Bargaining Bulletin #12

Dec. 2, 2014

To: Heads Up – Vancouver and Okanagan
Lisa Castle, VP, Human Resources
Cc: Human Resources
Re: Bargaining Bulletin #12 – Collective Bargaining Update

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide you with an update on developments in collective bargaining at UBC.

We are very pleased to announce that the UBC Board of Governors and the Association of Administrative and Professional Staff (AAPS) have ratified a five-year Agreement. The fully approved Agreement is in effect for the period July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2019.

This Agreement, which has also received approval from the Public Sector Employers’ Council (PSEC) and the University Public Sector Employers Association (UPSEA,) covers approximately 3,700 management and professional staff at UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.

The Agreement between the University and AAPS falls within the Provincial Government’s 2014 Economic Stability Mandate. In addition to salary increases of 5.5% over five years, and the possibility of a further increase under terms outlined in the Economic Stability Dividend, the parties were successful in negotiating a number of other monetary and non-monetary changes to the Agreement. Most notably cumulative increased funding for professional development, in the amount of 70K for each of 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, is provided in exchange for the reduction of a maximum severance from 24 months to 18 months for term employees. Representatives from Human Resources will provide more detailed information on these changes shortly.

To date, a number of settlements across the province have been reached within this mandate:

In further bargaining news, the University continues to bargain with CUPE 116, CUPE 2950, BCGEU Childcare Staff and the Faculty Association. Bargaining at all tables is progressing well.

Thank you for your interest. We will continue to provide updates as the process unfolds.

An overview of collective bargaining (including information on the bargaining units) is available at

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