Today, we have released Bargaining Bulletin 35. This bulletin has information regarding the positive ratification vote by IUOE 882 members.
Read Bargaining Bulletin 35.
By Breeonne Baxter on April 25, 2018
UBC is proud to launch its new strategic plan: Shaping UBC’s Next Century.
This plan sets out our collective vision and purpose, and our goals and strategies for the years ahead. It will guide our decisions and actions – and create a framework for resource allocation across the university.
Shaping UBC’s Next Century focuses on three themes that we believe are critical to society today: Inclusion, Collaboration and Innovation.
The plan also describes four core areas that continue to define what we do as a public university: People and Places, Research Excellence, Transformative Learning and Local and Global Engagement.
Shaping UBC’s Next Century outlines our ambitions through a series of strategies. Our next steps will be translating these strategies to actions, and creating project plans to guide and align our efforts.
We will continue to seek your input as we move forward. We hope you will continue with us on this journey.
To read the plan, visit https://strategicplan.ubc.ca.
By Chelsey Maher on April 19, 2018
On Wednesday, May 16, the UBC Faculty Pension Plan (FPP) will host its Pension Forum. This annual event is a great opportunity for members to hear the latest news about their pension plan and to meet the Plan’s trustees, management and staff. There will be a presentation on the Plan’s 2017 investment performance and a review of the 2017/18 initiatives. We will also offer a live webcast of the presentation for members who are unable to attend the event in person.
Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (doors open at 10 a.m.)
Location: Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre (Jack Poole Hall, second floor), Vancouver Campus [map]
Visit faculty.pensions.ubc.ca/pensionforum for event details and registration information. Please note that registration is required for attendance in person. Registration is not required for the webcast.
By Melissa Baluk on February 13, 2018
Research Associates at UBC are eligible to apply for funding to support your ongoing professional development.
The Professional Development (PD) Fund for Research Associates is a funding pool designed to help research associates (excluding honorary RAs) access learning opportunities to enhance professional knowledge, work performance, and career growth at UBC.
You can apply for up to $2,000 in reimbursements to cover a wide variety of PD-related expenses during the funding cycle that runs April 1, 2016 – March 31, 2018.
To confirm your personal available balance, visit Faculty & Staff Self-Service, and view the “myPD and Learning” section or “Staff PD” tab.
In order to meet the year-end deadlines, your completed PD claim form must be submitted to UBC Human Resources no later than Friday, March 23, 2018.
For guidelines and submission details, visit the Research Associate PD Fund website.
Questions? Please contact Susanna Mulligan or Cathy Faulconer, Human Resources at email@example.com
By Melissa Baluk on February 6, 2018
The Staff Professional Development Funds at UBC are annual funding pools designed to support employees with staff appointments to pursue learning opportunities that will enhance their professional knowledge, work performance, and ongoing career growth at UBC. Funds are available to staff in the following groups: CUPE 2950, CUPE 116, Executive Administrative, Non-Union Technicians and Research Assistants, Management & Professional (AAPS), Service Unit Directors/Excluded M&P, and BCGEU Okanagan.
Apply soon to access PD funds available for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Staff are welcome to make claims on a first-come, first-served basis until the budgeted funding pool is exhausted or by the end of the fiscal year, whichever comes sooner. The amount you can claim depends on your employee group, as each group has its own funding pool subject to an annual budget allocation and program guidelines.
Based on claim patterns this year, it is anticipated that the budgeted PD funds will accommodate staff requests up until the March 31 year-end, with the exception of the M&P PD Fund for AAPS members (see below).
If you have already taken full advantage of your PD funds this fiscal year, new money will become available to you on April 1, 2018. If you have not used PD funds this fiscal year, note that they do not rollover; they will expire on March 31, 2018.
Notice: M&P PD Funds anticipated to run out prior to March 31, 2018, year-end
Prior to submitting a claim, M&P staff are encouraged to check the M&P PD Fund webpage for daily updates on the overall fund balance. When the funding pool balance reaches zero prior to March 31, no further PD claims will be accepted for reimbursement this current funding year.
Questions? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Breeonne Baxter on January 12, 2018
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) at UBC began in 2009 as a student initiative, and has since grown to include programming for all employees at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses each January. This month, everyone is encouraged to join the conversation that is happening in the media, in our communities, and around the world. The goal of SAAM is to raise awareness and understanding about sexual assault and what we can do to help prevent it.
If you are a survivor of sexual assault, or to learn how you can support survivors, please contact:
Thank you for helping to create an inclusive and respectful culture at UBC.
By Chelsey Maher on November 28, 2017
The UBC Faculty Pension Plan (FPP) would like to congratulate Dr. Joy Begley and Dr. Lorenzo Garlappi, who have been re-elected as members of the UBC FPP Board of Trustees in the recent election. Their terms of office are from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2021. Thank you to all the candidates and members who participated in this election.
By Breeonne Baxter on November 27, 2017
As Lisa Castle, Vice President, Human Resources, prepares for her retirement, Human Resources is hosting an open house reception at the Vancouver campus. We would like to invite UBC staff and faculty join us for a celebration of all the wonderful programs and initiatives that we have successfully accomplished as a community to build a positive and respectful work environment.
Please, join us as we look back at our accomplishments, and as we look to the future to continue build an outstanding work environment for everyone at UBC to reach their potential.
Cake and fruit will be available.
We will have a guestbook available for you to share your best wishes/memories with Lisa.
Questions? Please contact email@example.com.
By Chelsey Maher on October 26, 2017
Voting is now open for the election of two plan members to serve as trustees on the UBC Faculty Pension Plan Board, and you’re encouraged to cast your ballot. Your vote is important in determining who will sit on the pension board and represent the interests of plan members. Follow the link below for candidate statements and information on how to vote online or by paper ballot:
Voting closes at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, and the results of the election will be posted on the UBC Faculty Pension Plan website on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017.
By Breeonne Baxter on September 28, 2017
A message from the Equity & Inclusion Office
Each year on Sept. 30, we recognize Orange Shirt Day as an acknowledgement of the harm that the residential school system did to thousands of indigenous children. At the same time, Orange Shirt Day has come to mean more – it is an opportunity to do anti-racism work and to reinforce anti-bullying policies; it is a time to come together in reconciliation and truth. Join us and wear orange on Sept. 29.
On April 1, 2017, UBC raised a Reconciliation Pole at the Vancouver campus symbolizing the experiences of residential school students and the path toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Likewise, at UBC Okanagan, the Story Poles by Les Louis represent the seven bands of the Okanagan Nation Alliance and uses ancestral pictographs to tell their stories.
As a teaching, learning, and research institution, UBC’s efforts are further focused on exploring and advancing knowledge in regards to our collective history and experiences, including through the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre scheduled to be open in 2017/2018 academic year.
By Breeonne Baxter on September 22, 2017