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

May 17, 2018

Coquitlam casino still behind pickets - BCGEU

After five days of job action, a labour dispute at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver in Coquitlam does not appear to be ending anytime soon. Great Canadian Gaming Corp. said in a statement Monday that it has been granted an order by the B.C. Labour Relations Board prohibiting striking workers from blocking entry to the property.    Read more... UWU/MoveUP

May 17, 2018

GATEWAY CASINOS NEGOTIATIONS REACH AN IMPASSE - BCGEU

Talks between Gateway Casinos and members of the BC Government and Service Employees Union have broken off. On Tuesday morning, over a hundred employees of Gateway Casinos from Kelowna, Vernon, Penticton, and Kamloops rallied in Kelowna to push for higher wages.   Read more... UWU/MoveUP

May 17, 2018

CASINO WORKERS RALLY IN KELOWNA - BCGEU

Employees of Gateway Casinos from Kelowna, Vernon, Penticton, and Kamloops gathered in Kelowna Tuesday morning to push for higher wages. Negotiations between the company and the bargaining committee began back in January, but stopped abruptly in March, prompting Tuesday’s demonstration.   Read more... UWU/MoveUP

May 17, 2018

Casino workers nearing strike? - BCGEU

A vocal group of employees from four of the Okanagan's largest casinos rallied in Kelowna this morning as their union headed back to the bargaining table. Approximately 1,400 employees of Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Limited (which operates Playtime Casino in Kelowna, Lake City Casino in Vernon, and Cascades Casinos in Penticton and Kamloops) are pressuring the company to pay them a living...

May 17, 2018

Casino workers press for wage hike - BCGEU

Gateway Casino workers will be rallying Tuesday for higher wages. Members of the BC Government and Service Employees' Union working at Gateway Casinos and Entertainment in Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon and Kamloops are calling on their employer to improve wages, benefits and working conditions as contract negotiations resume Tuesday.     Read more... UWU/MoveUP

May 15, 2018

Worksite Meeting for Maxxam Analytics Canada Way members - BCGEU

When:       May 16, 2018 at 12:00 – 1:00 pmWhere:     Maxxam Analytics- Newton Room                 4606 Canada Way, Burnaby BC                 V5G 1K5 You are invited to an informal Union meeting during the noon hour on Wednesday, May 16 with your BCGEU Local Chair, Amber Keane, and Staff Representative, Oliver Rohlfs. This drop-in meeting will be held in the Newton Room at the Canada Way loca...

May 15, 2018

Worksite Meeting for Maxxam Analytics Commerce Court members - BCGEU

When:    May 17, 2018 at 12:00 – 1:00 pmWhere:   Maxxam Analytics- Darwin Room               8577 Commerce Court, Burnaby BC                V5A 4N5 You are invited to an informal Union meeting during the noon hour on Thursday, May 17 with your BCGEU Local Chair, Amber Keane, and Staff Representative, Oliver Rohlfs. This drop-in meeting will be held in the Darwin Room at the Commerce Court locat...

May 14, 2018

Gateway casino workers to rally for industry-standard wages as they resume ne...

KELOWNA, B.C., May 14, 2018 – Members of the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) working at Gateway Casinos & Entertainment (Gateway) in Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon, and Kamloops will hold a rally and deliver a petition to their employer calling for improved wages, benefits and working conditions as contract negotiations resume tomorrow.  Contract negotiations broke off on Mar...

May 11, 2018

Hard Rock Casino workers strike for fairness - BCGEU

Strike kicks off with rally at Hard Rock  (Coquitlam, May 11, 2018) - Members of the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) working at Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam are walking off the job Friday morning, in their escalating efforts to get fair wages, benefits and respect at work.  Hundreds of workers and supporters will gather for a rally in front of the casino at 2073 Hartley Ave,...

May 10, 2018

BCGEU and BC Government exchange bargaining proposals - BCGEU

UPDATE #2:   The first week of public service bargaining wrapped up in Victoria after the BCGEU exchanged bargaining packages with the employer. Component agreement bargaining took place from April 23 – 27. Component agreements cover occupational terms and conditions. Issues unresolved at component bargaining tables were tabled at the main public service table, by agreement with the employer.  ...

May 10, 2018

Who Decides for BC? - BCGEU

It's time to bring environmental decision-making back to the public interest.A Natural Resource Officer, tasked with stewarding our forests, without the tools needed to address forest practices until it is too late. An ecologist with serious concerns that an industry-paid biologist's plans will compromise the proper functioning of a stream's ecosystem, and no forum to stop it. These are just tw...

May 08, 2018

Public service bargaining commences in Victoria - BCGEU

UPDATE #1   Bargaining representatives from the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) and the B.C. Government Public Service Agency (BC PSA) are meeting today in Victoria to exchange bargaining proposals and begin four weeks of negotiations to achieve a new collective agreement. "We're pleased to begin the bargaining process early," said BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. "It gives...

May 08, 2018

Nominations for Bargaining Committee Members for BCIT – Support Staff - BCGEU

BCIT Support Staff – Accepting nominations for bargaining committee members until May 18. Please be advised that the Union is now accepting nominations for Bargaining Committee Members for the BCIT Support Staff bargaining unit.There will be three positions for Committee Members and one position for Chair.Nomination forms are to be received by no later than the close of nominations on Friday, M...

May 08, 2018

Nominations for Bargaining Committee Members for Northwest Community College ...

A bargaining committee is required for the next round of Bargaining. Nominations are now open for: Bargaining Committee Chairperson – 1 position Bargaining Committee Member – 3 positions Nominees may be nominated for both positions, although separate nomination forms are required for each position. A nomination for the Chairperson does not automatically include a nomination to the Bargaining ...

May 08, 2018

Nominations for Bargaining Committee Members for Northwest Community College ...

A bargaining committee is required for the next round of Bargaining. Nominations are now open for: Bargaining Committee Chairperson – 1 position Bargaining Committee Member – 3 positions Nominees may be nominated for both positions, although separate nomination forms are required for each position. A nomination for the Chairperson does not automatically include a nomination to the Bargaining ...

May 07, 2018

It's time to reinvest in the services that support British Columbians - BCGEU

BURNABY – Today, and in the weeks ahead, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) will begin negotiating new contracts for more than 53,000 members in the public service, health sectors and community social services.  "We're ready," says BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. "Beginning negotiations today gives us the time we need to address long-standing issues we've been raising wit...

May 07, 2018

BCGEU observes North American Occupational Safety and Health Week - BCGEU

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union joins occupational health and safety advocates and governments across the continent in observing North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH), which is observed from May 6-12 and will be commemorated in events across North America. NAOSH Week was first launched in 1997, after the government of Canada, United States and Mexico signed a...

May 04, 2018

BC NDP MLA'S (Constituency Assistants) Bargaining Update - BCGEU

Your BCGEU Bargaining Committee met with the employer on May 2nd and 3rd, in Vancouver, to carry on negotiations for a renewal collective agreement. The employer tabled their first response to our monetary proposals. Both parties have expressed their commitment to working hard to achieve a fair and reasonable agreement. However, we are still very far apart; in particular, on the monetary issues...

May 03, 2018

Local 710 - Your Complete Local Executive - BCGEU

As per the Local Election Policy, the election process for 0710 members came to a close as of 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20th. At that time, Juanita Fraser filled the last vacancy on your Executive, Member-at-Large. Below, is a list of your now complete Local Executive. Your Executive is as follows: • Chair                             Kathy Fossum• 1st Vice Chair               Tennille Penner• ...

May 01, 2018

Bargaining Committee Election for Okanagan College (Support) - BCGEU

The Bargaining Committee represents the members in collective agreement negotiations. This is a call for nominations for election to the Okanagan College (Support) Bargaining Committee. We require the following positions to be filled: Bargaining Committee Chairperson (1 position) Bargaining Committee Member (3 positions) Alternate Bargaining Committee Member (1 position) In the event of an el...

May 01, 2018

Okanagan College (Vocational Instructors) Bargaining Committee Election - BCGEU

The Bargaining Committee represents the members in collective agreement negotiations. This is a call for nominations for election to the Okanagan College (Vocational Instructors) Bargaining Committee. We require the following positions to be filled:    Bargaining Committee Chairperson (1 position) Bargaining Committee Member (3 positions) Alternate Bargaining Committee Member (1 position)    ...

May 01, 2018

Nominations For Camosun College Bargaining Committee Members And Bargaining ...

Nominations are now open for the following positions on the Camosun College Bargaining Committee.    Bargaining Unit Chairperson 2 Bargaining Committee Members     The nomination period isWednesday May 2, 2018 to Thursday May 31, 2018 If there is an election for a position, candidates may submit one page of information (8-1/2 x 11, black and white) for distribution to members with ballots. Th...

April 30, 2018

Provincial Magazine – Spring 2018 - BCGEU

The digital version of the Spring 2018 issue of The Provincial is available to download online. In this issue: BC Budget 2018 BC Cannabis retail program Public Service Pension Plan changes Community Social Services bargaining Affordable BC campaign Organizing news Events and more… Download the Spring 2018 issue (PDF) UWU/MoveUP

April 26, 2018

New conservation officers provide greater protection for B.C. environment - B...

The swearing in of new conservation officers on the steps of the B.C. legislature demonstrates a commitment by the B.C. government to increase protection for our natural environment, the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) said today. "The B.C. government's commitment to hire new conservation officers is good news that will ensure higher levels of compliance and enforcement with ...

April 25, 2018

Message from BCGEU vice president of administrative services component Maria ...

The best laid plans … often go awry. We administrative professionals are great organizers and planners, aren't we? That's why, as your vice president for administrative services at the BCGEU, Administrative Services Day is never far from my mind. This is the day we recognize the valuable and vital service we in the BCGEU's Administrative Services Component provide to British Columbians and thei...

April 24, 2018

BCGEU’s telephone town hall on Public Service Pension Plan changes - BCGEU

On Tuesday, April 10th we hosted a telephone town hall from the Victoria Area Office to talk with members about the changes to the Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP) that were implemented April 1, 2018. We were joined in the VAO by representatives from the BC Pension Corporation and the Pension Secretariat. This bulletin summarizes some of the key points that came up during the town hall and pr...

April 23, 2018

Local 702 - VIU - BCGEU EVP visit - BCGEU

Come out and meet Kari Michaels, BCGEU Executive Vice President and enjoy pizza and conversation with fellow members! Date:          Wednesday, April 25, 2108Time:         3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Location:   VIU Nanaimo Campus                  International Building 255, Room 170 Agenda • Pre-Bargaining Survey & Discussion • Getting Involved • Chair Update • PDCD Update   In solidarity   BCGEU...

April 23, 2018

Celebrating Medical Laboratory Professionals Week: April 22-28 - BCGEU

Please join us this week in celebrating medical laboratory professionals!  Medical laboratory professionals are highly trained health care professionals who provide laboratory test results required for the prevention, detection and treatment of illness and disease. When physicians and other health care providers are looking for answers, they depend on laboratory test results to accurately diagn...

April 23, 2018

Family Event – Miner's Memorial in Cumberland - BCGEU

This year Miners Memorial at Cumberland is going to be a huge event for union members. It is unfortunate that we were unable to secure Miracle Beach for the annual family picnic and so in lieu of that, we are encouraging members and their families to attend the BBQ dinner and other festivities on Saturday June 23rd. Go to https://minersmemorial.ca/ to get a rundown of events. The best part is f...

April 20, 2018

MSDPR’s Acceptance of Ombudsperson’s Holding Pattern Report Is a Major Victor...

The BCGEU applauds the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction's (MSDPR) willingness to accept most of the recommendations of B.C.'s Ombudsperson Jay Chalke's special report Holding Pattern: Call Wait Times for Income and Disability Assistance. "We're pleased that the new government has acknowledged the long-standing problems surrounding the MSDPR centralized phone line and is comm...

April 20, 2018

Local 702 - Nomination for Local Executive – Member-at-Large - BCGEU

Nominations are now open for the position of Member-at-Large (x2) and Young Worker on the local executive. The positions are for the balance of the current three year term that will expire in 2021. Responsibilities of a Members-at-Large a) assigned to tasks, committees and projects as required by chair;  b) may represent specific groups of members within a local and can bring their perspective ...

April 20, 2018

BCGEU partners with SumOfUs on improving corporate responsibility through inv...

The BCGEU is leading the way in the labour movement when it comes to responsible investing. Ahead of the 2015 global oil price crash, the union divested its strike fund and general reserves from fossil fuel equities and not only preserved, but increased the value of its holdings. Now, the BCGEU has partnered with non-profit organization SumOfUs to advocate for greater corporate responsibility a...

April 19, 2018

Welcome to Your Union: A New Resource Guide for BCGEU Members

Introducing BCGEU's brand-new member guide! Welcome to Your Union is a compact yet informative guide, written for all BCGEU members, whether new to the union or not. The guide outlines key information members need to get the most out of union membership such as educational opportunities, ways to get more involved, the role of shop stewards and the right to workplace safety. It also describes t...

April 17, 2018

Bargaining Committee for Canada/British Columbia Business Services Society - ...

We are pleased to announce your bargaining committee members as follows: Amy Elgie Eyren Uggenti We are in receipt of a great number of bargaining surveys, which will assist in the bargaining process. If you have any other feedback or have yet to submit in your bargaining survey, please do so as soon as possible.On May 2, 2018, the bargaining committee will meet to review all the bargaining ...

April 16, 2018

Honouring killed and injured workers on Day of Mourning – April 28 - BCGEU

In 2017, 158 workers lost their lives to workplace injury or disease. Please join us in honouring their memory on the Day of Mourning, April 28. Many BCGEU members will be attending Day of Mourning events in communities around our province. Some members will be there to honour and remember their co-workers and family members. Many will be there to show solidarity and empathy for those who have ...

April 16, 2018

Local 710 - Local Executive Election Results - BCGEU

The election process for your Local Executive positions closed on April 15th, 2018. Your Executive is as follows: • Chair                             Kathy Fossum • 1st Vice Chair              Tennille Penner • 2nd Vice Chair             Marsha Dufresne • Treasurer                     Megan King • Recording Secretary   Debbie Klemmer • Member-at Large (1)  Tanya Boyd • Member-at Large (2)  VACA...

April 16, 2018

Members of the School District 59 - Nominations for Bargaining Committee - B...

Nominations are now open for the following positions: Bargaining Committee Chair 2 Bargaining Committee Members 1 Alternate Bargaining Committee Member The deadline for nominations is: May 17th, 2018 If there is an election for a position, candidates may submit one page of information (8-1/2 x 11, black and white) for distribution to members with ballots. This must be received at the area off...

April 16, 2018

Nominations for Bargaining Committee for School District 81 - BCGEU

Nominations are now open for the following positions: Bargaining Committee Chair 2 Bargaining Committee Members 1 Alternate Bargaining Committee Member The deadline for nominations is: May 17th, 2018If there is an election for a position, candidates may submit one page of information (8-1/2 x 11, black and white) for distribution to members with ballots. This must be received at the area offi...

April 16, 2018

Local 710 Members at the Fort St. John Public Library - Nominations for Barga...

  Nominations are now open for the following positions: Bargaining Committee Chair 2 Bargaining Committee Members 1 Alternate Bargaining Committee Member The deadline for nominations is: May 17th, 2018 If there is an election for a position, candidates may submit one page of information (8-1/2 x 11, black and white) for distribution to members with ballots. This must be received at the area o...

April 13, 2018

Government to Recognize PTSD & Mental Health Claims for First Responders: Cor...

The BCGEU welcomes the provincial government's announcement that first responders including Sheriffs and Correctional Officers will receive greater access to mental health support.  On Wednesday, BC Labour Minister Harry Bains announced amendments to the Workers Compensation Act. These amendments -- called a presumptive clause -- will be introduced this week and, if approved by the legislature,...

April 13, 2018

Government action for renters and tenants a welcome relief in middle of housi...

VANCOUVER – This week the government of British Columbia announced new initiatives to strengthen protections for renters. BCGEU welcomes these long overdue changes, and applauds the government for continuing to take initiative on the housing file. "Increasing protections for those facing eviction is an important step in making B.C. more affordable for renters," noted BCGEU president Stephanie S...

April 12, 2018

BCGEU and B.C. Government to begin bargaining new contract for members in the...

The BCGEU has accepted an offer from the B.C. Government to begin negotiations aimed at concluding a new collective agreement with members in the B.C. public service. The existing contract between the BCGEU and the B.C. Government expires on March 31, 2019. It covers roughly 27,000 employees in the public service around the province. "We're pleased to begin the bargaining process now," said BCG...