Faculty Increases and Bargaining Update

The Progress Through the Ranks (PTR) increases have been processed effective July 1, 2019. This means those who are in receipt of a PTR award will see their salary increase on their July 15th paycheque. On the bargaining front the University and the UBC Faculty Association met throughout the spring and bargaining is set to resume in late September.

Highlighting the Revised Language in Part 4, Article 9.02 with respect to Reviews for Promotion for Tenured Faculty

In the last round of bargaining, the University and the Faculty Association agreed to make amendments with respect to promotional reviews for faculty members contained in Part 4, Article 9 of the Collective Agreement. We wanted to highlight the revised language and to clarify the intention of the parties in implementing these changes. Prior to these amendments, candidates would participate in mandatory periodic and non-periodic reviews for promotion. Where a non-periodic review resulted in a recommendation by the Dean, the review was deemed to be a periodic review for the purpose of determining the timing of the next periodic review. In seeking to change this language, the intention of the parties was to simplify the process by eliminating the need to monitor and formalize a candidate’s request for promotion.

The revised language in Article 9.02 now provides a tenured faculty member with the opportunity to request an optional review for promotion in any year. If a Head makes a recommendation for a promotion review and the candidate agrees, then the review will also take place. It is important to note that if the review results in the promotion being denied, another optional review cannot be conducted for three years. The Head, the Dean or the candidate may decide to stop the process of an optional review at any time. But if an optional review is stopped by either the Head or the Dean, then only the candidate will be able to stop the next optional review. If an optional review is conducted past the point of obtaining referee letters, then a review will not be conducted in the following year.

Tentative Agreement on Collective Agreement

The University and the Faculty Association have reached a tentative 3-year agreement for July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019. The joint communication from the University and the Faculty Association regarding the tentative agreement can be viewed on the Faculty Relations website.

2016 Bargaining

The first bargaining bulletin for the 2016 bargaining period has been released and is posted on the Faculty Bargaining page of the Faculty Relations website. All further bulletins will be posted there.  The University’s and the Faculty Association’s proposals are found on the following pages:

Collective Agreement

Please be advised that the substantive changes agreed upon by the University and the Faculty Association are currently being incorporated into the 2014 – 2016 Faculty Collective Agreement. All changes will be effective as of the date of the Interest Arbitration Award (March 31, 2016) unless otherwise provided, and will remain in effect until July 1, 2016. Once incorporated, the changes will be accessible at Please continue to check the website for updates.

If departments would like an explanation regarding changes to the Collective Agreement, please connect with

  • Faculty Relations (Vancouver Campus)
    • Faculty Relations Administrative Assistant: 604-827-1010
  • Human Resources (Okanagan Campus)

Implementation of the 2014 GWI & 2015 GWI, CPI, Merit & PSA

Now that a Collective Agreement for 2014-2016 is in place the faculty salary increases can proceed. The increases are comprised of a number of items including General Wage Increase (GWI) as well as Career Progress, Merit & Performance Salary Adjustment which are collectively referred to as Progress Through the Ranks (PTR). Due to the number of increases and the complexity of each, the anticipated timing of the increases for 2016 are as follows:

  • 2014 GWI for regular Faculty – July 30th paycheque
  • 2014 GWI for Sessional Lecturers – August 15th paycheque
  • 2015 GWI for Sessional Lecturers – August 31st paycheque
  • 1% lump sum for Sessional Lecturers – September 30th paycheque
  • 2015 GWI & PTR for regular Faculty – November 30th paycheque
  • 1% lump sum for regular Faculty – December 15th paycheque

These dates could change should any unanticipated issues arise. If this were to occur, date changes will be communicated accordingly. Please check for any updates.

Bargaining Update

The interest arbitration between the University and the Faculty Association took place February 16-18, 2016. The panel’s decision will be available later in the spring.

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.

A three-person arbitration panel will determine the outstanding matters for the collective agreement with the Faculty Association, with effect from July 1, 2014. The 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.

We had originally planned to go to interest arbitration in October 2015 (see Bargaining Bulletin #15), but those dates were delayed to February, 2016 (see Bargaining Bulletin #30).

Bargaining Update

The University was scheduled to go to arbitration with the Faculty Association Oct 20-22. The interest arbitration process is complicated, with many submissions, and issues arose in mid-October. As a result, the arbitration board adjourned the hearing. The hearing is rescheduled for February 16-18, 2016. The 3-person arbitration board will determine the outstanding matters for the collective agreement with the Faculty Association with effect from July 1, 2014. The arbitration decision is expected in spring 2016.

Bargaining and Salary Updates

Bargaining Update

The University and the Faculty Association will be proceeding to interest arbitration on October 20 to 22, 2015. The Arbitration Panel is composed of Colin Taylor, Q.C.; Dr. Judith Osborne; and Dr. Michael Conlon. In the meantime, the parties have signed a Memorandum of Agreement that itemizes the proposals on which agreement has been reached, the proposals the parties have mutually agreed to withdraw and the matters still in dispute that the parties may submit to arbitration for resolution. For more information, please visit the Faculty Relations’ Bargaining Updates website.

2014 Career Progress, Merit & PSA Increases

The Career Progress, Merit & PSA increases, effective July 1, 2014, were processed on the June 30, 2015 paycheque. The processing and distribution of a General Wage Increase, if any, for 2014 & 2015, and the 2015 PTR increases cannot occur until a new Collective Agreement is settled. For more information on bargaining, please see above or visit the Faculty Relations’ Bargaining Updates webpage.

2015 Career Progress, Merit & PSA Increases

Although the process for Career Progress, Merit and PSA increases has wrapped up for 2014, work should have already commenced for 2015. A reminder to administrators: please ask faculty members for an annual summary of activity and CV for the review year (April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015). Once faculty members have submitted their annual reports, the evaluation process for merit & PSA awards effective July 1, 2015 can begin. Keep in mind that the 2015 Career Progress, Merit and PSA values cannot be calculated and awarded until after the conclusion of the interest arbitration. Note: administrators must have reviewed Career Progress for faculty members and informed Faculty Relations of omissions and errors by August 3, 2015.