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  • Area 01 - Token of Appreciation for Local 1201 Activists

    Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at 12:00 AM through July 15, 2024
    Virtual/BCGEU Victoria Area Office in Victoria, BC, Canada

    Dear 1201 BCGEU Activists

    It has been quite a year. We hope that this email finds all of you healthy, safe and well.

    We know how hard all of you have worked this year in your roles as stewards, OHS Reps, and Representative on your Article 29 Committee. This has truly been a year that has stretched many of us to capacity and despite that, you have all kept working hard to support the members that rely on you.

    This year more than ever, activists of the BCGEU deserve appreciation. As a token of our appreciation of your dedication and hard work for the membership, please click on the link below which will allow you to receive a free BCGEU T-Shirt that will be mailed to your home address.

    Please provide us with your information as listed below in the "Additional info for this event" field so that we can mail your T-Shirt:

    1. Size: (Available Sizes are XS to XXXL)

    2. Home Mailing Address: (please ensure this is correct or we will be unable to mail your T-Shirt to you)

    The deadline to register for the free T-Shirt is July 15, 2024 at 5:00 PM.

  • Area 01 - Token of Appreciation for Local 1201 Activists

    Monday, July 15, 2024 at 05:00 PM
    Virtual/BCGEU Victoria Area Office in Victoria, BC, Canada

    Dear 1201 BCGEU Activists

    It has been quite a year. We hope that this email finds all of you healthy, safe and well.

    We know how hard all of you have worked this year in your roles as stewards, OHS Reps, and Representative on your Article 29 Committee. This has truly been a year that has stretched many of us to capacity and despite that, you have all kept working hard to support the members that rely on you.

    This year more than ever, activists of the BCGEU deserve appreciation. As a token of our appreciation of your dedication and hard work for the membership, please click on the link below which will allow you to receive a free BCGEU T-Shirt that will be mailed to your home address.

    Please provide us with your information as listed below in the "Additional info for this event" field so that we can mail your T-Shirt:

    1. Size: (Available Sizes are XS to XXXL)

    2. Home Mailing Address: (please ensure this is correct or we will be unable to mail your T-Shirt to you)

    The deadline to register for the free T-Shirt is July 15, 2024 at 5:00 PM.

  • Area 04 STEP UP!

    Tuesday, July 16, 2024 at 09:00 AM
    BCGEU Fraser Valley Area Office in Langley, BC, Canada

    Whether you're a brand new BCGEU member or you've been a member for a while, this STEP UP! workshop will introduce you to our union and help you develop your skills and knowledge around your rights as a worker and the role the union plays in supporting workers, their families, and our communities. Through stories of courage and strength, you will gain the clarity and support you need along with some useful union tools and strategies to get started with the BCGEU. You will leave feeling more informed, confident, and ready to connect with your co-workers.

    After finishing the STEP UP! workshop, you will …

    • Know the story of the BCGEU and why unions matter

    • Be able to build your sense of identity and solidarity as a worker and a member of the BCGEU

    • Learn how to support and champion the union at work

    • Understand how power works in the workplace and society

    • Know how to use available union tools to build worker power

    • Discover opportunities to get more involved in the BCGEU

    A union-paid leave-of-absence is provided for this course. Please provide how many hours you work per shift on the registration form. Lunch will be provided, please advise of dietary restrictions and/or allergies. Please note the number of participants is limited.  

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  • Local 804 Enhanced Steward Training

    Wednesday, July 17, 2024 at 09:00 AM
    Fraser Valley Area Office in Langley, BC, Canada

    Re: Local 804 Enhanced Steward Training

    When: Wednesday, July 17th

    Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Location: Fraser Valley Area Office – 8555 198A Street, Langley TWP

    As you know, the role of a Steward in the workplace is an extremely important one, and we want to make sure that our Stewards are equipped with all the tools they need to continue to assist members every day. Many of you have already taken the stewards course, but you may be looking for a little more to add to your tool box in order to help you in your role.

    That is why Local 804 is excited to provide a full day of education and networking to you and other stewards in your local. Topics for this jam packed workshop will include, Grievance handling refresher – tips and tricks, Joint Labour Management meetings, Occupational Health and Safety in the workplace, and communications/Union boards. 

    All stewards in Local 804 are encouraged to attend this workshop and we look forward to seeing you all there!

    Lunch and leaves of absence will be provided. Please ensure when you register, to advise of any food allergies, and the exact hours of work required for a leave of absence.

    Registrations will be accepted until July 9, 2024 at 5:00 pm. We look forward to seeing all of you and we hope you all make every attempt to join us for this fantastic workshop.

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  • CANCELLED - Areas 01 CCC - Workshop on Music and Labour Activism

    Thursday, July 18, 2024 at 05:30 PM

    Cancelled – may be rescheduled in future

    We have to sing (in Duncan)!
    A fun, interactive, workshop on labour activism and music 

    Greetings BCGEU Members in the Duncan/Cowichan Valley area,

    After the overwhelming participation and fun had at this event in the Victoria area, we are taking it on the road to Duncan to ensure more members can come and enjoy the music.

    We would like to invite our members in the Cowichan Valley area to a workshop on Thursday, July 18, 2024 intended to explore, create and invigorate this musical tradition. In this workshop, there is no previous musical experience required; in any way shape or form; simply a desire to express and participate. If you just want to sing, you can sing!

    If you play an acoustic instrument, please bring them along!

    In this workshop we will be focusing on the songs of the last workshop and some new ones. We will look at the history and content of the songs, and ways to continue making them relevant today. Lyrics can always be modified and adapted, but some of these songs are as true today as they were 100 years ago!

    If you would like to acquaint yourself with the songs prior to coming out, please let us know so we can connect you with resources.

    We hope to see many of you there and share in the joy of song, build solidarity and have some fun!

    Please RRSP as space is limited.

    In solidarity, 

     

    Peter Janz, Shop Steward & Recording Secretary, Local 301

    and the Area 01 Cross Component Committee

  • Area 01 - Music and Labour Activism Workshop - IN DUNCAN

    Thursday, July 18, 2024 at 05:30 PM

     

    Greetings BCGEU Area 01 Members,

    After the overwhelming participation and fun had at this event in the Victoria area, we are taking it on the road to Duncan to ensure more members can come and enjoy the music.

    Area 01 Cross Component Committee would like to invite members in the Cowichan Valley and Victoria area to a workshop on Thursday, July 18, 2024 intended to explore, create and invigorate this musical tradition. In this workshop, there is no previous musical experience required; in any way shape or form; simply a desire to express and participate. If you just want to sing, you can sing!

    If you play an acoustic instrument, please bring them along!

    In this workshop we will be focusing on the songs of the last workshop and some new ones. We will look at the history and content of the songs, and ways to continue making them relevant today. Lyrics can always be modified and adapted, but some of these songs are as true today as they were 100 years ago!

    If you would like to acquaint yourself with the songs prior to coming out, please let us know so we can connect you with resources.

    We hope to see many of you there and share in the joy of song, build solidarity and have some fun! 


    In solidarity, 

    Area 01 Cross Component Committee

  • Local 1203 Annual General Meeting

    Monday, July 22, 2024 at 06:00 PM

    TO: All BCGEU Local 1203 Executive Members

    RE: Local 1203 General Meeting

    DATE & TIME: July 22, 2024 | 6:00PM – 8:00PM

    PLACE: Lower Mainland Area Office – Musqueam Room & Via Zoom (link below) – #130 - 2920 Virtual Way, Vancouver

     

    Hello 1203 Members!

    You are all invited to our Local 1203 General Meeting. Below you will find the Agenda for the meeting as well as a link to the Zoom meeting should you wish to attend the meeting virtually. Please note, there is additional information below about the BCGEU office and parking if you are attending in person.

    Pizza dinner will be served at 6:00pm and the meeting will start shortly after at the Lower Mainland Area office. The Zoom meeting will be opened up shortly before 6:30pm for those attending virtually. If you will be attending the meeting in person, please RSVP no later than 3pm on July 18th. In the notes section, please indicate whether you are attending virtually or in person. Please complete the dietary section only if you will be attending in person.

    Agenda: TBD

    In Person Attendance – Office and Parking Information

    If you plan to attend the meeting in person, the BCGEU office is across the street from Renfrew Skytrain Station in the Broadway Tech Complex (#130 – 2920 Virtual Way). If you are travelling by car, please park on the street as the underground parkade is locked in the evenings. When you arrive at the office, please proceed to ground level (two floors up from street level) and down the hall to the BCGEU meeting rooms. You can then press the intercom to be let in.

     Please note, mask use is now optional in our buildings, including in common areas and meeting rooms. Staff and visitors to BCGEU buildings may, of course, continue to use masks and other layers of protection based on their own comfort and risk factors. We ask that we respect others and wear masks if requested in groups. Please be reminded that no one should attend BCGEU buildings if they have active cold or flu-like symptoms.

    We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

    In Solidarity,

    Jennifer Elkabbany, Local 1203 Chairperson

    Romeena Sidhu, Staff Representative 

     

  • Local 1208 Bargaining Proposal Development Session

    Tuesday, July 23, 2024 at 05:30 PM
    Hybrid Cranbrook Office/Zoom in Cranbrook, BC, Canada

    Local 1208 is holding a meeting in person and via zoom at the Area Office at 5:30pm on July 23rd in order to assist in developing proposals for the upcoming bargaining and ensuring they are in the correct format ready to be debated and passed.

  • Area 04 Steward Fundamentals Course

    Wednesday, July 24, 2024 at 09:00 AM through July 25, 2024
    BCGEU Fraser Valley Area Office in Langley, BC, Canada

    Steward Fundamentals is a two-day foundation-level course for new Stewards. It focuses on the essential skills every steward needs to know. Through discussion and interactive group activities, you will be introduced to the key roles and responsibilities of a steward as advocate, educator, organizer, and communicator. Stewards will leave feeling more confident, effective in their role, and skillful in their interactions with members and the employer. 

    This course is for elected stewards and local officers who have not previously taken the Steward Fundamentals Training.

    A union-paid leave-of-absence is provided for this course. Please provide how many hours you work per shift on the registration form. Lunch will be provided, please advise of dietary restrictions and/or allergies.

  • BCGEU Family Outdoor Movie Night

    Saturday, July 27, 2024 at 07:00 PM
    Broadway Tech Centre Picnic Area in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    The Area 03 Cross Component Committee is hosting a free Family Outdoor Movie Night for BCGEU members and their families in the Lower Mainland on Saturday July 27.

    LOCATION: BCGEU Lower Mainland Area Office – #130 – 2920 Virtual Way

    Open Air movie location: Broadway Tech Centre Picnic Area located in front of 2980 Virtual Way 

    DATE: Saturday, July 27, 2024

    TIME: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm - Balloon twisters, glitter tattoos and carnival snacks

    9:15 pm to 10:45 pm (approximately) – Kung Fu Panda 4 Movie (94 minutes)

    Bring your own chair/blanket to watch the movie and bring your own drinks and snacks for the movie but please remember to take any leftovers or garbage with you.

    This is a family event and alcohol is NOT permitted.

    Please register by Tuesday, July 23, 2024 

    This event will sell out quickly so do not delay in registering!

    The event is free. Groups are limited to 5 people maximum (BCGEU member plus four family members). Maximum capacity is 200 people.

    A waitlist will be available if the event sells out. To be added to the waitlist you can email [email protected] with your name and the number of guests. You will be contacted from the waitlist only if space becomes available.

     

    The BCGEU Code of Conduct is in effect at all Cross Component events. Any participant engaging in unacceptable behavior may be asked to leave and not invited to future events. 

    We look forward to seeing you there!

     

     

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