"Telus can afford double digit increases in executive compensation and a multi-year dividend growth program for shareholders, but they say they can't afford a modest wage increase for the workers who provide that profit?" — Paul Finch, BCGEU Treasurer
"There is no solution to the housing affordability crisis that doesn't include rental affordability so we are very pleased with the government's decision to cap the maximum allowable rental increase." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"Workers are being assaulted while treating patients without risk assessments being done, with inadequate security protection. One could make the case that the employer is complicit in these attacks on hospital staff." — Paul Finch, BCGEU Treasurer
Yet without proper taxation on the value of land, government is leaving money on the table that could go towards funding the services and infrastructure British Columbians need." —Paul Finch, BCGEU Treasurer
"The rising cost of housing is forcing many to leave their communities, while others are leaving the province altogether. We need to do something before our communities are hollowed out." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
In the days just before Christmas, the BCGEU won its members at Hard Rock and River Rock Casinos in the Lower Mainland the money they are owed in earned vacation not taken.
“We are overjoyed that We Care employees have voted to join our union for a real voice at work. — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"Next week’s provincial budget will show if the Liberal government is willing to make the broad investment in public services, or if the erosion of these services will continue." — Paul Finch, BCGEU Treasurer
First Nations and union alliance emerges in wake of Supreme Court ruling requiring B.C. government to make a decision on Northern Gateway pipeline and to consult with First Nations.
Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories(09 Feb. 2016) — The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) signed a Solidarity Accord on February 4, affirming its support of the Save the Fraser Declaration, an Indigenous law signed by representatives of over 100 First Nations banning tar sands transport through their territories.
Three out of five health authorities are providing fewer hours of home support, while the seniors' population is growing in four out of their five areas.
"We will be paying close attention to the provincial budget in February to see if funding is there to improve, in a meaningful way, the services we provide to vulnerable children and youth in our province.” — Paul Finch, BCGEU Treasurer
“Low-income people cannot absorb a fee hike this extreme, thereby denying them any recourse when landlords violate the residential tenancy act.” — Paul Finch, BCGEU Treasurer
"We need to remember: both the Liberals and the Conservatives voted to take away Canadians' civil liberties with this law." — Paul Finch, BCGEU Treasurer
"We are asking all our members and the general public to respect TSSU picket lines, and join us in calling on SFU management to negotiate a fair collective agreement with its employees.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
“The strength of the strike vote reflects the commitment of our members to negotiate a fair and reasonable collective agreement." — Paul Finch, BCGEU Treasurer.
"What makes UBC Childcare special is the dedication and patience of BCGEU/NUPGE early childhood educators who bring out the best in the kids they care for." — Andrea Duncan, BCGEU Vice-President.
“The government should act immediately on the Auditor’s recommendations and provide the direction and resources to address the problems she has highlighted.” — Dean Purdy, BCGEU Vice-President, Corrections and Sheriff Services.