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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

October 03, 2017

October is Community Living Month - BCGEU

19 years ago, the province of BC declared October Community Living Month. The BCGEU is proud to represent thousands of members across the province who have dedicated their careers to helping those who are not able, or need the assistance of others, to bring a level of independence and quality of life that benefits not only those with developmental disabilities, but also the communities that we live in.

Through volunteer programs, day programs, employment programs, home care and more, our members are there to ensure that every day begins and ends with the support they need to enjoy life in the way that most take for granted.

This month we honour our members who work each day in Community Living, we celebrate those with developmental disabilities who do not let their challenges hold them back and bring value to all our communities. 

 

October 03, 2017

Sister in Spirit Vigils - BCGEU

October 4th is a day where we honour the lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). The violence experienced by Indigenous women and girls in Canada is a national tragedy. We must take the time to give thanks to the families who are our reason for demanding continued action.

The BCGEU believes that the October 4th Sisters In Spirit Vigils are a movement for social change. The number of SIS Vigils has grown from 11 in 2006 to an impressive 216 vigils in 2014.

Family members, Indigenous community members, and concerned citizens gather for a vigil every October 4th to honour the memory of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. 

Vigils will be taking place in many communities around the province. These gatherings serve to raise awareness and to provide support to families who have lost a loved one. 

For a full list of events taking place in British Columbia, visit the Native Women's Association of Canada website:

https://www.nwac.ca/policy-areas/violence-prevention-and-safety/sisters-in-spirit/october-4th-vigils/  

 

October 03, 2017

BCGEU opening $5 million building in Fort St. John - BCGEU

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union President Stephanie Smith and other union members will be in Fort St. John Tuesday to help open the BCGEU's new building on 100th Ave.

Smith will officially open the new BCGEU area office on the corner of 100th Ave and 102nd Street late Tuesday afternoon. The two-storey, 6,300-square-foot building was built by unionized workers, and was designed to be one of the most modern and sustainable buildings in all of Fort St. John.

 

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