PEA wins court battle opposing BCNU raiding
Publish date: Friday, September 29, 2017
We are delighted that the Supreme Court of BC today declined a BC Nurses’ Union appeal and instead sided with the PEA in upholding a 2016 BC Labour Relations Board (LRB) decision that the raiding of PEA Health Sciences Chapter psychologists by the BCNU was inappropriate. The court has also awarded the PEA costs, meaning the BCNU will have to pay a portion of our legal fees for the appeal. We are looking forward to cashing that cheque so that we can put funds back into member servicing and advocacy.
A raid is where one union attempts to bring another unions’ members into their union. As stated, by the LRB Vice-chair in the original LRB decision, “Raids are recognized as being inherently disruptive in the workplace to employers, unions and employees”. They negatively impact the services union members deliver to the public. They pit unions against each other and redirect resources from other union priorities to the benefit of employers.
The BCNU has been raiding BC unions that represent health sector members for years. As a result, they have been forced out of the Canadian Labour Congress and BC Federation of Labour. The PEA has spent countless hours and tens of thousands of dollars protecting our HSP members in the context of this raid. We hope this sends a message to BCNU members that their union’s leaders continuing efforts to raid union members from other unions is a waste of their resources and that unions are stronger working together.