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 22, 2017

Professional Reliance Review Will Protect Workers - BCGEU

The BC government has initiated a review of the professional reliance model in the natural resource sector. Many BCGEU members' day-to-day is shaped by this regulatory model. The professional reliance model effectively lets the "fox guard the henhouse," leading – in some cases - to the mismanagement of our resources and harm to the environment. Combined with deep staff and funding cuts to respo...

December 20, 2017

BCGEU members land $20 million contract to refit B.C. ferry - BCGEU

BC Government & Service Employees' Union workers employed at Esquimalt Drydock Company will begin work on a B.C. Ferries contract worth $20 million to refit the Northern Sea Wolf. The 17-year-old vessel will accommodate approximately 3,500 passengers and 1,200 vehicles each year on a route between Port Hardy and Bella Coola. Members at Esquimalt Drydock have extensive experience in ship rep...

December 19, 2017

Thanking and Recognizing the Public Servants who Keep our Communities Safe ...

This year's fire season is far behind us and while recent winter storms have made many in the province forget about this summer's devastation, many communities are still working to rebuild what was lost in the fire.  As we see the devastation that fires are currently causing across California and as we look back at the lessons learned over the summer, the BCGEU would like to thank and recognize...

December 15, 2017

BCGEU calls for reinvestment in seniors’ services as Seniors Advocate release...

On Thursday, December 14, 2017, the B.C. Seniors Advocate released the annual Monitoring Seniors' Services report. Their findings present further evidence that the B.C. government has to reverse the policies of austerity implemented under the BC Liberals. B.C.'s seniors need significant reinvestment in community services and affordable housing to undo the resulting increase in poverty now faced...

December 15, 2017

Compliance and Enforcement in B.C. Forests - BCGEU

With the B.C. Government's review of professional reliance across many industries underway, the BCGEU has released a short paper about compliance and enforcement in B.C.’s forests. Check it out below and be sure to share it with your networks.  

December 14, 2017

Liquor distribution for rec pot a good start, says Ridge, Pitt councillors - ...

The B.C. Liquor Distribution branch, which distributes whiskey, cranberry vodka shooters and plum brandy, will be in charge of moving recreational marijuana to stores throughout the province. That is OK with Maple Ridge Coun. Craig Speirs, who used to work in a B.C. liquor store. Speirs agrees with that part of the province's legislation, announced Tuesday   Read more...

December 11, 2017

BC Human Rights Commission - BCGEU

Today the report, A Human Rights Commission for the 21st Century: British Columbians talk about Human Rights was released detailing 25 recommendations to government as they re-establish the BC Human Rights Commission (dismantled in 2002 by the previous Liberal government). The report recommends to B.C.'s Attorney General that the new commission be built on four important pillars in order to cre...

December 11, 2017

BCGEU disappointed by decision to complete Site C dam, urges government to em...

The BCGEU is disappointed by the provincial government's decision today to complete the Site C dam despite findings by the BC Utilities Commission that question the economic viability of the project. In 2015 the union took a position against the construction of the dam citing economic and environmental concerns as well infringement on First Nations' rights. This decision demonstrates the work s...

December 08, 2017

General Meeting – Local 503 Members - BCGEU

COMPONENT: 5 – Retail Stores and Warehouse LOCAL: 503 DATE: Sunday, January 7, 2018 TIME: 12:00 pm – General Meeting – Local 503 Members PLACE: BCGEU Lower Mainland Area Office – Musqueam Room, Suite 130 – 2920 Virtual Way, Vancouver   AGENDA · General Business · Nominations for Local Executive · Bargaining Proposals · Conversion · Communications · Component Executive Report · Report of Off...

December 08, 2017

Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island both set legal age for marijuana use at 19 ...

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia and P.E.I. both set their legal age for marijuana at 19 on Thursday, but the two East Coast provinces are taking different paths on how weed will be sold. P.E.I. said it will sell marijuana at standalone outlets run separately by its liquor commission, while Nova Scotia said pot will be sold alongside alcohol in its provincial liquor stores.   Read more...

December 07, 2017

BCGEU remembers Leonard George - BCGEU

It is with tremendous sadness to learn of the passing of Tsleil-Waututh leader, Leonard George. Leonard, served as Chief of the Tsleil-Waututh nation, was an iconic leader and teacher to thousands of people across British Columbia. In his special way, he was able to build bridges between communities and encouraged everyone to work together as one. His knowledge and wisdom drew many to his side ...

December 07, 2017

Statement on Fair Wages Commission - BCGEU

Today, December 7, is the final day to provide submissions to B.C.'s Fair Wages Commission. The BCGEU would like to mark this date by calling for the immediate implementation of a $15 per hour minimum wage for all workers in our province. The BCGEU is a tireless advocate for fair wages for all workers. Daily, BCGEU members providing health and social services confront the consequences of low wa...

December 07, 2017

Stephanie Smith, President, BCGEU and Jeff Guinard , Executive Director Assoc...

Stephanie Smith, President, BCGEU and Jeff Guinard , Executive Director Association of Beverage Licensees BC - listen to radio here...

December 07, 2017

B.C. plans minimum age of 19 for buying and selling marijuana - BCGEU

British Columbia will introduce a system of public and private retailers to sell recreational cannabis and set a minimum age of 19 to buy and use the drug when it is legal next year. Solicitor-General Mike Farnworth released the NDP government's preliminary vision for legal cannabis on Tuesday after a consultation process that received nearly 50,000 submissions and sought input from First Natio...

December 07, 2017

Public and private stores to sell recreational pot in B.C., with 19 as the pu...

Recreational pot sold in British Columbia will be sold at both public and privately run stores, the provincial government says. Solicitor General Mike Farnworth made several announcements Tuesday morning about what the future of recreational pot would be in B.C. ahead of the federal government's anticipated legalization of the drug in July 2018.   Read more...

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

Can West - BC Marijuana Regulation - Watch Video

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 ...