BCNU Contract 2019-2022 Provincial Agreement - Request for a Recount and Change in Voting

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In response to Jan 25, 2019 email from the BCNU informing nurses about the 2019-2022 agreement, nurses are voicing disagreement with the voting system and the method in which the votes were processed. This contract was passed merely by 54% of the votes, with only half of the members voting. This is not a fair representation in numbers and voices. It is also believed that there was unfairness regarding this number and the methods that were used throughout the ratification process. Falsified news articles during voting week, inaccurate social media posts, and unclear contract terms, have caused fear and may have swayed votes. A recount should be conducted if the BCNU is unable to present exact numbers showing votes that were for "yes," "no," and "nulled." 

We are also standing together to have a just voting system because this is our right. The bylaws do not state that votes must be paper ballot nor does it say that in the BC Labour Relations Regulations. According to studies, the mail ballot system is flawed and may be easily tampered or interfered with. We would like an online modern voting system that cannot be tampered with and has total anonymity.

It should also be explained by the union how the numbers were retrieved by HSA regarding the 73% vote against the contract by the RPN population. How did BCNU combine the votes? Currently, there is distrust from fellow union members and without trust there is no hope for believing things can change with regards to staffing issues and ongoing concerns of safety in the work place.

So I quote Martin Luther King, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter...The time is always right to do what is right.”


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