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

May 29, 2018

Your Local 309 Executive - BCGEU

I am pleased to announce that Christine Van Dyke has been acclaimed as the First Vice-Chairperson in local 309. I am sure that you will all join me in wishing Christine well in her new position. Your Local Executive Officers are:   Michelle Davis           ChairpersonChristine Van Dyke    1st Vice Chair*Vacant                   2nd Vice Chair*Vacant                   TreasurerSandi McCreight   ...

May 29, 2018

Executive donation to Red Cross for flood relief - BCGEU

From April through June 2017, catastrophic flooding devastated parts of the Okanagan, Kootenay and Shuswap regions forcing thousands of British Columbians from their homes. According to the BC Flood and Wildfire Review released last month, the estimated cost of flood response in 2017 was more than $73 million. Just a year later, while many families and communities are still dealing with the aft...

May 28, 2018

Call For Occupational Health and Safety Representatives at Island Crisis Care...

The Union is seeking at least two BCGEU members working at Island Crisis Care Society to participate in the Joint Health & Safety Committee. Occupational Health and Safety Representatives receive training from the Union with no loss of wages. They meet together with representatives of ICCS to discuss health and safety topics to protect workers from work related injury or illness. It is impo...

May 25, 2018

BCGEU applauds provincial investment in 1,500 new housing units for women fle...

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) applauds today's announcement by the provincial government that it will build 1,500 new supportive housing units throughout the province for women and children fleeing violence. Over the next 10 years, government will invest $734 million to build this much-needed housing which includes transition houses, safe homes, second-stage and long-te...

May 25, 2018

Second week of bargaining focuses on non-monetary proposals - BCGEU

The Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) met again this week with the Community Social Services Employers' Association (CSSEA) to resume negotiations and exchange non-monetary proposals. Now in the second week of bargaining, both groups are having meaningful discussions and making progress. "There isn't a family in B.C. that hasn't received support, or knows someone who's re...

May 23, 2018

Local Executive Election Results - BCGEU

The election process for the Local Member at Large positions closed on May 18th, 2018, and we want to take this opportunity to advise you of the results and congratulate the successful candidates. Congratulations to Chris Mikulasik (Local 0311 Member at Large position) and Sabine Regenwetter (Local 0311 Member at Large position).   Your Executive with the results are as follows:  Chair Patr...

May 18, 2018

CSSBA and CSSEA commence their first week of bargaining - BCGEU

As you are aware the unions were invited by the provincial government to the table for early contract discussions. The Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) committee finalized the unions' priorities and proposals and initiated talks with the Community Social Services Employers Association (CSSEA) bargaining committee on May 16, 2018. The parties have concluded a protocol agr...

May 17, 2018

Coquitlam casino still behind pickets - BCGEU

After five days of job action, a labour dispute at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver in Coquitlam does not appear to be ending anytime soon. Great Canadian Gaming Corp. said in a statement Monday that it has been granted an order by the B.C. Labour Relations Board prohibiting striking workers from blocking entry to the property.    Read more... UWU/MoveUP

May 17, 2018

GATEWAY CASINOS NEGOTIATIONS REACH AN IMPASSE - BCGEU

Talks between Gateway Casinos and members of the BC Government and Service Employees Union have broken off. On Tuesday morning, over a hundred employees of Gateway Casinos from Kelowna, Vernon, Penticton, and Kamloops rallied in Kelowna to push for higher wages.   Read more... UWU/MoveUP

May 17, 2018

CASINO WORKERS RALLY IN KELOWNA - BCGEU

Employees of Gateway Casinos from Kelowna, Vernon, Penticton, and Kamloops gathered in Kelowna Tuesday morning to push for higher wages. Negotiations between the company and the bargaining committee began back in January, but stopped abruptly in March, prompting Tuesday’s demonstration.   Read more... UWU/MoveUP

May 17, 2018

Casino workers nearing strike? - BCGEU

A vocal group of employees from four of the Okanagan's largest casinos rallied in Kelowna this morning as their union headed back to the bargaining table. Approximately 1,400 employees of Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Limited (which operates Playtime Casino in Kelowna, Lake City Casino in Vernon, and Cascades Casinos in Penticton and Kamloops) are pressuring the company to pay them a living...

May 17, 2018

Casino workers press for wage hike - BCGEU

Gateway Casino workers will be rallying Tuesday for higher wages. Members of the BC Government and Service Employees' Union working at Gateway Casinos and Entertainment in Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon and Kamloops are calling on their employer to improve wages, benefits and working conditions as contract negotiations resume Tuesday.     Read more... UWU/MoveUP

May 15, 2018

Remember Your Right To Refuse Unsafe Work - BCGEU

The BCGEU OHS department would like to remind our members of their right to refuse unsafe work. Right to Refuse Unsafe Work  All workers in our province are entitled to exercise their four basic rights when it comes to Occupational Health and Safety in the workplace. BCGEU members all need to be aware of their rights when performing the tasks and duties of their occupation. Knowing these rights...

May 14, 2018

Gateway casino workers to rally for industry-standard wages as they resume ne...

KELOWNA, B.C., May 14, 2018 – Members of the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) working at Gateway Casinos & Entertainment (Gateway) in Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon, and Kamloops will hold a rally and deliver a petition to their employer calling for improved wages, benefits and working conditions as contract negotiations resume tomorrow.  Contract negotiations broke off on Mar...