The BCGEU takes the issue of workplace bullying very seriously. We continue to put mechanisms in place to address the problem. We’re strong advocates of respect in the workplace.
Our successes include:
- Negotiated an MOU (#13) with the B.C. Government. The MOU is entitled Bullying in the Workplace and contained in our 16th Master Agreement.
- Negotiated anti-bullying language in collective agreement for Component 17 members at BC Place (PAVCO) and Atira.
The BCGEU also leads educational campaigns and holds workshops to educate members about workplace bullying.
- Posters for download and printing 2014
|Click on image to download colour version for any BCGEU-member worksite||Click on image to download black & white version for any BCGEU-member worksite|
Pink Shirt Day is Wednesday, February 26, 2014
BCGEU President Darryl Walker is interviewed by CKNW's Simi Sara on Feburary 20, 2014 about the union's anti-bullying intiatives and support for Pink Shirt Day.
BCGEU Treasurer Stephanie Smith (left) appears on the CKNW Orphans' Fund Pledge Day broadcast with Simi Sara (right) on December 6, 2013 to promote the union's sponsorship of the 2014 Pink Shirt Day campaign.
Entertainer Raffi is seated in the middle.
See other photos from pledge day ...
Since 2013, the BCGEU partnered with
We're a proud sponsor again in 2014.
2014 event information
As part of our sponsorship, CKNW will air a public service message we've produced.
Listen to it here.
- The message will air on CKNW Radio between February 1 and Pink Shirt Day on February 26.
- We participated in a radio interview airing on the Simi Sara Show.
- As well, our activists will take part in a special Pink Shirt Day event in downtown Vancouver outside London Drugs on Georgia Street on February 26.
- Click here to see CKNW's Pink Shirt Day website.
April 9, 2014 is the United Nation's International Day of Pink.
2013 event information
- Read news release about sponsors and guests at the campaign event in downtown Vancouver on February 27, 2013.
- See photos of BCGEU members at Pink Shirt Day 2013.
The BCGEU's Component 17 has been at the forefront of anti-bullying awareness. In 2011, it launched the Sea Of Pink campaign. It designed and distributed pink scarfs, stickers and pocket-sized information cards to educate members on ways to stand up against workplace bullying.
- Anti-bullying stickers for download and printing for 2014
Use AVERY 5163 sticker stock when you print.
What is Pink Shirt Day???
Pink Shirt Day is an annual event meant to remind us about the misery caused by bullying.
The “pink” campaign began in Nova Scotia in 2007 when two high school students learned a fellow student had been threatened for wearing a pink polo shirt.
To support their friend, the teens bought 50 pink shirts and tank tops and urged others to wear them in support of anti-bullying.
When the bullied student walked into school, he saw his fellow students dressed in pink. It was a powerful, supportive moment. When a large of group of people stand up against bullies in support of the victim, bullies lose all their power.
Schools and workplaces across Canada have since adopted the campaign.
Click on the image to
download a pdf on
how to handle
bullying in the workplace.