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December 04, 2019

Save the date - Convention 2020 - BCGEU

The 51st Constitutional Convention of the BCGEU will be held Wednesday, June 10, 2020 to Saturday, June 13, 2020. The convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 655 Burrard St, Vancouver.

If you are interested in attending convention as a delegate representing your components or submitting a resolution to convention, please contact your local chair - if you do not know who this person is, please contact your area office. The process for determining delegates and filing of resolutions will take place in the new year.

Additional delegates representing equity groups, young workers and bargaining councils will be chosen to attend convention.

At Convention 2020, our union will elect our president, treasurer, and the four executive vice presidents. 

Click here for details about the process of running for office or being one of the additional delegates to convention.

December 03, 2019

BCGEU met with Health Minister Dix - Forensic Psychiatric Hospital - BCGEU

Yesterday your worksite Union representatives, along BCGEU president Stephanie Smith met with provincial Health Minister Adrian Dix. 

We discussed a number of issues with Minister Dix regarding BCGEU members working at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, including the number of serious injuries to our members, staffing levels, program closures, heavy workload, forensic pay and wage issues, particularly for frontline workers.

Minister Dix acknowledged the Union's concerns and respects the work our members do and their commitment to the patients.

We will continue to try and work with government on important issues to improve the working conditions of our members at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital.

In solidarity,

Mahen Ramdharry

Component 4 Vice-President & Local 403 Chair

Jacqueline McGuire

Staff Representative


Download PDF of Notice Here

UWU/MoveUP

December 03, 2019

The Provincial – Fall 2019 - BCGEU

Check out the latest, redesigned issue of The Provincial.

 

This issue has updates on how our union's work on investing ethically, a number of recent conferences and workshops to strengthen our union, and the guidelines on electoral campaigns for our upcoming Convention 2020.

 



UWU/MoveUP

2019 BCGEU scholarship winners announced - BCGEU

Congratulations to the 2019 BCGEU Scholarship Winners. The BCGEU is pleased to support our 2019 scholarship recipients in their continuing education.

(Winners will receive a letter in the mail with instructions on how to claim their scholarship).

2019 Scholarship Winners List

This year, applicants were asked to write an essay on one of three topics:

  1. How can unions lead the way on climate change
  2. How can unions lead the way on reconciliation with Indigenous people and communities?
  3. How can unions lead the way on affordable housing?

You can read some of the top winning essays below:



UWU/MoveUP

December 06, 2019

Remembering l’Ecole Polytechnique - 30 years later - BCGEU

December 6, 1989 was a Wednesday like any other: I spent the day at the childcare centre I worked at surrounded by kids and my colleagues. I found out about the massacre at l'Ecole Polytechnique on the radio while I was driving home that evening.

I was shocked and devastated at the news. Having been raised in a strongly feminist family, the idea that 14 women had been singled out and killed by a man targeting feminists shook me to my core. For me, and for millions of other Canadian women and feminists, that day changed the fabric of our country.

Thirty years later, I'm proud to work alongside strong feminists from every point on the gender spectrum as a member of a union that has done and is doing so much to eliminate gender-based violence in all its forms-from implementing anti-violence programs like "Be More Than a Bystander", to negotiating domestic violence leave and anti-bullying/harassment language into collective agreements, to being the only union in Canada to be granted standing at the Commission of Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls-the BCGEU does good work.

But as much work as our union does and as much progress as our society has made, the fact is that 30 years after the Montreal Massacre women in Canada-especially Indigenous women and trans women-still face disproportionate risk of discrimination, harassment, and violence from men.

There is so much more to do.

December 6th is a chance to honour the memory of the women who were killed by a man because they were women-Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colga, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Annie St-Arneault, Annie Turcotte, and Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz.

December 6th is a chance to recommit to creating families, workplaces and communities that are free from gender-based violence, discrimination and harassment in any form. 

December 6th is a chance to ask yourself: what more can I do in my family, my workplace, my union, and my community?

 

In Solidarity,

Stephanie Smith

President



UWU/MoveUP

December 05, 2019

BCGEU HQ - Secretary Level 3 - Negotiations (2 Positions) -

BCGEU HEADQUARTERS OFFICE

NEGOTIATIONS DEPARTMENT 

INTERNAL POSTING 

December 5, 2019

 

 

POSITION: SECRETARY (2 Positions)

GRADE: LEVEL 3 - MoveUP AGREEMENT

A secretary is required to perform secretarial and word processing functions for staff representatives in the Negotiations Department.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

The successful applicant will perform Level 3 duties as assigned. Duties to include: processing a variety of documents on a personal computer including bargaining proposals, contracts, reports, memoranda, forms, leaves of absence, meeting notices and general correspondence; coordinating, preparing and distributing various materials for strike/ratification votes; maintaining filing systems and daily bring forward system; responding to telephone inquiries and walk-in visitors; arranging appointments; making travel and hotel arrangements; sorting and distributing mail; other related duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:

Applicants must have 2-4 years secretarial experience; high school graduation supplemented by secretarial training; excellent keyboarding skills (60‑70 wpm); excellent Word and Excel skills; excellent communication, spelling and grammatical skills; an aptitude for organization and detail; good telephone manner; the ability to set priorities and work within time limits.

Hours of work are 32 hours, four days per week.

General aptitude tests will be administered to all applicants. Keyboarding tests will be administered to regular/temporary employees who are not presently working in or have not previously worked in a secretarial position.

The BCGEU supports employment equity. Workers of colour, women, aboriginal workers, LGBTQ+ workers and workers with disabilities are encouraged to apply for positions with the BCGEU.

Apply in writing with resume to Sharon Penner, Human Resources Administrator, Headquarters, by 5:00 pm Wednesday, December 11, 2019.

Resumes will be accepted by e-mail to: human.resources@bcgeu.ca



UWU/MoveUP

December 05, 2019

BCGEU HQ - Secretary Level 3 – Advocacy (Temporary)

BCGEU HEADQUARTERS OFFICE 
INTERNAL POSTING
December 5, 2019

 

POSITION: SECRETARY – ADVOCACY (Temporary)

GRADE: LEVEL 3 - MoveUP AGREEMENT

A secretary is required to perform secretarial and word processing functions for staff representatives as required in Advocacy. Term of assignment is up to 6 months.

DUTIES:

Will include processing a variety of documents on a personal computer including reports, memoranda, forms, leaves of absence, meeting notices, legal documents and general correspondence; compiling books of authorities and exhibits under the direction of servicing staff; inputting all files into a grievance database and updating hearing/arbitration reports; compiling quarterly statistical Advocacy reports for PE meetings; handling Component administrative duties; processing invoices from outside professionals; maintaining filing systems and daily bring forward system; responding to telephone inquiries and walk-in visitors; arranging appointments; making travel and hotel arrangements; sorting and distributing mail; other related duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Applicants must have 2-4 years' secretarial experience; high school graduation supplemented by secretarial training; excellent keyboarding (60–70 wpm); excellent Microsoft Word and Excel skills; excellent communication, spelling and grammatical skills; an aptitude for organization and detail; good telephone manner; the ability to set priorities and work within time limits; database and arbitration preparation experience an asset.

Hours of work are 32 per week, four days.

General aptitude tests will be administered to all applicants. Keyboarding tests will be administered to regular/temporary employees who are not presently working in or have not previously worked in a secretarial position.

The BCGEU supports employment equity. Workers of colour, women, aboriginal workers, LGBTQ+ workers, and workers with disabilities are encouraged to apply for positions with the BCGEU.

Apply in writing with resume to Sharon Penner, Human Resources Administrator, Headquarters, by 5:00 pm, Wednesday, December 11, 2019.

Resumes will be accepted by e-mail to: human.resources@bcgeu.ca



UWU/MoveUP

December 05, 2019

BCGEU - Secretary Level 3 - Fraser Valley Area office

BCGEU FRASER VALLEY AREA OFFICE 

INTERNAL POSTING 

December 5, 2019

 

 

POSITION: SECRETARY

GRADE: LEVEL 3 – MoveUP AGREEMENT

A secretary is required to perform secretarial and word processing functions for staff representatives. This person will also be required to assist with switchboard and receptionist duties.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Will include: processing a variety of documents such as minutes, reports, bargaining proposals, bargaining bulletins and general correspondence; drafting correspondence, calculating calendar deadlines for grievances, notices to bargain and appeals; responding to phone calls and walk-in visitors; assisting component/local executive; coordinating, preparing and distributing material for strike/ratification votes; booking meeting rooms, travel and accommodation; prioritizing incoming mail; maintaining filing and bring forward system; and other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:

Applicant must have 2 – 4 years secretarial experience; high school graduation supplemented by secretarial training; excellent keyboarding (60 - 70 wpm); switchboard experience; excellent Microsoft Word and Excel skills; database experience required; an aptitude for organization and detail; good telephone manner; and the ability to set priorities and work within time limits.

Hours of work are 32 per week, 4 days.

General aptitude tests will be administered to all applicants. Keyboarding tests will be administered to regular/temporary employees who are not presently working in or have not previously worked in a secretarial position.

The BCGEU supports employment equity. Workers of colour, women, aboriginal workers, LGBTQ+ workers and workers with disabilities are encouraged to apply for positions with the BCGEU.

Apply in writing with resume to Sharon Penner, Human Resources Administrator, Headquarters, by 5:00 pm, Wednesday, December 11, 2019.

Resumes will be accepted by e-mail to: human.resources@bcgeu.ca

UWU/MoveUP

December 05, 2019

BCGEU HQ - Secretary Level 3 - Occupational Health and Safety

BCGEU HEADQUARTERS OFFICE 
INTERNAL POSTING 
December 5, 2019

 

POSITION: SECRETARY

GRADE: LEVEL 3 - MoveUP AGREEMENT

A secretary is required to perform secretarial and word processing functions for Staff Representatives in the Occupational Health and Safety Department.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Duties will include: processing a variety of documents such as minutes, meeting notices, reports, memoranda, forms, schedules, questionnaires, leaves of absence and general correspondence; making travel and hotel arrangements; arranging appointments; making logistical arrangements for conferences and training sessions; liaising with BCGEU activists and employer representatives; setting up and maintaining departmental filing systems; maintaining a daily bring forward system; responding to telephone inquiries and walk-in visitors; preparing and coding purchase orders; preparing cheque requisitions for signature; sorting and distributing mail; and other related duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:

Applicants must have 2-4 years secretarial experience: high school graduation supplemented by secretarial training; excellent keyboarding (60-70 wpm); excellent Microsoft Word and Excel skills and database experience required; an aptitude for organization and detail; good telephone manner; and the ability to set priorities and work within time limits.

Hours of work are 32 per week, four days.

General aptitude tests will be administered to all applicants. Keyboarding tests will be administered to regular/temporary employees who are not presently working in, or have not previously worked in a secretarial position.

The BCGEU supports employment equity. Workers of colour, women, aboriginal workers, LGBTQ+ workers and workers with disabilities are encouraged to apply for positions with the BCGEU.

Apply in writing with resume to Sharon Penner, Human Resources Administrator, Headquarters by 5:00 pm, Wednesday, December 11, 2019.

Resumes will be accepted by e-mail to: human.resources@bcgeu.ca.

UWU/MoveUP