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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]

 



UWU/MoveUP

August 30, 2022

Following talks with PSA, BCGEU stands down job action in BC Public Service -...

Following a return to the bargaining table, the BCGEU's Public Service Bargaining Committee has stood down job action at BC Public Service worksites as a sign of good faith.

 

The committee returned to the bargaining table with the BC Public Service Agency (PSA) last Thursday and has made significant progress. The two sides will continue to meet throughout the week, hoping to finalize a tentative agreement.

 

The union's overtime ban has ended – effective immediately – and preparations are underway to stand down picket lines at BC Liquor Distribution Branch locations.

 

The two parties' media and member communications blackout will continue.



UWU/MoveUP

August 23, 2022

BCGEU accepts government offer to return to the bargaining table - BC General...

BCGEU accepts government offer to return to the bargaining table

(BURNABY, B.C.) Late last night the Public Service Agency (PSA) invited the BCGEU's Public Service Bargaining Committee back to the table to resume talks. The bargaining committee has accepted that invitation. Bargaining is expected to resume soon, but logistics are still being confirmed.

This is a significant development, and it is the direct result of the pressure BCGEU members have applied, which includes the current job action and shows solidarity from BCGEU members and allies.

In order to maintain that pressure, the union's current job action will remain in effect until further notice.

The parties have agreed to a media and member communications blackout so no further comment will be made.

For more information contact: BCGEU Communications, [email protected]




UWU/MoveUP

August 22, 2022

BCGEU escalates job action by declaring an overtime ban in the B.C. Public Se...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 22, 2022
 
BCGEU escalates job action by declaring an overtime ban in the B.C. Public Service

BURNABY, B.C. (Coast Salish Territories) – The bargaining committee representing 33,000 BC General Employees' Union (BCGEU) members in the B.C. Public Service is escalating job action by declaring a ban on non-emergency overtime for BCGEU members working in the B.C. public service effective immediately. The overtime ban will not apply to members employed in BC Wildfire Service for the duration of the current wildfire season. In addition to the overtime ban, targeted job action at BC Liquor Distribution Branch distribution and wholesale centres remains in effect.
 
"BC's public service has been reliant on our members' overtime for far too long and dealing with the systemic issues behind that reliance is part of what we're trying to achieve in this round of bargaining," said Stephanie Smith, BCGEU president and chair of the union's public service bargaining committee. "In this job action our members are the vanguard of the broader public sector in our province. We hope this escalation gives government the incentive they need to invite us back to the bargaining table and negotiate a deal that will ensure robust, sustainable public services for our province and a fair deal for BCGEU members and all public sector workers."
 
Workers' willingness to perform overtime in non-emergency situations can mask the true impact of systemic issues like under-staffing, excessive workload and high turnover-issues that have plagued the public service for years. In fact, public service workers feel tremendous pressure to work overtime in order to protect the individuals, families and communities they serve. But reliance on overtime is unsustainable and dangerous, leading to burnout, increased risk to physical and psychological safety of workers and erosion of the services people rely on.
 
The most recent collective agreement between the union and the Public Service Agency (PSA) expired on April 1, 2022. Negotiations for a new collective agreement started on February 8. Bargaining reached impasse on April 6, and union members voted 95% in favour of job action on June 22. The parties met again in July but talks quickly broke down.
 
For more information on BCGEU bargaining please visit www.bargainingbc.ca

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General media contact: BCGEU Communications, [email protected]



UWU/MoveUP

August 15, 2022

BCGEU begins job action - BC General Employees' Union (BCGEU)

BURNABY, B.C. (Coast Salish Territories) – The BC General Employees' Union (BCGEU) public service bargaining unit will begin targeted job action at select BC Liquor Distribution Branch wholesale and distribution centres at 3:30 pm today after issuing strike notice on Friday, August 12.

Picket lines will go up at the following locations:

  • Delta Distribution Centre (DDC) – 7003 72nd Street, Delta, B.C.
  • Kamloops Distribution Centre (KDC) – 9881 Dallas Drive, Kamloops, B.C.
  • Richmond Distribution Centre (RDC) – 3389 No 6 Rd, Richmond, B.C.
  • Victoria Wholesale Customer Centre – 2291 Government Street, Victoria, B.C.

Members at the Wholesale Customer Centre and the Customer Care Centre (Cannabis division) in Burnaby will be included in the targeted job action but there will not be a picket line at that location.

Retail liquor and cannabis stores will not be part of this phase of job action.

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith will be available to media at the Delta distribution centre at 3:30 PM.

Jason McLean, Secretary-Treasurer of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), of which the BCGEU is an affiliate, will also be available to the media in Delta at 3:30.

For more information on BCGEU bargaining please visit www.bargainingbc.ca

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General media contact: BCGEU Communications, [email protected]

UWU/MoveUP

August 15, 2022

BCGEU members at LDB distribution centres provincewide begin job action Monda...

BCGEU members will set up picket lines at 3:30 Monday at four BC Liquor Distribution Branch wholesale and distribution centres.

The job sites involved are:

  • Delta Distribution Centre
  • Kamloops Distribution Centre
  • Richmond Distribution Centre
  • Victoria Wholesale Centre

Only the BC LDB distribution sites listed above will be picketed.

Who else is picketing:

  • workers at the Wholesale Customer Centre and the Customer Care Centre in Burnaby will join the picket lines above

All other members of the B.C. public service, including those working at BC Liquor Stores, should report for work as usual and will not be picketing.

If job action escalates to include your worksite, you will be notified in advance.

It is important that we all stand together, here are ways that members who aren't picketing can support the efforts of those who are:

  1. Supporting a picket line near you. Join the picket line during non-work hours. Even if you can't walk the line, talk to a picket captain on site about ways to show your solidarity.
  2. Wear your solidarity. Don't have a COLA button yet? Contact your area office to get one and show your support for one of our key demands.

Update your contact info

As always, please ensure that our union has your latest personal email. In the event of job action at your worksite, access to your work email will likely be cut off.

Log into the Member Portal to check that your personal information is correct and up-to-date. If you've forgotten your password, you can reset it here. If you don't yet have a Member Portal account, click here to sign up today.

NOTE: If you are adding an address that was previously unsubscribed from BCGEU emails, you must also resubscribe by filling out the form here. If you have heard from colleagues that they haven't received emails after updating their contact info, please let them know about resubscribing.

You can find answers to common questions about job action on our Strike FAQ. If you have additional questions, please contact your shop steward or [email protected].

Thank you for your unwavering support.

In solidarity,

 

Your BCGEU Public Service Bargaining Committee

Stephanie Smith, President

Paul Finch, Treasurer

Judy Phipps, Executive Vice President

Dean Purdy, Vice President - Component 1

Kusam Doal, Vice President - Component 5

Judy Fox-McGuire, Vice President - Component 6

Kayla Woodruff, Member at Large - Component 6

Maria Middlemiss, Vice President - Component 12

Matt Damario, Component 12

Robert Davis, Vice President - Component 20

Michael Eso, Secretary and Lead Negotiator

Lisa Lane, Support Staff



UWU/MoveUP

August 12, 2022

BCGEU issues 72-hours’ strike notice: job action begins Monday, Aug. 15 - BC ...

Today, our union issued 72-hours’ strike notice to the Public Service Agency (PSA). This notice covers the 33,000 members of the public service bargaining unit who work for direct government.
 
We will be in a legal strike position on Monday, Aug. 15 at 2:46 p.m. Keep an eye on your email for details on targeted sites to be picketed. A general message will be sent out on Monday morning. If your site is one of the targeted sites, you will be contacted by a picket captain over the weekend.
 
Earlier this week, the PSA invited the union back to the bargaining table. Exploratory discussions were held, and the bargaining committee unanimously decided a return to the table would not be fruitful at this time.
 
Your bargaining committee’s goal has always been to get a deal which provides appropriate cost of living protection for your wages. That is still our goal, and we are ready to return to the table when your employer demonstrates that they are able to meet your demands.
 
Essential services details
After months of negotiation our union has achieved an interim Essential Service Order from the BC Labour Relations Board.
 
This order was the final piece of the puzzle we needed to action the strike mandate that you gave us in June. If you are able to participate in job action according to this order, your union will contact you.
 
You can find answers to common questions about job action on our Strike FAQ. If you have additional questions, you can contact [email protected].
 
In solidarity,
 
Your BCGEU Public Service Bargaining Committee
 
Stephanie Smith, President
Paul Finch, Treasurer
Judy Phipps, Executive Vice President
Dean Purdy, Vice President - Component 1
Kusam Doal, Vice President - Component 5
Judy Fox-McGuire, Vice President - Component 6
Kayla Woodruff, Member at Large - Component 6
Maria Middlemiss, Vice President - Component 12
Matt Damario, Component 12
Robert Davis, Vice President - Component 20
Michael Eso, Secretary and Lead Negotiator
Lisa Lane, Support Staff
 


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