Monday, November 14, 2016

Has BC Chief Electoral Officer Keith Archer COUNTED the WORDS and SPACES in the third version of the Fire and Police bargaining petition to include Paramedics?

Counting the words???  HST Initiative test covered by RossK at The Gazetteer

Counter of words and Spaces   Temp. Chief Electoral Officer ... James Craig


Application Approved for Initiative Petition to Amend the Fire and Police Services Collective Bargaining Act  November 10, 2016

BC's Chief Electoral Officer, Keith Archer, has granted approval in principle on an initiative petition application.  The petition will be issued to proponent Joshua Henshaw on Monday, January 9, 2017.  The title of the initiative to amend the Fire and Police Services Collective Bargaining Act.

"This initiative petition application is the tenth to be approved since the legislation came into force in 1995", says Archer.

Any registered voter can apply to have a petition issued to gather support for a legislative proposal.  After the petition is issued, the proponent will have 90 days to canvass and collect signatures of at least 10% of the registered voters in each of British Columbia's 85 electoral districts.

Individuals or organizations who intend to oppose the initiative, conduct initiative advertising, or canvass for signatures must be registered with Elections BC.  The deadline to apply to be an opponent of the iniative is Monday, December 12, 2016.

 Summary of Legislative Proposal Initiative

The draft Bill proposes to amend the Fire and Police Services Collective Bargaining Act (the Act) to give ambulance paramedics the same collective bargaining rights as firefighters and police officers.  The draft Bill would retitle the Act to the Ambulance, Fire and Police Services Collective Bargaining Act, change the definition of 'employer' under the Act to include employer of paramedics' union, and define 'paramedics union' as a bargain in unit in which the majority of employees are engaged in ambulance paramedic duties.  The draft Bill would also remove the right of ambulance paramedics to strike and the right of their employer to lockout during an impasse in collective bargaining, and would require resolution of the impasse through binding arbitrations.  Consequently, the draft Bill would remove the paramedics' union as a bargaining unit under the Health Authorities Act.

Summary of Past Initiative Petitions

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