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

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...

February 04, 2016

BCGEU signs First Nations Solidarity Accord opposing oil sands pipelines and...

First Nations/union alliance emerges in wake of Supreme Court ruling requiring BC government to make a decision on Northern Gateway pipeline and to consult with First Nations.  VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, COAST SALISH TERRITORY – (February 4, 2016) – The BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) signed a Solidarity Accord today, affirming its support of the Save the Fraser Declaratio...

February 04, 2016

BCGEU wishes members a happy Lunar New Year

The Lunar New Year starts on Monday February 8. This marks the start of a fifteen day festival and holiday. Celebrations have started around the world as we say goodbye to the Year of the Sheep and hello to the year of the Fire Monkey.  "We wish our members and their families a very happy and prosperous Lunar New Year," says BCGEU President Stephanie Smith. "We wish you luck, good health and g...

February 04, 2016

BCGEU celebrates the 20th anniversary of Black History Month in Canada

The BCGEU joins Canadians to celebrate Black History Month this February, which marks the event’s 20th anniversary. Our federal government officially recognized Black History Month after passing a parliamentary motion introduced by the Honourable Jean Augustine, the first black Canadian woman elected to Parliament.  "This February, take some time to learn about black Canadians’ tremendous cont...

February 03, 2016

Submission to the Special Committee to Review the Freedom of Information and ...

On January 27 our union presented a submission to the Special Committee to Review the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). The foundation of public trust in government is transparency, accountability, and a consistently demonstrated respect for the rights of individuals. FIPPA is designed to protect and uphold these values; yet, public practice in information managemen...

February 03, 2016

Local 303 members nominations for vacant executive positions

Nominations are now open for the following vacant positions on the Local 303 Executive: Member at Large – General Services (1 position) Member at Large – Aboriginal Services (1 position) Member at Large – Independent Agreements (1 position) Member at Large – Sea-to-Sky Corridor (1 position) Member at Large – Sunshine Coast (1 position) Member at Large – Young Worker (1 position) The t...

February 03, 2016

Applications open for 2016 CLBC-BCGEU scholarship fund

Applications are now open for a scholarship that enables B.C. adults with developmental disabilities to pursue jobs training or personal development. Community Living British Columbia (CLBC) and the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) co-sponsor the $100,000 scholarship fund, established as part of their 2012 collective agreement. The fund is open to adults who are eligible f...

February 02, 2016

Community Social Services Wage Increases to Take Effect on April 1, 2016

We’re happy to announce that on April 1, 2016, the first of three compensation comparability wage increases for Community Social Services (CSS) workers will take effect. This 2.5% increase, combined with the Economic Stability Dividend of 0.45%, will result in an increase for all members covered by the Community Living Services and General Services collective agreement. Click here to see the u...