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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 02, 2017

The BCGEU welcomes the government’s decision to review the economic viability...

The BCGEU welcomes today's announcement that the provincial government has asked the BC Utilities Commission to review the $8.8 billion Site C dam. Long overdue, the commission finally has the opportunity to provide a fair and transparent assessment of the merits of the project. British Columbians deserve nothing less.  BCUC's due diligence will clarify the choices that are available now that c...

August 02, 2017

Williams Lake Area Office Re-Opens Today - BCGEU

The Williams Lake Area Office re-opens today, August 2, 2017. Thank you for your patience, and special thanks to the volunteers in the area who assisted residents during the wildfires evacuation, as well as the recent return home of residents. Please note that with the re-opening of the office, calls will no longer be re-directed to Prince George. However, although the evacuation order is lifte...

August 01, 2017

The BCGEU granted standing at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered ...

Good news from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). The BCGEU has been granted standing in the MMIWG allowing it to make formal written and oral submissions to the public inquiry.  The letter received states: On behalf of the Commissioners, the Application for Standing submitted by BC Government and Service Employees' Union has been granted, for gre...

July 31, 2017

Read The Summer 2017 Issue Of The Steward - BCGEU

In this issue, we look at a variety of topics to keep you up-to-date on issues that could affect your workplace, and the members you represent. Topics include bullying and harassment, planning ahead in case of permanent disability, stories of grievances and their outcomes from across Canada, and tips from an advocacy department co-op student for assisting members as a steward. We hope you'll f...

July 28, 2017

Provincial magazine - Summer 2017 - BCGEU

Download the PDF file of the 2017 Summer issue of The Provincial magazine. In this issue: New Leadership - Convention 2017 reports BCGEU Environment Policy 2017 audited financial statements BCGEU Community Remembering John Shields and more...  

July 28, 2017

Vancouver health officials have hopes for new, supervised-injection site - BCGEU

With more than 200 people dead from drug overdoses in Vancouver already this year, health officials hope the city's third federally approved injection site will provide relief from a devestating public health emergency. On Friday, Powell Street Getaway begins operating its new, supervised-injection site seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., after receiving an exemption from Health Canada in...

July 25, 2017

Killer found after escaping custody at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital - BCGEU

An hour after warning the public that a killer was missing from B.C.'s Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, the 54-year-old man is back in police custody. Mounties issued a warning Monday afternoon, three days after Terrance Scott Giesbrecht left the facility at 70 Colony Farm Rd. in Coquitlam. Giesbrecht was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant, the RCMP said.   Read more...

July 24, 2017

‘Violent’ attack on Colony Farm psychiatric hospital staffer prompts call for...

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) is calling on the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) to protect workers after a staff member was allegedly assaulted by a patient at a high-security Coquitlam psychiatric hospital.   Read more...

July 20, 2017

BCGEU, NUPGE pledge $100,000 donation to B.C. wildfire relief - BCGEU

The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) announced today that it has joined with its national affiliate, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) to pledge a $100,000 donation to the Red Cross to help with wildfire relief efforts in British Columbia.  "We are pleased to contribute to the relief effort for B.C. residents affected by wildfires," says BCGEU presid...

July 18, 2017

BCGEU looking forward to working in the spirit of collaboration with new Premier

VICTORIA –   As a new government is sworn in today at the British Columbia Legislature, it marks a new era of leadership for the people of British Columbia. In marking the occasion, President Stephanie Smith noted that "We are incredibly excited by what the future will hold for Premier John Horgan, and a new government forged in the spirit of collaboration."  Under the leadership of Premier Hor...

July 13, 2017

Federal and provincial ministers respond to women’s services report - BCGEU

Following the women's service event held in March of this year, we published the report Collective wisdom: challenges and opportunities in B.C. women's services. I sent a copy of this report to the federal and provincial ministers best positioned to take action on our recommendations, and I am pleased to update you today on their responses. At the federal level, policy staff and other officials...

July 13, 2017

BCGEU Recognizes the Unsung Superstars Behind the Wildfire Response - BCGEU

Over the past week, hundreds of wildfire fighters have been fighting over 200 wildfires across the province, and experts fear more wildfires are on their way. While firefighters, RCMP and paramedics are the emergency response units we see on the highways and on television every day, there are hundreds other public servants who are making this response possible. These are the workers doing admin...

July 11, 2017

The BCGEU Stands in Solidarity with Pacific Blue Cross Workers Locked Out of ...

The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU), representing over 73,000 workers across B.C., will stand in solidarity with the workers locked out of their jobs by Pacific Blue Cross (PBC) in Vancouver.   On June 30th, PBC announced to its workers they would be prevented from returning to work if they continued a job action aimed at securing a fair deal for workers. During the latest ...

July 10, 2017

BCGEU President Extends Support to Communities Affected by Wildfires and Than...

On behalf of 73,000 BCGEU members, I would like to extend our support and solidarity to the communities affected by wildfires burning through much of British Columbia this week. With over 200 wildfires starting over the weekend, hundreds of B.C. families spent their weekend wondering whether their homes would be standing by Monday. As one of B.C.'s largest unions, we know that hundreds of our m...

July 10, 2017

Island Crisis Care Society Nominations for Bargaining Committee - BCGEU

The BCGEU is continuing to seek a nomination from members employed by Island Crisis Care Society to the 2017 Bargaining Committee. The Union encourages diversity of representation.  In the most recent round of bargaining, the bargaining committee had no representation from members outside of Samaritan House. If the members employed by ICCS wish to have only members employed at Samaritan House o...

July 10, 2017

Closure of REACH Daycare a significant loss for the community - BCGEU

REACH Daycare and Young Parent Centre in Langford will close at the end of September representing a tremendous loss of community for families who rely on the centre. Due in part to lack of provincial funding, this closure will leave some young parents without the support they need to complete their education, creating a gap in valuable social services. REACH Daycare provides early learning and ...

July 10, 2017

Closure of REACH Daycare a significant loss for the community - BCGEU

REACH Daycare and Young Parent Centre in Langford will close at the end of September representing a tremendous loss of community for families who rely on the centre. Due in part to lack of provincial funding, this closure will leave some young parents without the support they need to complete their education, creating a gap in valuable social services. REACH Daycare provides early learning and ...

July 10, 2017

Williams Lake Area Office Temporary Closure - BCGEU

There is a temporary closure of the Williams Lake Area Office (Area 06) due to the fire conditions in the area. All calls to the office have been re-routed to the Prince George Area Office. We will update you once we have more information.

July 05, 2017

Prince George Pride Parade - July 8, 2017 - BCGEU

Pride Season is here again in Prince George!   We want to encourage everyone to join in the fun! This year is expected to be the biggest yet! Date: July 8, 2017 Start: 11:00 am Where: Parade begins at the Veterans Plaza at 100 Patricia Blvd If you would like to join the BCGEU in the parade we will be meeting at 9:30 am behind City Hall, look for the BCGEU flags. If you need more information, pl...

July 05, 2017

Victoria Pride Parade - July 9, 2017 - BCGEU

Pride Season is here again in Victoria!   We want to encourage everyone to join in the fun! This year is expected to be the biggest yet! Date: July 9, 2017 Start: 11:00 am Where: Parade begins at Pandora and Government If you would like to join the BCGEU in the parade we will be meeting between 8:30 am and 10:00 am at the corner of Pandora and Government, look for the BCGEU flag. If you need mo...

July 05, 2017

More violence at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital as BCGEU calls on PHSA board o...

Another staff member at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital (FPH) in Coquitlam, operated by the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), has been assaulted after being asked to escort a patient exhibiting aggressive behaviour to a seclusion room. Staff members are not provided with protective gear at FPH.  "The ongoing violence at FPH is due to an imbalance created by bringing dangerous individua...