Bargaining Bulletin #30

Feb. 15, 2016

To: Heads Up – Vancouver and Okanagan campuses
Lisa Castle, VP, Human Resources
Cc: Human Resources
Re: Bargaining Bulletin #30 – Collective Bargaining Update

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

Faculty Association

The University and the Faculty Association will proceed to interest arbitration on February 16-18, 2016.

As we mentioned in Bargaining Bulletin #15, the University and the Faculty Association met in January, 2015, and reached agreement on a number of issues, while remaining far apart on issues of compensation and term. We had originally planned to go to interest arbitration in October, 2015 (see Bargaining Bulletin #18), but those dates were delayed to February, 2016.

A three-person arbitration board will determine the outstanding matters for the collective agreement with the Faculty Association, with effect from July 1, 2014. The Arbitration Panel is composed of Colin Taylor, Q.C. (who was the chair for the last UBC/FA arbitration in 2013), Dr. Judith Osborne, Vice-President, Legal Affairs and Secretary to the Board for Simon Fraser University (UBC nominee), and Dr. Michael Conlon, Executive Director, Confederation of University Faculty Associations, BC (UBCFA nominee). We will provide an update once the arbitration decision has been reached.

CUPE 116 Staff at the Aquatic Centre

We are happy to share that the five-year collective agreement between the University and CUPE 116 (representing approximately 160 life guards/instructors, cashiers, and clerks at the Aquatic Centre at the Vancouver campus) has now been ratified by all parties and is in full effect. The agreement reached falls within the Provincial Government’s Economic Stability Mandate and is for the period January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2019.

We thank the bargaining teams for the work they have done in securing this agreement.

IUOE 882

We have applied to the Labour Relations Board for mediation with IUOE 882 (representing approximately 70 operating engineers and mechanical maintenance trades at the Vancouver campus). Bargaining has been progressing very slowly, with only two days of bargaining achieved since the commencement of bargaining last November, and six bargaining dates cancelled. We are hopeful that a mediator will be able to bring the parties together for some more intensive dialogue where momentum can be achieved and a new collective agreement reached.

The agreement between the University and IUOE 882 is the last outstanding staff agreement for the 2014-2019 bargaining period. It expired in March, 2014.

An overview of collective bargaining (including information on the bargaining units) is available at Thank you for your interest.