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

December 12, 2018

Casino workers negotiate new contracts - BCGEU

(Burnaby/New Westminster) Over 1,200 members of the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) working at Gateway's Grand Villa Casino in Burnaby and Starlight Casino in New Westminster voted to accept new collective agreements putting them among the highest paid casino workers in the province. "These workers stuck together to set the industry standard," said BCGEU Treasurer Paul Finch....

December 11, 2018

Nominations for Steward for Surrey Association for Community Living - BCGEU

Nominations are now open for four stewards at Surrey Association for Community Living. New stewards are trained by the union.If you wish to know more about the roles and responsibilities of the steward, please contact our office. The deadline for nominations is December 20, 2018 by 5:00 pm  The nomination form (attached) must be used. The deadline for submission is to the area office by fax (60...

December 11, 2018

BCGEU presents member’s recommendations to the National Inquiry into missing ...

Tomorrow, I will proudly represent the 77,000 members of the BCGEU at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous women and girls. We are the only union in Canada to have legal standing at the Inquiry and I'll be sharing your recommendations directly with the commissioners. My journey here to Ottawa began on the convention floor in 2014 when a resolution was passed to call for a n...

December 10, 2018

BCGEU commends report calling for overhaul of system to support children with...

The BC Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) commends the report Alone and Afraid: Lessons learned from the ordeal of a child with special needs and his family released by the Representative for Children and Youth (RCY) today, and their 11 recommendations to overhaul British Columbia's system of services to support children with complex needs. The report details the difficult and he...

December 06, 2018

Members need your help on the picket line  - BCGEU

As you may know fellow BCGEU members working at Comox Valley Seniors Village or Casa Loma are currently on strike in Courtenay. Today I received reports that our members' safety has been threatened on the picket line and we are quickly mobilizing to provide additional support to ensure their continued safety.Can you help?Picket captains will review safety protocols with all members on the picke...

December 06, 2018

Review suggests no reason to discipline guards in death of prisoner, union sa...

The vice-president of the union that represents B.C. prison guards says his members followed policy the day an inmate died in the back of a corrections van. Dean Purdy of the B.C. Government and Service Employees Union said in a memo to his members that a government review has already determined that "no discipline is required" in the death of Alex Joseph.     Read more... UWU/MoveUP

December 05, 2018

BCGEU applauds bold, inclusive plan for emissions reduction and clean growth ...

The BC Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) applauds the B.C. government's release today of CleanBC which outlines plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent compared to 2007 levels by 2030. Through a sector-by-sector approach focusing on transportation, buildings and industry, government seeks to work collaboratively with stakeholders to foster economic growth and cre...

November 29, 2018

Stand with postal workers this Saturday in support of labour rights - BCGEU

The protected rights of all unionized workers in Canada are being challenged right now in the Canadian Union of Postal Workers' (CUPW) current struggle to achieve a collective agreement. Canada Post workers have taken action over health and safety issues, exhaustive and unsustainable workload issues, and inequities between urban and rural mail carriers.  Entering their second month of rotating ...

November 29, 2018

The BCGEU congratulates Cronk and Skidmore on election to lead BC Fed - BCGEU

VANCOUVER – The BC Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) congratulates Laird Cronk and Sussanne Skidmore on their election today as the new president and secretary-treasurer of the BC Federation of Labour (BC Fed) at the federation's 58th convention. Cronk and Skidmore bring extensive experience from both the private and public sectors of the labour movement to their roles. And as a...

November 28, 2018

BCGEU offers multi-million dollar loan to CUPW - BCGEU

The leadership of the BCGEU has approved a $3-million interest-free loan for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers to call on if needed to support their ongoing struggle to achieve a collective agreement. Thousands of postal workers were ordered back to work earlier this week following more than a month of rotating strikes. "We condemn the unconstitutionality of the federal government's back to ...

November 23, 2018

Submission to provincial Legal Aid Services Review - BCGEU

A robust public legal aid program is essential for realising the fundamental right to justice for all British Columbians, and the BCGEU has long advocated for improvements to the province's legal aid services. The B.C. government is currently conducting an independent review of B.C.'s legal aid service delivery system, and your union has made a submission to this process.In this submission we c...

November 23, 2018

New resources for Residential Tenancy Branch a good first step - BCGEU

Union sees need to enhance online resources with added walk-in service The recent announcement by the B.C. government of improved staffing and service levels at the Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB) is a welcome improvement and a good first step, but should not completely replace walk-in services, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union said today. The B.C. government reported that at l...

November 22, 2018

Bargaining Committee Nominations for SFU Childcare Society - BCGEU

The Union is now preparing for the upcoming round of collective bargaining. Your current collective agreement with SFU Childcare Society expires on March 31, 2019.  The Union needs your help and participation. The first step is to elect a bargaining committee to negotiate the new collective agreement with your Employer. You will be electing three bargaining committee members, with a maximum of ...

November 22, 2018

Bargaining Committee Nominations at Vancouver Society of Children's Centres (...

The Union is now preparing for the upcoming round of collective bargaining. Your current collective agreement with VSOCC expires on March 31, 2019.  The Union needs your help and participation. The first step is to elect a bargaining committee to negotiate the new collective agreement with your Employer. You will be electing three bargaining committee members, with a maximum of one member from ...

November 22, 2018

Bargaining Committee Nominations for Burnaby Children's Centres Society (BCCS...

The Union is now preparing for the upcoming round of collective bargaining. Your current collective agreement with the Employer expires on March 31, 2019. The Union needs your help and participation. The first step is to elect a bargaining committee to negotiate the new collective agreement with your Employer. You will be electing up to three bargaining committee members, with a maximum of one ...

November 20, 2018

Salvation Army Gateway of Hope Update On Bargaining - BCGEU

The Union and the Employer bargaining committees met on November 5 and 6, and we continue to work through the language in your first agreement. We are making good progress, and are looking forward to working with your Employer to reach a fair collective agreement. Because of the busy holiday season, we will get back to the bargaining table in January. Thank you for your continued support.   In ...

November 19, 2018

Nominations for 3 Bargaining Committee Members & Questionnaire for Pooh Corne...

In preparation for negotiations, a new bargaining committee must be elected to participate in the bargaining process. Nominations are now open for three (3) Bargaining Committee Members. There will be an election if there are more nominations than available positions. Each candidate who is nominated, may complete and send back with their nomination form a biography of 250 words or less, which t...