B.C.'S UNION SINCE 1919

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 03, 2019

The 18th Main Public Service and component agreements are now available throu...

The 18th Main Public Service and component agreements came into effect on April 1, 2019 and expire on March 31, 2022. BCGEU members who work in the B.C. public service, like yourself, ratified them last year following five weeks of negotiations. The bargaining committee was proud of the many improvements they were able to achieve for members, including: a two per cent general wage increase in...

September 01, 2019

2019 BCGEU scholarship winners announced - BCGEU

Congratulations to the 2019 BCGEU Scholarship Winners. The BCGEU is pleased to support our 2019 scholarship recipients in their continuing education. (Winners will receive a letter in the mail with instructions on how to claim their scholarship). 2019 Scholarship Winners List This year, applicants were asked to write an essay on one of three topics: How can unions lead the way on climate chang...

August 30, 2019

Kootenays inland ferry workers to kick off Labour Day weekend strike - BCGEU

WHAT: BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) inland ferry workers employed by Western Pacific Marine will kick off a three-day strike on Saturday August 31st. The move comes after several months of unsuccessful negotiations for a new collective agreement that will address long-standing issues with substandard wages, benefits and training that have created a staffing crisis for the f...

August 30, 2019

Paid leave for people who experience domestic violence – B.C. should become a...

Earlier this month, the BCGEU wrote to Minister of Labour Harry Bains calling on the B.C. government to amend the Employment Standards Act in order to support those who experience domestic violence. Today we are pleased to learn that government has launched consultations on the matter, and we reiterate our call for B.C. to adopt New Zealand's standard which allows all workers affected 10 days o...

August 29, 2019

A message for Labour Day from Stephanie Smith - BCGEU

Like thousands of labour activists, I’ll spend the first Monday in September surrounded by my family—my labour family. It’s a family I’ve been a part of since I first joined a union as a childcare worker more than 30 years ago. It’s a family I cherish.Labour Day 2019 is special for me and every member of the BCGEU because this is our centennial year. The Provincial Civil Service Association o...

August 29, 2019

Kootenays inland ferry workers serve 72-hour strike notice - BCGEU

On Wednesday, the 80 members of the BC Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) employed by Western Pacific Marine issued a 72-hour strike notice, making it all but certain that the Kootenay Lake ferry will be shut down to routine travel over the Labour Day long weekend. The move comes after several months of unsuccessful negotiations for a new collective agreement that the ferry worke...

August 27, 2019

BCGEU calls on BC government to scrap detrimental pension rules

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) is calling on the BC government to scrap outdated rules that compromise private sector defined benefit pension plans by inaccurately measuring their value and creating unnecessary volatility. The union's call to action on this issue follows the release of "A Review of the Solvency Funding Framework under the Pension Benefits Standards Act: ...

August 26, 2019

Self-Checkouts in our Libraries - BCGEU

  More and more nowadays, we encounter machines where once we would have encountered a person. Have you ever stopped and wondered how often you interact with a machine in your daily life? We're talking about self-checkouts and self-check ins. They are in many large retailers and grocery stores, at the airport, fast food chains, and even one of our most community orientated spaces: libraries.On...

August 15, 2019

2019 PAC Survey - BCGEU

The federal election is fast approaching and union members will be voting based on key issues. We are asking you to fill out the below survey to identify what is most important to members.  The results will be shared mid September and resources relevant to these issues will be provided to members.  To ensure only one submission per person, please enter your name and email. UWU/MoveUP