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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.

 



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November 25, 2022

STAFF REPRESENTATIVE (Temporary) - VICTORIA AREA OFFICE - BC General Employee...

STAFF REPRESENTATIVE (Temporary)
VICTORIA AREA OFFICE 

INTERNAL POSTING
November 25, 2022

 

The B.C. General Employees' Union requires a staff representative to work in the Victoria Area Office, effective date to be determined. The term of the assignment is up to 3 months or return of incumbent.

DUTIES:

  • Assist officers, stewards and membership in the day-to-day administration of their union by attending membership meetings; assisting in union elections, preparing and conducting ratification votes;
  • Advising union membership on union policy and procedures;
  • Negotiating collective agreements and contract administration through the handling of grievances up to and including expedited arbitration;
  • Teaching courses for stewards and local officers;
  • Assisting in or leading organizing campaigns, both internal and external;
  • Representing the union at local labour councils and conventions; and
  • Will be required to develop grassroots campaign plans to advance the interests of the union's membership as well as engage members and recruit activists.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience in the trade union movement is essential;
  • Ability to deal with union leadership and employer representatives;
  • Ability to prepare concise written reports and handle a large volume of correspondence and ability to speak in public;
  • Must have an understanding of the goals and values of the labour movement;
  • Must have a solid understanding of organizing principles. Proven experience in union organizing drives will be an asset; and
  • Demonstrated ability to develop activist skills and maintain an effective working relationship with union and community activists.

Travel is required, therefore, applicants must hold a valid B.C. Driver's Licence.

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.

The BCGEU supports employment equity. Indigenous workers, workers of colour, women, 2SLGBTQI+ workers, and workers with disabilities are encouraged to apply for positions with the BCGEU.

 

Submit applications no later than 5:00 pm, Friday, December 2, 2022

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

Stephanie Smith, President, c/o Lisa Trolland

 

The direct appointment procedure contained in MOA 16: Re: Equity Appointments may be applied for this posting. 

 


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November 25, 2022

STAFF REPRESENTATIVE NANAIMO AREA OFFICE - BC General Employees' Union (BCGEU)

STAFF REPRESENTATIVE
NANAIMO AREA OFFICE

INTERNAL POSTING
November 24, 2022

 

The B.C. General Employees' Union requires a staff representative to work in the Nanaimo Area Office, effective date to be determined.

 

DUTIES:

  • Assist officers, stewards and membership in the day-to-day administration of their union by attending membership meetings; assisting in union elections, preparing and conducting ratification votes;
  • Advising union membership on union policy and procedures;
  • Negotiating collective agreements and contract administration through the handling of grievances up to and including expedited arbitration;
  • Teaching courses for stewards and local officers;
  • Assisting in or leading organizing campaigns, both internal and external;
  • Representing the union at local labour councils and conventions; and
  • Will be required to develop grassroots campaign plans to advance the interests of the union's membership as well as engage members and recruit activists.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience in the trade union movement is essential;
  • Ability to deal with union leadership and employer representatives;
  • Ability to prepare concise written reports and handle a large volume of correspondence and ability to speak in public;
  • Must have an understanding of the goals and values of the labour movement;
  • Must have a solid understanding of organizing principles. Proven experience in union organizing drives will be an asset; and
  • Demonstrated ability to develop activist skills and maintain an effective working relationship with union and community activists.

 

Travel is required, therefore, applicants must hold a valid B.C. Driver's Licence.

 

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.

 

The BCGEU supports employment equity. Indigenous workers, workers of colour, women, 2SLGBTQI+ workers, and workers with disabilities are encouraged to apply for positions with the BCGEU.

 

Submit applications no later than 5:00 pm, Thursday, December 1, 2022

 

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

Stephanie Smith, President, c/o Lisa Trolland

 



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November 23, 2022

STAFF REPRESENTATIVE - MEMBER BENEFITS (WCB) - BC General Employees' Union (B...

STAFF REPRESENTATIVE
MEMBER BENEFITS (WCB) 

INTERNAL / EXTERNAL POSTING
November 23, 2022

 

The B.C. General Employees' Union requires a staff representative to work in the Workers' Compensation Appeal section of the Member Benefits department, effective date to be determined.

 

DUTIES:

The successful applicant will provide advice, assistance and representation to members in workers' compensation appeals. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • filing appeals at both WCB appeal levels including the Review Division and the Workers' Compensation Appeal Tribunal (WCAT);
  • reviewing claim file disclosures to assess merit and prepare appeals;
  • advising and assisting members in obtaining any and all relevant evidence for the appeal including medical legal opinions;
  • attending and representing members at appeal hearings;
  • preparing written submissions for appeals;
  • corresponding with the WCB regarding the implementation of appeal decisions to ensure members receive their full entitlement under the legislation;
  • participating in the workers' compensation advocacy community and general policy reviews carried out by the WCB or the government from time to time;
  • membership counseling; and
  • assist members in return to work and accommodation planning.

The successful applicant may be assigned other related duties and/or advocacy services.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Applicants must be able to manage a large caseload of open appeals and work as a member of the compensation appeals advocacy team. Applicants must be able to respond effectively to members by telephone and in person and respond to a high volume of telephone inquiries from members. Applicants must be able to digest large volumes of technical written material in short periods of time, including medical reports and records. Applicants must be able to communicate effectively in public and be confident representing members at oral hearings. Applicants must be able to communicate effectively in writing to prepare written submissions. Applicants must be able to travel throughout the province of BC to represent members at oral hearings.

Experience and training in the specific areas of responsibility is preferred and hearing experience is essential.

Travel is required; therefore, applicants must hold a valid BC driver's license.

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.

The BCGEU supports employment equity. Indigenous workers, workers of colour, women, 2SLGBTQI+ workers and workers with disabilities are encouraged to apply for positions with the BCGEU.

 

Submit applications no later than 5:00 pm, Thursday, December 1, 2022.

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

Attention to: Stephanie Smith, President, c/o Lisa Trolland



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November 23, 2022

STAFF REPRESENTATIVE - MEMBER BENEFITS DEPARTMENT (Temporary) - BC General Em...

STAFF REPRESENTATIVE (Temporary)
MEMBER BENEFITS DEPARTMENT 

INTERNAL POSTING
November 23, 2022

 

The B.C. General Employees' Union requires a temporary staff representative to work in the Member Benefits Department, effective date to be determined. The term of the assignment is up to 3 months or return of incumbent.

The staff representative in benefits are currently located at the Fraser Valley Area Office and report to the Coordinator of Member Benefits.

DUTIES:

The successful applicant will work as part of a team providing a wide range of services involving administering and maintaining benefit plans for members in various public sector and private sector agreements, including Early Intervention Programs in various sectors.

Duties include responding to first level appeals for denied long term disability (LTD) claims by reviewing and analyzing new information provided by claimants and/or physicians, seeking further interpretations from medical consultants, and when required, requesting review of information on the claim; preparing members claims for LTD appeals where the collective agreement provides for a Claims Review Committee (CRC). This includes but is not limited to the Provincial Public Service, Community Health and Community Social Services collective agreements as well as some highways, colleges and independent collective agreements. 

Involvement in rehabilitation programs and rehabilitation committee meetings; actively participating in regular meetings and/or conference calls with selected groups to advocate, as well as building trust with members and facilitating relationship building with stakeholders.

Providing input on claims, trends, and activities for use in negotiations of collective agreements.

Other responsibilities may include reviewing carrier booklets, plans, and collective agreements and identifying differences relative to expected; drafting benefit summaries; monitoring and evaluation of Employee and Family Assistance Plans; making presentations on benefit issues at hearings, conferences, and membership meetings; participating on Joint Rehabilitation Committee; approval of STIIP trials; participation on Joint STIIP Committee and approval of compassionate transfer requests.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Knowledge and experience with group benefits within a unionized environment, as it pertains to collective agreement negotiations, and implementation.

Experience in the group benefits industry an asset.

Recent experience in disability case management, with specific LTD case management an asset.

The successful candidate must have excellent oral and written communication skills and an ability to analyze complex benefit plans, and negotiate creative strategies for individual members with benefit and rehabilitation needs.

The successful candidate will have strong advocacy and negotiation skills, the ability to work as a team member, and will have the capacity to help workers who find themselves in difficulties because of work related or personal health problems.

Travel is required; therefore, applicants must hold a valid B.C. Driver's licence.

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. 

The BCGEU supports employment equity. Indigenous workers, workers of colour, women, 2SLGBTQI+ workers and workers with disabilities are encouraged to apply for positions with the BCGEU.

Submit applications no later than 5:00 pm, Thursday, December 1, 2022.

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

Attention to: Stephanie Smith, President, c/o Lisa Trolland.



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November 22, 2022

RECEPTIONIST - BCGEU HEADQUARTERS OFFICE - BC General Employees' Union (BCGEU)

BCGEU HEADQUARTERS OFFICE

INTERNAL POSTING

November 23, 2022

 

POSITION:         RECEPTIONIST

GRADE:             LEVEL 3 – MoveUP AGREEMENT

 

The BCGEU requires a Receptionist at Headquarters in Burnaby. 

 

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Duties may include maintaining files, memos, statistics and records; answering general enquiries; receiving some mail; operating Switchboard; redirecting callers to appropriate areas.  Typing documents including forms, correspondence, reports from longhand, draft, drafting replies to general correspondence; signing routine correspondence; book meeting rooms and set up times. Proofreading and correcting documents; operating office equipment, photocopying, updating and maintaining database information, inputting Courses in UnionWare.  Answering inquires in BCGEU info box, responding to general enquiries and complaints.  Working closely with Facilities & Mail Centre and outside vendors/contractors.  Maintaining a level of confidentiality and ability to multitask.

 

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:

Applicant must have 2 – 4 years' administrative experience; high school graduation supplemented by administrative training; excellent keyboarding (40 - 50 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 an administrative position.

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, BCGEU Headquarters, by 5:00 pm, Tuesday, November 29, 2022

 

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

 

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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/



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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]



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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.



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