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

December 07, 2017

You’ll need to be 19 to buy pot in B.C. - BCGEU

British Columbians will have to be at least 19 years of age to buy and use marijuana once the federal government legalizes recreational pot in the summer. B.C. Solicitor General Mike Farnworth announced the minimum age limit Tuesday in releasing a series of policy decisions on the regulation of non-medicinal marijuana.   Read more...

December 07, 2017

BC marijuana regulation - BCGEU

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December 07, 2017

BC Government sets pot rules for July 1, 2018 - BCGEU

The provincial government unveiled Tuesday how recreational marijuana will be sold once it's legalized and how old British Columbians will have to be to buy it. The province is, essentially, going to implement a similar system as it operates for alcohol. It's likely that there will be a separate system, apart from liquor stores, where people will go to buy pot.   Read more...

December 07, 2017

BCGEU welcomes first rules governing legal cannabis - BCGEU

While the BC Government Employees Union welcomes the first provincial rules governing legal pot they admit as far as timing they are behind the eight ball. President Stephanie Smith says it is a good say with the province announcing legal marijuana will be distributed exclusively through the BC Liquor Distribution Branch.   Read more...

December 07, 2017

BC government releases plan for recreational marijuana - BCGEU

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The BC government has released its plan for recreational marijuana following a public consultation process with more than 48,000 responses. It will set the legal smoking age at 19 to coincide with the minimum age for alcohol and tobacco, as well as the age of majority in BC. Pot will be sold in both private businesses and in government run stores.   Read more...

December 07, 2017

BC Liquor Distribution Branch names wholesale Distributor of Cannabis - Radio...

BC Liquor Distribution Branch names wholesale Distributor of Cannabis - Radio Show

December 07, 2017

Watch Minister Eby's Address To C1 Conference Conference - BCGEU

Union activists from across the province gathered in Surrey BC this week to discuss important issues for Component 1 members.We reviewed grievance arbitration, short term illness and injury plan (STIIP) and long term disability (LTD) issues, gangs and threats, pensions and more. We also were updated on the progress of sheriff retention and recruitment efforts. Attorney General David Eby sent a ...

December 07, 2017

Watch Minister Farnworth's Address To C1 Conference - BCGEU

  Union activists from across the province gathered in Surrey BC this week to discuss important issues for Component 1 members.We reviewed grievance arbitration, short term illness and injury plan (STIIP) and long term disability (LTD) issues, gangs and threats, pensions and more.  Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth sent a video message of support to the conference, ...

December 06, 2017

BCGEU Remembers Maureen Headley - BCGEU

I am saddened today to inform BCGEU members and staff that long-time former employee Maureen Headley passed away on Monday December 4 after a long fight with cancer. Maureen worked at the BCGEU for over 12 years. She served BCGEU members as an organizer, as the assistant director of Membership Records, and as both assistant director and later as director of the Collective Bargaining & Arbit...

December 05, 2017

BC’s Liquor Distribution Branch the right choice to manage cannabis - BCGEU

  December 5, 2017 BC's Liquor Distribution Branch the right choice to manage cannabis   The B.C. government's decision to make the Liquor Distribution Branch responsible for the distribution of non-medical cannabis is the right choice for British Columbia, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union said today. "We applaud the BC government's decision to warehouse and distribute cannabis...

December 05, 2017

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women - BCGEU

  December 6:    National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women December 6th is a dark day in our country’s history. It marks the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique Massacre in Montreal, in which 14 women were singled out for their gender and killed. The 14 women slain in this horrific act of misogyny and gender-based violence were Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, N...

December 05, 2017

BCGEU welcomes wildfire review - BCGEU

  BCGEU welcomes wildfire review   The BC Government and Service Employees' Union welcomes the BC government's announcement of an independent review of wildfire and flood response today. "Our members, who provide on-the-ground emergency fire and flood response across the province, are happy to hear that the government has initiated a review of the catastrophic natural events of the past year,"...

December 01, 2017

Ministry resources new Overdose Emergency Response Centre, more staff to step...

Victoria – Today the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions announced an escalation of their emergency response to the overdose crisis. To deal with the deepening crisis across the province, the government is setting up a centralized Overdose Emergency Response Centre to coordinate a response to the overdose crisis that spans the province. “Seeing the government move forward with creating new...

November 30, 2017

Marijuana legalization passes in House of Commons - BCGEU

The federal government's plan to legalize marijuana by next summer is a step closer. Bill C-45 received final approval Monday in the House of Commons, passing by a vote of 200-82.   Read more...

November 28, 2017

Sacred Water Ceremony - BCGEU

National Aboriginal Peoples CircleBCGEUVancouver Island Human Rights CommitteePSACBC Presents a  SACRED WATER CEREMONY According to Vice News Canada, as of July 31 2017, there were a total of 121 First Nations under 172 drinking water advisories across Canada. ACCESS TO CLEAN AND SAFE WATER IS A BASIC HUMAN RIGHT Join Todd Smith, PSAC A/Regional Executive Vice-President, and Sussanne Skidmore, ...

November 28, 2017

BCGEU launches housing affordability plan - BCGEU

Following the launch of a campaign on housing affordability earlier this month, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) has released a report detailing recommendations on how the province can solve the housing affordability crisis. The Building an Affordable B.C. report provides recommendations aimed at tackling the root of the housing crisis: speculation on the part of financi...

November 21, 2017

On the National Inquiry into into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and G...

On November 1, 2017 the commissioners for the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls released their interim report, Our Women and Girls are Sacred. As an organization with standing in the Inquiry, the BCGEU has carefully reviewed the 118-page report which clearly demonstrates the enormous scope of the Inquiry. The report includes some very startling statistics – I...

November 21, 2017

B.C. liquor stores best to deal cannabis - BCGEU

The Daily Courier (Kelowna) Tue Nov 21 2017 It’s late afternoon and you receive a text message: ‘Friends coming for dinner. Pleasepick up wine.‘You pull into the neighbourhood liquor store, pick up a bottle of yourfavourite wine and head home. A familiar scene taking place across the province everyday. When you go into your local liquor store, you have confidence knowing that you’re buyinga qua...

November 20, 2017

­­B.C.’s fastest growing union launches housing affordability plan - BCGEU

­­B.C.'s fastest growing union launches housing affordability plan     Following the launch of a campaign on housing affordability earlier this month, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) has released a report detailing recommendations on how the province can solve the housing affordability crisis.   The Building an Affordable B.C. report provides recommendations aimed at ta...

November 18, 2017

Human Rights Commission - BCGEU

As you may be aware, the province has been undertaking steps to reinstate the BC Human Rights Commission. The BCGEU is pleased to hear that the provincial government is taking this step and that the province has called on all British Columbians to engage in the process by sharing their thoughts and opinions on what the commission should look like. The BCGEU has developed a submission that bring...

November 15, 2017

Vaughn Palmer: Pot legislation likely to tie up B.C. cabinet this spring - BCGEU

VICTORIA - While the New Democrats prepare to do their share on marijuana legalization, they are also lobbying Ottawa to preserve the province's position as one of the leading producers of what has been called B.C.'s largest cash crop. "The reality is this," said Solicitor General Mike Farnworth, lead minister on the file for B.C. "We have had in this province an industry that's been in place f...

November 15, 2017

B.C. legislature is going to pot - BCGEU

There is a runaway freight train barrelling down the track at all provincial governments, and the young B.C. NDP government is no exception to its impact. I'm referring to the looming legalization of recreational marijuana, which will create a hornet's nest of problems at the provincial government level.   Read more...                

November 09, 2017

New Westminster delves into new pot regulations - BCGEU

How old should people be to legally smoke marijuana? Where should people be able to buy pot? What should the government do to address drug-impaired driving? These are some of the questions the city is pondering in preparation for the new federal Cannabis Act, which will make the production, sale and possession of non-medical cannabis legal across Canada by next summer.     Read more...

November 09, 2017

BCGEU out of gate early with public service bargaining conferences - BCGEU

VANCOUVER – The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) is ramping up pre-bargaining efforts by conducting bargaining conferences this week, even though most collective agreements aren't set to expire until 2019. Delegates from across the province gathered in Vancouver to hammer out bargaining priorities for upcoming negotiations, which are expected to take place in the new year. "...

November 09, 2017

BCGEU out of gate early with public service bargaining conferences - BCGEU

VANCOUVER – The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) is ramping up pre-bargaining efforts by conducting bargaining conferences this week, even though most collective agreements aren't set to expire until 2019. Delegates from across the province gathered in Vancouver to hammer out bargaining priorities for upcoming negotiations, which are expected to take place in the new year. "...

November 09, 2017

Economic Stability Dividend (ESD) announced for 2018 - BCGEU

Economic Stability Dividend (ESD) announced for 2018 The Public Service Agency has calculated the Economic Stability Dividend (ESD) for 2018. The BCGEU has confirmed these calculations. Under the terms of our Memorandum of Understanding with public sector employers, the ESD will produce a 0.4 per cent increase, which amounts to $0.1212 per hour. The ESD was negotiated in collective agreements c...