Every day in British Columbia, vulnerable children, youth, and families are falling through the cracks of an under-resourced and over-stretched child welfare system. The safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children and families is being compromised because the B.C. government is not committing the resources required to protect them, with desperately tragic consequences.
FACT: B.C. has 47,000 kilometres of highways and rural side roads and 2,800 bridges in some of the most challenging terrain in the world
FACT: highways maintenance contracts could change hands in the next few years
FACT: There is no guarantee B.C.’s experienced highways maintenance workers will be able to keep our highways safe
Overcrowding. Double-bunking. Gang violence. Inmates with addictions and mental health problems. B.C.'s prisons are out of control.
In 2001: a correctional officer worked on a living unit with 20 inmates.
Today: a correctional officer works alone on a living unit with up to 72 inmates.
Imagine. You’ve been working at your job for 15 years for the same wage, while your workload has steadily increased. Isn't it time for more investment in our resources? That’s the BC Parks system in a nutshell. Fifteen years of declining budgets has left us a parks system that’s starved for resources, with fewer staff to do the work than ever before. Help us change it.
Tell the BC government it’s time to re-invest in BC Parks. Sign our petition - Save BC Parks
Bill C-51, the federal government’s controversial "secret police" law, is a sweeping piece of legislation that will undermine our civil liberties and enable government agencies to share your sensitive data with no oversight and no accountability. Despite widespread condemnation of the bill, the federal government pushed through the legislation in June. Canadians should not have to choose between security and their rights. For more information, and to join our coalition, see Privacy Coalition.
The Trudeau government has announced its intent to legalize marijuana, and it will be up to the provinces to decide how it will be regulated and sold.
With a regulated, age-controlled environment and an exceptional track record of ID checking, liquor store sales of marijuana is the most socially responsible way to sell legal, non-medical marijuana in B.C.
There is no need to build an additional, parallel bureaucracy. By using the existing liquor distribution and retail channels, more funds will be available for education, health care, and other vital public services.
Home support is the most cost-efficient way to take care of seniors and people with physical disabilities. It allows them to live longer, healthier and happier lives.
Community health workers are trained professionals, but funding cuts have made it hard for them to do their jobs. This doesn’t make sense.
Sign the campaign petition at SeniorsDeserveBetter.ca. It’s time to tell Premier Christy Clark and Health Minister Terry Lake that seniors deserve better.
Big changes have come to BC Liquor stores: Sunday and holiday openings, extended hours, and refrigerated products. These changes are long overdue. Public liquor stores should remain central to this ongoing modernization. They have a long tradition of better pricing, better selection, knowledgeable staff and social responsibility. The public distribution and retailing of alcohol also produces important public revenue. BC Liquor stores also provide good jobs all across our province.
Our communities are under strain. The fentanyl crisis has pushed our medical system to the breaking point and inaction by senior levels of government has left everyone scrambling to save lives. The crisis has affected working people across this province, on and off the job. We need a collective response to this deepening public health crisis.
The BCGEU recognizes and supports treaty negotiations and the right of self-government and self-determination for First Nations.
The BCGEU takes the issue of workplace bullying very seriously. We're putting mechanisms in place to address the problem, such as educating our members about bullying and negotiating anti-bullying language in our collective agreements.
Learn more about how your bargaining ideas end up in your collective agreement.
To help members better understand how an idea that starts in your workplace ends up in your collective agreement, we’ve created a video.
The Breakaway campaign is designed to raise awareness about unmanageable workloads and the need for members to take their coffee and meal breaks. When we surveyed members in Administrative Services (aka Component 12) about workload half of the respondents said their position isn't adequately backfilled when they take vacation or leave. Two-thirds of respondents told us their workplace isn't adequately staffed.
BC has a childcare crisis - Families can't afford childcare. Paying for childcare in BC is like having a second mortgage. Often, it's not worth going back to work. There is a solution: a community plan to cap childcare fees and improve early childhood education. It's time to invest in our kids.
Community social services support youth and adults with developmental disabilities and Aboriginal communities. They help women facing domestic violence, the homeless, individuals battling addictions. They work to strengthen families through counselling, and help youth in conflict with the law. They provide kids with a great start to life through early childhood education and learning.
The environment committee works to educate members about issues that matter to us, such as environmentalism, climate change, green jobs and greening our union.
As Canadians we have rights to be treated fairly and with equality. These rights extend into our workplace. In our workplace we have the right to be treated fairly and without discrimination based on our gender, sex, disability, race, religion, or age.
Despite the laws that protect us such as the Canadian Human Rights Act, the Human Rights Code of British Columbia, and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights; which our country helped write, we still face racism and discrimination in our workplaces and in our communities.
Click 'Learn More' link for more information, and to access the equity survey.
BCGEU Members, as part of a global community, have made supporting international social justice and labour solidarity causes a priority for our union. Our jobs and the delivery of important public services for British Columbians are impacted by developments in other countries.
Our International Solidarity Committee supports and collaborates with a number of organizations to advance working people's interests around the world.
Right now, there's a dangerous legal attack before the courts that could turn Canada's Medicare system into a US-style system – without the public having a say. The attack is driven by Dr. Brian Day, owner of a Vancouver for-profit clinic known for unlawfully billing taxpayer and patient money. Dr. Day is on a reckless campaign to replace Canada's Medicare with a US-style system, and he's using the courts to do it. The case is being called the most significant constitutional challenge in Canadian history.
The BCGEU is recognized as a leader in fighting for women's rights in the workplace and the community. The BCGEU has a long and proud herstory of representing women member, who presently make up two-thirds of the total BCGEU membership.
Watch We are the union: Women's Work, a documentary produced by the Provincial Executive Women's Committee that celebrates the achievements of union women throughout history.
BCGEU Votes! A political action campaign to engage and mobilize BCGEU members around the 2013 provincial election.
Provincial funding to BC's community living sector has failed to keep pace with growing demographic and inflationary pressures and is inadequate to meet the needs of adults with developmental disabilities, families, and caregivers. Budget cuts and service redesigns are destroying the province's community inclusion infrastructure and violating fundamental rights of persons with disabilities to autonomy, independence, choice, and support. The province-wide campaign to expose this crisis has resulted in increased sectoral funding, but many outstanding issues remain.
After more than a decade of service cuts to BC's forestry ministry, and legislative change that leaves the industry to largely regulate itself, BC's resource communities have seen closed mills, pine beetle damage and raw log exports that cost BC jobs. The BCGEU has engaged in a series of forestry dialogues to focus attention on the ongoing crisis in BC forests.
The BC Liberal government has mandated deep cuts to the legal aid system in BC yet again. In January, funding cuts forced LSS to reduce staff in the Lower Mainland by 38 positions and cut back core services and special projects, while demand for services rose dramatically. Those cuts followed the massive 40 percent cut to legal aid by the BC Liberal government in 2002-2005.
BCGEU is proud to represent Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) in our health care sector. LPNs join other nurses, health science professionals, care aides, community health workers and support service workers in facilities, community health, and in government service. The BCGEU is BC's third largest health care union. LPNs have a strong voice in our union, serving in positions of leadership in their locals and components.
The NUPGE Fairness Express is hitting a town near you!
The Fairness Express has been touring the country since September 2013 in an effort to meet Canadians where they live, to hear how they and their families have been coping in this post-2008 recession economy.
The national tour traveled across B.C. from August 15 until September 21, 2014.
Strengthening public services and ensuring tax fairness is the right thing and smart thing to do. The task has never been more formidable. The need has never been greater. It will take the effort of each of us. ALL TOGETHER NOW!
B.C.’s Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) inspectors – who inspect commercial vehicles, staff weigh scales and oversee private inspection facilities – has shrunk by more than 26 per cent since coming back into government service from ICBC in 2003. 1-in-4 inspector positions are now vacant.
Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley Regional District unanimously endorsed extending AirCare until 2020.
Ontario and Washington State have extended their emissions testing programs until 2019 – what is different about B.C.?
As a province, we owe it to our seniors to care for them as they age. But we have a long way to go to provide care that is high quality, fully accessible, publicly funded, and meets the needs of seniors in their communities.
On October 19, Canadians have a chance to elect a new federal government, one that will be better for all working people. In this important election, we'd like to help our members make an informed decision, so we've gathered resources on the most vital issues. Health care, child care, the environment, good jobs and the economy, retirement security, protecting our democracy, aboriginal rights, attacks on labour, C-51 - all important issues we cover.
A reminder that eligible voters in the upcoming federal election must have three consecutive hours to cast their ballot.
This means your employer must give you time off if your work schedule on October 19, 2015 doesn’t allow for three consecutive hours.
The employer isn’t allowed to deduct any pay, but does have the right to tell you at what point during your work day the time off will be given.
This is the law. Your employer must comply.
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