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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

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...

May 11, 2020

Tentative agreement reached for members at Justice Institute of BC - 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 Ba...

May 08, 2020

Douglas College Ratification Meetings and Voting - BCGEU

Further to our earlier announcement, a tentative agreement has been reached between the BCGEU and Douglas College. A copy of the Ratification Document is attached. Members are encouraged to attend an information session on TUESDAY, MAY 12th starting at 2:40 pm. All members are permitted to be released from their duties from 2:30 – 4:30 that day, without loss of pay, to attend this meeting. Your...

May 07, 2020

The Provincial Spring 2020 - BCGEU

Check out the latest issue of The Provincial  This issue has updates on our union's Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Strengthen All of Us roundtable, our COVID-19 information hub, the fight against massive rent increases and our union's new Affordable BC podcast. UWU/MoveUP

May 07, 2020

Restarting B.C. -- your rights and union news - BCGEU

Restarting B.C. -- your rights and union news Yesterday B.C. was full of cautious anticipation as Premier Horgan announced the steps we'll be taking to restart the province safely.Throughout the past two months, many BCGEU members have been on the front lines of the pandemic, limiting the spread of COVID-19. At the same time, countless others have been providing vital public services that keep ...

May 05, 2020

Sign our petition to end for-profit seniors’ care in B.C. - BCGEU

Right now, 79 per cent Canada's COVID-19 deaths are connected to long-term care facilities and make up the majority of deaths in B.C. Many seniors and elders have faced the end of their lives alone and their families have been left to pick up the pieces. We have known since the start of this pandemic that elderly people are most at risk, but we knew the senior's care sector was in crisis long b...

May 01, 2020

A May Day message from President Stephanie Smith - BCGEU

May 1st is International Workers Day. Historically, it is a commemoration of the Haymarket affair, a rally that took place in Chicago on May 4, 1886 in support of a general strike for an 8 hour workday that had happened in communities across the United States three days prior. At the time workdays of up to 16 hours were normal-as were six-day workweeks, child labour, and workplace deaths and in...

May 01, 2020

BC Family Maintenance Agency (BCFMA) bargaining to resume - BCGEU

With social distancing measures expected to remain in place for some time, the parties have agreed to resume negotiations remotely. Bargaining is scheduled for May 1, 2020 and the parties are looking to schedule another day or two of bargaining for as soon as late next week. As stated in our previous bulletin, we anticipate BCFMA will come prepared to propose classification-specific adjustments...

April 30, 2020

Reopening Nominations for Dogwood Bargaining Committee - BCGEU

At the close of nominations on April 2, 2020, only one nomination had been submitted for two bargaining committee positions. Nominations are therefore being reopened for additional nominees. If there are no additional nominees, the bargaining committee will consist of a single member.Second Call for NominationsNominations are now open again for the bargaining committee to negotiate a first coll...