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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

March 17, 2020

2020 Bargaining Committee Elections and Member Survey - BCGEU

To All BCGEU Members at BC NDP MLAs (Constituency Assistants): Congratulations to our three Bargaining Committee members, elected by acclamation: Jessica Lar-Son Preet Sangha Andrea McDonald Additionally, both Andrea and Preet received nominations for the position of Chairperson and there will be an election. The successful candidate will become Chairperson of the Bargaining Committee and the...

March 17, 2020

2020 BCGEU scholarships

The 2020 BCGEU scholarship deadline has passed and we are no longer accepting applications. We have received over 400 applications – thank you for all your hard work! If you have submitted an application, we will be announcing the successful applicants once our Education and Scholarship committee has met and considered all of the applications. We expect to be able to advise applicants by the en...

March 13, 2020

Bargaining to resume for members at BC Family Maintenance Agency Ltd. (BCFMA)...

Your bargaining committee advised the Employer of the 100% strike mandate and sought additional bargaining dates in our ongoing attempt to achieve a negotiated settlement without job action. To this end, the parties will return to the bargaining table on March 16 and 17, 2020. The parties are also holding April 2, 2020 for bargaining if necessary. Members can expect to receive a further update ...

March 13, 2020

BCGEU calls for suspension of rent and mortgage payments for sick/self-isolat...

Burnaby, B.C. – In response to the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 a "pandemic" and public health experts recommending social distancing including self-isolation for exposed or symptomatic people, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) is calling on federal and provincial governments to immediately suspend all mortgage and rent payments until the pandemic is over....

March 13, 2020

Local 702 Convention Delegate Nomination & Election Results - BCGEU

Before the close of the convention delegate nominations at your general membership meeting held on March 5, 2020 your local received two nominations for convention delegate. Your local is entitled to 2 convention delegates and your Local Chairperson, Colleen Nelson, will attend by right as per the BCGEU Constitution and Bylaws. Therefore, your local was seeking 1 additional delegate to Conventi...

March 12, 2020

NEC members - Bargaining update - mediation - BCGEU

Following the March 5, 2020 worksite meeting, your bargaining committee applied to the Labour Relations Board (LRB) to appoint a mediator under Section 74 of the Labour Relations Code. On March 9, the LRB appointed mediator Grant McArthur to assist the parties in renewing the collective agreement. The parties and the mediator have tentatively set the following dates for mediation: April 30, one...

March 11, 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic Response - BCGEU

Today, the WHO declared that COVID-19 has escalated from public health crisis to pandemic. In plain language this means the public health priority has shifted from preventing the spread of the virus to slowing it down so that our healthcare system doesn't get overwhelmed by too many infections happening concurrently. In light of this, the Provincial Executive of the BCGEU unanimously passed the...

March 11, 2020

Strike action: stand with IBEW members on strike against Ledcor tomorrow - BCGEU

Our union encourages members in the Vancouver area to stand in solidarity with members of IBEW Local 213 on Thursday, March 12 at 3 pm in front of Ledcor's office at 1055 West Hastings Street downtown. These workers are fighting for their first contract with Ledcor. The strike began on Sept. 30, 2019. Their battle for a contract began more than two full years earlier on Aug. 31, 2017, when thei...

March 11, 2020

BCGEU calls on all employers to drop doctor’s note requirement amid COVID-19 ...

The B.C. Government Employees' Union (BCGEU) is encouraging employers to waive the requirement for employees to produce a sick note to access sick leave. The B.C. government announced last week employees no longer have to produce a sick note amidst concerns over the coronavirus. Read full article here UWU/MoveUP

March 10, 2020

B.C. employers must drop doctor’s note requirements to limit COVID-19 spread,...

B.C. employers must drop doctor's note requirements to limit COVID-19 spread, says BCGEU Burnaby, B.C.- In light of the ongoing concern regarding the COVID-19 virus, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union is calling on all B.C. employers to waive the requirement for employees to provide a note from a doctor to access their sick leave. "We all must take appropriate steps to limit the s...

March 09, 2020

Bureau Veritas Canada bargaining committee chairperson election results - BCGEU

  Congratulations to Laird Story who has been elected to the position of bargaining committee chairperson for Bureau Veritas Canada (2019) Inc. Thank you Cherry Lane Caoili for letting your name stand.The following are your bargaining committee: Laird Story – Chairperson Eduardo Caoili – Bargaining Committee Navpreet Shergill – Bargaining Committee Cherry Lane Caoili – (Alternate)  In solidar...

March 06, 2020

BCGEU celebrates International Women’s Day for an Equal and Enabled world

March 8th is International Women's Day (IWD), a time to recognize the remarkable achievements by women across the globe and stand in solidarity with calls for decisive action to promote gender justice and end gender-based violence and discrimination. The global theme this year is #EachforEqual An EQUAL World is an ENABLED World. "As an out and proud feminist who has the privilege to be surround...

March 05, 2020

BCGEU calls on LRB to bring Retirement Concepts members under one bargaining ...

The B.C. Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) has filed a common employer application at the BC Labour Relations Board (LRB) seeking to consolidate all nine of the union's bargaining units with Well Being Services/Retirement Concepts (WBS/RC) into a single bargaining unit. The move to a single bargaining unit would position the union and its members to address many of the issues th...

March 05, 2020

BC union shareholder proposal prompts RBC to confirm screening of U.S. privat...

(Burnaby, BC)Following a shareholder proposal by the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU), Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has confirmed that it will not provide lending or financing services to companies including GEO Group (NYSE: GEO) and Core Civic (NYSE: CXW). These U.S. private prison companies operate the majority of U.S. detention facilities currently detaining migrant familie...

March 04, 2020

FINAL - Information Regarding Strike Pay for BCFMA - BCGEU

Please disregard the two earlier versions of this bulletin. As announced at yesterday's strike vote meeting, strike pay will be as stated below. Strike Pay – General Strike pay provided by the BCGEU is amongst the highest available from any union. However, strike pay is not intended to provide total income replacement; at best, it augments other income and savings to reduce the financial impact...

March 03, 2020

Steward Nominations for members at Kwantlen Polytechnic University - BCGEU

Nominations are now open for the position for steward at your worksite and will close on Monday, March 16, 2020.  Stewards are the primary representatives of members and have an important role within the Union.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 ab...

March 03, 2020

BC Family Maintenance Agency Ltd. (BCFMA) members provide 100% strike mandate...

The bargaining committee is pleased to report that members at BC Family Maintenance Agency (BCFMA) have provided the strongest possible strike mandate by voting 100% in favour of taking strike action if necessary. The committee will advise the Employer of the result of the vote and seek additional bargaining dates in our ongoing attempt to achieve a negotiated settlement without job action. Mem...

March 02, 2020

Members at NEC Native Education College Re: Bargaining update and notice of ...

The parties returned to the bargaining table on February 24, 2020 for the first time since BCGEU members voted 100% in favour of taking strike action if necessary. NEC reported that it has not received any indication of additional operational funding coming from the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. Despite the 100% strike mandate, NEC has not altered its position on wages th...