June 18, 2012
To: Heads Up – Vancouver and Okanagan
From: Lisa Castle, AVP, Human Resources
Cc: HR Advisors & Associates
Re: Bargaining Bulletin #32 – Collective Bargaining Update
The purpose of this memorandum is to provide you with an update on developments in collective bargaining at UBC. An overview of collective bargaining (including information on the bargaining units) is available at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/collective-bargaining/.
As we indicated in Bargaining Bulletin #31,we commenced mediation with CUPE 116 on Friday under the auspices of the BC Labour Relations Board (LRB). After some tension at the beginning of the day, the parties committed to the mediation process with Mr. Mark Atkinson and settled in to move ahead in negotiations. We had a reasonably good day, and the University tabled its first monetary proposal under the Provincial Government’s 2012 Cooperative Gains mandate. The parties have committed to meeting on one occasion this week, without the mediator, to work on language issues. We meet again with the Union and the mediator on June 27 and 28.
We resume negotiations with CUPE 2950 on June 20 after a lengthy break. We hope to be able to schedule more dates this month.
Negotiations with AAPS got underway on Wednesday, June 13, with the exchange of proposals, and a preliminary discussion of their context and content. The University has tabled a modest number of proposals, while AAPS has introduced a number of substantive issues upon which it would like to make progress. The parties were scheduled to meet again this week but the University had to cancel the dates because of illness. Meetings resume on July 4.
Thank you for your interest. We expect that we will be providing information more frequently this month as this scenario unfolds.