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

November 22, 2016

Bowling Night for all Area 02 BCGEU Young Workers

Your Cross Component Committee is sponsoring a bowling night for all BCGEU Young Workers in Area 02 – North Island plus a guest. There will be 4 door prizes drawn throughout the night. Please note travel expenses will not be covered by Cross Component Committee.     Date:         Friday, December 16, 2016     Time:         7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. (Snacks at 7:30 p.m., Bowling starts at 8:00 p.m...

November 16, 2016

BCGEU congratulates new B.C. Representative for Children and Youth

The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) extends its congratulations to Bernard Richard, the newly appointed B.C. Representative for Children and Youth. “The independent B.C. Representative for Children and Youth is a vital resource to our province’s children and youth in care,” says BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. “We’re encouraged by the government’s timely selection of an ...

November 16, 2016

B.C. names Bernard Richard as new youth watchdog

The man selected as British Columbia’s new representative for children and youth has been a lawyer, cabinet minister, opposition leader and ombudsman in his native New Brunswick, but says he has always been haunted by the poor treatment of vulnerable children. Read more...

November 15, 2016

Fraser Valley Aboriginal (Xyolhemeyhl) Child and Family Services Society (FVA...

To:    All BCGEU Members at Fraser Valley Aboriginal (Xyolhemeyhl) Child and Family          Services Society (FVACFSS) Re:    Nominations of Bargaining Committee (3 positions)   In preparation for negotiations, a bargaining committee must be elected to participate in the process  of bargaining your first collective agreement. The bargaining committee represents all the members in the certif...

November 15, 2016

Ridge Meadows Association for Community Living Steward Nominations

To:    All BCGEU Members at Ridge Meadows Association for Community Living          (RMACL) Re:    Ridge Meadows Association for Community Living Steward Nominations   Please be advised that there are vacancies for six stewards to represent members at RMACL. Please find attached nomination form. Completed nomination forms are to be returned to the union no later than 5:00 p.m., Thursday, De...

November 14, 2016

Aboriginal social workers still committed to working towards sustainable work...

The newly unionized staff at Fraser Valley Aboriginal (Xyolhemeylh) Children and Family Services Society (FVACFSS) are continuing the fight against heavy caseloads that hurt children and families in the communities they serve. FVACFSS staff met with their new union, the BCGEU, in early November to discuss how time constraints and extremely high caseloads in the current system often prevent eff...

November 14, 2016

Union, B.C. private liquor stores push for pot to be sold in their stores

Recreational pot could be coming to a public or private liquor store near you. Read more...

November 11, 2016

Your sacrifice shall not be forgotten - Remembrance Day 2016

Today we honor and reflect on the sacrifice that those in our armed forces have made to protect our country and the freedoms we all enjoy.  We also must not forget the sacrifices made by men and women in our armed forces in protecting other countries.  Remembrance Day commemorates the anniversary of the end of World War I.  Since then Canada has been involved in many conflicts and peacekeepi...

November 10, 2016

A victory for students, teachers and public education in B.C.

On behalf of the 70,000 workers of the BCGEU, and as a parent myself, I want to congratulate the BC Teachers' Federation on their courage and determination in standing up for the children of this province. The BCTF was right to push back on the provincial government's attempts to decide by themselves what a classroom looks like. It's great news that the BCTF finally won the right to include cla...

November 09, 2016

Langley Association for Community Living Stewards

To:      All BCGEU Members at Langley Association for Community Living Re:      Stewards   Please note the recent nomination call for stewards resulted with Joanna Fraess being acclaimed. Joanna joins the other stewards at LACL, who are: Garth Blois Lorelei Jackson Rosalind Phythian Tanya Godin Please contact one of the noted stewards should you require assistance with your collective...

November 09, 2016

The best system for non-medical marijuana sales already exists - Op-Ed The Pr...

By Stephanie Smith & Damian Kettlewell Love it or hate it, public retailing of non-medical marijuana is coming. With that in mind, the most socially responsible way to sell it in B.C. is through our existing public and private liquor stores. When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals took office in October 2015, they did so with a host of mandates from Canadians. Former prime minister...

November 09, 2016

Tentative Settlement Reached for the Salvation Army -Stevenson House

To:      All Members, Salvation Army -Stevenson House Re:      Tentative Settlement Reached   The Bargaining Committee is pleased to announce that a tentative settlement has been reached with the Salvation Army. Full details will be available at the ratification meeting listed below:   Friday, November 25th @ 1:30 pm Stevenson House, 32 Elliot Street, New Westminster Please note that this...

November 08, 2016

Salvation Army - Belkin House and Richmond House - Tentative Agreement Ratified

The Bargaining Committee is pleased to announce that the Collective Agreement was ratified by 66.6%. Members at Richmond House and Belkin House voted on the tentative agreement over three days (November 2, 6 and 7). The new Collective Agreement provides for a 3 year term, expiring March 31, 2019.  Wage increases are 2% retroactive to April 1, 2016, 1.5% on April 1, 2017 and 1.5% April 1, 2018...

November 08, 2016

Honouring Aboriginal Veterans

On November 8 we, as Canadians, honor and celebrate the great contributions and sacrifices that Aboriginal peoples have made in defending Canada during times of war. Aboriginal veterans have participated in all major wars since the war of 1812 and enlist at a higher proportion than any other group in Canada.    For many, enlisting presented many challenges such as learning English, leaving the...