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

November 13, 2018

Casino workers go back to work after achieving wage increases, improved benef...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 9, 2018Casino workers go back to work after achieving wage increases, improved benefits (Thompson-Okanagan) Nearly 700 members of the BCGEU working in Gateway Casinos in the Thompson-Okanagan voted to ratify a new contract with their employer ending a 19-week strike."I am so impressed by the solidarity and courage of our members" said Stephanie Smith, president of...

November 13, 2018

SECRETARY (Temporary) - LOWER MAINLAND AREA OFFICE - BCGEU

BCGEU LOWER MAINLAND AREA OFFICE INTERNAL POSTING November 13, 2018     POSITION: SECRETARY (Temporary) GRADE: LEVEL 3 – MoveUP AGREEMENT A secretary is required to perform secretarial and word processing functions for staff representatives. This person will also be required to assist with switchboard and receptionist duties. The term of assignment is up to 7 months or return of incumbent. DUTI...

November 08, 2018

BCGEU welcomes new legislation aimed at improving working conditions for heal...

The BC Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) welcomes the B.C. government's announcement today that it will repeal both the Health and Social Services Delivery Improvement Act (Bill 29) and the Health Sector Partnerships Agreement Act (Bill 94). Enacted in 2002 and 2003, the bills led to the deterioration of working conditions for health and social-sector workers by stripping workpl...

November 07, 2018

Local 503 Members at BCLDB (VDC Warehouse) Re: Temporary Workers - UPDATED -...

UPDATED: The email for Kusam Doal provided was incorrect and should be kusam.doal@bcgeu.ca. Due to a significant backlog of work at VDC, the Employer has hired workers for limited employment as per the Article 36.1 of the Collective Agreement.   Download PDF of notice here UWU/MoveUP

November 07, 2018

Local 503 Members at BCLDB (VDC Warehouse) Re: Temporary Workers - BCGEU

We understand that the presence of temporary workers at VDC has been the cause of serious concern for some members.  Due to a significant backlog of work at VDC, the Employer has hired workers for limited employment as per the Article 36 of the Collective Agreement. These workers cannot be employed for greater than 30 days.  A meeting will be held with the Employer on Thursday, November 8th and...

November 02, 2018

BCGEU welcomes action plan to mitigate wildfire and flood risks in B.C. - BCGEU

The BCGEU welcomes this week's release of Government's Action Plan: Responding to wildfire and flood risks ('The Action Plan') by the provincial government, and applauds the actions outlined in the report to better prepare British Columbians for extreme wildfires and floods. At the same time, more will need to be done to mitigate the effects of what now appears to be the new normal in our provi...

October 31, 2018

Elections for Local 505 Executive - BCGEU

The interim nomination period closed on October 31, 2018. The BCGEU is holding an election for the following position of the local 505 executive:  Member-at-Large: Rachel Jones Talon Vaillancourt Ballots are available from your stewards and contacts at the worksite. You may also vote at the area office, (158 Oriole Road Kamloops, BC). Ballots are due back to the BCGEU Kamloops Area office no...

October 26, 2018

Recommended Changes To Provincial Labour Code A Good Start – But Don’t Go Far...

The BCGEU supports many of the recommendations put forward yesterday by the independent, three-person Labour Relations Code Review Panel appointed by Labour Minister Harry Bains earlier this year. "Our submission to the panel asked that balance and fairness be restored to the B.C. Labour Relations Code and Labour Relations Board," said BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. "We believe the recommenda...

October 25, 2018

280 transition housing units to be built for women fleeing violence - BCGEU

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) welcomed today’s announcement by the provincial government to initiate the first steps towards establishing 1,500 new supportive housing units for women and children fleeing violence. As part of government’s Building BC: Women’s Transition Housing Fund, 280 transition housing units will be built province-wide. This news follows their commit...

October 23, 2018

President Irene Lanzinger won't seek re-election as BC's top labour leader - ...

Sister Irene Lanzinger has announced that she will not be running for re-election next month at the 58th Convention of the BC Federation of Labour. As the largest affiliate union of the BC Fed, the BCGEU would like to thank Irene for her contributions to the labour movement in British Columbia during her time as president. As the first woman president of the Federation, Irene redefined what is ...

October 22, 2018

Proposed legislation will lay foundation for improved professional reliance s...

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) is pleased with the provincial government's introduction today of the Professional Governance Act aimed at improving B.C.'s professional reliance system in the natural resource sector. If passed, the new legislation will lay the foundation for a series of much-needed changes to better protect and manage the province's natural resources for ...

October 17, 2018

Local 505 Nomination for Local Executive - BCGEU

Nominations are now open for the following position on the local executive: Member-at-Large The term is the remainder of 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. on October 31, 2018 or until vacant positions are filled.If there is an election for a position, candidates may subm...

October 17, 2018

By-elections for Local 505 Executive - BCGEU

Nominations have closed for the Local 505 Executive. The following was acclaimed 1st Vice Chairperson:   Jacob Berthelot Your local executive is: Local Chairperson: David Herman 1st Vice Chair: Jacob Berthelot 2nd Vice Chair: Thomas Mikalishen Treasurer: Teresa Messaros Recording Secretary: Marilee Planden Member-at-Large (2): Vina Stark and 1 Vacant Member-at-Large – Young Worker: Jos...

October 17, 2018

British Columbia turns over a new leaf - BCGEU

Vancouver – With cannabis prohibition finally over in Canada, British Columbia is bracing itself for a new era of economic potential. “Legal, recreational cannabis has the potential to be a major driver of economic growth and direct monetary benefit to the province” noted BCGEU President Stephanie Smith. “Wise investments in the regulation, sale, and distribution of alcohol provide billions in ...

October 16, 2018

BCGEU members in employment assistance meet with minister - BCGEU

Six BCGEU members who work for the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction met with minister Shane Simpson late last week. The members are from BCGEU Component 6 - Social, Information and Health and Component 12 – Administrative Services. The meeting was organized by the union so that the minister could hear firsthand the issues facing workers on the front-lines in the hope they ca...