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 24, 2016

Salvation Army Centre of Hope bargaining update

The bargaining committee met with the Employer on February 18 and 19. We continue to negotiate each clause of your first collective agreement. We have agreed to a majority of our non-monetary items, and we have started to discuss a number of monetary items. We have five days of bargaining booked for April and continue to move forward with negotiations on your behalf. We thank you for your cont...

February 22, 2016

Boat Daycare Society tentative agreement reached

Your bargaining committee and the Employer have come to a tentative agreement.  The highlights of the new agreement include: A four year deal from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2019 A 2.25% wage increase for 2016 & 2017 A 2.5% wage increase for 2018 & 2019 Improved language on Article 4 – Union Dues and Information Improved language on Article 6 – Time off for Union Business N...

February 22, 2016

Local 309 local executive update

I am pleased to announce the following changes to your Executive: Shauna Hegan has been acclaimed as Recording Secretary and, Jen Ready has been acclaimed as the Equity Worker Representative. I am sure that you will all join me in wishing them both well in their new positions. Your Local 309 Executive is as follows:   Michelle Davis            Chairperson   Brenda Zoobkoff        1st Vice C...

February 19, 2016

SFU Childcare Society results of the strike vote

Thank you to everyone who attended the Strike vote yesterday. Your Bargaining Committee is pleased to advise that we received a 98% vote in support. The committee will be meeting shortly and will be speaking with the Employer about next steps. In solidarity Patty Bates, Bargaining Committee Member Nita Pedersen, Bargaining Committee Member Shihla Shivji, Bargaining Committee Member Shannon...

February 17, 2016

Member Update - Budget 2016 Response

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith provides the union's response to the BC government's 2016 budget, which was introduced to the legislature on February 16, 2016.

February 17, 2016

BCGEU unionizes advocacy group Leadnow

Leadnow employees have organized to join the BCGEU. The organization works to promote democracy and social justice in Canada. It describes itself as: ‘an independent advocacy organization that runs campaigns on the major issues of our time, engages people in participatory decision-making, and organizes in communities across Canada.’ “We’re delighted to welcome Leadnow into the BCGEU family. T...

February 17, 2016

Strike at Island Crisis Care Society brings employer back to table

BCGEU members at the Island Crisis Care Society (ICCS) in Nanaimo are happy to announce that their three days of strike action last week were a great success. Thank you to the BCGEU members and members of other unions who joined the picket lines in solidarity. Support workers at the Nanaimo-area women’s shelter have been in protracted collective bargaining and were frustrated by ICCS’s refusal...

February 16, 2016

Increased funding for MCFD welcome news, investment overdue in other ministries

“We welcome the increased funding for the Ministry for Children and Family Development announced in today’s budget. Our union, and especially our frontline members, have worked hard to convince government that a significant increase is crucial for the ministry. Their concerns were detailed in the BCGEU report Choose Children, and these efforts have paid off. Additional frontline social workers,...

February 16, 2016

B.C. announces funding boost for children in government care

The B.C. government is moving to cut or eliminate medical services premiums for tens of thousands of British Columbians and boost funding for managing children in government care, policy files that have caused political headaches for a government facing re-election next year. Read more...

February 16, 2016

Island Crisis Care Society workers back on job

Island Crisis Care Society workers are back on the job, pending the outcome of continued negotiations over scheduling practices. Read more...

February 15, 2016

Duncan (Arcadian) Day Care Centre ratification of collective agreement

Good afternoon, The members have ratified a three (3) year agreement with the Employer. There are no changes to the language in the agreement.  There is an increase of wages over a three (3) year term:     September 1, 2016        1% increase     September 1, 2017        1% increase     September 1, 2018        1% increase The collective agreement expires on August 31, 2019.  In solidarit...

February 15, 2016

SFU Childcare Society strike vote notice

What: Strike Vote When: Thursday, February 18th from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Where: Best Western Coquitlam Inn Convention Centre (319 North Road, Coquitlam) As you are aware talks between the parties have come to impasse and we are asking members to support a Strike Vote. We look forward to seeing you there. In solidarity Patty Bates, Bargaining Committee Member Nita Pedersen, Bargaining Com...

February 15, 2016

McGregor Child Care Society bargaining nomination

We are now preparing for the upcoming round of collective bargaining. Nominations are now open for one (1) bargaining committee member to represent you at the bargaining table. The first step is to nominate 1 member to the bargaining committee. Nominations will close Wednesday, February 25, 2016. If you are interested please scan and email to area03@bcgeu.ca, or fax your form to the attention...

February 12, 2016

Congratulations David Vipond!

Today is a day many thought would never happen: it is BCGEU Director David Vipond’s last day on the job before retirement. For those that don’t know David, he’s been one of the behind the scenes heroes of the BCGEU throughout the last 35 years, and it’s hard to imagine what the BCGEU will be like without him. David’s history with the BCGEU began as an member, working at the B.C. Liquor Dist...

February 12, 2016

New legislation won't mend B.C.'s frayed social safety net

Legislation introduced today by Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation Michele Stilwell is welcome and long overdue news. The changes will make it easier for some persons with disabilities to bypass the current long and overly complicated application process. By the government's own admission, only about 1,000 people will initially benefit from the change, mostly youth with develo...

February 11, 2016

Nanaimo area women’s services workers go on strike

Faced with no movement in negotiations around an unworkable shift schedule, employees of the Island Crisis Care Society (ICCS) have gone on strike starting Tuesday, February 8. The employees, members of the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU), authorized the strike through a vote in November. ICCS operates five locations in the Nanaimo area. Workers are currently on strike at ...

February 10, 2016

Local 301 meeting notice

COMPONENT:   Community Social Services             LOCAL:   301              DATE:   Tuesday, March 8, 2016              TIME:   Executive Meeting: 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm                             General Meeting: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm            PLACE:   Travelodge Silver Bridge Inn, Duncan – Sitka Room                            (140 Trans Canada Highway) AGENDA •    Wage increases •    Worksite...

February 10, 2016

Information on bullying and harassment

On Wednesday, February 24, 2016, we stand together to say no to bullying. The Workers Compensation Board approved three Occupational Health and Safety policies under sections 115, 116, and 117 of the Workers Compensation Act. These policies deal with workplace bullying and harassment. The policies define bullying and harassment, and explain the duties of employers, workers, and supervisors to p...

February 09, 2016

Throne speech: province to expand on Plecas’ recommendations, modernize commu...

The BCGEU is welcoming news the provincial government plans to implement and expand on the recommendations contained in the Plecas report on the Ministry for Children and Family Development. The news was announced in the throne speech this afternoon. Plecas’ report corroborated most of the findings and recommendations from BCGEU’s 2014 Choose Children report and concerns raised by B.C.'s Repres...

February 04, 2016

Join us on February 14 for the 26th annual Women's Memorial March – "Their Sp...

The annual February 14 Women's Memorial March was started in 1991 in Vancouver in response to the murder of a Coast Salish woman on Powell Street.  Since then, marches have been held every year to honour the lives of missing and murdered women. Please join BCGEU president Stephanie Smith and fellow activists in supporting this women-organized, women-led event, to come together to grieve, to rem...