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.