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

September 20, 2018

CLC Winter School 2019

CLC Winter School 2019 Course listings and registration for the Canadian Labour Congress Winter School (January 13 to February 15, 2019) at Harrison Hot Springs is now available. Active union members are encouraged to apply online. Applications will be forwarded to your Component executive to make their selections on who will attend the school.  Registration cut off is November 2nd for all cour...

September 13, 2018

Strike continues as Gateway Casinos refuse to release company financials - BCGEU

Union cites lack of transparency as reason for breakdown in talks  (Kelowna) Mediated talks between Gateway Casinos and over 675 members of the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) in the Thompson-Okanagan broke off last week after the company refused to release financial information to back up claims that they cannot afford the workers' wage proposals. "Gateway says they can't af...

September 12, 2018

BCGEU demands WorkSafe investigate new assaults on Forensics hospital staff -...

BURNABY – The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union reports that four staff members at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam have been injured in another violent attack by a patient this week and the union is demanding that WorkSafeBC investigate security measures at the facility. BCGEU members report that two health care workers (HCW) and two nurses were attacked by a patient on Se...

September 12, 2018

Area 01 Young Workers Committee - BCGEU

We are excited to introduce ourselves to you as your Area 01 Young Worker Committee. Local 301 Amanda Nurse                  amanda_nurse@hotmail.com Local 401 Sarah Ball                        sarahmichelleball@hotmail.com Local 501 Rostislav Artiushenkov    rostokcan@gmail.com Local 601 Alexandra Richardson     alex_richardson12@hotmail.com Local 801 Samantha Brumwell        samma12@live...

September 10, 2018

RV Visit And Barbeque for Gateway of Hope members - BCGEU

Date: September 14, 2018Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.Place: Kwantlen Polytechnic University parking lot(adjacent to Gateway of Hope)   Please join us for a barbeque where you can meet Local Chairs, BCGEU Staff, and other BCGEU members. Refreshments will be provided. In solidarity,  Heather TurnerStaff RepresentativeDownload PDF of notice here UWU/MoveUP

September 07, 2018

Pension workshops available for Public Service Pension Plan and Municipal Pen...

Every year the Pension Corporation offers a spring and fall calendar of educational workshops about the Municipal Pension Plan and Public Service Pension Plan. The calendars are now posted on the pension websites (see links below). The College Pension Plan sessions should be posted soon.  Two different workshops are offered: 1) For younger members who want to know more about your plan. 2) For t...

September 06, 2018

Union representing correctional officers calls for action after alleged assau...

The BC Government and Service Employees (BCGEU) union is asking for a change to better protect correctional officers and sheriffs who are escorting prisoners from correctional centers. The call comes after the alleged assault of a correctional officer at Vancouver General Hospital on Aug. 28.     Read more... UWU/MoveUP

September 06, 2018

BCGEU welcomes better wages for early childhood educators - BCGEU

As early childhood educators, we know quality child care depends on quality educators. We also know that early childhood educators like you are highly skilled and trained and want to provide the best care and education for children and their families.Yesterday, the BC government announced the next step in building an affordable, high-quality child care system- a much-needed wage increase for ea...

September 05, 2018

Union calls for gov't intervention after spike in staff assaults at Coquitlam...

Two unions that represent workers at Coquitlam's Forensic Psychiatric Hospital are sounding the alarm over a recent spike in assaults, blaming management for a "systemic failure" to respond. The B.C. Government and Service Employees Union said that there have been 21 staff injuries committed by patients to its members alone, between May and August of this year.     Read more... UWU/MoveUP

August 31, 2018

City Hall Child Care - Nominations Now Open for Two (2) Bargaining Committee ...

We are now preparing for the upcoming round of collective bargaining.The first step is to elect two bargaining committee members. If there are more nominations than positions available, the Union will conduct an election.Nominations are now open and will close on Friday, September 28, 2018 at 5:00 pm. All nominations must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, September 28th. Nominations are to ...

August 31, 2018

An Open Letter from BCGEU President Stephanie Smith on Labour Day - BCGEU

As a mother and an early childhood educator l know that for many British Columbians Labour Day represents the end of summer and the beginning of school. But as a union activist the first Monday in September represents much more. Labour Day is an opportunity to celebrate working people: the ones who built our province; the ones who take care of our families and our communities every day; and the...

August 29, 2018

Members at Sunshine Valley Child Care Society - Bargaining Results - BCGEU

The proposed Collective Agreement has been ratified by 100%. Your employer has stated that your wage increase will begin on your next pay period. Retro pay will follow in the coming months. Thank you to all who participated in the vote and at the meetings.   Your Bargaining Committee   Sara JohansonGeorgette RemoSarah Maglio – Staff Representative   Download PDF of notice here UWU/MoveUP

August 29, 2018

Assaults at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital highlight failure to provide a safe...

BURNABY – Recent serious assaults on staff by patients at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital (FPH) in Coquitlam highlight a disturbing trend that endangers the lives of workers at the facility, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union said today. "There have been 21 injuries to staff since May of this year, by patients who are at the hospital for committing serious crimes," said BCGEU tr...

August 28, 2018

Stewards at Northwest International Family & Community Services Society (Prin...

The Union is pleased to announce the following Stewards for your worksite. If you have any questions regarding workplace issues or your Collective Agreement, please contact: Carolyn Pahl Lynne Thompson Congratulations to the above noted! We look forward to working with you.Download PDF of notice here. UWU/MoveUP

August 27, 2018

Community social service workers ratify three-year agreement, includes wage i...

Community social service workers have voted by 85.7 per cent in favour to ratify a new collective agreement that provides significant compensation increases for workers in this sector, while meeting the government mandate of improving the services British Columbians count on. Community Living workers ratified the tentative agreement by 82.3 per cent. General Services ratified by 95.8 per cent. ...

August 27, 2018

Union Committed To Working With Members And Government To Improve Support Of ...

While BCGEU community social service workers voted 85.7 per cent overall in favour of ratifying the new collective agreement, voter turnout as well as support for the Indigenous Services (previously Aboriginal Services) agreement was low. This agreement was ratified by only 50.9 per cent of the vote. "While our negotiating team did the very best it could, we know there is still some distance to...

August 27, 2018

BCGEU community social services members ratify collective agreement - BCGEU

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) announced today that its members in the Community Social Services (CSS) sector voted by 85.7 per cent in favour to ratify a new collective agreement. The three-year contract provides significant compensation increases for workers while meeting the government mandate of improving the services British Columbians count on. CSS consists of thre...