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


April 04, 2016

Member Update - April, 2016

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith is joined by Community Social Services Component VP Andrea Duncan and first vice chair Pamela Pye from worksite visits in Port Coquitlam.

April 04, 2016

OHS Reps in Area 02 - BC Federation of Labour "Emergency Preparedness" Course

The “Emergency Preparedness” course will be offered at the Nanaimo area office on Monday May 2, 2016 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. This course will be facilitated by a BC Federation of Labour Health and Safety Centre facilitator. This course has been designed to provide participants with a fundamental understanding of the planning and preparations needed to assist workplaces to respond before, durin...

March 31, 2016

Local 501 meeting

DATE: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 TIME: 7:30 pm PLACE: BCGEU Victoria Area Office (2994 Douglas St.)             Meeting Room 3   AGENDA 1.    Occupational Health and Safety 2.    Steward Recruitment 3.    Conversion of 1827 Auxiliaries 4.    General Business In solidarity Robbie Clarke, Acting Local 501 Chairperson Darlene Thorburn, BCGEU Staff Representative Download PDF of notice here. UN...

March 30, 2016

Local 503 Enhanced Stewards Training

LOCAL: All Local 503 Stewards DATE: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 TIME: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm PLACE: BCGEU Lower Mainland Area Office – Squamish Room            130-2920 Virtual Way, Vancouver The Union will be hosting an Enhanced Stewards Training day for all Local 503 Stewards on April 26, 2016 at the Lower Mainland Area Office. We will be using this day to inform, discuss, and connect.  Please RSVP ...

March 23, 2016

Forests and Water: Key elements of environmental and economic stability

In March every year the United Nations commemorates two important days. The International Day of Forests (March 21) and World Water Day (March 22) are celebrated together to focus attention on the fact that the health of these two natural elements are interconnected with the economic and social health of the entire population of our planet. Forests cover one third of the global land mass and a...

March 21, 2016

Recognizing the movement to eliminate racial discrimination

March 21 is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The date was selected by the United Nations to honour the 69 people who were killed by police at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid in Sharpeville, South Africa in 1960. In South Africa, March 21 is a public holiday, "Human Rights Day," to commemorate the lives that have been lost in the fight for democracy ...

March 21, 2016

OHS training at the BC Federation of Labour

The BCGEU Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) department is offering additional training through the BC Federation of Labour for government and labour code OHS worker representatives. These training sessions are for specific courses we do not offer through the BCGEU. The one or two day OHS course is a pre-requisite to the BC Federation of Labour OHS training. Your employer must pay for you to...

March 18, 2016

B.C. considers allowing booze in public

Should Granville Street look more like Bourbon Street? Could Stanley Park one day be more like Golden Gate Park? Read more...

March 17, 2016

Urgent Action - Honduran activist assassination

Berta Cáceres, a prominent environmental activist, was assassinated in Honduras on March 3, and a witness to the assassination is being held against his will. We need people to urge both Canadian & Honduran authorities to take action and conduct a full investigation. Full details and letters to sign can be found on the CoDevelopment Canada website by clicking here.  UPDATE: There has been ...

March 16, 2016

MARCH 2016 - Joint Accident Investigations (JAIs)

Your store OH&S Committee is committed to having safe worksites. Properly filled out JAI forms are an essential part of doing so. Some of the problem areas during investigations include, but are not limited to the following: Failure to complete and submit forms on time Failure to identify all causes, especially root causes No corrective measures determined  No delegation, timelines or...

March 16, 2016

Have you taken your Occupational Health and Safety training?

Are you an Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) worker representative for your workplace?  If the answer is “yes”, your employer is required by law to pay for at least eight hours of annual OHS education for you (Workers Compensation Act). If you are unable to take the training yourself, you have the right to assign your eight-hour annual allotment to another worker representative.  Your co...