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

July 07, 2016

Local 302 union meeting

DATE: Tuesday, July 26, 2016 TIME: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. PLACE: Parksville Community Centre – Garry Oaks/Arbutus Room             132 Jensen Avenue E, Parksville   BCGEU Vice President To Meet with Inclusion Parksville Members In March, BCGEU President Stephanie Smith and Vice President Andrea Duncan visited several worksites where BCGEU members provide community social services. Unfortunatel...

July 07, 2016

Mission Day Care Society (Heritage Park) - tentative agreement ratifies

Your bargaining committee is pleased to announce that the Mission Day Care Society tentative collective agreement has been ratified by the membership. The vote was 100% in favour of accepting  the tentative agreement. Your bargaining committee thanks all of you for your support and assistance throughout the bargaining process including ratification. In solidarity On behalf of the bargaining...

July 05, 2016

Younghusband Resources Ltd. Steward Nominations – Two positions

Please be advised that there is a vacancy for two stewards to represent members at Younghusband Resources Ltd.   Click on the link below to download a nomination form. Completed nomination forms are to be returned to the union no later than 5:00 p.m., Thursday, August 4, 2016. New stewards are trained by the union. If more than two members are interested in becoming a steward, the union will...

July 05, 2016

The BCGEU stands with Canada Post workers

Canada Post’s announcement that they will lock out Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) members as soon as Friday is an attack on collective bargaining, its workers and its customers. Canada Post is refusing to do the work of collective bargaining with CUPW by demanding massive rollbacks on the union’s hard fought gains. Those rollbacks include moving all new hires from a defined benefit...

July 05, 2016

Surrey Association for Community Living Steward Nominations – Five positions

Please be advised that there is a vacancy for five 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., Thursday, August 4, 2016. Please post the notice and nomination forms at your worksite. Completed forms may be returned via email to Area04@bcgeu...

July 05, 2016

Mission Association for Community Living 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., Thursday, August 4, 2016. Please post the notice and nomination forms at your worksite. Completed forms may be returned via email to Area04@bcgeu...

July 05, 2016

Mission Day Care Society (Heritage Park) Steward Nominations – Two positions

Please be advised that there is a vacancy for two stewards to represent members at Mission Day Care Society (Heritage Park).   Please find attached nomination form. Completed nomination forms are to be returned to the union no later than 5:00 p.m., Thursday, August 4, 2016. Please post the notice and nomination forms at your worksite. Completed forms may be returned via email to Area04@bcgeu....

July 05, 2016

Election for Local 304 Executive position – Member-at-large

The BCGEU is holding an election for two member-at-large positions. No candidates provided a statement or bio.             Cori Kleisinger             Barney Usborne             Bryanna Anderson Ballots are available from your stewards and contacts at the worksite. You may also vote at the Fraser Valley Area Office located at 8555-198A Street, Langley Twp. A member of your local Area Balloti...

July 04, 2016

L'Ecole Bilingue Kindercare society members ratifications to collective agree...

Your Bargaining Committee is pleased to announce the tentative agreement reached with your employer was ratified at the ratification meeting held on June 28, 2016. Highlights include: A 4-year term, ending June 30, 2020 2% wage increase each year of the agreement 2 additional vacation days for members in their first to fourth years of employment 3 additional vacation days for members in ...

June 30, 2016

BCGEU presses Canadian Prime Minister on Mexican teacher repression

Since mid-May, Mexican teachers have launched a nation-wide protest against new government measures that seek to shut down teacher (normal) training schools, base continued employment on teachers’ results on standardized written exams, and eliminate the need for pedagogical training for new teachers. The government’s response has been a wave of violence that includes the abduction and arbitrary...

June 29, 2016

Working Poverty in Metro Vancouver: the extent of the problem and realistic s...

Today the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) released a study on poverty in Vancouver. The report, Working Poverty in Metro Vancouver, presents sobering details on the increasing levels of poverty in the region. It also dispels an important myth about poverty: that getting a job will help lift a person out of poverty. Poverty in B.C.’s largest city is increasingly a story of low pa...

June 28, 2016

NUPGE will fight for community services

Delegates to NUPGE's 2016 Convention overwhelmingly adopted a campaign to defend and improve community services for all Canadians. Read more...

June 24, 2016

Montessori Day Care Society - Nominations for one (1) Bargaining Committee M...

The union is preparing for a new round of bargaining at Montessori Day Care Society. We need your help and participation. The first step is to elect one (1) bargaining committee member and one (1) alternate bargaining committee member. Nominations are now open for both positions. In order to be nominated, a member and a nominator must complete the attached nomination form. If more than one b...

June 24, 2016

Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society bargaining update

The employer and union bargaining committees have reached impasse at the bargaining table. While the parties were able to agree to a number of housekeeping and language items, we were not able to agree on monetary items. Since the parties cannot reach agreement on their own, the Union now needs a strong strike mandate to seek assistance from a mediator. Once we receive a strong strike mandate,...

June 24, 2016

L'Ecole Bilingue Kindercare Society Tentative Agreement and Ratification Meeting

The Bargaining Committee reached a tentative agreement with your Employer on June 13, 2016. The highlights of the tentative agreement are:      •    A 4-year term, ending June 30, 2020      •    2% wage increase each year of the agreement      •    2 additional vacation days for members in their first to fourth years of employment      •    3 additional vacation days for members in their fift...

June 24, 2016

Keep Your Cool!

The recent hot weather in our province generated several calls to the BCGEU Occupational Health and Safety department. Members want to know if the employer has the responsibility to protect workers from hot temperatures both indoors and out. The short answer is “YES!” The Workers Compensation Act Section 115 mandates that employers must ensure the health and safety of all workers working for t...

June 22, 2016

Arcus Community Resources Ltd - Steward Nominations – five positions

Please be advised there are vacancies for five steward positions to represent members at Arcus Community Resources. Please find attached nomination form. Completed nomination forms are to be returned to the union no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, July 29, 2016. Nomination form(s) may be sent to the Fraser Valley Area Office via fax (604.882.5032) or email (Area04@bcgeu.ca) to the attention of M...

June 22, 2016

Mission Daycare Society (Heritage Park) tentative agreement reached

The parties reached a tentative agreement on June 20, 2016. The union's bargaining committee is recommending acceptance of the tentative agreement. Amanda Johnsen (bargaining committee member) will be conducting a ratification vote at Mission Daycare Society during the week of June 21st. Information and voting packages will be available from Amanda for your review. If you have any questions, ...

June 20, 2016

BCGEU celebrates the 20th National Aboriginal Day

On June 21, 1996 the federal government declared the first National Aboriginal Day. Since that time, the BCGEU has joined the celebrations and the calls for increased support and recognition of Aboriginal peoples across Canada. Over the course of those 20 years, Aboriginal peoples in Canada have fought for and won many advancements and reinforcements of their rights – sometimes through govern...

June 20, 2016

BCGEU demands freedom for Iranian trade unionists

In solidarity with the Free Them Now campaign to free jailed workers in Iran, the BCGEU sent two letters demanding the release of Jafar Azimzadeh and other jailed trade union leaders. Click here to read the general solidarity letter, and click here for the the more specific letter.