Memo to AAPS Members: The Global Climate Strike and Your Rights


Dear AAPS Members,

A number of you have contacted the AAPS Office to get a better understanding of your rights with regards to the Global Climate Strike events that are taking place the week of September 20, 2019 and specifically the event at Point Grey Campus on Friday, September 27, 2019.

You should treat the Global Climate Strike as you would treat time off from the workplace for any other event.

Many of you may use the flexibility of your work schedule to participate in the events over your lunch break. The employer cannot direct you on how to spend your lunch break.

Those of you with a fixed lunch break that occurs outside the time of the event will need to use time in lieu, vacation, or unpaid leave.

Regardless, if you typically inform your supervisor or schedule with your colleagues in advance of when you are taking time off for lunch or an extended activity during the workday, you should do the same in this instance.

There may be some circumstances where department heads choose to close their office in order to allow all employees to participate in the Global Climate Strike. If your department head chooses to close their office, you should attempt to obtain that decision in writing.

If you have questions about your specific situation, please contact me at for further advice.



Joey Hansen, Executive Director, AAPS