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

February 07, 2018

Elections for Local 503 Executive - BCGEU

The BCGEU is holding elections for the following positions of the local 503 executive.  Chairperson (1):Mark GuoloKeith Stone 1st Vice Chairperson (1):Kusam DoalHarbinder SinghPaul Brown 2nd Vice Chairperson (1):Andrew GeorgeKelly SmithKeith StoneSukhwinder ChibPaul Brown Recording Secretary (1):Christina YouniePaul Brown Treasurer (1):Kusam DoalPaul Brown Member at Large (2): Sukhwinder ChibEr...

February 06, 2018

Local 507 Election Results - BCGEU

The call for nominations for the Local 507 Executive closed on February 4, 2018.   We confirm that your new Executive is as follows:   Margie Edmondson - Chairperson Runjet Saran – 1st Vice Chairperson Shawn Tozer – 2nd Vice Chairperson Patti Lord – Recording Secretary Marlene Lodermeier - Member-at-Large Steve Graumann –Member-at-Large Glenn Devlin – Member-at-Large     CONGRATULATIONS TO THE...

February 06, 2018

Hard Rock Casino workers vote to strike - BCGEU

Hard Rock Casino workers vote to strike An astounding 99.5% vote in favour of strike action Members of the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) working at Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam voted overwhelmingly in favour of taking strike action against their employer this week. In a vote held from February 1-4, over 90% of Hard Rock staff came out and voted 99.5% in favour of taking...

February 06, 2018

B.C. government marijuana stores will compete with private sellers - BCGEU

B.C.'s 'grey market' marijuana growers and retailers will be able to apply for licences to compete with a new chain of government pot stores run by the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth has confirmed plans for a mixed public and private retail model for recreational cannabis, which the federal government has promised to legalize this year. Marijuana will not...

February 06, 2018

Pot rules: stand-alone stores only; cities get say - BCGEU

Recreational marijuana will be sold in a network of stand-alone stores overseen by the province's liquor regulator, according to rules announced Monday by the B.C. government. Public health officials had warned against selling cannabis and alcohol in the same place, which is advice the province took seriously, said Mike Farnworth, minister of public safety and solicitor general.   Read more... ...

February 06, 2018

Safety Tip of the Month - February 2018 - BCGEU

Everyone should be familiar with the OHS regulations on "Working Alone" (Sections 4.20, 4.21 and 4.22). The "Working Alone" provisions require: • the employer to identify, eliminate and/or minimize the risks and/or hazards associated with working alone; • the employer to develop and implement a written procedure for checking the well-being of a worker assigned to work alone at regular intervals...

February 05, 2018

Today’s Announcement on Cannabis Retail - BCGEU

Today our provincial government announced how legal, non-medical cannabis will be retailed in British Columbia. We now know that there will be a "mixed" public/private retail model, with privately run retail stores, government-operated retail stores, and government online sales. There will also be rural stores, but details of those have not yet been announced. Cannabis will not be sold at exist...

February 05, 2018

B.C.’s liquor stores well positioned under new cannabis retail regulations - ...

The new retail cannabis regulations announced by the B.C. government leaves B.C.'s liquor stores well-positioned to provide safe, secure, reliable access to non-medical cannabis products, the Responsible Marijuana Retail Alliance of BC (RMRABC) said today. While the government chose not to allow the sale of alcohol and cannabis in the same store, because of federal recommendations against co-lo...

February 02, 2018

BCGEU presses budget priorities in letter to B.C. Finance Minister - BCGEU

As the new NDP government prepares to introduce their first full budget on February 20, the BCGEU used the opportunity to restate our union's budget priorities in a letter to B.C.   Finance Minister Carole James:   Dear Minister, Re Priorities for the upcoming B.C. Budget 2018/2019 Thank you for the opportunity to share our members' observations and priorities in the lead-up to B.C. Budget 2018...

February 01, 2018

Area 07 2018 Free Skate - BCGEU

FREE PUBLIC SKATE Every year, the Cross Component Committee (CCC) of the BCGEU is pleased to celebrate the BC Family Day with free public skates throughout the Okanagan. Here are the locations, dates and times for this year: Sunday, Feb. 11thHassen Memorial Arena3315 Pleasant Valley RdArmstrong3:45pm - 5:45pm Sunday, Feb. 11thJim Lind Arena2760 Cameron RdWest Kelowna1:30pm – 4:00pm Monday, Feb....

February 01, 2018

BCGEU remembers Lorraine Logan - BCGEU

On behalf of the members of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union I offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Lorraine Logan who passed away on January 23, 2018. An activist through and through, and right up until the end, she was a champion of workers' rights, LGBTQ+ rights, women's rights and seniors' rights. Lorraine Logan grew up in Vancouver. Her family was smal...

January 31, 2018

Read the Winter 2018 issue of The Steward - BCGEU

In this issue, we look at a variety of topics to keep you up-to-date on issues that could affect your workplace, and the members you represent. Topics include the duty to accommodate and how it may arise through discrimination based on disability or family status; the employer's legal duty to protect members from harassment on the employer's social media platforms; the employee's duty to mitiga...

January 26, 2018

BCGEU Submission to Review of Professional Reliance - BCGEU

The government has initiated a review of the professional reliance model in the natural resource sector. The day-to-day work of thousands of BCGEU members is shaped by this regulatory model, and many of our members have raised the alarm about its shortcomings.  In its present form, the professional reliance model effectively lets the "fox guard the henhouse," leading in some cases to the misman...