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B.C.'S UNION SINCE 1919

COMPONENT 7 - EDUCATION, SCIENTIFIC, TECHNICAL AND ADMINISTRATION

Component 7 includes members who work in colleges and institutes as instructors and support staff, in private environmental testing laboratories, legal services, and other related fields.

Employers include community colleges, the B.C. Institute of Technology, the Justice Institute of B.C., private labs, BC NDP Caucus and Constituency Offices, legal services to the public and many more.

NEWS & UPDATES

COVID-19: BCGEU office closure details - BCGEU

Since the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak in January, your union has been closely monitoring the situation and acting decisively based on the best available science and expert recommendations to keep members and staff healthy, safe, and informed while maintaining core services and supports for our 80,000+ members across the province during this critical time.Yesterday, I convened the firs...

June 03, 2020

Return-to-workplace update: BC NDP Constituency Offices - BCGEU

Return-to-workplace update: BC NDP Constituency Offices Get answers to all your return-to-workplace questions on Tuesday, June 9th, 11:00 am via a Zoom townhall. Details below.As you are aware, the B.C. government has recently announced timelines for services and businesses to re-open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Employers are required to involve worker representatives to develop plans that me...

June 02, 2020

Dogwood - Bargaining committee & statutory freeze period - BCGEU

Bargaining Committee The following candidates for Dogwood bargaining committee member have been declared elected by acclamation: Abbey Piazza Adam Bailey Statutory Freeze Period A number of members have asked questions regarding wage increases during the statutory freeze period, and specifically whether Dogwood is prevented from increasing wages due to the freeze. While section 45(1) of the L...

May 29, 2020

Ratification Meetings and Voting for BCIT Support members - BCGEU

Further to our earlier announcement, a tentative agreement has been reached between the BCGEU and BCIT.A copy of the ratification document is attached here.Members are encouraged to attend an information session on TUESDAY, June 2nd starting at 1:05 pm.  All members are permitted to be released from their duties from 1:00 - 4:00 that day, without loss of pay, to attend this meeting.  Your Barga...

May 28, 2020

Bargaining Committee Elections - BCGEU

Bargaining Committee Chair elections for Northern Lights College Faculty closed on April 8, 2020. Your Bargaining Committee Chair is:Iuliia Shakirova  Please join us in congratulating Iuliia in her new position!Your Bargaining Committee is as follows: Bargaining Committee Chair:             Iuliia ShakirovaCommittee Member:                           Michael FrenchBargaining Committee Member:   ...

May 28, 2020

Glass Lewis endorses shareholder motion questioning Thomson Reuters’s (NYSE, ...

Burnaby – One of the world's leading independent proxy advisory firms, Glass Lewis, has recommended that Thomson Reuters (NYSE, TSX: TRI) shareholders vote FOR a proposal filed by the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU). The proposal calls on the Thomson Reuters board to produce a human rights report that addresses the impacts of contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforceme...

May 27, 2020

BCIT - Instructors (Faculty) - Tentative Agreement Reached! - BCGEU

Your BCGEU Bargaining Committee is pleased to announce we have reached a settlement agreement. Full details about the deal will be provided shortly, along with information about the ratification vote process. The monetary package is within the 2019 Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate (PSEC), and includes full retroactivity and many other positive, substantive changes to the language. Your ...

May 27, 2020

BCIT - Support - Tentative Agreement Reached! - BCGEU

Your BCGEU Bargaining Committee is pleased to announce we have reached a settlement agreement. Full details about the deal will be provided shortly, along with information about the ratification vote process. The monetary package is within the 2019 Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate (PSEC), and includes full retroactivity and many other positive, substantive changes to the language. Your ...

May 27, 2020

Return-to-work update: Vancouver Talmud Torah School - BCGEU

Return-to-work update: Vancouver Talmud Torah SchoolAs you are aware, the B.C. government has recently announced timelines for services and businesses to re-open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Employers are required to involve worker representatives to develop plans that meet government and WorkSafeBC requirements, and have these plans available upon inspection.While your school has been gradual...

May 27, 2020

Return-to-work update: Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School - BCGEU

Return-to-work update: Kenneth Gordon Maplewood SchoolAs you are aware, the B.C. government has recently announced timelines for services and business to re-open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Employers are required to involve worker representatives to develop plans that meet government and WorkSafeBC requirements, and have these plans available upon inspection.Your union is in regular communica...

May 27, 2020

Return-to-work update: York House School - BCGEU

As you are aware, the B.C. government has recently announced timelines for services and business to re-open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Employers are required to involve worker representatives to develop plans that meet government and WorkSafeBC requirements, and have these plans available upon inspection. Your union is in regular communication with your employer as these plans are being made...

May 26, 2020

Bargaining update for BC Family Maintenance Agency Ltd. (BCFMA) - BCGEU

The parties met in bargaining via videoconference on May 1, 8 and 15, 2020 and are scheduled to meet again on May 28. BCFMA remains unwilling to consider making classification-specific wage adjustments for recruitment and retention purposes, let alone addressing critical systemic wage inequities. Aside from finalizing agreement on a number of non-monetary proposals, your committee is seeking cl...

May 26, 2020

Ratification vote process for JIBC members - BCGEU

Thank you to all members that were able to attend and participate in the Information meetings yesterday. We appreciated your questions and comments. Tomorrow, May 27th, you will receive an email with a link to vote online and your unique voting credentials. Please participate and vote. This is the only method for casting your ballot. If you know of another member that didn't get credentials to ...

May 25, 2020

Return-to-work update: BCIT Support - BCGEU

Return-to-work update: BCIT Support As you are aware, the B.C. government has recently announced timelines for services and business to re-open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sectors are required to work collaboratively to develop plans that meet government and WorkSafeBC requirements, and then submit for approval. Your union is in regular communication with your employer as these plans are bein...

May 25, 2020

Return-to-campus update: Kwantlen Polytechnic University – Support Staff - BCGEU

Return-to-campus update: Kwantlen Polytechnic University – Support Staff As you are aware, the B.C. government has recently announced timelines for services and business to re-open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Employers are required to involve worker representatives to develop plans that meet government and WorkSafeBC requirements, and have these plans available upon inspection. Your union wil...

May 22, 2020

Douglas College agreement ratified - BCGEU

Your BCGEU Bargaining Committee is pleased to announce the results of the recent ratification vote, with 91.1% voting in favour of adopting the tentative collective agreement!  Your Bargaining Committee would like to thank you all for your patience and your ongoing support throughout this lengthy process. Please feel free to contact any one of us with any comments or questions you may have.  To...

May 22, 2020

Your union and WorkSafeBC guidance for re-opening - BCGEU

Your union and WorkSafeBC guidance for re-opening  Over the past 10 days, your union's executive, component vice presidents and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) team provided input to the Workers' Compensation Board (WorkSafeBC) as they developed guidance for sectors that are re-opening, as per the B.C. government's Restart Plan.  We provided feedback on protocols and best practices to help...

May 21, 2020

Justice Institute of BC ratification meetings and voting - BCGEU

Further to our earlier announcement, a tentative agreement has been reached between the BCGEU and the JIBC.A copy of the ratification document is attached.Members are encouraged to attend an information session on MONDAY, MAY 25th starting at 2:00 pm.  All members are permitted to be released from their duties from 2:00 - 4:00 that day, without loss of pay, to attend this meeting.  Your Bargain...

May 21, 2020

Bureau Veritas Canada (2019) Inc. - Vacant bargaining committee position. - B...

Bargaining is currently on hold due to the Covid 19 pandemic. While we await our initial bargaining sessions to begin, we have to complete preparations and bargaining proposals. In addition we require a third bargaining committee member as Eduardo Aioli has stepped down. As per the collective agreement there can only be one person from a department on the bargaining committee. Currently we have...

May 20, 2020

BCGEU releases investor brief calling on Thomson Reuters (TSX, NYSE: TRI) to ...

Ahead of the Thomson Reuters (TSX, NYSE: TRI) annual meeting of shareholders on June 3, 2020, the BCGEU has released an investor brief about its shareholder proposal, raising concerns about human rights impacts at the $8-billion software and media company. The Proposal asks the Thomson Reuters board to investigate and disclose whether it has adequately assessed and mitigated the reputational an...

May 19, 2020

Provincial government announces details of pandemic pay program for essential...

In mid-April the federal government announced it was working with the provinces on a cost-shared, temporary "pandemic pay" program to top up the wages of select essential frontline workers-under the cost-share, the federal government is responsible for 75 per cent of the funding and the provincial governments are responsible for the remaining 25 per cent. Ever since the initial announcement, yo...

May 19, 2020

BCGEU calls for expansion of B.C.’s pandemic pay program for essential workers

BURNABY, B.C. – Today the B.C. government released long-awaited details of a federal-provincial cost-shared pandemic pay program to temporarily top up the wages of some essential workers. The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) is calling on Victoria to expand the program to cover more essential frontline workers. "The BCGEU pushed hard for this program to cover the broadest po...

May 14, 2020

Component 7 COVID-19 Update: Letter from Minister Mark - BCGEU

Click here to read a letter from Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, Melanie Mark to all post-secondary, skills and training community members. UWU/MoveUP

May 13, 2020

Douglas College- Ratification Vote Process - BCGEU

Thank you to all members that were able to attend and participate in the Information meetings yesterday. We appreciated your questions and comments. This Friday, you will receive an email with a link to vote online and your unique voting credentials. Please participate and vote. This is the only method for casting your ballot. If you know of another member that didn't get credentials to vote be...

May 13, 2020

Legal Services Society - bargaining update - BCGEU

This is an update on the status of negotiations for renewal of the collective agreement between the BCGEU and Legal Services Society. Your bargaining committee met for five days of preparation in late April and early May. This included training in the process and pitfalls of bargaining, a thorough review of members' input from surveys, a clause-by-clause review of the entire collective agreemen...