BCGEU - B.C.'s Union since 1919 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

March 03, 2016

Salvation Army Stevenson House nominations of bargaining committee

In preparation for negotiations, a new bargaining committee must be elected to participate in the bargaining process.  Nominations are now open for one Chairperson on the Bargaining Committee. If more than one candidate is nominated, there will be an election.  Each candidate who is nominated, may complete and send back with their nomination form a biography of 250 words or less, which the Un...

March 03, 2016

City Hall Child Care meeting regarding tentative agreement reached

Your Bargaining Committee was able to successfully negotiate a tentative Collective Agreement with your Employer. There will be an information session regarding the tentative agreement:     Date: Thursday, March 10/16     Time: 6:00 pm     Place: City Hall Child Care We will supply a copy of the tentative agreement and information at the above meeting. In solidarity Aniquea Nazli, Bargaini...

March 03, 2016

The BCGEU celebrates Community Social Service Awareness Month

Every day, thousands of BCGEU members head to work in our communities supporting some of the most vulnerable members of our society and allowing them to live independent, productive and fulfilling lives. “It’s important to honour the valuable work of our Community Social Service members. They are truly the heart and soul of our community and social safety net,” said Stephanie Smith, BCGEU Pr...

February 29, 2016

Lower Mainland Purpose Society bargaining committee nominations and survey

Your current collective agreement with the Employer expires March 31, 2016. Negotiations between the parties will commence after a bargaining committee has been constituted. Attached, to this notice is a nomination form for the three (3) bargaining committee member positions and a bargaining survey for members to complete. Please note that the agreement restricts the composition of the committe...

February 29, 2016

Call for nominations for vacant local 302 Executive positions

Nominations are now open for following positions which are vacant on the Local 302 Executive: Recording Secretary  Member-at-Large  Equity Member-at-Large   The term is three years. The role of the Recording Secretary is as follows:  assists Local chairperson with responsibilities outlined above with the chair, sets meeting dates and develops agendas is responsible for all meeting ...

February 25, 2016

BC Budget 2016: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

The B.C. Liberal Government has delivered yet another of its “balanced” budgets, dressed in sleight-of-hand fiscal manoeuvering, ambiguous language, and cavalier comparisons to other provinces and jurisdictions. Sadly, and once again, the fiscal planning of our elected government puts in second place the essential public goods and services British Columbians require to lead prosperous, inclusi...

February 24, 2016

Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society Aboriginal Shelter - membershi...

The union wants to meet with you to go over the process, find out what your priorities are and answer any questions you may have about bargaining. Meeting Details: Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 Time: 1:00 to 3:00 PM Place: VAFCS Aboriginal Shelter – 201 Central Street Refreshments will be provided. In Solidarity Selena Kongpreecha Staff Representative – Negotiations Download PDF of notic...

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...