NEWS

February 14, 2017

Free eLearning course and workshops for your employees

MPP

Dear Municipal employer,

We are excited to get the improved member education season under way. Please encourage your newer employees and those with optional enrolment in the plan to take the eLearning course Getting to Know Your Pension and your employees who are plan members to register for Making the Most of Your Pension and Approaching Retirement workshops.

How you benefit

Investing in your employees shows you’re dedicated to helping them plan for their future. From this support, you might notice:

  • More engaged employees who understand the advantages of opting into the plan
  • Educated employees who know the benefits of being in the plan and, in turn, an increase in staff retention

How your employees benefit

The eLearning course and workshops provide your employees with key pension information they need to make decisions for their future, wherever they are on their pension journey.

Please promote the eLearning course and workshops

  1. Distribute the attached posters to your employees
  2. Encourage new employees to take the eLearning course
  3. Encourage mid-career and approaching retirement employees to register for a workshop

Hosting a workshop

Did you know we can come to you? There’s no cost to host a workshop—you will just need to provide a suitable workshop room with a projection screen.

To host a workshop, submit the Pension Workshop Request form available in the Forms section of the secure Employer site.

 

If you have questions, please contact us.

 

Client Education Program

Tel 250 356-2199 Fax 250 953-0439
Toll Free (BC) 1 877 558-5572
email PSPPeducation@pensionsbc.ca  
web www.pspp.pensionsbc.ca

 

 

PSPP

Dear Public Service employer,

We are excited to get the improved member education season under way. Please encourage your newer employees and those with optional enrolment in the plan to take the eLearning course Getting to Know Your Pension and your employees who are plan members to register for Making the Most of Your Pension and Approaching Retirement workshops.

How you benefit

Investing in your employees shows you’re dedicated to helping them plan for their future. From this support, you might notice:

  • More engaged employees who understand the advantages of opting into the plan
  • Educated employees who know the benefits of being in the plan and, in turn, an increase in staff retention

How your employees benefit

The eLearning course and workshops provide your employees with key pension information they need to make decisions for their future, wherever they are on their pension journey.

Please promote the eLearning course and workshops

  1. Distribute the attached posters to your employees
  2. Encourage new employees to take the eLearning course
  3. Encourage mid-career and approaching retirement employees to register for a workshop

Hosting a workshop

Did you know we can come to you? There’s no cost to host a workshop—you will just need to provide a suitable workshop room with a projection screen.

To host a workshop, submit the Pension Workshop Request form available in the Forms section of the secure Employer site.

 

If you have questions, please contact us.

 

Thank you,

 

Client Education Program

Tel 250 356-2199 Fax 250 953-0439
Toll Free (BC) 1 877 558-5572
email PSPPeducation@pensionsbc.ca  
web www.pspp.pensionsbc.ca

 

February 10, 2017

BCGEU provides submission to Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth

Today the BCGEU provided its submission to the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth, an all-party committee of the Legislative Assembly, in response to its regular statutory review of the Representative for Children and Youth Act (SBC, 2006, c. 29).

The Office of the Representative for Children and Youth (RCY) provides an essential point of oversight and review for our province’s child and family welfare system. Our comments and suggestions to continue this work include retaining and protecting the RCY’s independence as an officer of the legislature, as well as two recommendations: that the Act provide improved protection and oversight for those transitioning out of government care, including the expansion of the age definition for “young adults;” and that the Act be amended to place an obligation on care facilities to inform children and youth placed with them of the role of the representative, and their right to have private contact with the representative without delay.

Click here to view the full submission (PDF)

February 09, 2017

BCGEU encouraged by Vancouver’s New Investments in Harm Reduction

VANCOUVER –

Yesterday Vancouver City council made important steps in bolstering their response to the fentanyl crisis by releasing the second wave of funding intended to provide support to affected communities.

“We are encouraged by City Council’s focus on providing the necessary relief to the hardest hit communities, and to hear about an additional focus on supporting front line workers.” said BCGEU President Stephanie Smith.

A motion approving over $350,000 towards harm reduction measures is a positive step towards addressing rising public health concerns. The funds will be used to fund initiatives addressing the impacts of the crisis on people living in single room occupancy (SRO) hotels and shelters, as well as supporting first responders’ mental health.

Trauma associated with saving lives is an incredibly heavy burden on workers, and society has a responsibility to take care of them in their time of need. Funding for proper debriefing, counselling, and support is essential to the healing process for anybody intervening in an overdose.

The reality of the situation is that people working within the affected communities are the first to respond to an overdose, keeping people alive until paramedics can arrive. Recognizing them as first responders means that they can get access to the counselling supports that they need.

Additional funding for partnerships with community organizations to hold peer-to-peer overdose training will help provide people living in SROs and shelters the tools to support each other in these trying times.  

This funding is a positive step in the right direction towards halting the exponential growth of the public health crisis. Hopefully this signals the start of similar initiatives in cities and municipalities across the province as other jurisdictions follow Vancouver’s lead.

The BCGEU represents 72,000 workers in B.C. including over 10,000 in community social services and many more in mental health and addictions.

467/MoveUP

February 07, 2017

Tell Us About Your Bad Job

Tell Us About Your Bad Job

 

Unpaid wages?
Unpaid overtime?
Employer taking your tips?
Unfair firings?

Unfair treatment of workers is all too common in British Columbia.

Few people know their rights, and getting justice from a bad boss can be nearly impossible.

The BC Employment Standards Coalition is campaigning for better employment laws and stronger enforcement for all workers.

Tell your story.
Join us to share your story. You can tell us about a current problem or even something that happened within the past 10 years.

You can also learn about your workplace rights under the Employment Standards Act and other BC laws. If your case involves a legal violation, we will offer advice and can help you to start a complaint.

Interviews will be done by experienced advocates. You can choose to tell us your name and the name of the employer, or choose to be anonymous.

 

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO CHECK DATES, LOCATIONS AND TIMES

 

Can’t make it? Questions? Contact:
Murray Gore 604-671-9141 • David Fairey 604-430-6036 • Joey Hartman 604-254-0703

 

Please share this information with co-workers, friends, family and organizations BCEmploymentStandardsCoalition.com

February 06, 2017

Public service benefits change to take effect in April 2017

As you may already know the Province of BC has announced that they will be changing the carrier for employee benefits from Pacific Blue Cross to Great West Life.

As benefit entitlements are set out in our negotiated collective agreement, this change should result in no substantive changes in benefits for members.

The change will take effect in April 2017, and BCGEU’s Public Service Bargaining Committee will continue to monitor the transition process.

If you encounter any complications with the change in benefits, please contact your steward.

467/MoveUP

February 06, 2017

Report reaffirms urgent need for B.C. government to transform Aboriginal chil...

Report reaffirms urgent need for B.C. government to transform Aboriginal child welfare system

BURNABY – A report released today by the Representative for Children and Youth (RCY), Bernard Richard, exposed once again the systemic complexity and dysfunction of B.C.’s Aboriginal child welfare system and the urgent need for reform. The report, Broken Promises: Alex’s Story, details the tragic death of the 18-year-old while in B.C. government care and makes important recommendations with the goal of preventing other children and youth from experiencing a similar fate.

“The RCY has identified multiple failures to provide proper care on the part of the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) prior to Gervais’ death,” says BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. “Gervais was truly adrift within a broken system where he was placed 17 times and had 23 caregivers and social workers throughout his short life – he experienced a complete lack of permanency which as the report points out, is a top priority for child and youth care as called for in the Child, Family and Community Service Act (CFCS Act).”

Insufficient mental health supports, lack of financial oversight, and a failure to provide culturally appropriate care are also cited in the report. These findings reveal a patchwork system that is largely under-resourced, severely under-staffed, and with no comprehensive plan or strategy in place to properly deliver services in Aboriginal child and family welfare.

“Frontline workers caring for Aboriginal children and youth face these deficiencies on a daily basis and are forced into a situation of triage where only the most critical cases can be attended to” says Doug Kinna, BCGEU vice president Social Information and Health – Component 6. “The provincial government must step up to address unmanageable caseloads, constant staff turnover and provide training and support before another tragedy occurs.”

The report also calls on MCFD to create a robust support model that enables children or youth in care to be placed with extended family or another adult with a positive connection, an annual review of Care Plans to ensure Indigenous children or youth are connected to their Indigenous heritage, and that those with mental health needs receive timely and uninterrupted mental health services – all of which the BCGEU applauds.

Many of the recommendations in the RCY report align with the recommendations the BCGEU proposed in its 2015 report Closing the Circle which called on the B.C. government to make major investments in resources, staffing, and cultural training with better oversight and reporting mechanisms. Click here to download the BCGEU report Closing the Circle.

Click here to read the Representative for Children and Youth’s report Broken Promises: Alex’s Story, released today.

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

January 26, 2017

Statement on deportation of Arthur Lorenzo Jr.

Today, January 26, 2017 Arthur Lorenzo Jr., a migrant worker who has fought hard for the rights of migrant workers and in the community with LGBTQ refugees is going to be deported for his activism. 

Arthur raised the issues of the exploitative working conditions as restaurant worker.  

After standing up for his rights, which resulted in his employer’s permit being temporarily suspended, Arthur is to face deportation today.  

It is people like Arthur that we need in our society to bring change and awareness about the conditions that migrant workers face as well as other workers like the thousands of temporary foreign workers that come to Canada every day.  

We urge all of our members to show your solidarity with Arthur by emailing Minister Ralph Goodale and ask that he stop the deportation of Arthur Lorenzo Jr.

Please click the link to send your message to the Minister Goodale.

467/MoveUP


 

 

January 19, 2017

$10-a-day child care would boost B.C. economy in 3 years, report suggests

A $10-a-day child care plan in B.C. would start paying itself off in three years, according to a new report.

 

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January 13, 2017

Chilliwack volunteers sought for ambitious project to interview every senior ...

Older people living in long-term care homes are often overlooked, forgotten behind the walls.

An ambitious project taken on by the province's Office of the Seniors Advocate aims to change that by interviewing all 27,000 residents in 303 care homes across the province.

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