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COMPONENT 5 - RETAIL STORES AND WAREHOUSE

Component 5 includes members who work for the BC Liquor Distribution Branch in retail stores and related warehouse operations.

NEWS & UPDATES

COVID-19: BCGEU office closure details - BCGEU

Since the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak in January, your union has been closely monitoring the situation and acting decisively based on the best available science and expert recommendations to keep members and staff healthy, safe, and informed while maintaining core services and supports for our 80,000+ members across the province during this critical time.Yesterday, I convened the firs...

May 03, 2021

Advocating for you and #essentialBCLDB - BCGEU

On April 9, myself and union staff representative Britt Skinner met with Finance Minister Selina Robinson's Senior Ministerial Advisor, Liam Lawson, to raise the concerns that are impacting BCGEU members the most. Also in attendance at the meeting were Jeff Groot, Executive Lead, Crown Agencies Secretariat, Douglas Scott, Deputy Minister, Crown Agencies Secretariat, and Alyson Blackstock, Assis...

May 03, 2021

Remembering Component 1 member Bikramdeep Randhawa

On behalf of 80,000+ members across the province, the BCGEU offers our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of Local 104 member Bikramdeep Randhawa as they grieve his sudden and senseless death on Saturday, May 1st. While the loss of any member under any circumstance is a tragedy, Bikramdeep's youth and the violent, and public nature of his death make this loss harder to b...

April 30, 2021

How the BC Budget affects you – BCGEU analysis

BC Budget Analysis 2021/22Moving in the right direction, but at the wrong speed. On April 20, the BC NDP delivered its first budget and fiscal plan since winning a new majority mandate in the October 2020 general election. More importantly, this was the government's first official budget since the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020. Budget 2021 includes significant funds for em...

April 30, 2021

Leafletting for essential pay - BCGEU

The following is an update from the BCGEU Component 5 Campaigns Committee, an appointed group of BCGEU members working at BCLDB warehouses and retail stores around the province.  After two energizing rallies on April 14 outside Minister Robinson's offices in Coquitlam and Victoria (captured in this video), plus a meeting with her senior ministerial assistant on April 9, we still have not receiv...

April 29, 2021

Component 5: April 2021 Safety Tip – Understaffing - BCGEU

Component 5: April 2021 Safety Tip – UnderstaffingWhen does understaffing become an Occupational Health and Safety issue? It is the Employer's responsibility to make sure your work location is staffed appropriately. Understaffing becomes a health and safety issue when workers feel pressured to do work quickly rather than safely.Understaffing is not our problem, it's the Employer's. Here are som...

April 28, 2021

Leave to recover from COVID-19 vaccine - BCGEU

Leave to recover from COVID-19 vaccineIf you are unable to work because you are ill due to COVID-19 vaccine side effects, please stay home and claim sick leave. You are entitled to sick leave under our collective agreement if you are unable to work due to illness – you should not have to take vacation or general leave to recover from the COVID-19 vaccine. If you have questions, please respond t...

April 28, 2021

STAFF REPRESENTATIVE (Temporary) - WEST KOOTENAY AREA OFFICE - BCGEU

STAFF REPRESENTATIVE (Temporary) WEST KOOTENAY AREA OFFICE   INTERNAL POSTING April 28, 2021   The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union requires a temporary staff representative to work in the West Kootenay Area Office, effective date to be determined. The term of the assignment is up to 3 months or return of incumbent.   DUTIES:   · Assist officers, stewards and membership in the day-...

April 23, 2021

Reminder: Pay increase began April 11 (not April 4) - BCGEU

This is a reminder that BCLDB workers will have begun to receive the scheduled pay increase, as per article 27.3 of our collective agreement, on April 11, 2021 – not April 4, 2021. Our collective agreement states that the pay increase will begin in the first pay period after April 1. What the collective agreement doesn't say is that the pay increase will begin the first pay period of the PSA sc...

April 22, 2021

The Provincial Spring 2021 - BCGEU

Check out the latest issue of The Provincial This issue has convention candidate statements, updates on the Fight for Essential Pay for BC Liquor Distribution Branch workers, COVID and Women a call for a just recovery, and a big win for the members in the Community Living Sector. UWU/MoveUP

April 22, 2021

Chartwell’s pandemic profiteering off seniors’ care demonstrates need to move...

The B.C. Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) is appalled to learn that Chartwell Retirement Residences, where the union represents 125 members at two of its long-term care facilities in B.C., provided executive bonuses for "100% customer satisfaction during the pandemic" while at the same time rejecting a proposal to provide frontline workers a living wage despite their tireless e...

April 20, 2021

BCGEU applauds investments in sectors like childcare and seniors care; urges ...

Victoria, B.C. – The BCGEU is applauding Budget 2021's support for the critical public services needed to get B.C. through the pandemic. But the union representing tens of thousands of members direct government and throughout the province's broader public sector is highlighting that more needs to be done to support workers as we move towards recovery. "Our members' top priority for Budget 2021 ...

April 19, 2021

We rallied for essential pay – this is just another step in our fight! - BCGEU

The following is an update from the BCGEU Component 5 Campaigns Committee, an appointed group of BCGEU members working at BCLDB warehouses and retail stores around the province. The Finance Minister is starting to get the message that we’re not backing down on essential pay, thanks to 70 of us who rallied outside her offices in Coquitlam and Victoria this week! Accompanied by some supportive su...

April 16, 2021

Happening soon – Local meetings to elect convention delegates - BCGEU

Once every three years members from across the province elect their representatives to convention. They're called delegates. The next BCGEU convention will take place June 9-12, 2021. These delegates attend BCGEU convention and vote on important resolutions, and in the election of the President, Treasurer, and Executive Vice-Presidents. For more information on convention, check out the latest i...

April 13, 2021

B.C. liquor and cannabis workers rally for essential pay at Finance Minister’...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 13, 2021B.C. liquor and cannabis workers rally for essential pay at Finance Minister's offices  BURNABY, COAST SALISH TERRITORIES – After more than a year of serving the public safely and peacefully at publicly-owned liquor and cannabis stores and warehouses without financial acknowledgement of their pandemic working conditions, B.C. Government and Service Employees'...

April 12, 2021

We’re rallying at Minister Robinson’s office for essential pay - BCGEU

The following is an update from the BCGEU Component 5 Campaigns Committee, an appointed group of BCGEU members working at BCLDB warehouses and retail stores around the province. Since March 30 when we last wrote to you, over 1,700 emails have been sent to Finance Minister Selina Robinson asking her to authorize the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch (BCLDB) and BCLDB CEO & GM Blain Lawson to p...