Collective Bargaining at UBC

Human Resources will keep UBC community members informed with regard to developments around collective bargaining through bargaining bulletins and and this website.

About Collective Bargaining

Bargaining in the public sector of British Columbia has been governed by mandates established by the Provincial Government since 1993.  Pursuant to the mandate, the University is required to submit bargaining plans to the Public Sector Employers’ Council Secretariat (PSEC) for approval. Visit the Provincial Government’s website for information on public sector bargaining.

As part of our process at UBC, HR’s final bargaining mandates for the University’s bargaining teams are set by the Employee Relations Committee of the Board of Governors upon the recommendation of the Executive. These mandates are required to be inclusive of and compliant with PSEC’s Mandates.

Human Resources’ Role

We have been able to establish bargaining teams with a great deal of experience, knowledge and problem solving skills. Human Resources negotiators rely heavily on the input from the members on their bargaining teams – our thanks to all who are volunteering their time, energy and commitment to the bargaining process.

UBC’S Collective Agreements

  • AAPS: Represents approximately 3,300 management and professional staff at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.
  • BCGEU (Okanagan): Represents approximately 300 staff in administrative, maintenance and technician roles across the campus, as well as teaching assistants and markers at the Okanagan campus.
  • BCGEU (Vancouver – child care): Represents approximately 245 child care staff  at the Vancouver campus.
  • CUPE 116 (main agreement): Represents approximately 2,000 trades, food and custodial workers, parking attendants, engineering technicians, research assistants, campus security patrol, and a few clerical/secretarial positions at the Vancouver campus.
  • CUPE 116 (Aquatic Centre): Represents approximately 157 life guards/instructors at the Aquatic Centre at the Vancouver campus.
  • CUPE 2278 (TAs & English Language Instructors in Continuing Studies): Represents approximately 1,600 Teaching Assistants, tutors and markers (Component 1) as well as 68 English language instructors in the English Language Institute (Component 2) at the Vancouver campus.
  • CUPE 2950 (including Chan Centre): Represents approximately 1,650 Clerical and Secretarial Workers and Library Assistants, as well as front of house and back of house staff at the Chan Centre at the Vancouver campus.
  • IUOE 882: Represents approximately 69 Maintenance and Shift Engineers in Building Operations at the Vancouver campus.
  • UBC Faculty Association: Represents 2,900 professors, instructors, lecturers, librarians and program directors (Continuing Studies), as well as 900 sessional faculty, at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.

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