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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

November 15, 2017

Vaughn Palmer: Pot legislation likely to tie up B.C. cabinet this spring - BCGEU

VICTORIA - While the New Democrats prepare to do their share on marijuana legalization, they are also lobbying Ottawa to preserve the province's position as one of the leading producers of what has been called B.C.'s largest cash crop. "The reality is this," said Solicitor General Mike Farnworth, lead minister on the file for B.C. "We have had in this province an industry that's been in place f...

November 15, 2017

B.C. legislature is going to pot - BCGEU

There is a runaway freight train barrelling down the track at all provincial governments, and the young B.C. NDP government is no exception to its impact. I'm referring to the looming legalization of recreational marijuana, which will create a hornet's nest of problems at the provincial government level.   Read more...                

November 09, 2017

New Westminster delves into new pot regulations - BCGEU

How old should people be to legally smoke marijuana? Where should people be able to buy pot? What should the government do to address drug-impaired driving? These are some of the questions the city is pondering in preparation for the new federal Cannabis Act, which will make the production, sale and possession of non-medical cannabis legal across Canada by next summer.     Read more...

November 09, 2017

BCGEU out of gate early with public service bargaining conferences - BCGEU

VANCOUVER – The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) is ramping up pre-bargaining efforts by conducting bargaining conferences this week, even though most collective agreements aren't set to expire until 2019. Delegates from across the province gathered in Vancouver to hammer out bargaining priorities for upcoming negotiations, which are expected to take place in the new year. "...

November 09, 2017

BCGEU out of gate early with public service bargaining conferences - BCGEU

VANCOUVER – The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) is ramping up pre-bargaining efforts by conducting bargaining conferences this week, even though most collective agreements aren't set to expire until 2019. Delegates from across the province gathered in Vancouver to hammer out bargaining priorities for upcoming negotiations, which are expected to take place in the new year. "...

November 09, 2017

Economic Stability Dividend (ESD) announced for 2018 - BCGEU

Economic Stability Dividend (ESD) announced for 2018 The Public Service Agency has calculated the Economic Stability Dividend (ESD) for 2018. The BCGEU has confirmed these calculations. Under the terms of our Memorandum of Understanding with public sector employers, the ESD will produce a 0.4 per cent increase, which amounts to $0.1212 per hour. The ESD was negotiated in collective agreements c...

November 09, 2017

Ready or Not, Recreational Marijuana Use Is Coming to Canada - BCGEU

TIVERTON, Ontario - Behind a forbidding high-security fence topped with razor wire, Supreme Pharmaceuticals is busy preparing for the legal marijuana trade, with workers expanding a greenhouse complex where the lucrative crop grows. But while Supreme looks like it will be ready for the day when prohibition ends, Canada's governments still have a lot of work to do.   Read more...

November 08, 2017

Aboriginal Veterans Day - BCGEU

On November 8th we, as Canadians, honor and celebrate the great contributions and sacrifices that Aboriginal peoples have made in defending Canada during times of war. Aboriginal veterans have participated in all major wars since the war of 1812 and enlist in higher proportion than any other group in Canada.  The BCGEU is honored this year to sponsor the luncheon for veterans at the Vancouver A...

October 30, 2017

West Kelowna wants pot sold only by government - BCGEU

Marijuana should be sold only in government-controlled stores when the drug is legalized next summer, West Kelowna council says. A tight regulatory framework is preferable to a free-market approach, at least in the initial stages of the drug's legalization, city councillors said Tuesday.   Read more...

October 27, 2017

You're Invited - Powered by Love: A Grandmothers' Movement to End AIDS in Afr...

BCGEU members are invited to join the Stephen Lewis Foundation for this event at Langara College in November:   The Stephen Lewis Foundation is proud to announce the publication of: Powered by Love: A Grandmothers' Movement to End AIDS in Africa BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!  A SECOND BOOK LAUNCH FOR VANCOUVER – JOIN US! Thursday, November 9, 2017 Event is from 7-9:00 pm Langara College (100 West 4...

October 26, 2017

Report affirms need for B.C. government to increase supports to children and ...

Room for Improvement – a report released today by the Representative for Children and Youth (RCY) – makes recommendations for additional funding as well as coordination between the Ministry of Education, school districts, and the Ministry of Children and Family Development to help children and youth in care succeed academically. The report also highlights the need for culturally appropriate sup...

October 23, 2017

Executive Vice President Tour - Revised - BCGEU

  Hello Everyone!   Executive Vice President, James Coccola will be visiting worksites in Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat, Hazelton and Smithers starting at 8:00 am on October 22 as outlined in the schedule below (all times are approximate):   Prince Rupert, Sunday October 22nd, 2017: 1. 8:00 - 10:00 am Crest Motor Hotel 2. 11:15 - 11:35 am BC Liquor Store   Old Hazelton, Monday October 23rd...

October 20, 2017

President's statement on death of correctional officer Kellie Shand - BCGEU

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Kellie Shand, a long-time BCGEU member, who tragically died while on shift as a correctional officer at Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre (VIRCC). This is a terrible tragedy for not only our Corrections and Sheriffs component, but for our entire union. In his 22-year career as a correctional officer, Kellie was a committed and experienced profes...

October 18, 2017

Executive Vice President, James Coccola Worksite tour - BCGEU

To: All BCGEU Members in Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat, Hazelton and Smithers (at the below listed worksites) Hello Everyone! Executive Vice President, James Coccola will be visiting worksites in Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat, Hazelton and Smithers starting at 8:00 am on October 22 as outlined in the schedule below (all times are approximate): Prince Rupert, Sunday October 22nd, 2017: 8:00...

October 17, 2017

BCGEU submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government S...

Yesterday, the BCGEU entered our submission to the B.C. Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services yesterday, outlining the union's priorities for the upcoming provincial budget for 2018/19. This budget marks an important moment. It will take the next steps toward a fiscal plan for the province that truly puts families and communities first. "We support the new government in i...