Article 12.1(e) of the BC Government and Service Employees` Union (BCGEU) Master Agreement may seem like a small clause buried in a lengthy document, but it holds significant importance for unionized employees in British Columbia.

This clause outlines the different types of leave available to BCGEU members, and specifically addresses bereavement leave. It states that “an employee shall be entitled to a leave of absence with pay in the case of the death of a member of the employee`s immediate family.”

The term “immediate family” is defined as a spouse, child, parent, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, or any person living in the employee`s household and with whom the employee has a familial relationship. This means that BCGEU members are entitled to take time off work to grieve and attend to personal matters following the death of a loved one without any financial burden.

It`s worth noting that the amount of leave an employee is entitled to under this clause depends on the nature of the relationship with the deceased. For example, an employee is entitled to five consecutive working days of paid leave for the death of a spouse, child, or parent, while two consecutive working days are available for the death of a sibling, grandparent, grandchild, or any person living in the employee`s household.

This clause is particularly important for unionized employees because it provides a level of job security and support during difficult times. Often, non-unionized employees are not entitled to paid bereavement leave, leaving them financially vulnerable during what is already an emotionally trying time.

In addition to bereavement leave, the BCGEU Master Agreement provides a range of other types of leave, including sick leave, maternity leave, and compassionate care leave. These benefits demonstrate the union`s commitment to supporting its members` well-being and quality of life.

Overall, Article 12.1(e) of the BCGEU Master Agreement serves as a reminder of the importance of unions in protecting the rights and entitlements of employees in the workplace. It ensures that members are treated fairly and compassionately during times of personal hardship and reinforces the value of collective bargaining.