Aug. 25, 2014
To: Heads Up – Vancouver and Okanagan
From: Lisa Castle, VP, Human Resources
Cc: Human Resources
Re: Bargaining Bulletin #7 – 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/.
We hope you have enjoyed a warm and restful summer, and that you are looking forward to the excitement of September.
There has been some collective bargaining activity over the summer.
First and foremost, I am delighted to let you know that we reached our first agreement in 2014 bargaining today with BCGEU representing approximately 300 staff, as well as teaching assistants and markers, at the Okanagan campus. The agreement has received PSEC approval, and now moves into the ratification processes for both parties. For the University, this includes approval by the University Public Sector Employers Association (UPSEA). These processes will be concluded in September.
On other staff bargaining, we did receive PSEC approval of our staff bargaining plan in early August.
We have scheduled dates to resume bargaining with AAPS for Sept. 15-16, and Oct. 9-10 and 24.
Dates to get started with BCGEU at the Vancouver campus are under discussion.
Next month, we will hopefully begin canvassing dates to start bargaining with the three CUPE locals (116, 2278 and 2950).
The University and the Faculty Association have agreed to resume bargaining at the end of October. Confirmed dates are Oct. 27-29, Nov. 20 and Dec. 11-12.
Finally, it is important to remember that this is a significant year for public sector bargaining. While the headlines continue to be monopolized by the ongoing dispute between the BC Teachers Federation and the Provincial Government, about half of employees in the public sector are covered by five-year agreements reached under the Provincial Government’s Economic Stability mandate: http://www.fin.gov.bc.ca/psec/bargaining/2014%20Bargaining%20Status.pdf.
Thank you for your interest. We will continue to provide updates as the process unfolds.