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

September 25, 2017

B.C. to begin public consultation on marijuana legalization - BCGEU

Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth told municipal leaders across B.C. that the government is beginning an extensive public engagement on how legalized marijuana will be sold and regulated in the province.    Read more...

September 25, 2017

Legal cannabis tops packed agenda at annual meeting of B.C.'s municipal leade...

Municipalities in British Columbia are clamouring to have a say in the marijuana policies they believe will fall largely on their shoulders to enforce when pot becomes legal next summer.   Read more...  

September 25, 2017

River Rock Casino workers negotiate strong first collective agreement after a...

RICHMOND – B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) members at River Rock Casino Resort voted by 81 per cent to ratify a four-year collective agreement today after more than a year of negotiations with Great Canadian Gaming Corporation. "I am so proud of the outstanding resolve and determination of workers at the River Rock Casino to negotiate such a strong first agreement," says BC...

September 22, 2017

Walk for Reconciliation 2017 - BCGEU

Join and support the spirit of 'Namwayut - We are all one. On September 24, 2017, BCGEU members will joining in the 2017 Walk for Reconciliation in Vancouver!  The BCGEU is proud to sponsor the walk once again this year and support a positive movement to build better relationships among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians.  Walk for Reconciliation: Sunday, September 24th | 9:30am 650 Cambie St...

September 21, 2017

RV Tour – Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat, Hazelton, Smithers, Houston, Franc...

The BCGEU RV will be touring through the above noted locations. Below you will find dates, locations and times. We hope you can join us!   Monday September 18, 2017 – Prince Rupert: · Liquor Distribution Branch (Liquor Store) Parking Lot BBQ Lunch – 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, all members and families welcome · Northwest Community College Campus Refreshments – 3:00 pm, come join us on your coffee brea...

September 18, 2017

B.C. undecided on rules for legal marijuana, even as justice ministers discus...

VICTORIA - B.C.'s top cop says the province remains undecided on how it will tax, distribute and regulate the use of marijuana once the federal government legalizes it next summer. Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said he hopes to hear more ideas from his provincial and federal counterparts on Friday as they continue a meeting in Vancouver. Ottawa intends to legalize pot within 10 months, forci...

September 15, 2017

More care workers needed to help B.C. seniors feel at home

Vancouver— Today the Seniors’ Advocate of B.C. published the results of a comprehensive study on the state of care homes in BC. The report shows in no uncertain terms what many families, seniors, and care workers have been raising with government for some time now: basic standards in care homes are not being met. “I can’t imagine how heartbreaking it must be for everyone involved to know there ...

September 15, 2017

Rally in support of Edgewater Casino workers - BCGEU

Paragon Gaming is relocating Edgewater Casino to a new $600m facility in September of 2017, but instead staffing the new location with their existing union employees, they are planning to outsource the food and beverage department. This will affect over 100 casino workers represented by Unifor who fought hard for a collective agreement and respect from their employer. The jobs created by the ne...

September 15, 2017

B.C. government strikes a pragmatic balance in budget update – says B.C.’s la...

The B.C. NDP government's first budget update is measured, pragmatic and balances key spending priorities with modest tax increases to high income earners, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union says in their annual budget analysis. "The government has made good use of the operating surplus to address urgent needs such as education, poverty reduction, housing and mental health," says ...

September 11, 2017

B.C. budget delivers on key priorities for British Columbians - BCGEU

BURNABY – The BC NDP government's first budget update delivers on commitments to re-invest in critical public services this year, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) said today. The government will increase public service staffing levels by more than 600 positions, addressing the critical need for additional social workers, park rangers, environmental management staff and c...

September 08, 2017

B.C. throne speech focuses on real needs of British Columbians - BCGEU

BURNABY – The B.C. NDP government's first throne speech is a transitional roadmap that steers the province toward a progressive future, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) said today.  "The throne speech strikes a positive tone and commits the government to focus on the real needs of our citizens," says BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. "The former government spent 16 years ...

September 01, 2017

Celebrating Labour Day 2017

This Labour Day we celebrate not only the great legacy of the labour movement in British Columbia, and across Canada, but today’s movement that continues to grow and evolve as we stand up for all working people. Representing members across all sectors of the economy, we welcomed 3,000 workers into our union this past year, growing our membership to over 73,000! And in the last 12 months, we’ve ...

August 30, 2017

BCGEU applauds the housing minister’s decision to review caps on rental price...

The BCGEU applauds housing minister Selina Robinson’s announcement that the new NDP government, in an effort to stabilize rental prices, will look into changing the guidelines that cap the amount by which landlords are allowed to hike rental prices year after year. The rising cost of housing is having a very real impact on working people in B.C. As housing prices have increased faster than wage...

August 30, 2017

Report highlights need to provide greater supports to unpaid caregivers in se...

The B.C. Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) commends the report released today by the Office of the Seniors Advocate, Caregivers in Distress: A Growing Problem. This report highlights a worrying trend of increased distress among unpaid caregivers, and makes recommendations to provide them with greater supports as the needs of B.C.'s aging population become increasingly complex. T...

August 25, 2017

Local 504 Executive Meeting - BCGEU

COMPONENT:       Retail, Stores and WarehouseLOCAL:                 Local 504DATE:                   Monday October 2, 2017TIME:                   Dinner 6:00 p.m.                             General / Executive Meeting: 6:30 p.m.PLACE:                 8555 198A Street, Langley Twp V2Y 0A9 (use Twp if using map search)     AGENDA   1. Introductions 2. Adoption of Agenda 3. Adoption of Previous...

August 25, 2017

Getting ready for steward elections – Coming after Labour Day - BCGEU

Informed, active stewards are the backbone of our union, and elections to choose the stewards in our workplaces are coming up.   Becoming a steward is a great way to ensure that everyone at your workplace is treated fairly and that the hard-won improvements in our collective agreements are upheld.   Information packets on this year's steward elections will be mailed out to stewards starting aft...

August 24, 2017

Labour Day Celebration - BCGEU

To: Area 11 BCGEU Members Re: Labour Day Celebration     The Labour Day Organizing Committee and North Central Labour Council has organized a Labour Day celebration and march. Everyone is welcome!   Please join the Labour Movement to celebrate Past-Present-Future fighting for the rights of all.   Date: Monday, September 4, 2017   Time: 11:00 am March through downtown (start at PG City Hall) 12...

August 23, 2017

Workers rally against privatization at the Department of National Defence, Ph...

Victoria – Federal public service workers are rallying in Esquimalt to highlight the dangers involved in contracting out maintenance in the governments new multi-billion-dollar shipbuilding plans and to call on the government to do more to fix the problem-plagued Phoenix pay system. The federal government recently awarded an $800-million contract to perform future maintenance and repair work on...

August 23, 2017

BCGEU remembers first woman president - BCGEU

It's hard not to think of Joan Gower Gillatt as the first woman of the BCGEU. Not the first woman member, but our union's first woman trailblazer. Joan passed away on August 10, 2017 in Duncan. She was 93. __________ A service will be held for Joan Gower Gillatt on:Friday, August 25, 20171:00 pmDuncan United Church, 246 Ingram Street, Duncan, B.C. _________ Joan's was a life of community servic...