Global Climate Strike
Publish date: Friday, September 20, 2019
The Global Climate Strike is taking place September 20 – 27. Events around the globe are underway. Millions of people of all ages are walking out of classrooms, workplaces and homes to protest events to support climate justice.
Our members have endorsed resolutions supporting action against climate change at our Convention. In member surveys and polling, climate change and the environment are top priorities for PEA members.
Members who want to participate. Members have contacted the PEA asking about their rights to participate in protest events. Although the movement is using the term “strike,” this does not award you the same protections as a legal strike under the BC Labour Relations Code. If you choose to walk off the job without approval, you may be subject to discipline by your employer. As professionals, many of us have considerable flexibility in our collective agreements and an ability to take leave. If you want to participate in the protest events, please use your time off provisions to do so (e.g., vacation, flextime, etc.).
Pickets at members’ worksites. Some members may encounter picket lines at their worksites. If you are unable to report to work because you face a picket line, do not try to cross the picket line. Contact your union at 1-800-779-7736 and your supervisor seeking further instructions.
Please don’t hesitate to contact your union if you have any questions.