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

April 24, 2018

BCGEU’s telephone town hall on Public Service Pension Plan changes - BCGEU

On Tuesday, April 10th we hosted a telephone town hall from the Victoria Area Office to talk with members about the changes to the Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP) that were implemented April 1, 2018. We were joined in the VAO by representatives from the BC Pension Corporation and the Pension Secretariat. This bulletin summarizes some of the key points that came up during the town hall and pr...

April 23, 2018

Celebrating Medical Laboratory Professionals Week: April 22-28 - BCGEU

Please join us this week in celebrating medical laboratory professionals!  Medical laboratory professionals are highly trained health care professionals who provide laboratory test results required for the prevention, detection and treatment of illness and disease. When physicians and other health care providers are looking for answers, they depend on laboratory test results to accurately diagn...

April 23, 2018

Family Event – Miner's Memorial in Cumberland - BCGEU

This year Miners Memorial at Cumberland is going to be a huge event for union members. It is unfortunate that we were unable to secure Miracle Beach for the annual family picnic and so in lieu of that, we are encouraging members and their families to attend the BBQ dinner and other festivities on Saturday June 23rd. Go to https://minersmemorial.ca/ to get a rundown of events. The best part is f...

April 20, 2018

MSDPR’s Acceptance of Ombudsperson’s Holding Pattern Report Is a Major Victor...

The BCGEU applauds the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction's (MSDPR) willingness to accept most of the recommendations of B.C.'s Ombudsperson Jay Chalke's special report Holding Pattern: Call Wait Times for Income and Disability Assistance. "We're pleased that the new government has acknowledged the long-standing problems surrounding the MSDPR centralized phone line and is comm...

April 20, 2018

BCGEU partners with SumOfUs on improving corporate responsibility through inv...

The BCGEU is leading the way in the labour movement when it comes to responsible investing. Ahead of the 2015 global oil price crash, the union divested its strike fund and general reserves from fossil fuel equities and not only preserved, but increased the value of its holdings. Now, the BCGEU has partnered with non-profit organization SumOfUs to advocate for greater corporate responsibility a...

April 19, 2018

Welcome to Your Union: A New Resource Guide for BCGEU Members

Introducing BCGEU's brand-new member guide! Welcome to Your Union is a compact yet informative guide, written for all BCGEU members, whether new to the union or not. The guide outlines key information members need to get the most out of union membership such as educational opportunities, ways to get more involved, the role of shop stewards and the right to workplace safety. It also describes t...

April 19, 2018

Local 0311 Elections (2 Member-at-Large positions available) - BCGEU

REVISED We want to take this opportunity to advise and congratulate Wilma Bautista (Local 0311 Member at Large - Equity) on her position. Chair Patricia Westerlund 1st Vice Chair Linda Black 2nd Vice Chair Rob Keddie Treasurer Shawn Clarke Recording Secretary Danny Varma Member-At-Large Weston McGee Member-At-Large Randi Dalzell Member-At-Large Tracy Scovill Member-At...

April 18, 2018

Elections for Local 0311 Member-At-Large - BCGEU

  The BCGEU is holding elections for the following positions of the local 0311 executive.  Member-At-Large: Janice CabilaoDebra GoyerChris MikulasikSabine Regenwetter Ballots are available from your stewards and contacts at the worksite. You may also vote at the area office: Diane L. Wood Union CentrePrince George Area Office of the BCGEU500 Quebec Street, Prince George BC V2L 0C6Telephone: (25...

April 16, 2018

Honouring killed and injured workers on Day of Mourning – April 28 - BCGEU

In 2017, 158 workers lost their lives to workplace injury or disease. Please join us in honouring their memory on the Day of Mourning, April 28. Many BCGEU members will be attending Day of Mourning events in communities around our province. Some members will be there to honour and remember their co-workers and family members. Many will be there to show solidarity and empathy for those who have ...

April 13, 2018

Government to Recognize PTSD & Mental Health Claims for First Responders: Cor...

The BCGEU welcomes the provincial government's announcement that first responders including Sheriffs and Correctional Officers will receive greater access to mental health support.  On Wednesday, BC Labour Minister Harry Bains announced amendments to the Workers Compensation Act. These amendments -- called a presumptive clause -- will be introduced this week and, if approved by the legislature,...

April 13, 2018

Local 0311 Executive Nomination Results - BCGEU

  We want to take this opportunity to advise and congratulate Shawn Clarke (Local 0311 Treasurer) and Danny Varma (Local 0311 Recording Secretary) on their positions.   Your Executive is as follows:   Chair Patricia Westerlund 1st Vice Chair Linda Black 2nd Vice Chair Rob Keddie Treasurer Shawn Clarke Recording Secretary Danny Varma Member-At-Large Weston McGee Member-At-Large Randi Dalzell Mem...

April 13, 2018

Government action for renters and tenants a welcome relief in middle of housi...

VANCOUVER – This week the government of British Columbia announced new initiatives to strengthen protections for renters. BCGEU welcomes these long overdue changes, and applauds the government for continuing to take initiative on the housing file. "Increasing protections for those facing eviction is an important step in making B.C. more affordable for renters," noted BCGEU president Stephanie S...

April 12, 2018

BCGEU and B.C. Government to begin bargaining new contract for members in the...

The BCGEU has accepted an offer from the B.C. Government to begin negotiations aimed at concluding a new collective agreement with members in the B.C. public service. The existing contract between the BCGEU and the B.C. Government expires on March 31, 2019. It covers roughly 27,000 employees in the public service around the province. "We're pleased to begin the bargaining process now," said BCG...

April 11, 2018

Community Social Services Bargaining Association and employers to begin negot...

The Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) has agreed to begin negotiations with the Community Social Services Employers' Association of BC (CSSEA) aimed at concluding renewal collective agreements with members in Community Social Services. The BCGEU is the lead union in the bargaining association consisting of 10 unions, including CUPE, HEU, HSA, USW, UFCW, CSWU, CLAC, BCNU a...

April 10, 2018

April 12th Jersey Day - BCGEU

Staff and the Senior Leadership at the BCGEU will be wearing their jerseys to show support and respect for the Humboldt Broncos on Thursday, April 12 2018. We hope you do too!   UWU/MoveUP

April 10, 2018

Local 0311 Executive Nomination Results - BCGEU

We want to take this opportunity to advise and congratulate Tracy Scovill (Local 0311 Member-at-Large) on her position. Your Executive is as follows:  Chair:  Patricia Westerlund  1st Vice Chair:  Linda Black  2nd Vice Chair:  Rob Keddie  Treasurer:  VACANT  Recording Secretary:  VACANT  Member-at-Large:  Weston McGee  Member-at-Large:  Randi Dalzell  Member-at-Large:  Tracy S...

April 09, 2018

‘Honeymoon phase is over’ at Okanagan Correctional Centre - BCGEU

"The honeymoon phase is over." That's the sentiment of Dean Purdy, head of the B.C. Government Employees Union's corrections division, but it appears to apply beyond staff at the Okanagan Correctional Centre. Official complaints filed by inmates against the jail nearly doubles that of any other jail in the province.     Read more... UWU/MoveUP

April 05, 2018

Local 309 Sunshine Valley Child Care Society - Bargaining Update - BCGEU

Your Bargaining Committee and Employer met on March 12, 2018 to begin this round of negotiations. While we made some progress, the Parties are set to meet again on May 7, 2018. We will continue to keep you informed as bargaining continues. Please forward any questions to either member of your Bargaining Committee, if you need further clarification. In solidarity, Your Bargaining Committee:Sara ...