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


March 02, 2016

LDB's Announcement of Short Term & Long Term Moves for the VDC

On Thursday, February 25, the LDB advised all employees at the Vancouver Distribution Centre (VDC) of both their long-term plans for replacing the Vancouver warehouse and plans for a short-term solution in the meantime. Prior to the announcement, the BCGEU and the LDB held discussions about how these changes would affect current warehouse employees. The LDB has assured us that any secondary wa...

March 01, 2016

Expansion of grocery store wine sales is irresponsible until study of impacts...

The BCGEU is calling for a moratorium on the provincial government’s expansion of grocery store wine sales for at least six months. Growing concerns from community health organizations, ominous findings from addictions researchers, and the potential of international trade challenges cast doubt on the practicality of expanding sales. Some B.C. communities have already taken steps to defer imple...

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,...