Effective July 12, 2021, the BCGEU will start re-opening all of our offices as part of Step 3 of the BC Restart Plan. Staff will start returning the offices the week of July 12 and members may book an appointment at the office if access to the office is required. Everyone attending at a BCGEU office will still be required to comply with the BCGEU’s Safety Plan.
BCGEU OFFICE RE-OPENING PLANS:
Effective July 12, 2021, the BCGEU will start re-opening all of our offices as part of Step 3 of the BC Restart Plan.
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Staff will start returning the offices the week of July 12 and members may book an appointment at the office if access to the office is required. Everyone attending at a BCGEU office will still be required to comply with the BCGEU’s Safety Plan. The updated Safety Plan will be posted here once it is available.
CASTLEGAR OFFICE RE-OPENING (Aug 16):
The safety issue impacting the Castlegar Area Office has been resolved and the office will re-open Tuesday, August 17, 2021.
COMPONENT 7 - EDUCATION, SCIENTIFIC, TECHNICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE
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.
Vancouver, BC (Coast Salish Territories)-The BCGEU emerged from its 51st triennial constitutional convention on Saturday, June 12th with a new name, an ambitious agenda for the next three years, and Stephanie Smith acclaimed to lead the union's 82,000 members as president for a third term.
In addition to president, delegates elected five other members of the 2021-2024 executive committee. Treas...
Congratulations to the 2021 BCGEU Scholarship Winners.
The BCGEU is pleased to support our 2021 scholarship recipients in their continuing education.
2021 Scholarship Winners List
(Winners will be mailed a letter with instructions on how to claim their scholarship).
This year, applicants were asked to write an essay on one of four topics:
The coronavirus pandemic has deemed frontline workers ...
Urszula (Ula) Lipska was acclaimed for the position of bargaining committee member for People's Law School. I want to thank Ula for stepping forward to represent you during this round of bargaining.
Paula DribnenkiBCGEU Staff Representative
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 9, 2021BCGEU to honour Dr. Cindy Blackstock with Spirit of Leadership award at 51st conventionBURNABY, B.C. COAST SALISH TERRITORIES – on Thursday, June 10, at the 51st convention of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU), Dr. Cindy Blackstock will be honoured with the Spirit of Leadership award, a triennial honour which the union bestows upon an indi...
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One in five shareholders call for human rights probe of outsourcing practices at warehouse and distribution centres
Vancouver - Today, 21 per cent of Dollarama (TSX: DOL) shareholders voted in favour of a proposal asking the company to investigate and report on potential human rights abuses enabled by the use of third-party staffing agencies supplying temporary workers.
70%+ of Independent Thomson Reuters Shareholders Demand Action on Human Rights Risks Related to ICE Contracts
The majority of independent shareholders demand human rights due diligence related to contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security
Burnaby - At the Thomson Reuters (NYSE, TSX: TRI) annual general meeting of shareholders held today, 19% of all shareholder...
To prepare for bargaining to renew your collective agreement, your bargaining committee is looking for your feedback on what is important and what your priorities are.
Please ask a worksite member of your bargaining committee for a link to the online survey and fill it out by Friday, June 18, 2021 at 5:00 PM. If you know someone at your worksite who is a BCGEU member, but has not received this ...
BCGEU bylaws state that the local chairperson or designate will appoint Occupational Health and Safety ("OH&S") representatives as required by the Workers Compensation Act and your collective agreement. Your worksite has 20 or more workers, so a committee is required. We are currently looking for worker representatives to sit on the OH&S committee at EF International Language Schools. W...
At the close of nominations, the following candidates were declared elected by acclamation to your bargaining committee:
Sue Arnault, Bargaining Committee Chair
Tu Van Trieu, Bargaining Committee Member
Etovre Vese, Bargaining Committee Member
In the coming weeks, your bargaining committee and the staff representatives will begin preparing for negotiations with the employer. This will include...
We are pleased to advise that the current collective agreement between BCGEU and NEC is now available online.
Ryan StewartStaff Representative, Negotiations
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Nominations are now open for two (2) steward positions with EF International Language Schools.
Some of the roles of a steward are:
Helping co-workers interpret and understand their collective agreement.
Supporting co-workers in meetings with management.
Listening to co-workers about their issues.
Acting as a liaison between the worksite, the union local and the BCGEU's area offices.
On behalf of the BCGEU Provincial Executive Indigenous Advisory Committee and all Indigenous members of the BCGEU, we express our deepest condolences to the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation, the survivors of the Kamloops Indian Residential School and the kin of those who never came home. The BCGEU's Indigenous members across the province, including members of the committee, have shared thei...
On April 21, your committee met with the employer to start collective bargaining for your new collective agreement. Your committee is able to report that we have been meeting regularly with the employer since then and we are making progress in our negotiations on non-monetary proposals. Our next meeting with the employer is scheduled for this Thursday, June 3 and we have additional dates schedu...
As a library worker or librarian who takes on multiple roles and experiences incredible stress from serving B.C.'s communities, we know that this past year has been difficult for you. Your mental health and wellness are critical and, as our union wrote in the latest Provincial issue, burnout has been a serious issue for you since before the pandemic. This is the message our union brought to the...
Nominations closed May 26, 2021 for election of Stewards at School District 59.Linda Holloway has been elected Steward for School District 59.Please join us in wishing them well in their new position!In solidarityAngie PanouliasStaff RepresentativeDownload PDF of notice here UWU/MoveUP
BURNABY– Today, leading global proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) became the third prominent proxy advisory firm to back a human rights shareholder proposal at Thomson Reuters (TSX/NSE: TRI). The shareholder proposal, filed by the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU), was filed in response to Thomson Reuters's work for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enfor...
May 2021 Safety Tip: Making a claim with WorkSafeBCIf you are injured on the job, you should submit a claim to WorkSafeBC. This notice is to guide you through the process and inform you of the supports available to you through our union, the BCGEU.When should I file a claim?Experiencing an injury on the job can be a traumatic experience. You should submit a claim to WorkSafeBC as soon as possib...
Ahead of the Thomson Reuters (TSX, NYSE: TRI) annual meeting of shareholders on June 9, 2021 the BCGEU has released an Investor Brief about its shareholder proposal, raising concerns about human rights impacts at the Toronto-based company.
Historically a publishing business, Thomson Reuters's "Change Program" announced in 2021 will transition the company "from a content provider to a content-d...
Leading proxy advisory firm Glass Lewis has endorsed a human rights shareholder proposal at Thomson Reuters (TSX, NSE: TRI) in light of the company's work for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The proposal was put forward by the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) and is up for consideration at Thomson Reuters's 2021 annual general meeting on June 9, 2021.