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


June 13, 2016

Love must be greater than hate – Orlando shootings

The BCGEU expresses deep sorrow at the brutal hate crime which occurred in Orlando, Florida this past weekend and sends condolences to the families of the more than 100 innocent people who were killed and seriously injured at the Pulse nightclub on Sunday morning. Much of the news coverage has focused on allegations of extremist religious motives. But this was not an act of terrorism, although...

June 13, 2016

The Columbia Institute releases a climate change report

The Columbia Institute released a brand-new report today: Top Asks for Climate Action - Ramping Up Low Carbon Communities. You can find it and a summary here. Local governments have a crucial role to play in combating climate change. Their decisions directly or indirectly impact sixty percent of Canada’s energy consumption and more than fifty percent of GHG emissions. Top Asks pinpoints what l...

June 10, 2016

BCGEU writes Colombian and Canadian governments on repression

In early June, the BCGEU learned that Colombian state security forces used indiscriminate and excessive force against Colombian citizens engaged in peaceful protest. This led to deaths, serious injuries and arrests of citizens taking part in the “National Agrarian, Peasant, Ethnic and Grassroots Mobilization – for Good Living, A structural Agrarian Reform and Dignified Cities – Sowing Hope, Har...

June 06, 2016

Worksite visits – Monday June 13 to Thursday June 16, 2016

Hello Sisters and Brothers! Just a quick note to let you know that Kimberlee MacGregor your Component  5 Vice President and Lara Stroud, your Local Chairperson, will be conducting worksite visits in June.  Please see below for dates in your ar Monday June 13th, 2016 Kitimat Liquor Store 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm       Tuesday June 14th, 2016 Queen Charlotte City Liquor Store 11:30 am to 1:30...

June 02, 2016

Despite backlash, Kamloops councillors stand by wine-sales decision

Kamloops city councillors say they aren’t interested in revisiting a decision to ban Save-On-Foods from selling B.C. wine on the shelves in its Sahali store. Read more...

June 01, 2016

Workplace first aid requirements

First aid is an important element of workplace health and safety. This includes having the correct equipment, procedures and trained people in place to respond in the event of a workplace injury. Here are the basic first aid requirements under the Workers Compensation Act:  (1) The employer must provide for each workplace such equipment, supplies, facilities, first aid attendants and services...

June 01, 2016

Member Update - June 2016

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith and Corrections and Sheriff Services Component 1 VP Dean Purdy update members on ongoing union campaigns. *You can also view the video on the BCGEU YouTube channel

May 30, 2016

Local 505 meeting

DATE: June 13, 2016 TIME: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. PLACE: 158 Oriole Road, Kamloops (Valleyview)             Evening Entrance AGENDA     Everyone Welcome. Light dinner provided. Please RSVP by June 10, 2016 to [email protected].          Regular order of business Reports UNIFOR467/MoveUP

May 30, 2016

OHS Representatives in the province right to refuse unsafe work

Recent incidents at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam have highlighted the need for workers to be made aware of their rights and duties under the Worker’s Compensation Act in carrying out their work. On May 23, BCGEU members were injured while transporting a patient from the Royal Columbian Hospital back to the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital. A preliminary investigation has been conduc...

May 27, 2016

2016 BCGEU Scholarship Winners

Shaelyn Ann Loise Blatta, West Kelowna Flora Copley, Barriere Ruth Dyck, Williams Lake Haven Evans, Prince George Elisabeth Hill, Port Alberni Ramona Jones, White Rock Isaiah Joseph, Langford Pamela Lozano Fernandez, Chilliwack Kayla MacKay, Victoria Tessa Milic, Delta Sarah Osborne, Victoria Tenysha Ross-Van Mierlo, Castlegar Lindsay Russell, Port Moody Jaya Scott, Victoria Jorda...

May 26, 2016

Election Results for Local 505 Executive

The results of the Local 505 Chairperson Election are as follows: Steve West has been acclaimed as your Local 505 2nd Vice-Chairperso Logan Spiess has been acclaimed as your Local 505 Member-at-Large. Congratulations and welcome to the Local Executive, Logan and Steve! Please Note: Nominations will remain open for the following positions until such time as a nomination is received to f...

May 20, 2016

The National Union's scholarship program for 2016

Four awards of $1,500 are given each year to children of NUPGE, including BCGEU, members. The deadline for applications is July 6, 2016. Each year, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) offers four scholarships that reflect its pursuit of equal opportunity for all workers. They are open to the children, grandchildren or foster children of the National Union’s 360,000 membe...

May 20, 2016

Free pensions webinars

Learn more about pensions in a webinar series offered by NUPGE, our national union.   Capital stewardship Friday, June 10 10.00 am (11.00 am Mountain Daylight Time) Pension assets in Canada now exceed $1 trillion. The way this money is invested has significant impacts on retirement security, the wider economy, and the welfare of society. It can also affect the jobs of NUPGE members and oth...

May 20, 2016

OHS Committee Representatives in Component 5 - Dedicated Government 2 Day OHS...

The LDB and the BCGEU have added three Dedicated Occupational Health and Safety courses for our members that work in Component 5. These courses are for OHS Committee Representatives that have not taken their basic training or for those OHS reps who may need a refresher after taking the basic course over three years  ago.  Here are the courses: June 8/9 (Kamloops) Pacific Inn & Suites, 182...

May 19, 2016

Members of the Liquor Distribution Branch - Worksite Visits

Local Chair of Component 5, Stefanie Caplette will be conducting worksite visits at the Liquor Distribution Branches in the Peace Region. Her schedule is as follows: May 24th, 2016 Chetwynd – 1:30 pm Hudson's Hope – 3:00 pm May 25th, 2016 Fort Nelson – 12:00 noon Fort St. John – 5:00 pm May 26th, 2016 Dawson Creek – 10:00 am Tumbler Ridge – 12:30 pm She will be speaking to members, up...