April 29, 2019

BCGEU Defends Two-Tier Wages in Community Services Sector - BCGEU

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith draws on her experience as an early childhood educator to explain her frustration with the debate over a pay increase that's only going to unionized workers in the community social services sector. 

Smith said the complaints about the selective raises reminded her of the children's story about the Little Red Hen




April 23, 2019

Area 10 members - Join us for a Meet and Greet - BCGEU

We are incredibly excited to announce President Stephanie Smith, Treasurer Paul Finch, Executive Vice President Joanna Lord and Component Vice President Judy Fox-McGuire will be in Dawson Creek May 4th and would love the opportunity to meet you and answer any questions you may have. We invite you and your family to this special member event to enjoy great company, appetizers and light refreshments.

When: Saturday, May 4th, 2019

Where: George Dawson Inn

11705 – 8th Street

Dawson Creek

Appetizers and Light Refreshments 2:30 to 4:00

Please RSVP by following the link below


RSVP must be received no later than Friday, April 26, 2019

For more information, please contact

BCGEU – 10147 - 100th Avenue, Fort St John, BC, V1J 1Y7 or

Fax: 250-785-0048 or 1-866-991-6062 or

Email: area10@bcgeu.ca

Download PDF of notice here 


April 16, 2019

STEP UP Education Session - BCGEU

You are invited to join us and your fellow BCGEU members for a day of education at the Peace River Area Office.

STEP UP, our introductory, one-day course, will introduce you to the BCGEU, explore our common values, union culture, and our diverse community of members. Through stories of solidarity and courage, you will gain the strength and support you need to begin your journey as a new or returning steward. Along the way, you will learn about your fundamental union rights and useful union tools and strategies for getting started in your role. Newly elected stewards will have priority registration. You will leave feeling more informed, confident and ready to support a member through a Step 1 grievance. This course is the first step on our new learning pathway for stewards.

Course Date: May 28, 2019

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  

Where: BCGEU Peace River Area Office  

10147 100 Avenue

Fort St. John BC V1J 1Y7


RSVP by following the link below:


Download PDF of notice here 


April 10, 2019

Looking into the new report on B.C. money laundering - BCGEU

The B.C. government released a report from Peter German, noting that B.C. does not have a single federal RCMP officer dedicated to investigating money laundering. Stephanie Smith, President of the BCGEU joined Adam Stirling to talk more about the report.

see video here..


April 08, 2019

Only a public inquiry can reveal the full scope of money laundering in B.C. -...

BURNABY – Today the B.C. government released the initial details of investigator Peter German's latest report on money laundering in the province, which disclosed that B.C. does not have a single federal RCMP officer dedicated to investigating money laundering. As the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) continues to call for a public inquiry into organized crime, opioids and money laundering in B.C., today's revelations reaffirm the need for a well-resourced public inquiry with a broad mandate to uncover the systemic causes of a wide and complex crisis.

"Dr. German has met his mandate and submitted yet another report that proves a piecemeal approach will never give British Columbians the answers and accountability they need and deserve," says BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. "In fact, with each new report what we're really finding out is how much we don't know. A broadly-mandated, well-resourced public inquiry is our only real chance to learn the whole truth about a crisis that has been going on for years, has claimed thousands of lives, has made our province unaffordable for most working people and has earned our country an international reputation as a crime hotspot."

The effects of this multi-layered crisis have reached every corner of the province and have impacted the union's members in a number of ways. BCGEU members from health care, social services, libraries and casinos to transit workers, deputy sheriffs and correctional officers have been thrust into first responder roles on the frontlines of the opioid crisis.

"I'm grateful for these latest revelations from Dr. German and I applaud the Attorney General for releasing as much information as he can as quickly as he can," continued Smith. "And, on behalf of BCGEU members and every British Columbian who has been victimized by this crisis, I am calling on the provincial government to do the right thing and call a public inquiry."

In January the BCGEU launched a campaign to show Premier Horgan that there is wide public support for an inquiry into organized crime, opioids, and money laundering in B.C. Since then, public polling has repeatedly shown that 3-in-4 British Columbians support a public inquiry into the multi-layered crisis.


For more information contact Bronwen Barnett, BCGEU Communications, communications@bcgeu.ca

BCGEU calls for public inquiry into organized crime, opioids and money laundering in B.C.


New poll shows overwhelming support for a public inquiry



March 21, 2019

Basic Income submission - BCGEU

As you may be aware, in July 2018 the Province announced the creation of an expert committee to study the potential for using a basic income approach in its efforts to reduce poverty and prepare for the emerging economy.

Organizations and individuals with an interest in basic income were invited to share their input with the committee, and the BCGEU developed a submission that brings the voice and experience of the union to this issue. You can read our official submission here. 

We look forward to results of the expert committee's research.





March 18, 2019

The BCGEU supports Association of Legal Aid Lawyers strike vote - BCGEU

The BC Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) stands in support of the Association of Legal Aid Lawyers (ALL) and their strike vote.

"B.C.'s legal aid lawyers help some of our province's most vulnerable people get access to justice, and as they demand the funding they need to serve British Columbians, the BCGEU stands in support of their strike vote," says BCGEU president Stephanie Smith.

The BCGEU represents professional, technical, and support staff at the Legal Services Society (LSS) which has faced decades of underfunding. In a submission to government in 2018, the BCGEU called for improved delivery of legal aid through a primarily public model, and recommended a shift away from the present reliance on private bar referrals and the limited availability of publicly-funded community legal aid resources. Expanding LSS office locations and increasing staff at existing facilities would be an essential (and basic) condition for improvement within current system.

The provincial government recently outlined positive steps to restore capacity to legal aid in Budget 2019. This included improving access to justice for Indigenous people and finding mechanisms to support attraction and retention of legal aid lawyers to sustain delivery of legal aid services. However, the strike vote by ALL demonstrates that a significant gap remains in addressing decades of cuts and underfunding by the previous government.

The BCGEU is one of the largest unions in B.C. with over 78,000 members in almost every community and economic sector in the province, and represents 149 members at Legal Services Society.


March 15, 2019

New Zealand Mosque Attack - BCGEU

Like all of you, I am angry and shocked and heartbroken at the news of the terrorist attacks in New Zealand.

Some of you know that I grew up and started my career as an ECE and a labour activist in New Zealand. I still have family and friends there and I think of New Zealand as home.

This attack feels very personal for me and I am writing to share my thoughts with all of you.

First, I want to echo the words of New Zealand's Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, and utterly condemn not just the people who perpetrated this appalling act but all who find common cause with them-extremism has no place in our communities.

I also want to express my deepest condolences to the families who lost loved ones and to the Islamic communities at the Al Noor and Linwood Mosques in Christchurch in their time of grief.

I want to send a message to the people of Christchurch and the people of New Zealand-regardless of where they were born-that Canadians know this tragedy neither reflects nor defines your city or your nation.

Finally, I want to offer my support and solidarity to my Muslim brothers, sisters and friends in the BCGEU and around the world. The 78,000 members of the BCGEU will do everything in our power to defend your right to pray and gather and live free from violence in any form.

As a labour activist I am proud of everything our union does to protect, promote and expand diversity.

All communities are made stronger, richer, and more vibrant by diversity.

Today I am more resolved than ever that we can and must do more to stand against all forms of violence and hatred and to build more open, inclusive and diverse communities where everyone is safe.

Terrorism is about tearing people apart.

We fight it by coming together.

In solidarity, I know we will prevail.


Stephanie Smith 
BCGEU President


March 14, 2019

BCGEU celebrates announcement to bring home support workers under government ...

The Fraser Health, Vancouver Coastal Health and Vancouver Island Health authorities have announced they will bring home support services in-house. The BC Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) has been lobbying to bring home care support workers under government employment for over two decades and enthusiastically welcomes a change that will provide greater security to workers, and better care to B.C. seniors.

"Today's news is a real victory for home support workers and the B.C. seniors who rely on their care," says BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. "Bringing these workers into the health authorities will finally address the precarious nature of contract-based work with private providers and will enable more of a team-based multi-disciplinary approach to providing care at home."

Home support workers will be transitioned to the health authorities over the next 12-18 months with no loss in wages, benefits or pension plans. The health authorities are also committed to the continuity of care for clients while recognizing and retaining the knowledge and experience of all home support staff.

"Our union looks forward to engaging with the health authorities to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible and works in a way that supports both workers and clients," says vice president of BCGEU's community health services component Scott De Long. "This is what a government that works for people looks like and we congratulate the BC NDP on this achievement."

The BCGEU represents approximately 4,800 home support workers across the province.