Bargaining Update #8

A joint communique from the University of British Columbia and the UBC Faculty Association

We are pleased to announce that the Collective Agreement between the UBCFA and UBC, July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2022, has been ratified by both parties. A copy of the Agreement will be posted to our respective websites as soon as it is finalized.

The Parties worked hard to achieve this Agreement and we believe it that contains many improvements that will benefit both the Faculty Association membership and the University.


Santa J. Ono, President, University of British Columbia

Bronwen Sprout, President, UBC Faculty Association

Bargaining Update #7

A message from Allison Matacheskie, Managing Director, Faculty Relations, and Lindi Frost, Executive Director, Employee & Labour Relations

We are happy to share that the University and Faculty Association have reached a renewed collective agreement that is currently in the process of ratification.

As you may recall, the University concluded collective agreements with CUPE 116, IUOE 115, and BCGEU Okanagan in 2019. These agreements are for 3 year terms and are in full effect.

Presently, the University is in active bargaining discussions with CUPE 2950, AAPS and CUPE 2278. These discussions are positive and collaborative and we look forward to continued progress. The University anticipates that bargaining with CUPE 116-Aquatic Centre will commence soon and is in the process of setting up bargaining dates.

In addition, we have continued to meet with the BCGEU (UBC Vancouver) in 2020. The discussions between the bargaining teams have been productive and aimed toward reaching an agreement. However, we have been unable to resolve specific key issues. The parties have jointly agreed to seek mediation to assist in reaching an agreement. Despite their commitment to the mediation process, the BCGEU has also successfully sought a strike mandate from its members. If we are unsuccessful in reaching a deal, the union may choose to issue 72 hours strike notice, however we trust that the mediation discussions will result in an agreement between the parties.

Thank you for your interest in this important process. If you are an administrator who has questions about bargaining, please feel free to reach out to your HR Advisor/Manager, or your Faculty Relations Senior Manager.

Thank you.

Bargaining update #6

A joint announcement on the status of collective bargaining from the University of British Columbia and the UBC Faculty Association

The University and the Faculty Association are happy to report that we have reached agreement on almost all items at the bargaining table. We will be taking a break for the holidays and will be meeting early in January when we expect to finalize the agreement.


Santa J. Ono, President, UBC

Bronwen Sprout, President, UBCFA

Bargaining update: #5

A message from Lindi Frost, Director, Employee & Labour Relations

We are happy to share that the three-year collective agreement between UBC and CUPE 116 has now been ratified by all parties and is in full effect. The agreement reached falls within the Provincial Government’s 2019 Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate and covers the period April 1, 2019, through March 31, 2022.

CUPE 116 represents approximately 2,300 trades, food and custodial staff, parking attendants, engineering technicians, research assistants, campus security patrol, and a few clerical/secretarial positions at the Vancouver campus.

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

Note that this agreement does not cover the CUPE 116 Aquatic Centre component. We will be bargaining with them in the coming months.

Bargaining update #2

A message from Lindi Frost, Director, Employee & Labour Relations 

We have had several meetings with representatives from IUOE 115, which represents approximately 60 maintenance and shift engineers at the Vancouver campus. Discussions have been constructive and productive with the parties making significant progress on many issues.

We have secured tentative dates with CUPE 116 to commence bargaining in mid-April.

As mentioned in our previous update, our first meeting with BCGEU–Okanagan is scheduled for April 9.

Thank you for your interest in this important process.