It’s a case of one union locking out another.
The BC Nurses’ Union plans to lock out its own administrative employees tomorrow, according to MoveUp, the union who represents BCNU’s administrative members.
MoveUp’s David Black says the BCNU is is trying to force workers to sign a contract reducing their access to sick and medical leave.
“They are trying to change the provisions of the collective agreement that provide for sick leave and for medical appointments from the staff that work for them. They are just trying to take those benefits away from our members.”
It’s a tack Black says he finds surprising, considering the industry the BCNU is engaged in.
“Coming from an organization that promotes itself as advocates for public healthcare, yet they are trying to deny that very same thing to their own employees.”
Along with those claw backs Black says both parties remain at odds over wages and how work place issues are handled.
“They are trying to bully our members into accepting theses provisions. We have been negotiating with them for some time, we’ve been very clear and our members have been very clear with us, they do not agree to these changes.”
Black says the new contract does not address a fair collective agreement.
The current collective agreement expired at the end of 2015.
CKNW reached out to The BC Nurses’ Union but have yet to hear back.