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Winter School 2023 - BC General Employees' Union (BCGEU)

Winter School 2023 will be taking place in-person! We are so excited that our communities will be able to come together, to learn and discuss with peers and colleagues at the upcoming Winter School. As we continue to work with the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) on updating you with further details, please complete your registration application form to express your interest in attending. Please note, this form does not mean you are registered to attend Winter School. Upon receipt of your registration/application, you will receive an e-mail from [email protected] asking for your class choices and asking for further supporting details that will be forwarded to your Component Education Committee for consideration. Once your Component has made their decision on who is approved to attend, you will be contacted by our Department to finalize your attendance.

 

Please complete by November 4, 2022: Winter School 2023 Application.

 



UWU/MoveUP

December 05, 2022

IT Application Support Technician (Temporary) - BC General Employees' Union (...

B.C. GENERAL EMPLOYEES' UNION
INTERNAL/EXTERNAL POSTING
DECEMBER 5, 2022

 

 

POSITION: IT APPLICATION SUPPORT TECHNICIAN (Temporary) 

GRADE: LEVEL 7 – MOVEUP AGREEMENT 

The BCGEU requires an IT Application Support Technician to work in the IT Services Department. In this role, the successful applicant will provide technical support to the union's staff and provide training on the various software applications used by the union. Term of assignment will be 10 months or return of incumbent. 

 DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work as part of a team to provide support to a core line of business applications;
  • Work and communicate within a diverse cross-functional team;
  • Develop and document procedures for effective and efficient use of software applications;
  • Deliver technical support and service for BCGEU standard equipment and software applications;
  • Develop and deliver training and orientation on various software applications to users;
  • Develop application support forms and templates ;
  • Investigate user issues and collaborate with users to identify application and data issues;
  • Liaise with users and software development team regarding support tickets.

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:

  • A minimum of five years of hands-on and current experience with the most recent version of Microsoft Office suite of products, as well as general knowledge around databases, collaboration tools, image manipulation and productivity tools;
  • Experience in executing basic SQL queries;
  • Ability to respond to pressure situations, adapt to change, work in a team environment, be proactive, take initiative and work with minimal supervision;
  • Experience working with Jira, Confluence, Mosyle, Teamviewer, Zoom, Docusign and Adobe Acrobat forms would be an asset.
  • Information technology-related diploma and/or certificate from an accredited post-secondary institution or an equivalent combination of education and relevant work experience;

Hours of work are 32 per week, 4 days per week.

Microsoft Office, Help Desk aptitude tests will be administered. 

The BCGEU supports employment equity. Indigenous Workers, workers of colour, women, LGBTQ2SI+ workers, and workers with disabilities are encouraged to apply for positions with the BCGEU.

The BCGEU is committed to the health and safety of BCGEU staff and members visiting our offices. All employees with the BCGEU are required to provide proof of vaccination from COVID-19, as a condition of employment.

Apply in writing with resume to Jennifer Ferguson, Human Resources Administrator, by 5:00 pm, December 9, 2022 

Resumes will be accepted by e-mail to: [email protected]

 



UWU/MoveUP

November 04, 2022

BCGEU Stands with Ontario CUPE Members - BC General Employees' Union (BCGEU)

BCGEU stands in solidarity with Ontario education workers 

We condemn the Doug Ford government for their callous attack on 55,000 education workers and their rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

On Thursday, they made good on their reckless promise to pass legislation making it illegal for workers to strike and forcing a contract on them. Workers who disobey the ruling will be subject to steep fines.

This legislation is an attack on the rights to free bargaining that workers fought for and won through many years of struggle. It's a dangerous precedent that should concern all citizens.

The workers targeted by this unconscionable attack on labour rights are members of CUPE OSBCU - CSCSO. They perform vital supporting roles in the public school system, include education assistants, custodians, library workers, maintenance workers, secretaries, early childhood educators and IT professionals. They are among the lowest paid in Ontario's education sector.

The BCGEU calls on the Ontario government to return to the bargaining table and bargain in good faith - the only way to reach a fair and reasonable agreement that will satisfy education workers, parents, and students.

We encourage BCGEU members to show support for Ontario education workers - visit https://cupe.on.ca/dontbeabully/



UWU/MoveUP

October 18, 2022

MEDIA RELEASE: B.C.’s public service members ratify collective agreement - BC...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 2022

B.C.'s public service members ratify collective agreement

BURNABY, B.C. – Over a two-week voting period, members of the BCGEU's (BC General Employees' Union) public service bargaining unit voted 53.4 per cent in favour of the tentative agreement reached with B.C.'s Public Service Agency (PSA) on September 6. More than 71 per cent of eligible members voted in the ratification process.
 
"This ratification marks the end of a long, challenging round of bargaining," said BCGEU President Stephanie Smith, who also serves as Chair of the Public Service Bargaining Committee. "And this agreement is the beginning of a renewed investment in public services and the workers that provide them that will ultimately benefit everyone in B.C. But the result is a clear message from our members that our work is not over."
 
Highlights of the new three-year agreement include:

  • A three-year term from April 1, 2022, to March 31, 2025.
  • General wage increases:
    • Year 1 – a flat increase of $0.25/hour which provides a greater percentage increase for lower paid employees (for BCGEU workers, an average of 0.76%) plus 3.24%
    • Year 2 – 5.5% plus a potential Cost of Living Adjustment to a maximum of 6.75%
    • Year 3 – 2% plus a potential Cost of Living Adjustment to a maximum of 3%
  • Improvements to occupational health and safety
  • Improvements to mental health in the workplace
  • Employment security
  • Equity and worker's rights
  • Improved and more flexible leave provisions

The agreement is now fully in effect as the 19th Main Agreement between the BCGEU and the PSA, with a number of terms retroactive to April 1, 2022.
 
In addition to the 33,000 members in the public service bargaining unit, an additional 31,000 public sector BCGEU members are still engaged in bargaining under the Community Social Services, Community Health, Post-secondary instructors and support, and Health Science Professionals agreements.
 
BCGEU is one of the largest unions in British Columbia, with over 85,000 members in almost every community and economic sector in the province.
 
Please see attached backgrounder for additional details and a timeline of public service bargaining.

For more information, contact BCGEU Communications at 604-291-9611 or [email protected]



UWU/MoveUP

October 18, 2022

Public Service Bargaining Backgrounder - BC General Employees' Union (BCGEU)

  • The newly ratified agreement is now in effect as the 19th Main Agreement between the B.C. Public Service Agency and the BC General Employees' Union
  • The previous public service agreement – the 18th Main Agreement – took effect April 1, 2019 and expired on March 31, 2022. 
  • The BCGEU is the only union covered by this agreement. 
  • Employer: Public Service Agency 
  • BCGEU members covered: approximately 33,000 
  • Negotiations start date: Tuesday, February 8, 2022 
  • Examples of jobs performed and services provided by BCGEU members: 
    • Correctional officers and sheriffs; 
    • B.C. government liquor store and cannabis store workers; 
    • Social workers, child protection, probation officers, and system analysts;
    • Administrative and support services; and
    • Wildfire forest fighters, biologists, design engineers, conservation officers, scientific/technical officers, inspectors and planning officers.
  • The BCGEU is one of B.C.'s largest unions, representing more than 85,000 members who work in every sector of the provincial economy and live in every community across B.C. 
  • More than 64,000 BCGEU members (78 per cent) are covered by one of six public sector agreements that are being negotiated in 2022.
  • BCGEU members make up 17 per cent of the 384,000 unionized workers and public service professionals that will be negotiating with the provincial government in 2022. 
  • The public service agreement is the second public sector agreement to be ratified in 2022, following the ratification of the Health Services and Support - Facilities Subsector agreement (Health Facilities) on October 13, 2022.
  • BCGEU members remain in bargaining at the following public sector tables (more details here):
    • Health Services & Support – Community Subsector agreement
    • Community Social Services (Community Living, General Services and Indigenous Services agreements)
    • Post-secondary (instructors and support staff agreements) 
    • Health Science Professionals

 

Bargaining timeline: 

Ratification vote:

  • Electronic voting was conducted and verified by Simply Voting – a secure, third-party online voting platform.
  • Voting began on Monday, October 3, and closed on Monday, October 17, at 5 p.m.
  • Immediately following the close of voting, the BCGEU Public Service Bargaining Committee, BCGEU staff and scrutineers received the final vote count at BCGEU Headquarters.
  • The results of the vote were 53.4 % in favour of the tentative agreement.
  • Approximately 71% of over 32,600 eligible voters participated in the ratification vote.



UWU/MoveUP

October 17, 2022

MEDIA ADVISORY - BCGEU members ratify three-year collective agreement with Pr...

WHAT: Members of the BC General Employees' Union's (BCGEU) public service bargaining unit have ratified a new collective agreement with the provincial government.

The deal was ratified by a vote of 53.4% with over 71% of eligible members voting.

Voting on the tentative agreement was open for two weeks, closing at 5 p.m. on Monday, October 17, 2022. The tentative deal was reached in early September after almost eight months of negotiations and a two-week strike by public-service workers.

The three-year agreement is in effect from April 1, 2022 through March 31, 2025 and includes wage protections against inflation, improvements to occupational health and safety, improvements to mental health in the workplace, employment security, and equity and workers' rights.

Please see the backgrounder below for timeline and additional details.

WHO:
BCGEU President Stephanie Smith and Lead Negotiator Michael Eso
WHEN: 
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 – 10 a.m.
WHERE:

 

Please note:

  • In accordance with BCGEU health and safety procedures, those attending in-person must provide a valid vaccination passport and wear an N95 mask, which can be provided to visitors. Please plan to arrive in time to verify vaccination status.

 

  • ASL interpretation will be provided virtually on Zoom and on screen at BCGEU Headquarters.

 

For more information please contact: BCGEU Communications at 604-291-9611 or [email protected] 



UWU/MoveUP

September 29, 2022

Learn, Reflect and Participate in the National Day for Truth and Reconciliati...

A photo collage of BCGEU members wearing orange shirts, posing along an crosswalk painted orange with features, and standing at the Kamloops Residential School monument

 

Tomorrow is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and union encourages all members to take the day to learn, reflect and participate in events going on in our communities.
  
Learn and Reflect - Reconciliation is an ongoing process, and in addition to the events that are occurring tomorrow, our union has gathered a variety of resources including suggestions of some Indigenous businesses to support, Indigenous social media thought leaders to follow, and links for non-Indigenous people to better understand Canada’s painful colonial legacy and its impact on Indigenous peoples.

 

Participate – Here is a list of free events that are happening around the province that you can participate in.

 

Abbotsford

Dates: September 23 – 30, 2022
Time: Between 9:00 AM – 4:00PM
Location: Civic Center outside the Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way
Hosted by the Clearbrook Library – More info here


Campbell River

Date: September 30, 2022
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Spirit Square, Shoppers Row-More info here

 

Castlegar

Date: September 30, 2022
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Circle of Indigenous Nations Society office - 1801 Connors Rd
Hosted by Circle of Indigenous Nations Society – More info here

 

Comox Valley

Date: September 30, 2022
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Simms Millenium Park, 50 – 5th Street, Courtenay
Hosted by MIKI’SIW Métis Association and the Indigenous Women’s Sharing Society – More info here

 

Chilliwack

Date: September 30, 2022
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Coqualeetza Residential School Memorial Post - 7201 Vedder Road
Hosted by the Stó:lõ Leadership and Sts'elemeqw Residential School Thrivers Society – More info here

 

Coquitlam

Date: September 30, 2022
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Place des Arts - 1120 Brunette Ave.
Hosted by Place des Arts – More info here

 

Fort St. John

Date: September 30, 2022
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Centennial Park in Fort St. John
Hosted by the Treaty 8 Tribal Association- More info here

Kamloops

Date: September 30, 2022
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: KIRS Monument - 330 Chief Alex Thomas Way
Hosted by Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation – More info here

 

Kelowna

Date: September 30, 2022
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Okanagan Heritage Museum 470 Queensway Avenue
Hosted by the Okanagan Heritage Museum – More info here

 

Mission

Date: September 30, 2022
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Fraser Heritage Park - 7494 Mary Street
Hosted by the Siwal Si'wes Indigenous Education Advisory Council & Education Department, Mission Public School District 75, Members of the Board of Education, the Mission Friendship Centre, and the City of Mission – More info here

 

Nanaimo

Date: September 30, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Stadium District  745 Third Street
Hosted by Snuneymuxw First Nation, City of Nanaimo and Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools – More info here

 

New Westminster

Date: September 30, 2022
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Westminster Pier Park
Hosted by Spirit of the Children Society – More info here

 

Port Alberni

Date: September 30, 2022
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Harbour Quay
Hosted by Tseshaht First Nation – More info here

 

Port Coquitlam

Date: September 30, 2022
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Kinsmen Hall - 2175 Coquitlam Ave
Hosted by Tsartlip First Nation artist Priscilla Omulo – More info here

 

Port Hardy

Date: September 30, 2022
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Port Hardy Secondary School - 9350 Granville St
Hosted by the Kwakiutl, Quatsino and Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw First Nations - More info here

 

Port Moody

Date: September 30, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Port Moody Station Museum – 2734 Murray Street
Hosted by Port Moody Station Museum – More info here

 

Prince George

Date: September 30, 2022
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Lheidli T'enneh Memorial Park, 17th Ave
Hosted by the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation – More info here

 

Prince Rupert

Date: September 30, 2022
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Jim Ciccone Civic Center - 1000 McBride St.
Hosted by Friendship House Association of Prince Rupert – More info here

 

Surrey

Date: September 30, 2022
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Holland Park – 13428 Old Yale Road
Hosted by Surrey Urban Indigenous Leadership Committee – More info here

 

Vancouver

Date: September 30, 2022
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: South-Side John Hendry Park, Trout Lake, 3300 Victoria Drive
Hosted by Nisga’a Ts’amiks Vancouver Society – More info here

 

Victoria

Date: September 30, 2022
Time: 11:00 AM (Doors open at 10:00 AM)
Location: Royal Athletic Park, 1014 Caledonia Ave.
Hosted by Songhees Nation and City of Victoria – More info here

 

Vernon

Date: September 30, 2022
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: The Museum & Archives of Vernon 3009 32nd Avenue
Hosted by The Museum & Archives of Vernon  - More info here

 

 



UWU/MoveUP

September 13, 2022

2022 Municipal Elections - Labour Endorsed Candidates - BC General Employees'...

Local government elections are your opportunity to influence decision-making in your community by electing mayors, councilors, regional district directors, school board trustees and other representatives who will take action on issues that matter for working people; issues like affordable housing, inclusive schools, and keeping services public. Polls will be open in every community across the province from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on Saturday, October 15, 2022.

BCGEU Endorsement Process:

The BCGEU has a policy that guides endorsement decisions. All of the candidates listed below have applied for an endorsement through their relevant labour council or the BCGEU. They have completed a survey and responded to any follow-up questions. The BCGEU executive committee has reviewed potential candidate names and chose to endorse candidates based on their answers, public statements, past actions and community involvement.

 

Abbotsford  
   
  School Trustee (SD 34, Abbotsford)
  Preet Rai
  Rupi Kanda-Rajwan
   
  Council
  Kelly Chahal
  Jas Anand
   
Burnaby  
   
  Mayor
  Mike Hurley
   
  Council
  Reah Arora, Burnaby Citizens Association (BCA)
  Pietro Calendino, Burnaby Citizens Association (BCA)
  Antara Deb, Burnaby Citizens Association (BCA)
  Sav Dhaliwal, Burnaby Citizens Association (BCA)
  Alison Gu, Burnaby Citizens Association (BCA)
  Joe Keithley, Burnaby Green Party
  Daniel Tetrault, Burnaby Citizens Association (BCA)
  James Wang, Burnaby Citizens Association (BCA)
   
  School Trustee (SD 41 - Burnaby)
  Bill Brassington, Burnaby Citizens Association (BCA)
  Peter Cech, Burnaby Citizens Association (BCA)
  Larry Hayes, Burnaby Citizens Association (BCA)
  Jen Mezei, Burnaby Citizens Association (BCA)
  Mikelle Sasakamoose, Burnaby Citizens Association (BCA)
  Kristin Schnider, Burnaby Citizens Association (BCA)
  Gary Wong, Burnaby Citizens Association (BCA)
   
Campbell River  
  Mayor
  Larry Samson
   
  Council
  Gwendolyn Donaldson
  Colleen Evans
  Tanille Johnston
  Sandra Milligan
   
Castlegar  
   
  Council
  Sandy Bojeckho
  Cherryl MacLeod
   
Central Saanich  
   
  Council
  Zeb King
   
Chilliwack  
   
  School Trustee (SD 33, Chilliwack)
  Carin Bondar
  Willow Reichelt
  David Swankey
  Teri Westerby
  Margaret Reid
   
  Council
   Amber Price
  Debora Soutar
   
City of Duncan  
   
  Mayor
  Michelle Staples
   
  Council
  Tom Duncan
   
City of Nanaimo  
   
  Mayor
  Leonard Krog
   
  Council
  Ken Bennett
  Don Bonner
  Tyler Brown
  Hilary Eastmure
  Ben Geselbracht
  Erin Hemmens
  Zeni Maartman
  Ian Thorpe
   
   
Comox Valley  
   
  School Trustee (SD 71, Comox Valley)
  Shannon Aldinger
  Michelle Waite
   
Coquitlam  
   
  Mayor
  Adel Gamar
   
  Council
  Matt Djonlic
  Craig Hodge
  Trish Mandewo
  Robert Mazzarolo
  Leslie Roosa
   
  School Trustee (SD 42 - Coquitlam)
  Jennifer Martin Blatherwick
  Craig Woods
   
Courtenay  
  Mayor
  Bob Wells
   
  Council
  Will Cole-Hamilton
  Doug Hillian
  Evan Jollicoeur
  Melanie McCollum
  Wendy Morin
   
Cranbrook  
   
  Council
  Wayne Stetski
   
  School Trustee (SD #5, Cranbrook)
  Trina Ayling
  Bev Bellina
  Irene Bischler
  Chris Johns
  Doug McPhee
  Wendy Turner
   
Creston  
   
  School Trustee (SD #8, Creston)
  Cody Beebe
   
Delta  
   
  School Trustee (SD 37 - Delta)
  B. Bruce Reid, Independents Working for You
  Val Windsor, Achieving for Delta
   
Elkford  
   
  Mayor
  Steve Fairbairn
   
Esquimalt  
   
  Mayor
  Sonya Gracey
   
  Council
  Darlene Rotchford
   
Fort St. John   
   
  Council
  Lyle Goldie
   
Harrison Village  
   
  Council
  Michie Vidal
   
Kamloops  
   
  Mayor
  Sadie Hunter 
   
  Council
  Dale Bass
  Daphane Nelson
  Katie Neustaeter
  Jesse Ritcey 
  Taj Sandur
  Bill Sarai
  Randy Sunderman
   
  School Trustee (SD 73 - Kamloops-Thompson)
  Cole Hickson
  Heather Grieve
  Jo Kang
  Kathleen Karpuk
   
Kelowna  
   
  Council
  Davis Kyle
  Gordon Lovegrove
  Mohini Singh
   
   
Ladysmith   
   
  Council
  Jeff Virtanen
   
Langford  
   
  Council
  Mary Wagner, Langford Now
  Keith Yacucha, Langford Now
   
Langley City  
   
  Mayor
  Nathan Pachal
   
  Council
  Paul Albrecht
  Shelley Coburn
  Jeff Jacobs
  Mike Solyom
   
  School Trustee (SD 35 - Langley)
  Candy Ashdown
   
Langley Township  
   
  Mayor
  Eric Woodward, Contract with Langley
   
  Council
  Tim Baillie, Contract with Langley
  Barb  Martens, Contract with Langley
  Michael Pratt
  Brit Gardner 
   
  School Trustee (SD 35 - Langley)
  Holly Dickinson, Contract with Langley
  Joel Neufeld, Contract with Langley
  Suzanne Perrault
  Sarb Rai, Contract with Langley
  Marnie Wilson
   
Maple Ridge  
   
  Council
  Korleen Carreras, A Better Maple Ridge
  Sunny Schiller, A Better Maple Ridge
  Jenny Tan, A Better Maple Ridge
   
  School Trustee (SD 42 - Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows)
  Gabe Liosis
  Elaine Yamamoto
   
Mission  
   
  School Trustee (SD 75, Mission) 
  Randy Cairns
  Jash Bains
   
Nanaimo Ladysmith   
   
  School Trustee (SD 68, Nanaimo Ladysmith)
  Naomi Bailey
  Tania Brzovic
  Greg Keller
  Mark Robinson
  Tom Rokeby
   
Nelson  
   
  Mayor
  Janice Morrison
   
  Council
  Leslie Payne
 
School Trustee (SD 8 – Kootenay Lake)
Julie Bremner
David Feldman

New Westminster  
   
  Mayor
  Patrick Johnstone, Community First New West
   
  Council
  Ruby Campbell, Community First New West
  Chinu Das, Community First New West
  Tasha Henderson, Community First New West
  Bereket Kebede, Community First New West
  Jaimie McEvoy, Community First New West
   
  School Trustee (SD 40 - New Westminster)
  Marc Andres, Community First New West
  Dee Beattie, Community First New West
  Gurveen Dhaliwal, Community First New West
  Maya Russell, Community First New West
  Elliott Slinn, Community First New West
  Cheryl Sluis, Community First New West
   
North Cowichan  
   
  Mayor
  Rob Douglas
   
  Council
  Christopher Justice
  Kate Marsh
  Debra Toporowski
   
North Vancouver City  
   
  Mayor
  Linda Buchanan
   
  Council
  Holly Back
  Don Bell
  Angela Girard
  Jessica McIlroy
  Kathy McGrenera
   
  School Trustee (SD 44 - North Vancouver)
  Lailani Tumaneng
   
North Vancouver District  
   
  Council
  Jordan Back
  Megan Curren
  Harrison Johnston
  Ellison Mallin
   
Oak Bay  
   
  Council
  Carrie Smart
   
Penticton  
   
  Mayor
  Julius Bloomfield
   
  Council
  Isaac Gilbert
   
Pitt Meadows  
   
  Council
  Alison Evans
   
  School Trustee (SD 42 - Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows)
  Hudson Campbell
   
Port Coquitlam  
   
  Mayor 
  Brad West
   
  Council
  Sarah Harbord
  Nancy McCurrach
  Darrell Grant Penner
  Glenn Pollock
  Dean Washington
   
  School Trustee (SD 43 - Coquitlam)
  Christine Pollock
  Michael Thomas
   
Port Moody  
   
  Council
  Hunter Madsen
  Dustin Chelen
  Amy Lubik
  Haven Lurbiecki
   
  School Trustee (SD 43 - Coquitlam)
  Nancy Johnston
  Lisa Park
   
Prince George  
   
  Mayor
  Terri McConnachie
   
  Council
  Garth Frizzell
  Wesley Mitchell
  Cori Ramsey
  Susan Scott
  Brian Skakun
   
  School Trustee (SD 57 Prince George)
  Gillian Burnett
  Shar Mccrory
  Erica Mclean
  Damon Robinson
   
Prince Rupert   
   
  Mayor
  Crystopher Thompson
   
  Council
  Barry Cunningham
   
Regional District of Nanaimo (Area A)  
   
  Director
  Jessica Stanley
   
Regional District of Strathcona (Area D)   
   
  Director
  John Rice
   
Richmond  
   
  Council
  Chak Au
  Carol Day (RITE)
  Andy Hobbs 
  Alexa Loo
  Bill McNulty
  Keefer Pelech (RCA)
  Jack Trovato (RCA)
  Michael Wolfe (RITE)
   
Saanich  
   
  Mayor
  Dean Murdock
   
  Council
  Zac De Vries
  Basil Langevin
  Mark Leiren-Young
  Greg Matte
  Teale Phelps Bondaroff
  Colin Plant
  Nathalie Chambers
  Jordan Reichert
   
School District #61 
   
  School Trustee (SD61, Greater Victoria) 
  Angela Carmichael
  Matthew Cook
  Derek Gagnon
  Karin Kwan
   
School District #62 
   
  School Trustee (SD62, Sooke)
  Ravi Parmar
   
Smithers  
   
  Council
  Sam Raven
   
Sunshine Coast  
   
  School Trustee (SD 46, Sunshine Coast)
  Amanda Amaral
  Maria Hampvent
  Sue Girard
   
Surrey  
  Mayor
  Jinny Sims, Surrey Forward
   
  Council
  Philip Aquirre, Surrey Forward
  Ramon Bandong, Surrey Forward
  June Liu, Surrey Forward
  Paramjit Singh Malhi, Surrey Forward
  Theresa Pidcock, Surrey Forward
  Jody Toor, Surrey Forward
   
  School Trustee (SD 36 - Surrey)
  Terry Allen, Surrey First Education
  Dr. Balbir Gurm, Team Surrey Schools
  Laurie Larsen, Surrey First Education
  Maryann Pyne, Team Surrey Schools
  Tony Rebelo, Team Surrey Schools
  Bobbi Taylor, Team Surrey Schools
   
   
   
Vancouver  
   
  Council
  Iona Bonamis, OneCity
  Christine Boyle, OneCity
  Adriane Carr, Green Party
  Ian Cromwell, OneCity
  Pete Fry, Green Party
  Matthew Norris, OneCity
  Lina Vargas - Council
  Jean Swanson, COPE
  Michael Wiebe, Green Party
   
  School Trustee (SD 39 - Vancouver)
  Rory Brown, OneCity
  Kyla Epstein, OneCity
  Suzie Mah, COPE
  Jennifer Reddy, OneCity
  Krista Sigurdson, OneCity
  Gavin Somers, OneCity
  Rocco Trigueros, COPE
  Park Board
  Gwen Giesbrecht, COPE
  Maira Hassan, COPE
  Serena Jackson, OneCity
  Chris Livingstone, COPE
  Kristen Rivers, OneCity
  Caitlin Stockwell, OneCity
   
Vernon  
   
  Council
  Kelly Fehr
   
  School Trustee (SD 22, Vernon)
  Mark Olsen
   
Victoria  
   
  Mayor
  Marianne Alto
   
  Council
  Jeremy Caradonna
  Matt Dell
  Ben Isitt
  Susan Kim
  Krista Loughton
  Dave Thompson
   
West Vancouver  
   
  Mayor
  Mary-Ann Booth
   
  Council
  Alexis Chicoine
  Nora Gambioli
   
White Rock  
   
  Mayor
  Darryl Walker
   
  Council
  Stephen Crozier
   



UWU/MoveUP

September 07, 2022

BCGEU reaches tentative agreement in B.C. public service bargaining - BC Gene...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 7, 2022

BCGEU reaches tentative agreement in B.C. public service bargaining


VICTORIA, B.C. –
Following more than seven months of negotiations and a historic job action that lasted almost two weeks, the BC General Employees' Union's (BCGEU) public service bargaining committee has reached a tentative agreement with the provincial government's B.C.'s Public Service Agency (PSA). This agreement covers 33,000 bargaining unit members working in direct government service.

"The members of this bargaining unit have been clear from the day we started preparing for bargaining last fall that their top priorities were wage increases and meaningful wage protections and our committee took that message to the PSA," said Stephanie Smith, president of the BCGEU and chair of the bargaining committee. "The 95% strike vote we got in June and actioned in August was our members' response to an offer that showed their employer had not gotten the message. After almost two weeks of job action and nine consecutive days at the table, enough progress was made that the committee decided it was time to let our members see what's on offer and have their say."

The PSA invited the BCGEU back to the bargaining table in late August - more than five weeks after talks broke down in July – where both parties spent nine straight days at the table to reach a deal. "Bargaining is never easy and this has been a long and challenging round," said Smith. "I'm proud of the work our committee has done and I'm proud of the solidarity our members have shown over the last eight months-especially the hundreds who walked picket lines at liquor and cannabis locations and the thousands who refused much-needed over-time as part of our job action."

This tentative agreement is the result of almost a year of work by the BCGEU's bargaining committee and members of the bargaining unit. Last fall, the union conducted the most extensive consultation for public service negotiations in BCGEU history. Our members told us that they wanted a contract that offered wage increases and wage protections that address rising costs and that recognized the critical importance of robust public services and the workers that provide them.

Here are the highlights from the agreement: Public Service tentative agreement highlights

Timelines for the ratification vote will be confirmed in the coming days.

The BCGEU's 33,000 member public service bargaining unit was the first of many public sector unions to bargain with the government in 2022. In total, more than two-thirds of the BCGEU's 85,000 members will be engaged in public sector bargaining this year.

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General media contact: BCGEU Communications, [email protected]

 



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