January 16, 2019


Project Manager





The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union requires a temporary project manager to work in the Administration Department. The successful applicant will work with senior management to establish a Project Management Office, define project templates and act as a best practices resource for project managers working on projects at the BCGEU.

The Project Management Office will become the information hub for projects and programs within the BCGEU and its work involves tracking/reporting, assurance/quality control, information management, financial tracking, risk/issue tracking, change control, support and knowledge management/learning from experience. The term of the assignment is for a one-year period, and the effective date of this position is to be determined.


As a part of the Administration team, work with the Coordinator of Administration to establish a Project Management Office. This will include defining and updating the project management processes, standards and governance. This position is responsible for the creation of project management templates and tools in addition to supporting the adoption of the project lifecycle (mentoring of staff newly assigned project management responsibilities, coordination of the regular project /program level reporting cycles, tracking and populating a project dashboard tracking overall scope, cost, schedule and risk statuses of ongoing projects, Post Project Reviews).

Responsibilities may also include some business analysis and direct project management for projects, both technical and non-technical as needed.


  • 8+ years hands on experience as a project manager on both technical and non-technical projects, working on all phases of the project management lifecycle.
  • Knowledge of project management tools & techniques.
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal.
  • Excellent business analysis skills and practical experience doing requirements analysis.
  • Experience managing stakeholder groups and balancing diplomacy and tact with assertiveness.
  • PMP or CAPM designation an asset

The BCGEU supports employment equity. Workers of colour, women, aboriginal workers, LGBTQ+ and workers with disabilities are encouraged to apply for positions with the BCGEU.

Travel is required; therefore, applicants must hold a valid B.C. Driver's Licence.


Submit applications no later than 5:00 pm, Tuesday, January 22, 2019.


Resumes will be accepted by e-mail to: human.resources@bcgeu.ca

Attention to: Stephanie Smith, President, c/o Lisa Trolland



January 14, 2019



January 3, 2019


The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union requires a full stack developer and test automation developer to work in the IT Services section of the Administration Department. The successful applicant would be a part of a project team that develops new tools and applications for both members and staff of the BCGEU. The effective date to be determined. 



Together, the development team would develop and create software tools as designed, including web applications, mobile applications and database integrations. This position is responsible for the creation, maintenance, and execution of test automation (functional and end-to-end integration testing) to produce maintainable, stable test coverage to support the development of microservices, mobile and web applications, as well as defining an overall test automation strategy. Responsibilities will include designing test cases and testing, along with the other developers, all newly implemented functionality (security, performance and functional testing both automated and manual) as part of the regular sprint cycle.



5+ years of experience with full stack development including front end development and test automation development, knowledge of source code management systems, experience designing, implementing, documenting and integrating with APIs, expertise in at least one modern programming language.


Experience with PHP and associated frameworks including Laravel and with Atlassian tools and secure and Agile software development practices an asset.



• Communicate effectively to non-technical users in order to provide technical support

• Quickly learn new languages and assess and implement new tools

• Prioritize operational and project work

• Work collaboratively in a team

• Accept and provide constructive feedback


The BCGEU supports employment equity. Workers of colour, women, aboriginal workers, LGBTQ+ and workers with disabilities are encouraged to apply for positions with the BCGEU. 


Travel is required; therefore, applicants must hold a valid B.C. Driver's Licence.


Submit applications no later than 5:00 pm, Thursday, January 24, 2019.


Resumes will be accepted by e-mail to: human.resources@bcgeu.ca

Attention to: Stephanie Smith, President, c/o Lisa Trolland




January 10, 2019

BCGEU Statement on RCMP raid at Unist'ot'en Camp and Gidimt’en Access Point -...

BURNABY - The BCGEU has been closely monitoring the developing situation at the Unist'ot'en camp. As a trade union committed to supporting the full implementation of the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the recommendations of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, we are concerned that police action has been used to suppress the rights of both peaceful protesters and the media.

We urge the RCMP, Coastal Gaslink and the provincial government to work with the Wet'suwet'en hereditary leadership and the elected council to resolve the current dispute in the spirit of the principles articulated in those documents.

The Wet'suwet'en people have inherent Indigenous rights and title that must be recognized and respected. What happens at the Unist'ot'en camp could have lasting repercussions for generations of Indigenous and non-Indigenous British Columbians.

The BCGEU is one of the largest unions in B.C. with over 77,000 members across the province working in every sector of the economy.

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



January 07, 2019


(2 Positions)

January 7, 2019


The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union requires two temporary staff representatives to work in the Advocacy Department, effective date to be determined. Term of assignment is up to 12 months.

DUTIES: The successful applicant will work as part of a team providing a wide range of advocacy services to the union and its members. Duties will include, but may not be limited to, representing the union and its members at formal arbitration hearings, at the Labour Relations Board, and other adjudicative tribunals.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have demonstrated abilities to analyze and identify grievance file issues, conduct merit assessments and either informally resolve outstanding issues and/or prepare and present a case at formal arbitration; deal with senior management and their counsel; prepare concise oral and written submissions; work effectively with union officers and stewards; handle a large volume of correspondence and speak effectively in public; demonstrated ability in problem solving and dispute resolution; an understanding of the goals and values of the labour movement; demonstrated ability to develop activists' skills and to maintain effective working relationships with activists.

Experience and training in the specific area of responsibility is preferred, in particular, experience in preparation and presentation of cases referred to full arbitration. 

Salary and benefits are offered under a collective agreement. The BCGEU is committed to employment equity. Workers of colour, women, aboriginal workers, LGBTQ+ workers and workers with disabilities, are encouraged to apply for this position. Travel is required, therefore, applicants must hold a valid B.C. Driver's Licence.

Submit applications no later than 5:00 pm, Monday, January 14, 2019.

Resumes will be accepted by e-mail to: human.resources@bcgeu.ca, attention to:

Stephanie Smith, President, c/o Lisa Trolland.



December 24, 2018

Happy Holidays – BCGEU offices closed for the holidays - BCGEU

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith, treasurer Paul Finch and the entire Provincial Executive would like to wish our 77,000 members and their families a happy and festive holiday season!

Please note that all BCGEU offices will be closed for the holidays.

BCGEU offices around the province will be closed from end of business December 24, 2018 and will reopen on January 2, 2019 at 8:30am.

If you are a BCGEU member and need emergency support at your worksite, please contact your union steward.

Media inquiries can be directed to Aaron Donovan, Coordinator - Research and Interactive Services, at aaron.donovan@bcgeu.ca or 604 306-9122.

Facilities related emergencies can be directed to Ryan Schmid at 778-870-7877.


Happy holidays!


December 20, 2018

BCGEU disappointed by defeat of electoral reform referendum - BCGEU

The BC Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) is disappointed by Election BC's announcement today that the 2018 Referendum on Electoral Reform was defeated. Despite this result, over half a million British Columbians voted for change due to a deep dissatisfaction with First Past the Post (FPTP), and the conversation about a more representative voting system must continue.

Under FPTP more and more people have been tuning out of our electoral system and since 1983, voter turnout has fallen nearly 20 per cent. Less than 50 per cent of millennials currently vote and as this group starts to make up more of the electorate, we could see FPTP elections drawing less than 50 per cent participation. This is not only bad for our democracy, it stifles new ideas and innovation and puts British Columbia's future prosperity at risk.

In 2017 the BCGEU asked its members for their input about changes to the voting system and the upcoming referendum on electoral reform. 90 per cent indicated they were in favour of modernizing our electoral system and switching to proportional representation. Many BCGEU members took part in a year-long campaign for electoral reform in their communities and workplaces, engaging with their family, friends, and coworkers.

In total, 533,518 British Columbians or 39% voted in favour of changing the system to proportional representation following the largest public consultation in B.C. history. Unfortunately, the government-funded proponent campaign failed to reach a broad public audience that may have been receptive to supporting electoral reform, contributing to the defeat today.

Representing over 77,000 B.C. workers, the BCGEU is one of the largest member-run democratic organizations in the province with a wealth of experience in making sure that all voices are heard in decision-making. As such, the union will continue to advocate for fair elections and more direct participation in our democracy on behalf of our members, and all working people.


December 20, 2018

BCGEU HQ closed – Dec 21st - BCGEU

Due to a power failure, the BCGEU Headquarters in Burnaby will continue to be closed for the remainder of the day on December 21, 2018.


We expect that the office will re-open on Monday, December 24. If power has not been restored by then, a subsequent notice will be posted here.



December 19, 2018

The Provincial magazine - Winter 2018 - BCGEU

The winter issue of The Provincial magazine is now available to download. Featured in this issue:

· Local government elections

· Wildfire health risks

· C-6 workers meet minister

· $10-a-day childcare

· Casino bargaining

· Willow Manor worksite profile

· Housing and young workers

· And more…

Download the Winter 2018 issue here


December 12, 2018

BCGEU welcomes the provincial government's Rental Housing Task Force report a...

In July 2018 the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) made a submission to the provincial government's Rental Housing Task Force recommending measures to expand and better protect the supply of rental housing in the province. Today, the Task Force released its report and 23 policy recommendations that will help to improve life for tenants in B.C.

The BCGEU's submission focused on three main areas: resourcing and reforming the Residential Tenancy Branch; reforming residential tenancy law and regulations; and increasing the supply of affordable rental housing.

In today's report, the union is pleased to see a recommendation to empower the Residential Tenancy Branch to be more responsive, accessible and proactive in meeting the needs of renters as well as recommendations to stop renovictions and speed up the return of damage deposits. However, the BCGEU is disappointed the report does not move forward on important issues like vacancy control which applies existing rent control policies to new tenants as well as existing ones, adequately addressing rental supply, and implementing a land value capture tax across the province.

In the coming days, the BCGEU will conduct an in-depth analysis of the report, particularly to examine recommendations relative to the union's report Building an Affordable B.C., co-authored by CUPE 1767 President Jared Melvin and Vice President Harpinder Sandhu.

View the BCGEU's submission to the Rental Housing Task Force here: https://www.affordablebc.ca/rental_housing_task_force_submission
View the report Building an Affordable B.C. here: https://www.affordablebc.ca/our-plan
The BCGEU is one of the largest and most diverse unions in British Columbia, representing over 77,000 members across the province.


December 12, 2018

Casino workers negotiate new contracts - BCGEU

(Burnaby/New Westminster) Over 1,200 members of the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) working at Gateway's Grand Villa Casino in Burnaby and Starlight Casino in New Westminster voted to accept new collective agreements putting them among the highest paid casino workers in the province.
"These workers stuck together to set the industry standard," said BCGEU Treasurer Paul Finch.
"Our members told Gateway they needed to do better this time and, in the end, they achieved solid contracts with significant wage increases and many other ground-breaking provisions."
The four-year contracts include a weighted average of 15 percent wage increases over the life of the agreement with some of the lowest-paid workers receiving over 20 percent increases.
"In this round, the bargaining committee prioritized lifting wages for lower-paid workers," said Finch.
"With the cost of living rising amid a housing crisis across the province it is vital that employers, especially in the highly-profitable casino sector, pay wages that allow all their employees to live where they work."
The contracts also include improvements to sick leave, a benefits plan for part-time employees, accommodations and leave for victims of domestic violence and a new process to deal with abuse from patrons.
"There is still a lot of work to do. Many casino workers do not have a union and some are paid close to minimum wage with uncertain and unfair working conditions," said Finch. 
BCGEU represents over 800 workers at Gateway's Grand Villa Casino and over 450 at Starlight Casino. BCGEU members work in table games, as slot attendants, cashiers, in the count room, kitchen, restaurants, security, guest services and maintenance.


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