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November 14, 2023
The article concludes:
“Also, last May, the government started a separate argument with a different group of 300 lawyers, those working for the government handling matters outside the criminal courts.
The B.C. Government Lawyers Association wanted to be recognized as a union, but the NDP outlawed the idea and forced them to join the broader Professional Employees Association.
That case is in court as well.
The NDP convention is in Victoria this weekend. If any member raises the dismal record Eby is building with the members of his own profession working in his own government, it would make for an interesting exchange.”
Yet another example of the BC government trying to circumvent its obligations as employer and the collective bargaining rights of its lawyer employees. Read the BCCCA court decision here.
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GOVERNMENT’S IN-HOUSE LAWYERS HOLD ONE-DAY STUDY SESSION MONDAY, AND RALLY AT LEGISLATURE, OVER BILL 5
Victoria, B.C.: Members of the BC Government Lawyers Association (BCGLA), who are civil lawyers directly employed by the provincial government, will hold out-of-office study sessions today in both Victoria and Vancouver.
They will also rally 12:30 P.M. at the BC Legislature in Victoria.
Bill 5, which was brought on for Second Reading on Thursday by the NDP government, and is expected to be debated today, circumvents an ongoing Labour Relations Board hearing considering the BCGLA’s certification as a bargaining unit. A majority of civil lawyers employed by the province have signed cards favouring forming their own union to represent their unique interests and working conditions as lawyers.
Instead, Bill 5 was brought in by the NDP government as an end run that unfairly directs BCGLA members to join the Professional Employees Association (PEA) – an existing union chosen by the employer, not selected by BCGLA members.
VICTORIA – Steps of the BC Legislature Building
EDS: For media interviews: spokespeople will be available at the rally in Victoria, and by request in downtown Vancouver.
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Vaughn Palmer Audio – Bill 5 Proceeds
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Check out photos from our Bill 5 Protest at the BC Legislature today
CBC Radio – Meera Bains Coverage of BCGLA Protest (Audio)
Mar. 7, 2023
Mar. 6, 2023 – Government’s “my way or the highway” approach forces negotiations to end
Feb. 15, 2020 – Joint Statement from the Government and the BCGLA
On February 14, 2023, the PSA and the BCGLA met to begin interest-based discussions on a without prejudice, without precedent basis.
Following that meeting, the parties agreed to continue meaningful discussions about the proposed legislation and its impact on BCGLA members. Government has agreed to hold off on the second reading of Bill 5 to create space for them to continue this process. While these discussions continue, the BCGLA has agreed to pause any protests and job action. Both parties have also agreed to a media blackout to facilitate the discussions.
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Feb. 9, 2023 – Gareth Morley, President of BC Government Lawyers Association on The Jas Johal Show
Feb. 6, 2023 – Government’s response to BCGLA certification application denies AG legal counsel have independent role
Jan. 30, 2023 – Media Release: Government changing the rules in its favour midway through the game
Jan. 27, 2023 – Open letter to Premier Eby and AG Sharma
Jan. 16, 2023 – Media Release: Unions throw their support behind the Province’s in-house civil lawyers, who just want to negotiate their own contract
Jan. 9, 2023 – Media Release: Argument submitted to the LRB, as BC Government’s in-house lawyers seek the right to bargain their own contract
Jan. 6, 2023 – BCGLA files submissions in support of its Application for Certification under the BC Labour Relations Code
Dec. 5, 2022 – Media Release: BC Government cancels future joint meetings with its in-house civil lawyers over unionization bid
Nov. 30, 2022 – Media Release: BC Government Lawyers Association goes to Labour Relations Board in bid to become bargaining agent
Nov. 21, 2022 – Media Release: BC Government lawyers want same union rights available to five million British Columbians
The BC Government Lawyers Association has the following purposes:
- To represent government civil lawyers in matters regarding remuneration, benefits and other terms and conditions of employment.
- To create, promote and encourage better understanding, unity and cooperation among the members of the Association.
- To represent the members of the Association in matters of professional interest relating to employment