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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.


April 28, 2016

Member Update - April 27, 2016

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith provides an update on some of the important events and initiatives the BCGEU is involved with in April and May.

April 28, 2016

Stephanie Smith: Day of Mourning 2016

UPDATE: Day of Mourning photos Many of you will be attending Day of Mourning events on April 28 in different communities around our province. Some of you will be there to honour and remember your co-workers and family members or to show solidarity and empathy for those who have been affected by the death or injury of a worker. The provincial government will be lowering flags on all provincia...

April 27, 2016

Speak out against death threats to union leaders in Colombia

We have been alerted through CoDevelopment Canada and our Colombian partner NOMADESC that there has been a new round of death threats against numerous human rights defenders and union leaders. These threats are taking place in the Valle de Cauca region, and originate with the paramilitary group Gaitanistas Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AGC). This is the latest incident in a recent increase i...

April 27, 2016

BCGEU supports transgender human rights bill

On Wednesday, April 27, 2016 NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert is presenting the Trans Equality Bill to the BC Legislature. This bill will ensure that trans and gender variant British Columbians are explicitly protected under the B.C. Human Rights Code. It is Chandra Herbert’s fourth attempt to introduce the private member’s bill. BCGEU President Stephanie Smith has sent a letter in support of...

April 27, 2016

Vancouver Island Regional Libraries (VIRL) ratification meeting May 3, 2016

Your Bargaining Committee is pleased to advise that a ratification meeting has been scheduled for May 3, 2016, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm  at the Nanaimo Harbour Front branch in the upstairs meeting room. This is your chance to fully review changes and improvements to your Collective Agreement, ask questions of the committee and if you choose, vote.  Your employer has agreed  that those working near ...

April 27, 2016

The BCGEU is proud to endorse the Sanctuary City principles

When refugee applicants come to Canada, there is often an assumption that Canada is a safer place than their home countries. But if you have a precarious migration status or no status at all, and you fear being turned over to the immigration authorities, life here is not safe at all. Transit, health care, and community based social services workers could all be directed by their employers to d...

April 25, 2016

Ergonomics in the workplace

Ergonomics is the science of adapting the workplace to the worker and the product to the user. You are at risk of developing musculoskeletal injuries (MSI) when you carry out work without first considering how the workplace suits you. This can lead to disabling conditions if not recognized and treated in the early stages. The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, Sections 4.46 – 4.53, re...

April 22, 2016

Local 704 meeting

DATE: Monday, May 16, 2016 TIME: 5:30 pm General PLACE: BCGEU, Fraser Valley Office             8555 – 198A Avenue, Langley, BC              AGENDA Call to Order Attendance and Introductions Adoption of Agenda Adoption of Minutes – March 14, 2016 Correspondence Swearing in of New Officers General Business Committee Reports Adjournment In solidarity     Monica Wyllie      Local 70...

April 21, 2016

Vancouver Island Regional Libraries (VIRL) tentative deal reached

Your Bargaining Committee, along with Staff Representative Chad McQuarrie, are pleased to announce that a tentative deal has been reached for a new Collective Agreement for our members employed at VIRL. Highlights of the 5 year deal include: 2% wage increase for each year of the agreement. An increase in the Extended Health Care Plan for coverage not covered by MSP for Professional Health ...

April 20, 2016

Your Local 703 Executive

We are pleased to announce two new Local 703 Executive Members: First-Vice Chairperson – Sandra Mountain Member-at-Large – Reija Roberts                     Your Local 703 Executive Members are: Chair  - Richard Stanley First-Vice-Chair – Sandra Mountain Second-Vice-Chair - Richard Schaeffer Treasurer - Amber Keane Recording Secretary - Annette Taylor Members-at-Large: Frances...

April 20, 2016

Area 04 Local Executives, Stewards and OHS representatives evening workshop o...

The Area 04 Cross Component Committee presents an evening workshop on the duty to accommodate, medical notes and return to work. This workshop will cover general information about the employer's duty to accommodate members who, because of a disability require accommodation in their job position or duties. Date: May 10, 2016 Time: 7:00 p.m. Location: Fraser Valley Area Office                 8...

April 15, 2016

Component 7 Education Conference

June 1 – 4, 2016 BCGEU HQ Burnaby Participants will explore important issues and develop skills through hands-on workshops and presentations from top-notch guest speakers. Some of the topics covered include: Economic, legal and social issues, social media, negotiations and an inside look at the wide world of the BCGEU. Hurry!  Apply today! Contact your Local chairs for information: Lo...