BCGEU issues 72-hour strike notice at Justice Institute store

January 16, 2017

BCGEU members at the JIBC Store have served 72-hour strike notice for the store located in the Justice Institute. The store is operated by JM Project Management.

Members at the store will be in a legal position to strike effective Thursday, January 19, 2017 as the strike notice was issued to the Labour Relations Board today. This does not mean there will necessarily be a strike starting on that date.

The strike notice was issued after an impasse was reached in bargaining, and the employer chose to walk away from the bargaining table rather than engaging in further negotiations.

Your union is committed to providing 24-hours advance notice to Justice Institute members if and when strike action is undertaken. Should you encounter a picket line, please do not cross it. A picket line is a picket line, and your collective agreement gives you the right not to cross a picket line.

Members at the store are looking to negotiate a fair and reasonable collective agreement for the work they do. Justice Institute store workers are seeking parity with other stores located at post-secondary institutions in B.C., such as Douglas College.

While a strike notice has been issued, we remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached without resorting to job action. The strike notice was issued so that BCGEU members can be in a position to withdraw their services should that become necessary.

Thank you for your support for your fellow colleagues and BCGEU members at JM Project Management.

Sienna Meade, Bargaining Committee Chair
Dawna Hieltjes, Bargaining Committee member
Gwen Harder,Bargaining Committee member (alternate)
Mike Fenton, Staff Representative