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COMPONENT 6 - SOCIAL, INFORMATION AND HEALTH

Component 6 primarily includes members work for the Government of B.C. in a variety of social, cultural, educational, information technology, research, health care delivery and associated direct technical support functions. Component 6 also includes members who perform services in these fields at employers contracted by the government.

NEWS & UPDATES

May 07, 2020

The Provincial Spring 2020 - BCGEU

Check out the latest issue of The Provincial  This issue has updates on our union's Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Strengthen All of Us roundtable, our COVID-19 information hub, the fight against massive rent increases and our union's new Affordable BC podcast. UWU/MoveUP

May 07, 2020

Restarting B.C. -- your rights and union news - BCGEU

Restarting B.C. -- your rights and union news Yesterday B.C. was full of cautious anticipation as Premier Horgan announced the steps we'll be taking to restart the province safely.Throughout the past two months, many BCGEU members have been on the front lines of the pandemic, limiting the spread of COVID-19. At the same time, countless others have been providing vital public services that keep ...

May 05, 2020

Sign our petition to end for-profit seniors’ care in B.C. - BCGEU

Right now, 79 per cent Canada's COVID-19 deaths are connected to long-term care facilities and make up the majority of deaths in B.C. Many seniors and elders have faced the end of their lives alone and their families have been left to pick up the pieces. We have known since the start of this pandemic that elderly people are most at risk, but we knew the senior's care sector was in crisis long b...

May 01, 2020

A May Day message from President Stephanie Smith - BCGEU

May 1st is International Workers Day. Historically, it is a commemoration of the Haymarket affair, a rally that took place in Chicago on May 4, 1886 in support of a general strike for an 8 hour workday that had happened in communities across the United States three days prior. At the time workdays of up to 16 hours were normal-as were six-day workweeks, child labour, and workplace deaths and in...

April 30, 2020

16% of Loblaw Independent Shareholders Vote for Greater Human Rights Oversigh...

16% of Loblaw Independent Shareholders Vote for Greater Human Rights Oversight at Canada's Largest Food Retailer   Today, Loblaw's independent shareholders voted 16% in favour of a human rights shareholder proposal filed by B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU). The proposal asks Canada's largest food retailer to assign board-level responsibility for human rights. Loblaw scores ...

April 29, 2020

Union Shareholder Proposal Highlights Human Rights Risk at Canada’s Largest F...

Media Advisory For Immediate Release  Union Shareholder Proposal Highlights Human Rights Risk at Canada’s Largest Food Retailer On April 30, 2020, BCGEU will present a human rights shareholder proposal at Loblaw's annual general meeting. According to international reports, Loblaw is a human rights laggard behind global peers.   WHO: B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) WHAT: Sha...

April 24, 2020

BCGEU members at MCFD: concerns about public areas

We continue to receive information that public areas of some essential service workplaces still lack proper protection for workers.BCGEU members have reported concerns about possible exposure to COVID-19 in front offices and lobbies. If this is the case in your workplace, please report it to MCFD at this email address: SHRMCFD@gov.bc.ca. This is the centralized email address the ministry has de...

April 23, 2020

JOHS committees must continue meeting during COVID-19 pandemic - BCGEU

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever for Joint Occupational Health and Safety (JOHS) Committees to meet and discuss COVID-19-related health and safety issues they are dealing with in their workplace.Your union has heard that some employers are telling JOHS committees to cancel or suspend their meetings until further notice. This violates the requirements of the Workers C...

April 23, 2020

Passing of BCGEU member in component 6 - BCGEU

It is with deep sadness we have to inform you of the sudden passing of one of our valued members. Suzanne Strymecki was a member of the BCGEU's component 6 and worked on the specialized services team of the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction in New Westminster. Suzanne worked tirelessly to support her clients and co-workers, and she was a friend to many. She was also active in...

April 20, 2020

Updated COVID-19 information for BCGEU members in the B.C. public service - B...

The information contained in this FAQ applies to BCGEU members who work for direct government in the B.C. public service. Updated material is in red. Download COVID-19 FAQ sheet here. UWU/MoveUP

April 17, 2020

BCGEU/MCFD COVID-19 Joint Statement #2 - Friday, April 17 - BCGEU

The Ministry of Children and Family Development and the BCGEU continue to discuss and work through concerns expressed by employees and members regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, while ensuring families continue to receive the services and supports they need. The safety of employees and members remains a top priority. With that in mind, a Ministry Exposure Plan has been activated to include enhanc...

April 17, 2020

BC union’s shareholder proposal questions Thomson Reuters on human rights rec...

Burnaby, Canada – The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) – a major Canadian labour union with an innovative and aggressive capital stewardship strategy – has filed a shareholder proposal raising concerns about human rights impacts at the $8-billion software and media company Thomson Reuters (TSX/NYSE: TRI)."Like many unions, the BCGEU invests members' dues to grow our union," sa...

April 16, 2020

Acknowledging the frontline workers of two health care crises

April 15, 2020 marks the fourth anniversary of the declaration of the overdose crisis as a public health emergency in British Columbia. In a statement recognizing the date this week, Judy Darcy, B.C.’s first Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, said “In this unprecedented time of two public health emergencies, we must work together to both flatten the curve and stop overdose deaths. We can...

April 15, 2020

FLNRORD Appeals Update - BCGEU

  The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) and the BC Public Service Agency (PSA) continue to work as a Joint Technical Working Committee (JTWC) on the FLNRORD appeals. The parties are continuing to work on appeals as indicated on the status charts below. Note:   At present, we anticipate that the COVID-19 situation will not interfere with our work, and are continuing to work on ...