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 07, 2018

International Women’s Day: Time to #PressforProgress - BCGEU

International Women's Day (IWD) is recognized internationally on March 8th each year to celebrate the global achievements of women and the extraordinary role women have played in their communities and across the world. Despite these successes, we are faced with continued inequality and there is still much to be done. Let's continue to move forward – not backward - on women's rights and equality...

March 07, 2018

Local 305 - Bi-Election & Nomination for Local Executive - BCGEU

Nominations are now open for the following positions on the local executive:  2nd Vice Chairperson  1 Members-at-Large: Young Worker Representative - to be filled by a young worker representative (29 years of age and younger) The term is three years. Information on the responsibilities and activities of each office is available from your area office. The deadline for nominations is: 5:00 p.m....

March 02, 2018

Budget 2018/19 brings responsible investment in our province and people - BCGEU

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) has released its analysis of the BC NDP's first full provincial budget and financial plan – a budget with a noticeable change of tone from the previous government. After 16 years of austerity and retrenchment under the BC Liberals, the new government has laid important pathways for the introduction of expansive new strategies and programs t...

March 02, 2018

BCGEU Submission on Electoral Reform Referendum - BCGEU

When the B.C. Government announced plans to hold a province-wide referendum on the question of electoral reform, they invited input from citizens and organizations to help shape the way we vote. The response from British Columbians was immense, with over eighty-eight thousand submissions made to the Attorney General. This represents the largest public participation in a consultation in the hist...

March 01, 2018

March is Community Social Service Awareness Month - BCGEU

There isn't a family in B.C. that hasn't received support, or knows someone who's received support, from a Community Social Service (CSS) worker. Every day, they make sure some of our most vulnerable citizens are safe and cared for, and this is why the BC Government Services and Employees' Union (BCGEU) asked the Province of British Columbia once again to proclaim March as Community Social Serv...

March 01, 2018

Local 303 Executive for 2018-2021 - BCGEU

Please be advised of the Local 303 Executive election results: • Chairperson  Andrea Duncan • 1st Vice Chairperson   Pamela Pye • 2nd Vice Chairperson  Caroline Kent • Treasurer  April Duffield • Recording Secretary  Anne-Marie McGee • Member-at-Large (Aboriginal Services)  Patricia Phillips  • Members-at-Large (Community Living)  Deborah Doyon  Stacey Vu  John Zhang • Members-at-Large (Child C...

February 28, 2018

President Worksite Visit at Squamish Helping Hands - BCGEU

President Stephanie Smith and Community Social Services V-P Andrea Duncan will be visiting your worksite at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 7, 2018.  Stephanie and Andrea are looking forward to meeting and hearing from you and answering any questions about the Union that you may have.  These visits are taking place during Community Social Services Month in recognition of the important work that you...

February 28, 2018

President Worksite Visit at Sea to Sky Community Services - BCGEU

President Stephanie Smith and Community Social Services V-P Andrea Duncan will be visiting the SSCS main office at 11 a.m. and the youth centre at 2:20 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, 2018.  Stephanie and Andrea are looking forward to meeting and hearing from you and answering any questions about the Union that you may have.  These visits are taking place during Community Social Services Month in r...

February 28, 2018

BCGEU supports Pink Shirt Day 2018 campaign - BCGEU

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) joined hundreds this morning in downtown Vancouver at the CKNW Kids' Fund 2018 Pink Shirt Day rally. This annual campaign to end bullying spreads awareness and raises funds to support programs that foster children's healthy self-esteem with this year's focus on cyberbullying. "Bullying continues to be a problem whether in our schools, at wo...

February 23, 2018

BCGEU to host public meeting on housing affordability crisis - BCGEU

VANCOUVER – A five-person panel will discuss Greater Vancouver's housing crisis and hear stories and ideas for solutions from the public.  The panel includes:  Adriane Carr – Vancouver City Council MemberTesicca Truong – Generation SqueezeHarpinder Sandhu – Co-author of the report Building an Affordable B.C.; CUPE 1767 memberKari Michaels – BCGEU Executive Vice PresidentPaul Finch – BCGEU Treas...

February 21, 2018

Government must take bolder action on speculation tax - BCGEU

February 21, 2018BURNABY – The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) is pleased to see the B.C. NDP government's newly released 30-point housing plan which proposes significant steps towards addressing the province's housing affordability crisis. This plan includes measures, many of which the BCGEU has been calling for, like introducing a progressive property transfer tax surcharge...

February 21, 2018

Local 311 Executive Nomination Results - BCGEU

The nomination process for your Local Executive positions closed on February 13, 2018, and we want to take this opportunity to advise you of the results and congratulate the successful candidates. Congratulations to Jordan Rolfes (Member‑At‑Large Young Worker position).   Your Executive with the results are as follows:   Chair   Candidates:                           Patricia Westerlund Ch...

February 20, 2018

BC Budget provides path to affordability and quality public services - BCGEU

Fixing 16 years of neglect in public services, childcare and housing will take time, but BC Budget 2018 signals a bold path forward on these important public issues, says the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union. "We have consistently called upon government for greater investment to restore quality public services," said BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. "Today's budget begins that renew...

February 19, 2018

Vancity workers at Downtown Vancouver branch join BCGEU - BCGEU

Workers at the Vancouver City Savings Credit Union Downtown Vancouver Branch (#10) have voted by majority to join the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU).  The 26 financial services workers at this branch join over 700 of their Vancity colleagues who benefit from access to fair wages and improved working conditions under their collective agreement. "We are thrilled to welcome wor...

February 19, 2018

Caring Professionals should be exempt from mobility pricing - BCGEU

The Mobility Pricing Independent Commission recently published its initial report exploring decongestion charging as part of a 10-year plan for transportation development in the Metro Vancouver region. They have proposed two main policy approaches for consideration: tolling congestion points and charging drivers for each kilometre they drive. Congestion point pricing charges drivers when they p...

February 16, 2018

Local 302 Nomination for Local Executive - BCGEU

To: All BCGEU Local 302 MembersRe: Nomination for Local Executive ** Reminder to send in nomination forms**  Nominations are now open for the following positions on the local executive: Chairperson 1st Vice Chairperson 2nd Vice Chairperson Treasurer Recording Secretary Member-at-Large (3) Member-at-Large – Young Worker (29 years of age or younger) Member-at-Large – Equity Worker (Candidates s...

February 16, 2018

Comox Valley Children's Daycare Society Membership Meeting and Bargaining Pro...

To: All BCGEU Members at Comox Valley Children's Daycare SocietyRe: Membership Meeting and Bargaining Proposals In preparation for the upcoming bargaining, we are looking to find out what your priorities are for this round of contract negotiations with the Employer. Attached you will find a Bargaining Questionnaire. We ask that you take a few minutes to fill this form out and return it to the B...

February 16, 2018

Elections for Local 0311 Chair - BCGEU

To: All BCGEU Local 0311 MembersRe: Elections for Local 0311 Chair The BCGEU is holding elections for the following positions of the local 0311 executive. Candidate statements are attached for those candidates who provided them: Local Chair:Pat WesterlundChris MikulasikWeston McGeeRobert Keddie Ballots are available from your stewards and contacts at the worksite. You may also vote at the ar...

February 15, 2018

2018 BCGEU Scholarship Program - BCGEU

Delegates to our 2017 Constitutional Convention voted to increase our annual scholarship program to $60,000. Awards for full-time students are $2,000 and, for part-time students, $1,000. Our scholarship program is funded by the dues of our 73,000 members. Applicants must be: A BCGEU member, or related to a current retired, or deceased BCGEU member or staff; and A student or prospective post-se...

February 14, 2018

Local 305 Election Bulletin - BCGEU

The nomination period for the local 305 executive closed on February 8, 2018. The following positions have been acclaimed: Chairperson: Kari Bepple Treasurer:Brittany Palasz 1st Vice Chairperson:Angela Reed Recording Secretary:Renata Saat 2nd Vice Chairperson:Vacant – No nominations received 2 Members-at-Large:Sharon AndradeVal Henderson 1 Member-at-Large - Young Worker:Vacant – No nominations ...

February 14, 2018

Nominations for Local 303 Member-at-Large – Young Worker - BCGEU

To: All BCGEU Local 303 Members Re: Nominations for Local 303 Member-at-Large – Young Worker   Nominations are now open for the following position on the local executive:   Member at Large – Young Worker (age 29 and younger) (1 position)   The term of office is three years. Information on the responsibilities is attached.   Nomination forms must be received at the Lower Mainland Area Office b...

February 14, 2018

Elections for Local 304 Executive - BCGEU

To: All BCGEU Local 304 Members Re: Elections for Local 304 Executive   The BCGEU is holding elections for the following positions of the local 304 executive. Candidate statements are attached for those candidates who provided them:   First vice:Sharon Hollingsworth Amanda Greenlay Second vice chair:Garth Blois Jenni Salmon Treasurer:Cam Peterson Judy Fleming Member-at-large (6 positions):Shirl...

February 13, 2018

Xyolhemeylh Members Re:DELEGATIONS ACHIEVE BARGAINING DATE GOAL!! - BCGEU

Your bargaining committee met briefly with the Employer last week to set dates for bargaining.  Your committee has been asking the Employer for 2 days of negotiations per week to tackle the many significant issues that are necessary to conclude a first collective agreement.  In October and again last week BCGEU members delegated management in the Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford and Mission offices ...

February 13, 2018

BC throne speech ‘turns the corner on 16 years of neglect’ - BCGEU

The BC NDP government Speech from the Throne isn't perfect, but it starts to repair the damage done to public services by the previous government, says the BC Government and Service Employees' Union. "I've witnessed many throne speeches, but this is the first time I've seen a real commitment to progressive policies that will make people's lives better," says BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. "If...

February 13, 2018

Elections For Local 306 Executive - BCGEU

The BCGEU is holding elections for the following positions of the local 0306 executive. Candidate statements are attached for those candidates who provided them:  2nd Vice Chairperson:   Marg Wehlen Janet Biller Member-at-Large:  (TWO POSITIONS) Dallas Ingram Tressa Taylor Heather Rudyk Lynn Parkes Janet Biller Marg Wehlen Sukhdeep Khakh Donna Bennetts Dawn Cameron     Ballot...