June 20, 2018

Tentative agreement for the Public Service - BCGEU

After five weeks of negotiations, the BCGEU has reached a tentative three-year agreement with the B.C. Government for members working in direct government service. The Public Service Bargaining Committee is recommending that members vote in favour of the agreement.

On ratification, all changes to the tentative 18th Public Service Agreement will take effect after the expiry of the current agreement. At that time, the 18th Public Service Agreement and the 5 individual component agreements will replace the current agreements.

To help prepare for the ratification vote, the union has put together a ratification newsletter, which should be arriving in the mail, and via email to all members.

You can download the ratification newsletter by clicking here

To download an audio version of the ratification document click here. (You must be logged into the member portal)

This newsletter includes important information about the ratification process. It also contains detailed information about the 18th Public Service Agreement as well as individual component agreements.

In addition to negotiations at the main table, component negotiating committees worked hard to get sector-specific agreements for members, and all five of them are recommending acceptance and ratification of the component agreements. 

Click on your component to view more information, as well as download your tentative agreement:

Component 1 

Component 5

Component 6

Component 12

Component 20

Telephone Town Hall Meetings:

Two telephone town hall meetings for public service workers have been scheduled, for Tuesday, July 10 and Thursday, July 12. Members will receive email and telephone notices so you can register for these calls.

Regional Meetings:
Information and voting meetings are being scheduled to take place at all 12 area offices around the province in July. A meeting schedule has been emailed to members, and is also included in the ratification newsletter above.

Meeting Schedule

  • Area 01 – Victoria
    • July 26 Noon & 6:00 pm: Victoria Area Office, 2994 Douglas St, Auditorium

  • Area 02 – North Island
    • July 25 6:00 pm: Nanaimo Area Office, 106 – 1650 Terminal Ave N

  • Area 03 – Lower Mainland
    • July 17 & 18 6:00 pm: LMAO, 130 – 2920 Virtual Way, Vancouver

  • Area 04 – Fraser Valley
    • July 19 6:00: Langley, Fraser Valley Area Office, 8555 - 198A St, Langley, BC

  • Area 05 – Kamloops
    • July 18 6:00 pm: Coast Kamloops Hotel, 1250 Rogers Way, Kamloops

  • Area 06 – Cariboo
    • July 19 6:00 pm: Ramada Williams Lake, 1118 Lakeview Crescent

  • Area 07 – Okanagan
    • July 25 6:00 pm: Kelowna Area Office, 1064 Borden Ave

  • Area 08 – East Kootenay
    • July 18 6:00 pm: St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino 7777 Mission Rd., Cranbrook

  • Area 09 – West Kootenay
    • July 26 6:00 pm: Super 8, 651 18 St., Castlegar

  • Area 10 – Peace River
    • July 11 6:00 pm: Fort St. John Area Office, 10147 - 100 Ave

  • Area 11 – Prince George
    • July 16 6:00 pm: Prince George Area Office, 500 Quebec St

  • Area 12 – Northwest
    • July 9 6:00 pm: Holiday Inn Express, 3059 Hwy. 16 East, Terrace

Ballot packages are being printed and distributed to stewards. Shop stewards and mail contact members will be conducting votes on the tentative agreement at work sites across the province. Clause 2.6 of the collective agreement entitles stewards to undertake ratification vote duties on work time and without loss of pay.

When casting your vote, you will be asked to vote on two agreements – the Public Service Agreement (the main agreement), as well as your individual component agreement. Details on the component agreements are available by clicking on your component link above, signing on to the BCGEU member portal, as well as at area offices.

Vote Count:
The ballot counting of all public service members' votes will take place on August 8, 2018 at BCGEU HQ in Burnaby. All ballots must be submitted to HQ or any Area Office by the close of business (5:00 pm) Tuesday, August 7th.


June 20, 2018

BCGEU Celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day - BCGEU

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day- a special day for all communities to celebrate, recognize, and honour the achievements, history and cultures of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in Canada. The BCGEU is proud to stand in solidarity with Indigenous peoples and to reaffirm our commitment to lasting and meaningful reconciliation. We invite you to join us in marking this day with community events across British Columbia to showcase and celebrate Indigenous peoples through stories, songs, art, and dance. National Indigenous Peoples Day is a day for celebration, but it is also a day for reflection upon our shared history and in building a better future for all. The BCGEU is looking forward to delivering our members' stories and recommendations directly to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. We are hopeful that in listening and learning from the voices of Indigenous women, families and community leaders and in engaging respectfully in dialogue, we can ensure that decision makers act on what the Inquiry reveals.

Every day, our members across the province are taking important steps to strengthen partnerships with Indigenous communities and form relationships built on respect, partnership and recognition of rights. Our Indigenous solidarity poster, designed by artist Simone Diamond of the Quw'utsun (Cowichan), reminds us that our union is made stronger by our numbers and diversity.

To celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day, BCGEU members will be attending community events with our friends and allies across British Columbia. To find an event in your hometown, please visit our events listings. If you are in Vancouver, please join us today for a pancake breakfast at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre at 9 am, a Friendship Walk at 11 am and a day of celebration, dance performances, canoeing, art displays and cultural learning events at Trout Lake.

We look forward to another year of putting reconciliation into action in our work places and communities and in building a new way forward for all Canadians.


June 20, 2018

2018 Scholarships awards announced - BCGEU

The union's Education and Scholarship committee is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 awards for full and part-time post-secondary students. In all, $60,000 in scholarships will be awarded, with 26 full-time awards of $2,000 and eight awards of $1,000. Winners include BCGEU members and family members, all starting or continuing their post-secondary education.

"We thank everyone who submitted an application and essay. It was difficult to settle on the finalists", says Kari Michaels, executive vice-president and chairperson of the committee.


Rosa Aminzavvar, Vancouver

Shane Atienza, Burnaby

Naveen Aujla, Delta

Katelynn Baerg, Prince George

Kaelin Brons, Moberly Lake

Schynel Carley, Vernon

Daniele Celella, Agassiz

Monica Cervantes, Vancouver

Chiara Ciapponi, Burnaby

Brittany Clark, Vancouver

Destany Crane, Victoria

Alexa Derksen, Burnaby

Sani Mirsan Dzafic, Burnaby

James Gillis, Victoria

Connor Hawes, Grand Forks

Seung Hwan (John) Lee, Kamloops

Katja Juthans, North Vancouver

Natalie Klassen, Kamloops

Trevor Lee, Victoria

Lydia Lobbezoo, Victoria

Darrin McBee, Castlegar

Chance McCoshen, Salmon Arm

Karly Morgan, Port Moody

Frank Morven, Prince Rupert

Trish Palichuk, Victoria

Dustin Procee, Burnaby

Sharifa Riddett, Victoria

Kai Roenspiess, Nelson

Gurpreet Sangha, Surrey

Madison Slocum, Parksville

Heidi Stooshnoff, Maple Ridge

Maggie Thomson-Kurz, Comox

Cassidy-Joy Wait, North Vancouver

Brysen Watson, Kamloops


June 18, 2018

BCGEU signs declaration asking provincial government not to renew fish farm t...

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) stands with B.C. fishing communities, scientists, business leaders and Indigenous groups in signing the "Declaration in Defence of Wild Salmon," which includes asking the provincial government not to renew 20 fish farm tenures in the Broughton Archipelago, set to expire on June 20, 2018.

"Healthy wild salmon stocks are essential to the health of ecosystems, to tourism and fisheries jobs, and of course to coastal First Nations in B.C. for whom salmon have been an essential cultural and natural resource for thousands of years," says BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. "The science indicates that parasites and disease from open net-pen fish farms threaten wild salmon, and it's time we began a transition away from this harmful practice."

The BCGEU supports transitioning open net-pen fish farms to land-based production where pesticides, waste, and farmed Atlantic salmon are contained and can no longer threaten the habitat and migratory paths of wild Pacific salmon. However, the union also stresses that this should occur through a "just transition" – an approach that ensures the livelihoods of workers are protected when economies shift to sustainable production.

"A shift to more sustainable fish farming technology must include a just transition for fish farm workers," adds Smith. "B.C. can be a world leader in sustainable aquaculture resulting in many good jobs. We encourage both the federal and provincial governments to promote and support a land-based aquaculture industry, helping to smooth the transition for both the technology, and the workers."

The declaration also calls on government to defend and restore Pacific salmon by expanding the moratorium on new open net-pen salmon farms in the north to include all B.C. coastal waters; implementing plans for rebuilding at-risk stocks; and respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) by removing existing farms from waters where First Nations have not provided consent.

The declaration was launched by 26 prominent individuals and can be found at, a website hosted by Watershed Watch Salmon Society, Georgia Strait Alliance and Living Oceans Society.



June 15, 2018

Join us for National Indigenous Day, 2018 - Northern BC - BCGEU

Join BCGEU and our community partners as we commemorate National Indigenous Day at a variety of locations throughout the Northern BC:





Lake Babine Nation and the Burns Lake Native Development Corporation, BC
June 21, 2018
10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Burns Lake Spirit Square

The National Indigenous Peoples Day Annual Parade will be taking place with all six local First Nations taking part. There will also be a range of activities and games. Potato dance, musical chairs with various categories, drumming groups, free lunch, Louisa Marshall, entertainment.  We will host an interactive event to have all community members The WOW bus with Children’s activities will be on site. Inclusion of annual traditional activities such as salmon harvest, soap berry collection and preparation, and special foods gathering.  Limited free t-shirts available by signing in.  Starting at 10:00 AM parade opening ceremonies at 11:00 AM, entertainment and lunch at 12:00 – 4:00 PM.  Family dance between 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM With Louisa Marshall. 

Treaty 8 Tribal Council  June 21, 2018
12:00 PM Start

Fort St. John, Northern Light College

Free lunch at 12:00 noon and opening ceremony starts at 1:00 PM, Elders speak at 2:00 – 4:00 PM.  Cave tours, games, crafters, contests with prizes, presentations, drummers, free supper at 5:15 PM followed by a talent show and tea dance (Beaver). 

Lheidl T’enneh Band
June 21, 2018
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Memorial Park Pavilion

The Pavilion will be open in the park.  The event will feature drumming, singing, dance groups, vendors selling food and traditional crafts.  Live music in the afternoon. 

National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 21, 2018
12:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Prince Rupert Friendship Centre Prince Rupert Rotary Waterfront Event

The National Aboriginal Day committee is organizing their 20th celebration.  Featuring, cultural dancers, music performers, family activities, all welcome, door prizes throughout the day.  In event of rain the celebration will be relocated to the gym Ciccone Civic Centre. Vendors and caterers will be on site.  

Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre Society,
June 21, 2018
12:00 noon – 4:00 PM. 

Friendship Hall, 3955 3rd Avenue, Smithers, BC

Opening welcome with Chief Timberwolf followed by entertainment featuring the Ewk Hiyh Hozdli Drummers, Powwow dancers, and Muheim All Nations Drummers, Soapberry whipping contest, Bannock making contest, Moose calling contest, traditional storytelling, library display, children’s activities, Indigenous art display, cake painting, and war canoe on display. 


June 15, 2018

CSSBA reaches tentative agreements for community social services workers - BCGEU

The Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) and the Community Social Services Employers' Association (CSSEA) have reached a tentative agreement on three-year collective agreements for General Services and Community Living. These agreements provide significant compensation increases for workers in this sector while meeting the government mandate of improving the services British Columbians count on.

 Highlights of the agreements include significant money for low wage redress for all members in addition to general wage increases, improvements to occupational health and safety, enhancements to health and welfare benefit plans and more.

"Community social services workers support some of B.C.'s most vulnerable citizens and we are so pleased to have reached agreements that provide enhanced support and compensation for this critical work," says BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. "I'd like to thank the bargaining committee for its dedication in getting a fair deal and we look forward to engaging with the membership about the deal before a ratification vote in the coming weeks." 

"We are very pleased to have reached tentative agreements that support and work towards fair compensation for the critical work community social services workers do throughout the province," says BCGEU Component 3 Vice-President and Chair of the CSSBA negotiating committee, Andrea Duncan. "Our sector has been in crisis for well over a decade and we have been doing the very best we can with incredibly limited resources. These agreements reflect a new government mandate to improve services for some of B.C.'s most vulnerable citizens, and a significant step towards acknowledging the value and dedication caring professionals bring to this important work."

The CSSBA and the CSSEA will be meeting in the next week to conclude negotiations for Aboriginal Services, the third and final collective agreement to be renewed under Community Social Services.

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) is the lead union in the bargaining association consisting of 10 unions including CUPE, HEU, HSA, CSWU, UFCW, USW, SEIU, CLAC and BCNU and representing 16,000 members.


June 15, 2018

Community Bargaining Association reaches tentative agreement for workers in c...

The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) and the Health Employers Association of British Columbia (HEABC) have reached a tentative agreement on a new collective agreement.

The BCGEU represents the majority of unionized workers in the community health sector.

"We've made substantial gains in a number of key areas. We're very happy with the tentative agreement. We're confident members in community health are as well," said BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. I'd like to thank the bargaining committee for its dedication to members. Next, we'll engage the membership about the deal and provide a comprehensive report on it before a ratification vote in the coming weeks."

The CBA represents roughly 16,000 employees working in community health around B.C. Roughly 10,000 are BCGEU members. Other unions at the table were UFCW, HEU, CUPE, HSA, USW, CLAC and BCNU. 

The tentative agreement has a three-year term and includes a general wage increase in each year. It also contains a low wage redress clause and stronger protections against contracting out.


June 15, 2018

Join us for National Indigenous Day, 2018 - Interior - BCGEU

Join BCGEU and our community partners as we commemorate National Indigenous Day at a variety of locations throughout the Interior:




Boston Bar First Nation celebration
June 21, 2018
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Boston Bar, BC, First Nation in the Tuckkwiowhum Village Longhouse   

Boston Bar First Nation is hosting our annual event.  Terry Philips, cultural speaker speaking about Reclaiming Your Spirit.  An Elder will teach traditional games, health and wellness related booths.  Tickets for free door prizes.  Cedar bark weaving, free lunch, bannock tacos, medicine making, cultural talk and hike, dancing and a massage therapist and traditional medicine. 

Quaaout Lodge and Spa – Indigenous Peoples Day
June 21, 2018
4:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Quaaout Lodge and Spa – Shuswap Lake Region, 1663 Little Shusap Lake Road, Chase BC

Join us as we celebrate the rich and amazing culture of various Indigenous peoples. Official welcome from Chief Oliver Arnouse, live concert 7:15 PM (DJ Shub with openers Mihirangi, fireworks at 10:00 PM. 

National Indigenous Peoples Day June 20, 2018
1:00 PM – 7:00 PM

?Aq’am Band, Cranbrook BC, Arbour outside the Band office at 7470 Mission Road, Cranbrook

Featuring a First Nations fashion show, powwow, fry bread making contest, biggest food contest, dried meat making, beading, drum making.  Free BBQ at 5:00 PM.  There will be tours of the St. Eugene Mission St. Eugene Church. 

Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Centre and Lil Michif Otipemisiwak Family and Community Services, Kamloops, BC
June 21, 2018
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Riverside Park, Kamloops, BC

Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day. This event will be centred on cultural protocols, jiggers, drumming and dancing, storytelling, traditional games, Aboriginal vendors, children’s activities. 

Lillooet Friendship Centre, St’atimc Culture celebration
June 21, 2018
11:00 AM - Parade line up
12:00 PM – Parade start

Lillooet, REC Centre Lawn

The parade (with prizes) will line up at 11:00 AM at the Community Care Centre #76 – 5th Avenue.   The parade starts at 12:00 noon and travels to the REC Centre Lawn where there will be drumming and singing, honouring of our heroes, scavenger hunt, Indigenous Bear Dancers, fish packing race contest, bubble balls, performance by musician, Leroy Joy. 

Conayt Friendship Society
June 21, 2018
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Rotary Park, Merritt BC

Powwow with music, bingo, food, vendors with crafts opening remarks at 10:00 AM.  10:30 AM Aboriginal Day activities commence with vendors and craft sale booths open, Tipi’s open for language song and storytelling, Randy Chillihitzia performance, and powwow 10:30 – 12:00 noon children’s games, closing prayer. 

National Indigenous Peoples Day  celebrations organized by the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council
June 21, 2018
10:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Parade to travel down Oliver Street in Williams Lake, starting at 10:00 AM from the Elks Hall parking lot and traveling up Oliver Street ending at Boitanio Park. 

June 21, 2018 the parade is open to all local groups, including students from First Nations schools and pre-schools, traditional dancers, Elders, horses and riders and local conservation groups.  Parade route ends in Boitanio Park where celebrations start, including family oriented activities, live music, traditional dancing, and crafters.  3rd annual Bannock making competition 12:00 – 2:00 PM.