BCLRB case decided in our favour, upcoming worksite visits to discuss next steps - BCGEU

As you may have heard, last week the BC Labour Relations Board (BCLRB) ruled in favour of our challenge against unfair labour practices that have occurred at your worksite over the past year. You can read the short decision document here: http://www.lrb.bc.ca/decisions/B073$2019.pdf.

All workers deserve a healthy and supportive work environment yet for too long, your employer has failed to provide this. A toxic work culture takes its toll not only on your well-being as a worker as you well know, but also on your ability to do your job to the best of your ability. As an organization whose mission is to promote mental health for all, it is troubling to say the least that your workplace has been subjected to these challenges.

Despite this, and because of your courage in speaking up and working with your union to seek solutions, we have finally turned a corner. Last week's decision by the BCLRB marks a truly positive step towards restoring a healthy work environment, and protecting your fundamental right to choosing union representation.

We understand that your employer may have been in contact with you regarding the BCLRB decision which ordered CMHA-K to take corrective actions for labour violations. If you have questions or concerns regarding the CMHA-K communication, or questions about the decision itself and where we go from here, your union will be conducting worksite meetings as follows:

  • June 17 at 1:30pm Youth Outreach office (200-1000 21st Ave Cranbrook)
  • June 17 at 3:00pm Transition House (Cranbrook)
  • June 18 at 1:30pm Silver City Gardens (Trail)

BCGEU President Stephanie Smith, Vice-President Andrea Duncan, and local 308 Chair Siri Tilling will host the meetings and look forward to answering any questions you have. Please note that the employer has been ordered by the BCLRB not to attend these meetings.

We strongly encourage you to attend your worksite's meeting so that we can discuss your concerns directly, understand what you'd like to see as next steps, and move forward together. Please also share this email with your other BCGEU colleagues.

And again, thank you for your hard work to help resolve this issue. We are proud to say that this is what working together as a union to protect workers' rights looks like.

In solidarity, 

Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Andrea Duncan, Component 3 Vice-President
Siri Tilling, Local 308 Chair, Component 3

Click here to download the worksite meeting notice.