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


February 25, 2016

BC Budget 2016: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

The B.C. Liberal Government has delivered yet another of its “balanced” budgets, dressed in sleight-of-hand fiscal manoeuvering, ambiguous language, and cavalier comparisons to other provinces and jurisdictions. Sadly, and once again, the fiscal planning of our elected government puts in second place the essential public goods and services British Columbians require to lead prosperous, inclusi...

February 25, 2016

Minimum prices for booze introduced by Provincial government

The Provincial government has quietly introduced minimum prices for alcohol this week. Read more...

February 24, 2016

Local 501 general meeting

COMPONENT: Retail Stores & Warehouse  LOCAL: 501 – General Meeting DATE: Sunday, March 13, 2016 TIME: 10:00 a.m. PLACE: BCGEU Victoria Area Office (2994 Douglas St.)              2nd Floor Boardroom   AGENDA 1. Regular status for 1827 auxiliaries. 2. Scheduling issues. 3. Privatization fight-back in Saskatchewan. 4. Reports (Local 501, Component 5, Area 01 Cross-Component Committee, Vict...

February 24, 2016

Local 505 Members liquor distribution branch worksite visit

Your Local 505 Chairperson, Anita Sullivan and your Staff Representative, Brenda Beckmann will be touring the Kamloops LDB on March 14, 2016, and would like to take this opportunity to meet with members of Local 505. The tour will take place between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on March 14, 2016. Please take this opportunity to meet with these activists and participate in open discussion. We look...

February 22, 2016

Local 509 local executive update

Your Local Executive is as follows: Ana Treijs                    Local Chairperson Heather Lippert           1st Vice Chair Judy Keus                   2nd Vice Chair *Vacant                      Treasurer Recording Secretary     Deborah Godtmark *Vacant                     Young Worker Representative Patricia Stewart          Member-at-Large Martina Staff              Member-at-Large Mona Pa...

February 18, 2016

B.C. uncorks rules to licence VQA wineries in grocery stores

Grocery stores hoping to sell British Columbia’s high-quality wines, ciders and sake will have to bid against each other for the chance to apply for a licence. Read more...

February 17, 2016

Member Update - Budget 2016 Response

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith provides the union's response to the BC government's 2016 budget, which was introduced to the legislature on February 16, 2016.

February 17, 2016

BCGEU unionizes advocacy group Leadnow

Leadnow employees have organized to join the BCGEU. The organization works to promote democracy and social justice in Canada. It describes itself as: ‘an independent advocacy organization that runs campaigns on the major issues of our time, engages people in participatory decision-making, and organizes in communities across Canada.’ “We’re delighted to welcome Leadnow into the BCGEU family. T...

February 16, 2016

Increased funding for MCFD welcome news, investment overdue in other ministries

“We welcome the increased funding for the Ministry for Children and Family Development announced in today’s budget. Our union, and especially our frontline members, have worked hard to convince government that a significant increase is crucial for the ministry. Their concerns were detailed in the BCGEU report Choose Children, and these efforts have paid off. Additional frontline social workers,...

February 12, 2016

Congratulations David Vipond!

Today is a day many thought would never happen: it is BCGEU Director David Vipond’s last day on the job before retirement. For those that don’t know David, he’s been one of the behind the scenes heroes of the BCGEU throughout the last 35 years, and it’s hard to imagine what the BCGEU will be like without him. David’s history with the BCGEU began as an member, working at the B.C. Liquor Dist...

February 11, 2016

February 2016 Safety Tip of the Month: Working Alone

Members often come to us with their concerns about working alone in their stores. This month we’ll take the opportunity to review the procedures for working alone and offer ideas to help you feel safe in these situations.                                                                                             Everyone should be familiar with the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) regulati...