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

February 20, 2017

OHS Courses for Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Burnaby Area

"2 Day Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Tuesday, March 21 and Wednesday, March 22, 2017. "Ergonomics" will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2017. These courses will be held at the Burnaby Head Office– 4911 Canada Way, Burnaby from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. In the Joint OHS Committee Training course you will learn: Worker OHS rights, including the refusal of unsafe work procedure OHS le...

February 20, 2017

OHS Courses for Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Ft. St. John Area

"2 Day Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Tuesday, March 14 and Wednesday, March 15, 2017. "Prevention of Workplace Violence" will be held on Thursday, March 16, 2017. These courses will be held at the Northern Grand Hotel, 9830 – 100 Ave, Fort. St. John from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. In the Joint OHS Committee Training course you will learn: Worker OHS rights, including the refusal of ...

February 20, 2017

OHS Courses for Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Kamloops Area

"2 Day Joint OHS Committee Training" will be held on Tuesday, March 7 and Wednesday, March 8, 2017. "Incident Investigations" will be held on Thursday, March 9, 2017. These courses will be held at the BCGEU area office, 158 Oriole Road, Kamloops from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. In the Joint OHS Committee Training course you will learn: Worker OHS rights, including the refusal of unsafe work procedur...

February 20, 2017

OHS Courses for Direct Government OHS Committee Members in the Victoria Area

"Ergonomics" will be held on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 and "Prevention of Workplace Violence" will be held on Thursday, March 2, 2017. These courses will be held at the Learning Centre, 716 Courtney Street, Victoria from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm.] In the Ergonomics course you will learn: •    Requirements of the ergonomics regulation •    How to identify ergonomic hazards, to assess the risk factors ...

February 17, 2017

Bargaining Update – Bulletin #2: Bargaining Surveys

To:         All BCGEU Members at The Salvation Army Ocean Crest Ministries Campbell River Re:         Bargaining Update – Bulletin #2: Bargaining Surveys     Nominations for the election of your Bargaining Committee will remain open until 5:00pm, March 2, 2017.  Please refer to Bargaining Update Bulletin #1 for information on that process. To assist the Bargaining Committee in preparing fo...

February 17, 2017

Wanted: A budget that truly lifts all boats

By: Stephanie Smith  For the past decade and a half, the B.C. government has cut taxes, regulations and public services. The needs of business have been prioritized over the needs of people and the environment. British Columbians have been told that the province cannot afford to invest in social programs.  Rather than assume a leading role in setting the conditions for our common advancement,...

February 17, 2017

Local 302 General Membership Meeting for CRADACL - 2 sessions

COMPONENT:   Community Social Services LOCAL:             302 – All BCGEU Members at CRADACL       DATE:               Thursday, March 23, 2017 TIME:               General Membership Meeting – 2 Sessions: 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. PLACE:             Comfort Inn                         1351 Shoppers Row, Campbell River, BC   AGENDA Call to order and adopt agenda Union Updates: -1% wage increas...

February 16, 2017

Westminster Children's After School Society Ratification Meetings

To:            All BCGEU Members at Westminster Children's After School Society Re:            Ratification Meetings and Voting on New Collective Agreement Where:      Centennial Community Centre, 65 East Sixth Avenue, New Westminster When:       Monday, February 20, 2017 at 6:30 pm - Mtg Rm #1, Pizza will be served                   Friday, February 24, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. - Mtg Rm #2, Pizza wil...

February 16, 2017

Local 604 Union Meeting

COMPONENT:    Social, Information and Health           LOCAL:    604            DATE:    Thursday, February 23, 2017            TIME:    Executive – 6:00 pm; General – 7:00 pm          PLACE:    BCGEU Fraser Valley Union Centre                         8555 – 198A Street, Langley Twp – Fraser Room   UPDATE - REMINDER *CALL FOR RESOLUTIONS AND NOMINATIONS FOR THE 50TH BCGEU TRIENNIAL CONST...

February 15, 2017

BCGEU welcomes provincial interest in land value capture tax, seeks input in ...

Land Value Capture, a mechanism that taxes development speculation along proposed transit routes and puts those dollars into transit development is a solution the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) has been advocating for since 2015 to address the Lower Mainland’s transit crisis. Now, BC TransLink Minister Peter Fassbender is proposing a provincial development tax which the BCGE...

February 14, 2017

B.C. government focus on tax cuts ignores need for public re-investment

BC Throne Speech response: Throne speeches are political documents that governments use to promote successes and paper over their failures, while setting broad-brush political priorities for upcoming budgets. The 2017 Speech from the Throne is true to form; providing few details, but gives broad hints about future economic policy. In this election year the B.C. Liberal government has returned...

February 14, 2017

Free eLearning course and workshops for your employees

MPP Dear Municipal employer, We are excited to get the improved member education season under way. Please encourage your newer employees and those with optional enrolment in the plan to take the eLearning course Getting to Know Your Pension and your employees who are plan members to register for Making the Most of Your Pension and Approaching Retirement workshops. How you benefit Investing ...

February 14, 2017

Local 301 Victoria Cool Aid Society Members Meeting Reminder

COMPONENT:     Community Social Services LOCAL:               301 – Victoria Cool Aid Society Members Only DATE:                 Tuesday, February 21, 2017 TIME:                 7:00 pm PLACE:               BCGEU Victoria Area Office (2994 Douglas Street)                           Auditorium     ** REMINDER ** AGENDA Please RSVP as soon as possible to Tricia Tringham at tricia.tringham@bcg...

February 10, 2017

BCGEU provides submission to Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth

Today the BCGEU provided its submission to the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth, an all-party committee of the Legislative Assembly, in response to its regular statutory review of the Representative for Children and Youth Act (SBC, 2006, c. 29). The Office of the Representative for Children and Youth (RCY) provides an essential point of oversight and review for our province’s ch...

February 10, 2017

Shaughnessy Heights Early Learning Centre Society Bargaining Committee

To:      All BCGEU Members at Shaughnessy Heights Early Learning Centre Society Re:      Bargaining Committee   We are pleased to announce that the following members have been elected by acclamation as your Bargaining Committee: Indu Chauhan and Annelie Muir. Your Committee will be convening shortly to review and develop proposals prior to meeting with the Employer. We will continue to comm...

February 10, 2017

Steward Nominations – Four positions at Mission Association for Community Living

To:       All BCGEU Members at Mission Association for Community Living Re:       Steward Nominations – Four positions   Please be advised that there is a vacancy for four stewards to represent members at Mission Association for Community Living.  Please find attached nomination form. Completed nomination forms are to be returned to the union no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, March 13, 2017. ...

February 09, 2017

BCGEU encouraged by Vancouver’s New Investments in Harm Reduction

VANCOUVER – Yesterday Vancouver City council made important steps in bolstering their response to the fentanyl crisis by releasing the second wave of funding intended to provide support to affected communities. “We are encouraged by City Council’s focus on providing the necessary relief to the hardest hit communities, and to hear about an additional focus on supporting front line workers.” sa...

February 07, 2017

Tell Us About Your Bad Job

Tell Us About Your Bad Job   Unpaid wages? Unpaid overtime? Employer taking your tips? Unfair firings? Unfair treatment of workers is all too common in British Columbia. Few people know their rights, and getting justice from a bad boss can be nearly impossible. The BC Employment Standards Coalition is campaigning for better employment laws and stronger enforcement for all workers. Tell yo...

February 07, 2017

0311 Stewards Networking Meeting

COMPONENT:   Community Social Services LOCAL:             0311 Stewards Networking Meeting DATE:              Monday, February 27, 2017 TIME:               6:00 p.m. PLACE:             Diane L Wood Union Centre                         Prince George Area Office of the BCGEU                         Meeting Room "B - Fraser" (1st floor, closest to the front door)                         500 Quebec...

February 06, 2017

Public service benefits change to take effect in April 2017

As you may already know the Province of BC has announced that they will be changing the carrier for employee benefits from Pacific Blue Cross to Great West Life. As benefit entitlements are set out in our negotiated collective agreement, this change should result in no substantive changes in benefits for members. The change will take effect in April 2017, and BCGEU’s Public Service Bargaining...

February 06, 2017

Report reaffirms urgent need for B.C. government to transform Aboriginal chil...

Report reaffirms urgent need for B.C. government to transform Aboriginal child welfare system BURNABY – A report released today by the Representative for Children and Youth (RCY), Bernard Richard, exposed once again the systemic complexity and dysfunction of B.C.’s Aboriginal child welfare system and the urgent need for reform. The report, Broken Promises: Alex’s Story, details the tragic deat...