B.C.'S UNION SINCE 1919

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

June 01, 2016

Workplace first aid requirements

First aid is an important element of workplace health and safety. This includes having the correct equipment, procedures and trained people in place to respond in the event of a workplace injury. Here are the basic first aid requirements under the Workers Compensation Act:  (1) The employer must provide for each workplace such equipment, supplies, facilities, first aid attendants and services...

June 01, 2016

Member Update - June 2016

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith and Corrections and Sheriff Services Component 1 VP Dean Purdy update members on ongoing union campaigns. *You can also view the video on the BCGEU YouTube channel

June 01, 2016

Kids Cottage Day Care bargaining committee members – election results

The election of your bargaining committee is now complete. You will be represented by: Kathy Granger and Jacquelyn Peel Your committee will be convening shortly to review and develop proposals prior to meeting with the employer. Bargaining surveys will be sent to the worksite. This is your opportunity to have input into the bargaining proposals that impact all members. We thank you in advanc...

June 01, 2016

Salvation Army Belkin House and Richmond House bargaining committee election ...

I am pleased to advise you that the following members will make up the bargaining committee who will represent you through the upcoming negotiations with the Employer: Trevor Corbett – Bargaining Committee Chairperson Oliva Rolando – Bargaining Committee Member Deanna Pulak – Bargaining Committee Member Lea Salov – Bargaining Committee Member The next step is for the Committee to review...

May 31, 2016

B.C. government launches online map that shows daycare vacancies

For parents of younger children, finding licensed child care is a constant battle. In many cases, if you’re not on a waiting list before your child is even born, you’re out of luck. So the province is launching a new tool to help connect parents with open child care spots. Read more...

May 30, 2016

Lower Mainland Purpose Society ratification vote

The Union will be holding two meetings to seek a ratification mandate from the membership: DATE & TIME: May 31, 2016 – 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm LOCATION: Yukon Crescent Children’s Centre                  2123 Yukon Crescent, Burnaby, BC DATE & TIME:  June 1, 2016 – 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm LOCATION: Cameron Children’s Centre                  9838 Cameron Street, Burnaby, BC A copy of the Memoran...

May 30, 2016

OHS Representatives in the province right to refuse unsafe work

Recent incidents at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam have highlighted the need for workers to be made aware of their rights and duties under the Worker’s Compensation Act in carrying out their work. On May 23, BCGEU members were injured while transporting a patient from the Royal Columbian Hospital back to the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital. A preliminary investigation has been conduc...

May 27, 2016

2016 BCGEU Scholarship Winners

Shaelyn Ann Loise Blatta, West Kelowna Flora Copley, Barriere Ruth Dyck, Williams Lake Haven Evans, Prince George Elisabeth Hill, Port Alberni Ramona Jones, White Rock Isaiah Joseph, Langford Pamela Lozano Fernandez, Chilliwack Kayla MacKay, Victoria Tessa Milic, Delta Sarah Osborne, Victoria Tenysha Ross-Van Mierlo, Castlegar Lindsay Russell, Port Moody Jaya Scott, Victoria Jorda...

May 27, 2016

Local 304 Member-at-large nominations – Two positions

Please be advised that there is a vacancy for two member-at-large positions to represent members on Local 304 executive. Please find attached nomination form. Completed nomination forms are to be returned to the union no later than 5:00 pm on Monday, June 27, 2016. The nomination period remains open for 30 calendar days. Candidates have the right to submit one 8.5” x11” information sheet, whi...

May 25, 2016

Chilliwack Community Services union meeting

In light of recent changes to programs which may result in layoffs, the union would like to meet with all members at Chilliwack Community Services to discuss the changes and impacts, as well as to answer any questions you have. The details are as follows: DATE: THURSDAY, June 2, 2016 VENUE: Wellington office boardroom             45948 Wellington Avenue             Chilliwack TIME: 2:30 p.m...

May 25, 2016

Local 305 BBQ and Music Trivia

DATE: June 7, 2016 TIME: 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. PLACE: BCGEU, 158 ORIOLE ROAD, KAMLOOPS (VALLEYVIEW)             (evening entrance at Northwest corner of building)   AGENDA You are invited to BBQ dinner and Music Trivia on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Please come out and enjoy our beautiful patio space where we will be barbecuing beef, chicken, veggie burgers, and smokies...

May 24, 2016

WJS KEY Program in East Kootenays to close – the first of its kind

For over 20 years, the Kootenays East Youth (KEY) program has supported young offenders as they strive to make positive changes in their lives. A new model at the time of its founding, KEY was first residential youth justice program in B.C. Youth justice programs like KEY offer support and structure for young offenders who the courts have determined would be better served outside of a custodia...

May 20, 2016

The National Union's scholarship program for 2016

Four awards of $1,500 are given each year to children of NUPGE, including BCGEU, members. The deadline for applications is July 6, 2016. Each year, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) offers four scholarships that reflect its pursuit of equal opportunity for all workers. They are open to the children, grandchildren or foster children of the National Union’s 360,000 membe...

May 20, 2016

Free pensions webinars

Learn more about pensions in a webinar series offered by NUPGE, our national union.   Capital stewardship Friday, June 10 10.00 am (11.00 am Mountain Daylight Time) Pension assets in Canada now exceed $1 trillion. The way this money is invested has significant impacts on retirement security, the wider economy, and the welfare of society. It can also affect the jobs of NUPGE members and oth...

May 19, 2016

President Stephanie Smith named to advisory council to improve B.C.’s child w...

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith has been appointed to a six-member advisory council to develop a plan to improve our provincial child welfare system. The advisory council will provide independent advice on the allocation of additional staff, increased training and greater transparency and accountability at the Ministry for Children and Family Development (MCFD). “I look forward to working with...

May 18, 2016

The BCGEU is proud to announce the following winners of a 2016 BCGEU Scholars...

Shaelyn Ann Loise Blatta, West Kelowna Flora Copley, Barriere Ruth Dyck, Williams Lake Haven Evans, Prince George Elisabeth Hill, Port Alberni Ramona Jones, White Rock Isaiah Joseph, Langford Pamela Lozano Fernandez, Chilliwack Kayla MacKay, Victoria Tessa Milic, Delta Sarah Osborne, Victoria Tenysha Ross-Van Mierlo, Castlegar Lindsay Russell, Port Moody Jaya Scott, Victoria Jorda...

May 16, 2016

All members in Haida Gwaii - Pension Seminar

What's New With Pensions?:  Your pension, Your plan, plus CPP, OAS and GIS A BCGEU pension specialist will begin with an explanation on the differences between a defined benefit pension and a defined contribution pension plan – do you  know what type your plan is?  Learn the differences in predicting retirement income under the different arrangements and why this is important. You will then b...