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November 08, 2017

Aboriginal Veterans Day - BCGEU

On November 8th we, as Canadians, honor and celebrate the great contributions and sacrifices that Aboriginal peoples have made in defending Canada during times of war. Aboriginal veterans have participated in all major wars since the war of 1812 and enlist in higher proportion than any other group in Canada. 

The BCGEU is honored this year to sponsor the luncheon for veterans at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Center after the ceremony at the Victory Square cenotaph.

For many, enlisting presented many challenges such as: learning English, leaving their communities for the first time, or leaving behind family. As challenging as these are, they were also expected to adjust to a new culture. As we have seen throughout history, as with all Aboriginal peoples, they showed their strength and resilience and not only adjusted but excelled. Many of Canada's most decorated soldiers have been Aboriginal. Canada's military continues to see many Aboriginal recruits.

Today we honor Aboriginal veterans – and those currently serving – by giving thanks for their contributions and sacrifices. Their contributions to the freedoms we enjoy in Canada cannot be forgotten. 

 

October 27, 2017

You're Invited - Powered by Love: A Grandmothers' Movement to End AIDS in Afr...

BCGEU members are invited to join the Stephen Lewis Foundation for this event at Langara College in November:

 

The Stephen Lewis Foundation is proud to announce the publication of:

Powered by Love: A Grandmothers' Movement to End AIDS in Africa

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!  A SECOND BOOK LAUNCH FOR VANCOUVER – JOIN US!
Thursday, November 9, 2017 Event is from 7-9:00 pm

Langara College (100 West 49th Ave - Room A130)

 

Click Here to Register for your Free Ticket 

Special Guest Speakers: Two South African Grandmothers, Joanna Henry (Author), Canadian grandmother from the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

The book launch in Vancouver will feature a powerful conversation between the author, Joanna Henry, two South African grandmothers, and a Canadian grandmother from the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign! This beautifully-written book, Powered by Love, was released in bookstores on October 10, 2017 and already Named as a National Best-Seller, Non-Fiction (Toronto Star).

Book Signing after the Event!

For more information on where to purchase Powered by Love and the 40 book launches being held across the country, please visit: www.grandmotherspoweredbylove.com 

October 26, 2017

Report affirms need for B.C. government to increase supports to children and ...

Room for Improvement – a report released today by the Representative for Children and Youth (RCY) – makes recommendations for additional funding as well as coordination between the Ministry of Education, school districts, and the Ministry of Children and Family Development to help children and youth in care succeed academically. The report also highlights the need for culturally appropriate supports for Indigenous children in care, a service the BC Government Service and Employees' Union (BCGEU) has long advocated for.

 

"The report makes clear the academic gap between B.C.'s children in care and other students, with even greater disparities among Indigenous children in care," says BCGEU President Stephanie Smith. "Social workers in the BCGEU, who have long advocated for similar changes, stand behind the Representative's positions on these vital issues."

 

In 2014 and 2015 respectively, the BCGEU released the Choose Children and Closing the Circle reports which called for major investments in the system of children and youth in care. These investments included increased resources, staffing, educational support, and cultural training in all aspects of care for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous children and youth.

 

The Room for Improvement report also highlights ongoing issues around understaffing and the need to address high staff turnover and workloads. "If adequate staffing levels were reached, it would be possible for social workers to work more closely with schools to ensure that children in care have what they need to succeed," says Judy Fox-McGuire, BCGEU vice president for Social Information and Health – Component 6.

 

In light of demographic patterns revealed in recent census data, the need for culturally relevant services for Aboriginal children and youth in care could not be more pressing. The BCGEU calls on provincial and federal governments to come to agreement and clarify responsibilities around ensuring that some of the most vulnerable members of our society have the supports they need.

 

Click here to download the BCGEU reports:

· Choose Children (2014)

· Closing the Circle (2015)

 

 

For more information please contact Bronwen Barnett, BCGEU Communications (604) 719-4713.

October 23, 2017

Executive Vice President Tour - Revised - BCGEU

 

Hello Everyone!

 

Executive Vice President, James Coccola will be visiting worksites in Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat, Hazelton and Smithers starting at 8:00 am on October 22 as outlined in the schedule below (all times are approximate):

 

Prince Rupert, Sunday October 22nd, 2017:

1. 8:00 - 10:00 am Crest Motor Hotel

2. 11:15 - 11:35 am BC Liquor Store

 

Old Hazelton, Monday October 23rd, 2017:

1. 10:00 – 10:45 am MCFD/Service BC/Forestry

 

Smithers, Monday October 23rd, 2017:

1. 1:00 – 1:45 pm Bulkley Lodge

2. 3:00 – 3:45 pm Northwest Community College Smithers Campus

3. 4:00 – 4:30 pm BC Liquor Store

 

Kitimat, Tuesday October 24, 2017

1. 8:30 -9:30 am Kitimat Mental Health Office !

 

Terrace, Tuesday October 24th, 2017:

1. 10:30 – 11:15 am Health on Kalum St

2. 1:00 – 1:45 pm Community Corrections

3. 2:00 – 2:45 pm Social Development

4. 3:00 - 3:45 pm Sheriffs

5. 4:00 – 4:45 pm McConnell Estates

 

Terrace, Wednesday October 25th, 2017:

1. 8:30 – 9:15 am Service BC/Ministry of Labour

2. 9:30 – 10:15 am CLBC NEW!!

3. 10:30 – 11:15 am MCFD Sub Regional Office

4. 1:15 – 2:00 pm ISM NEW!!

5. 3:00 – 3:45 pm Northwest Community College

6. 4:00 – 4:45 pm Northern Health – Community Health on Kalum Street

 

 

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October 20, 2017

President's statement on death of correctional officer Kellie Shand - BCGEU

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Kellie Shand, a long-time BCGEU member, who tragically died while on shift as a correctional officer at Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre (VIRCC).

This is a terrible tragedy for not only our Corrections and Sheriffs component, but for our entire union. In his 22-year career as a correctional officer, Kellie was a committed and experienced professional, dedicated to keeping our communities safe. 

While the exact circumstances of his passing are still being determined, I want to reaffirm our union's commitment to workplace safety and protection on the job.

My heart and thoughts are with Kellie's friends, family, and his colleagues at VIRCC and the broader B.C. Corrections and Sheriffs community during this difficult time.

 

 

-- Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President

 

 

 

 

 

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October 18, 2017

Executive Vice President, James Coccola Worksite tour - BCGEU

To: All BCGEU Members in Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat, Hazelton and Smithers (at the below listed worksites)

Hello Everyone!

Executive Vice President, James Coccola will be visiting worksites in Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat, Hazelton and Smithers starting at 8:00 am on October 22 as outlined in the schedule below (all times are approximate):

Prince Rupert, Sunday October 22nd, 2017:

  1. 8:00 - 10:00 am Crest Motor Hotel
  2. 11:15 - 11:35 am BC Liquor Store

Old Hazelton, Monday October 23rd, 2017:

  1. 10:00 – 10:45 am MCFD/Service BC/Forestry

Smithers, Monday October 23rd, 2017:

  1. 1:00 – 1:45 pm Bulkley Lodge
  2. 3:00 – 3:45 pm Northwest Community College Smithers Campus

Terrace, Tuesday October 24th, 2017:

  1. 1:00 – 1:45 pm Community Corrections
  2. 2:00 – 2:45 pm Social Development
  3. 3:00 - 3:45 pm Sheriffs
  4. 4:00 – 4:45 pm McConnell Estates

Terrace, Wednesday October 25th, 2017:

  1. 8:30 – 9:15 am Service BC/Ministry of Labour
  2. 10:30 – 11:15 am MCFD Sub Regional Office
  3. 3:00 – 3:45 pm Northwest Community College
  4. 4:00 – 4:45 pm Northern Health – Public Health on Kalum Street

 

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October 17, 2017

BCGEU submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government S...

Yesterday, the BCGEU entered our submission to the B.C. Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services yesterday, outlining the union's priorities for the upcoming provincial budget for 2018/19.

This budget marks an important moment. It will take the next steps toward a fiscal plan for the province that truly puts families and communities first.

"We support the new government in its readiness to honour and renew this tradition of public leadership. We offer practical suggestions for strengthening the vital public programs and services upon which its success depends," said BCGEU president Stephanie Smith.

We asked the committee to adopt the following recommendations and advocate for their incorporation into the upcoming budget:

 

1. Develop and implement a comprehensive affordable housing strategy.

2. Begin implementation of universal, affordable, $10 a Day Child Care.

3. Invest in community-based health and its workforce.

4. Restore funding to the justice system, especially for court services, corrections, and legal aid.

5. Make a significant reinvestment in natural resource management, environmental protection and climate action.

6. Restore funding for postsecondary education.

 

We also asked the government to explore these options to access additional revenue, and restore fairness to B.C.'s tax and revenue system:

 

1. Further increase personal income tax rates for society's top earners.

2. Restore B.C.'s corporate income tax rate to 13.5 per cent.

3. Implement new housing-related tax measures.

4. Eliminate costly and inefficient oil and gas subsidies.

5. Strengthen revenue opportunities for the Liquor Distribution Branch.

6. Invest in the proactive enforcement of employment standards rules.

7. Increase operational funding for BC Parks.

 

"B.C.'s future depends on the government's budget decisions. Immediate action to expand government revenues and to implement tax fairness, invest in vital public services, and promote equality, sustainability and diversification will fulfill the long-term vision for good jobs, healthy families, strong communities and a greater economy for B.C., said Smith.

 

You can read our submission here…

 

 

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October 11, 2017

Provincial magazine - Fall 2017 - BCGEU - BCGEU

Provincial - Fall 2017Download the PDF file of the 2017 Fall issue of The Provincial magazine. In this issue:

  • Electing workplace stewards
  • Dangerous work at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital
  • BCGEU’s sound financial management
  • Mental health first aid
  • and more...

 

 

October 10, 2017

Rally for Youth from Care - BCGEU

Show support for youth in and from foster care, group homes, and other types of government care in B.C.

Rally: B.C. Legislature
Tuesday October 24, 2017, 3:00 pm