B.C.'s anti-democratic Bill 18 discriminates against union activists

Help push back B.C.'s antidemocratic legislation. Fight Bill 18!

Vancouver (28 Nov. 2011) - The B.C. Government and Service Employees Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) is mounting a fight against the provincial Liberal government' attempt to block union activists from seeking leadership positions within college, institute and university Board of Governors.

Bill 18 - the Advanced Education Statutes Amendment Act - which has been introduced to the B.C. legislature with no consultation or notification, contains anti-democratic changes to the College and Institute Act that would:

•Ban union activists involved in collective bargaining or dispute resolution activities from being elected as staff representatives on college, institute and university Boards of Governors;

•Prohibit elected board members from serving as board chair; and

•Give government-appointed board members unprecedented powers to remove elected staff members from the board with a 2/3 majority vote.

The proposed amendments are not only undemocratic, but likely contravene union members' constitutional rights to freedom of association.

Conflict of interest legislation already provides clear guidelines of conduct for members of public bodies. Union activists are no more potentially in conflict than regular unionized employees, who are both equally affected by Board decisions.

You can help convince the B.C. government to drop this ill-conceived legislation. Send an e-mail here to Naomi Yamamoto, the Minister of Advanced Education, and NDP Opposition critic Michelle Mungall, telling the government to pull this legislation.

More information:

Download PDF file of SAMPLE EMAIL TEXT for College/Institute staff, College/Institute union activists, and general BCGEU/NUPGE members.

Send a copy to your own MLA (link to BC Legislature contact page)

Download a PDF copy of Bill 18 (College & Institute Act changes start on Page 8)

Access online copy of current College & Institutes Act


The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE

nupge.ca, Tues Nov 29 2011

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