Faculty Bargaining

Bargaining Bulletins: 2016

Jan. 30, 2017: We have released our first bargaining bulletin for the 2016 bargaining period. The University met with the Faculty Association on Jan. 26, 2017, and proposals were exchanged. Read more…

July 5, 2017: The University and the Faculty Association are very pleased to advise that a tentative agreement was reached between the parties on Friday, June 30, 2017, for the terms of a new collective agreement. Read more…

Aug. 22, 2017: We are pleased to announce that the three-year collective agreement (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019) between the University and the Faculty Association has now been ratified by all parties. Read more…

Principles & Values

The following principles and values guide and inform the University’s preparation of its proposals and our response to the Faculty Association’s proposals in this round of negotiations:

  • Encourage, inspire and value the highest standards for the University – the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty is critical to the University’s ability to meet its vision of excellence;
  • Honour and foster the essential mandate of the faculty: student learning, excellence in teaching, scholarly activity and community engagement;
  • Recognize that the University is a complex, diverse and decentralized organization, and that departments and faculties have developed different approaches and different practices which reflect their diverse disciplines and histories;
  • Adopt a fair and rational approach in the context of a requirement to honour contractual commitments;
  • Strive for directness, transparency and clarity in the wording of our agreements, and streamline processes that are put in place;
  • Ensure flexible and discretionary means to address faculty retention issues;
  • Recognize that there are different ways of rewarding merit – compensation is only one;
  • Strike a balance between collegiality and shared governance with UBC’s responsibilities as a university and the Faculty Association’s responsibilities as a union;
  • Understand that collective bargaining decisions are influenced by the University’s need to exercise fiscal responsibility and respect government constraints;
  • Bear in mind that commitments made today have implications for the future.

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