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

May 05, 2016

Local 504 Enhanced Steward Training - Monday, May 30, 2016

I am writing to all of you today because as your local chair, I am inviting you to a day of education as well as networking. I have put together a full day agenda that I hope will help you in your job as stewards. Remember knowledge is power and when dealing with our employer, this can only help! We have a lot of new or fairly new stewards so we need to empower them when they go out and repres...

May 04, 2016

Component 5 Occupational Health and Safety Tip

May 2-8 is Mental Health Week Mental health is an important part of creating a healthy workplace. Fortunately, the stigma of mental health has begun to change and more and more people are willing to seek help. If you have concerns about your own mental health do not remain silent. Self-care There are many things you can do to maintain and improve your own mental health. Striking a balance...

May 04, 2016

BCGEU president’s statement re: Fort McMurray wildfire & $50k donation

NEW: The BCGEU has made a $50,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross towards relief efforts. Like you, I’ve been watching the images and video footage from wildfire-ravaged Fort McMurray, Alberta. It’s heartbreaking to see. The lives of those affected have been changed forever. We know some of our BCGEU members have loved ones and friends who’ve been impacted by the evacuation of a staggerin...

May 02, 2016

BC Federation of Labour "Stress in the Workplace" Course

The “Understanding and Preventing Stress in the Workplace” course will be offered at the Castlegar area office on Friday June 3, 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 is designed to help identify stressors such as job demands, job control, lack of support, organization styles, bullying and lac...

May 02, 2016

Area 05 Stewards Educational Seminar – Pension Workshop

The Area 05 Cross Component Committee is pleased to invite you for a free education session regarding a Pension Workshop. This educational session will be useful for all BCGEU members who want more information related to Pensions and Pension Plans.     WHERE: Kamloops Area Office                    158 Oriole Road, Kamloops                   After hours entrance at right rear of building.    ...

May 02, 2016

Member to Member Campaign

Dear Local 501 Members: Each year, Local 501 gathers information from you through brief store visits by local activists. The primary purpose of this “Member to Member Campaign” is to gain insights into your labour relations concerns. 1.    Follow-up on our M-to-M Campaign in October 2015. 2.    All twenty of our Local 501 worksites were visited. 3.    Workload, scheduling, employment status, ...

April 28, 2016

Member Update - April 27, 2016

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith provides an update on some of the important events and initiatives the BCGEU is involved with in April and May.

April 28, 2016

Stephanie Smith: Day of Mourning 2016

UPDATE: Day of Mourning photos Many of you will be attending Day of Mourning events on April 28 in different communities around our province. Some of you will be there to honour and remember your co-workers and family members or to show solidarity and empathy for those who have been affected by the death or injury of a worker. The provincial government will be lowering flags on all provincia...

April 27, 2016

Speak out against death threats to union leaders in Colombia

We have been alerted through CoDevelopment Canada and our Colombian partner NOMADESC that there has been a new round of death threats against numerous human rights defenders and union leaders. These threats are taking place in the Valle de Cauca region, and originate with the paramilitary group Gaitanistas Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AGC). This is the latest incident in a recent increase i...

April 27, 2016

BCGEU supports transgender human rights bill

On Wednesday, April 27, 2016 NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert is presenting the Trans Equality Bill to the BC Legislature. This bill will ensure that trans and gender variant British Columbians are explicitly protected under the B.C. Human Rights Code. It is Chandra Herbert’s fourth attempt to introduce the private member’s bill. BCGEU President Stephanie Smith has sent a letter in support of...

April 27, 2016

Local 509 stewards & local executive members enhanced steward training

You are invited to register for Enhanced Steward Training.  The details are as follows: DATE: Thursday, May 12, 2016 TIME: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm PLACE: BCGEU Castlegar Office – 2316 Columbia Avenue If you are interested in attending, please complete the attached registration form and forward to the Union office by fax (250-365-9971), email (Area09@bcgeu.ca) or mail (2316 Columbia Avenue, Castl...

April 27, 2016

The BCGEU is proud to endorse the Sanctuary City principles

When refugee applicants come to Canada, there is often an assumption that Canada is a safer place than their home countries. But if you have a precarious migration status or no status at all, and you fear being turned over to the immigration authorities, life here is not safe at all. Transit, health care, and community based social services workers could all be directed by their employers to d...

April 25, 2016

Ergonomics in the workplace

Ergonomics is the science of adapting the workplace to the worker and the product to the user. You are at risk of developing musculoskeletal injuries (MSI) when you carry out work without first considering how the workplace suits you. This can lead to disabling conditions if not recognized and treated in the early stages. The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, Sections 4.46 – 4.53, re...