Mask usage in BCGEU buildings
(Updated Apr 27, 2023)
Effective immediately, we are making a change to our building protocols regarding mask usage in our buildings.
Mask use is now optional in our buildings, including in common areas and meeting rooms.
Staff and visitors to BCGEU buildings may, of course, continue to use masks and other layers of protection based on their own comfort and risk factors. We ask that we respect others and wear masks if requested in groups.
Please be reminded that no one should attend BCGEU buildings if they have active cold or flu-like symptoms.
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.
TO: All Local 1201 & 601 Stewards
DATE: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
TIME: 5:30 pm
PLACE: BCGEU Victoria Area Office - Auditorium
Please join us for a meeting so stewards can discuss workplace issues.
** Food will be provided **
All members attending must RSVP. Please click here to do so and let us know of any dietary requirements for ordering food.
Nominations have been declared open for the following positions on the Local 604 Executive:
1st Vice Chairperson
These positions are for the remainder of a three year term ending in the Spring of 2018. Information on the duties of these positions are available on the BCGEU Website. Those seeking the nomination must complete the attached nominati...
Campaigning provincial politicians have dozens of changes in mind for B.C., but they are scarcely talking about the major adjustment that’s coming, regardless of who wins the election. For all the competing visions being outlined by provincial leaders, the federal government’s move to legalize marijuana is going to be the single biggest revamp on the social and political scene. It was introduce...
What: Rally to support B.C.’s Children and Youth
Who: Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) workers in North Vancouver
When: Thursday April 27 at 12pm
Where: MLA Noami Yamamoto’s Constituency Office - 5 north, 221 Esplanade W, North Vancouver
Why: The B.C. Government has refused to fund and implement several recommendations from Bob Plecas’ review of child welfare in B.C. (the Plec...
The BCGEU 50th Triennial Convention is taking place June 14 -17, 2017.
As part of convention, the Equity and Human Rights Conference is taking place on June 18 and 19, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel, for members who identify with one or more of four equity groups: workers of colour, workers with disabilities, aboriginal workers and LGBTQI2S workers.
Registered members will be p...
BURNABY - About 60 Aboriginal child welfare staff and community members braved the cold and wind on Saturday, April 22 to demand more funding for Aboriginal child and family services. Reporters from both CBC and APTN filmed the colourful event.
Workers and community members of all ages marched along Croydon Drive and stopped outside Minister Stephanie Cadieux’s campaign office to demand improv...
COMPONENT: Social, Information & Health
DATE: June 6, 2017
TIME: 5:30 p.m.
PLACE: BCGEU Victoria Area Office – 2994 Douglas Street
**Parking is available in our back parking lot off Burnside Road – Look for our new sign!
Nominations are open for Local 601 Executive positions, as follows:
In November 2016, BCGEU’s Component 6 and 12 executives and Research and Interactive Services department conducted an extensive survey of members who work in the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation (MSDSI).
Using the guidance and input of component and local executive members who work in income and disability assistance, this survey was designed to gather information on worklo...
Local 0611 Members:
The elections for the positions of Local Chair and 2nd Vice Chair closed last night and your Balloting Committee met to count the ballots. The results are as follows:
We are pleased to announce Member Flint Keil was elected as your Local Chair and Member Katherine Marchand was elected as 2nd Vice Chair. Congratulations to both!
We want to take this opportunity to thank ...
Dozens of Ministry of Children and Family Development employees came out to demand higher wages and proper training for B.C. social workers in Vancouver Tuesday.
Employees’ main demands are that the government address wage concerns, a lack of backfill and proper training for frontline social workers in the ministry.
Stressed, underpaid and overworked child protection staff are failing children in care, warns the union representing government workers in B.C.
Social workers and representatives from the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) rallied at MLA Sam Sullivan's office Tuesday.
Listen to CBC Radio Audio....
The union representing front-line workers with the Ministry of Children and Family Development says inadequate pay and chronic staffing challenges are causing children and youth to fall through the cracks.
Inadequate funding and staffing for children and family services are putting BC kids at risk, according to the province’s government employees union.
Chanting “children first,” about 40 BC Government Service Employees Union (BCGEU) members and supporters gathered outside MLA Sam Sullivan’s Yaletown office in protest this afternoon.
Did you know you are entitled to annual education leave totaling at least 8 hours? Did you also know your employer is required to support this training without loss of pay or other benefits? The employer must cover the costs of the training and any other reasonable costs to attend the course. If you are unable to take the training yourself, you have the right to assign your 8 hour annual allot...
Maple Ridge child and youth mental health workers and protection workerss skipped their lunch break Wednesdays and picked up picket signs to protest what they say are low wages, staff shortages and overwork.
"Vulnerable children are falling through the cracks," said Doug Kinna, vice-president of social component of the B.C. Government Employees Union.
(March 2017 Article)
The high numbers of aboriginal children being taken into foster care in B.C. is “shocking” and “an embarrassment to the community,” the province’s children’s representative says.
The BCGEU continues to monitor the impacts of the decision of the Government to change the benefit carrier for all public service employees to ensure your benefits are protected. As of April 1, Great West Life – GWL is now the benefit carrier for the BC Public Service.
Here are three issues we have addressed this week and we will update further as needed.
Members had rep...
(March 2017 Article)
Mayor’s initiative was created to encourage younger people to join municipal politics. A proposal to cover city councillor child care costs in the 2017-2021 budget has led to some public backlash for one councillor.
(March 2017 Article)
On February 7, Bernard Richard, Acting BC Representative for Children and Youth, released a report called Broken Promises, chronicling the heartbreaking story of Alex Gervais, a Métis teenager who had been in care since he was a child. In September 2015, Alex ended his life at age 18, jumping from the window of a budget hotel room in Abbotsford, where the Ministry of Child...
(February 2017 Article)
The B.C. legislature is back in session, and the state of our province’s child-welfare system has rocketed up the agenda after the latest in a long line of reports from B.C.’s office of the representative for children and youth.
I am pleased and proud to support Sussanne Skidmore's candidacy for the position of Vice-President, Canadian Labour Congress (CLC). Sussanne is an established union leader, who began her social justice and labour activism more than a decade ago as a young worker. This makes her uniquely positioned to help evolve and grow the labour movement during increasingly complex...
(January 2017 Article)
The representative for children and youth’s office developed a custom over the years of including a tag line in the titles of special reports that sum up the horror story under discussion.