Aboriginal Services is one of three subsectors in Community Social Services along with Community Living and General Services. The tentative agreements reached earlier this month ...