Since July 1, 2019, over 2600 members of USW Local 1-1937 who work for Western Forest Products have been on strike to protect their pension, seniority, and long-term disability coverage.
The BCGEU is supporting USW Local 1-1937 in their fight for a fair contract and the protection to their pension and benefits.
According to your collective agreement, you have the right to refuse to cross a picket line:
2.9 Right to Refuse to Cross Picket Lines
All employees covered by this agreement shall have the right to refuse to cross a picket line arising out of a dispute as defined in the Labour Relations Code of British Columbia. Any employee failing to report to duty shall be considered to be absent without pay. Failure to cross a picket line encountered in carrying out the Employer's business shall not be considered a violation of this agreement nor shall it be grounds for disciplinary action.
On July 10th, 2019, the BC Federation of Labour also issued a "hot edict" regarding Western Forest Product logs. This hot edict means that all affiliated unions of the BC Federation of Labour have been asked to no longer handle any of Western Forest Products' coastal lumber, logs, and wood products. This is an important act of solidarity by affiliated unions, including the BCGEU.
The BCGEU takes crossing any picket line very seriously. Crossing a picket line can extend a strike and take pressure off of the Employer to come to the table and bargain fairly. Crossing another union's picket line is also considered to be a breach of a member's duty as a member of the BCGEU according to the BCGEU Constitution and Bylaws.
The BCGEU wants to support our members in understanding and working around the active picket lines. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the BCGEU Area Office at 1-250-824-0825 or 1-800-667-1997.
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