HO: Job Action

H: Negotiations


The Vancouver Board of Education is comprised of thirteen unionized bargaining units. The Board of School Trustees (the “Board) recognizes that at the expiry of a term of a collective agreement and after the parties have bargained collectively, unions have the right to vote to strike and upon appropriate application to the Labour Relations Board and meeting the conditions contained in the Labour Relations Code, remove their services and strike.



All employees who are members of a unionized bargaining unit have the right to honour the legal picket line of a striking union.  An employee who elects not to cross a legal picket will not be disciplined by the Board, but will lose pay for each day absent due to the said picket line.  

Senior Management, District Management, Principals and members of the Professional and Administrative Staff Association (PASA) are all exempt from union jurisdiction and are expected to report to work during job action.  

All administrative decisions around District procedures and communication will be made through the Job Action Management Committee, which is managed through Human Resources and comprised of Senior Management representatives, school based Administrator Representatives, Communications staff, and Labour Relations staff.  This Committee is also responsible for keeping an up to date Job Action Manual.

DMT Responsibility: AS-HR

Cross References: 
Agreement References: 
Bargaining Council of Vancouver School Board Construction and Maintenance Trade Unions; CUPE Local 15; CUPE Local 407; IUOE Local 963 VTF; VTF (Adult Educators).
Adopted Date: 
Tuesday February 01, 1977
Revision Date: 
Feb 1983
Aug 1990
Sep 1994
Dec 1996
Jan 1999
May 2015