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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.


June 29, 2016

Working Poverty in Metro Vancouver: the extent of the problem and realistic s...

Today the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) released a study on poverty in Vancouver. The report, Working Poverty in Metro Vancouver, presents sobering details on the increasing levels of poverty in the region. It also dispels an important myth about poverty: that getting a job will help lift a person out of poverty. Poverty in B.C.’s largest city is increasingly a story of low pa...

June 28, 2016

CLBC reorganization survey results

Earlier this year BC Government and Service Employees’ Union delegates to the BCGEU-CLBC Collaboration Group (CBCG) surveyed the membership concerning the reorganization of Community Living BC (CLBC). This bulletin is a summary report of the findings of that survey. Methodology A random sample of one-third of CLBC’s entire BCGEU workforce was the basis for the survey. The survey was conducted...

June 24, 2016

Local 605 union meeting

DATE: Thursday, July 14, 2016 TIME: 5:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. PLACE: BCGEU Area Office – 158 Oriole Rd (Back Entrance) Please rsvp to [email protected] by Noon on July 13, 2016 AGENDA REGULAR ORDER OF BUSINESS REPORTS COMPONENT EXECUTIVE REPORT DELEGATE REPORT All local 605 members are encouraged to attend! UNIFOR467/MoveUP

June 24, 2016

Local 604 meeting

DATE: Thursday, July 14, 2016 TIME: 6:00 p.m. Executive / 7:00 p.m. General PLACE: 8555 198A St., Langley Twp (if using a map search you must enter TWP) AGENDA Component Executive report Article 29 report Grievances / Appendix 4 report Article 32.15 report OH&S Cross Component Member/Worksite Issues     In solidarity     Ron Anganu     Staff Representative Download PDF of not...

June 24, 2016

Keep Your Cool!

The recent hot weather in our province generated several calls to the BCGEU Occupational Health and Safety department. Members want to know if the employer has the responsibility to protect workers from hot temperatures both indoors and out. The short answer is “YES!” The Workers Compensation Act Section 115 mandates that employers must ensure the health and safety of all workers working for t...

June 20, 2016

BCGEU celebrates the 20th National Aboriginal Day

On June 21, 1996 the federal government declared the first National Aboriginal Day. Since that time, the BCGEU has joined the celebrations and the calls for increased support and recognition of Aboriginal peoples across Canada. Over the course of those 20 years, Aboriginal peoples in Canada have fought for and won many advancements and reinforcements of their rights – sometimes through govern...

June 20, 2016

BCGEU demands freedom for Iranian trade unionists

In solidarity with the Free Them Now campaign to free jailed workers in Iran, the BCGEU sent two letters demanding the release of Jafar Azimzadeh and other jailed trade union leaders. Click here to read the general solidarity letter, and click here for the the more specific letter. 

June 16, 2016

Canadians acknowledge contributions of public service workers

June 13-17 is Public Services Week in Canada. Coast to coast to coast, it’s a chance for Canadians to acknowledge the valuable contributions made by workers in the public service. Public services are central to the social and economic fabric of our communities, our province and our country. Each and every one of us benefits from the contributions made by public services workers every day. They...

June 16, 2016

Local 601 union meeting

DATE: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 TIME: 6:00 pm  PLACE: BCGEU Victoria Area Office – Boardroom (2nd floor)             2994 Douglas Street, Victoria   AGENDA First call for BC Fed Convention resolutions Worksite Reports M2M Report Component Report General Union Business ** Light refreshments will be served ** In solidarity Doug Kinna, Local 601 Chairperson UNIFOR467/MoveUP

June 15, 2016

Local 604 general/executive meeting cancelled

The meeting of June 16, 2016 has been cancelled.  A new meeting notice will be distributed once a new date has been set.  Please accept our sincere apologies for the late notice.   AGENDA Component Executive report Article 29 report Grievances / Appendix 4 report Article 32.15 report OH&S Cross Component Member/Worksite Issues     In solidarity     Shinder Aujla     Staff Repre...

June 13, 2016

Love must be greater than hate – Orlando shootings

The BCGEU expresses deep sorrow at the brutal hate crime which occurred in Orlando, Florida this past weekend and sends condolences to the families of the more than 100 innocent people who were killed and seriously injured at the Pulse nightclub on Sunday morning. Much of the news coverage has focused on allegations of extremist religious motives. But this was not an act of terrorism, although...

June 13, 2016

The Columbia Institute releases a climate change report

The Columbia Institute released a brand-new report today: Top Asks for Climate Action - Ramping Up Low Carbon Communities. You can find it and a summary here. Local governments have a crucial role to play in combating climate change. Their decisions directly or indirectly impact sixty percent of Canada’s energy consumption and more than fifty percent of GHG emissions. Top Asks pinpoints what l...

June 10, 2016

BCGEU writes Colombian and Canadian governments on repression

In early June, the BCGEU learned that Colombian state security forces used indiscriminate and excessive force against Colombian citizens engaged in peaceful protest. This led to deaths, serious injuries and arrests of citizens taking part in the “National Agrarian, Peasant, Ethnic and Grassroots Mobilization – for Good Living, A structural Agrarian Reform and Dignified Cities – Sowing Hope, Har...

June 07, 2016

All Local 601 and 1201 Members BCGEU Member-to-Member BBQ Dates

Please join us to say hello to your union and meet other members from locals 601 and 1201 and enjoy some free food and refreshments with us! June 14, 2016  12:00 pm – 1:30 pm 1515/1520 Blanshard Street June 16, 2016 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm 4000 Seymour June 21, 2016 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm 2955 Jutland Street June 22, 2016 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm 3960 Quadra Street We look forward to seeing you there! ...

June 07, 2016

Update – Implementation of MOA - prior vacation year upon re-employment

We are happy to report the BC Public Service Agency (PSA) will begin implementing the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) – Recognition of Prior Vacation Year Upon Re-Employment. Our union negotiated this agreement that will see more than 160 BCGEU members credited with additional vacation time. These members will be notified by the PSA in the next few weeks. In the future the MOA will be applied in ...

June 06, 2016

Vice president Doug Kinna to join MCFD Advisory Council

BCGEU vice president Doug Kinna will replace president Stephanie Smith on the advisory council developing a plan to improve our provincial child welfare system. Following an initial meeting of the council, our union determined the work of the council would be better served by someone with direct subject matter expertise. Doug Kinna (BCGEU vice president – Social, Information and Health – Compo...