June 10, 2014
To: Heads Up – Vancouver and Okanagan
From: Lisa Castle, VP, Human Resources
Cc: Human Resources
Re: Bargaining Bulletin #5 – 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/.
On June 5, 2014, the University and the Faculty Association each tabled monetary proposals. Both parties had previously outlined their proposal for the duration of the upcoming agreement.
The Faculty Association has proposed a 2-year agreement with general wage increases (GWIs) of 3% each year.
The University’s proposal was more complicated because it is the maximum of the Provincial Government’s mandate for public sector bargaining, and the University’s ability to pay. In this regard, it is important to note that the Provincial Government will provide the funding for the general wage increases as articulated in its mandate, as well as the economic stability dividend of up to 0.5% per year starting in spring 2016 (http://www.fin.gov.bc.ca/psec/bargaining/index.htm).
The University is responsible for funding the 2.5% Progress through the Ranks (career progress increments, merit awards and performance salary adjustments) as well as the 1% annual bonus payment. Each 1% of compensation increases for faculty members amounts to approximately $4.2-million.
The University offered 3 alternatives in its proposal for a 5-year agreement, including GWIs (staged in the last 3 years as required by the Government mandate), modest benefit improvements, and securing the retention fund for the final four years. The proposals for each year were as follows:
2015/16 1% (GWI = 0.9%)
2016/17 1.5% (GWI = 1.4%)
2017/18 1.5% (GWI = 1.4%)
2018/19 1.5% (GWI = 1.5%)
We meet again with the Faculty Association this Thursday, June 12.
Thank you for your interest. We will continue to provide updates as the process unfolds.