Bargaining Bulletin #14

Jan. 15, 2015

To: Heads Up – Vancouver
Lisa Castle, VP, Human Resources
Cc: Human Resources
Re: Bargaining Bulletin #14 – Collective Bargaining Update

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

To begin, we wish you a happy, healthy and safe new year, and we hope the winter term has begun successfully for you.

On the collective bargaining front, it is a pleasure to start the new calendar year in the ratification process for our third agreement. BCGEU, representing 320 child care staff at UBC’s Vancouver campus, voted to ratify their tentative agreement on Jan. 12, with the vote receiving a strong majority in favour. The agreement is now proceeding to the University Public Sector Employers Association (UPSEA) for their approval, and to the UBC Board of Governors in February for their ratification.

There are six agreements remaining to conclude. CUPE 116 and the University are at the bargaining table today and tomorrow, and are scheduled for two more days next week. Conversation at the table is progressing well, with a good dialogue around the issues.

While bargaining commenced with CUPE 2950 in November, progress has been slow due to difficulties in the Union’s availability. CUPE 2950 has advised that three of the four dates previously scheduled for January are cancelled. The next scheduled dates are Jan. 30 and Feb. 23. The parties are working together to address the scheduling issue in order to progress in bargaining.

No dates are yet scheduled with IUOE Local 882 (representing maintenance and shift engineers in Building Operations), CUPE 2278 (representing teaching assistants and English language instructors), or CUPE 116 (Aquatic Centre).

The University met with the Faculty Association on Jan. 9, and we return to the table next week on Jan. 22.

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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