University Of Northern British Columbia Collective Agreement
In 2019, a CBC will negotiate as part of the CESP`s sustainable services bargaining mandate, which applies to all public sector employers with unionized workers whose collective agreements expire on Or after December 31, 2018. Since 1994, negotiations have been conducted in the public sector on the model of the Public Sector Employers` Council. The government establishes, through the CESP secretariat, a negotiating mandate for the public sector, which all public sector employers are legally required to respect. UnBC, like other employers under the Public Sector Employers Act, must have its bargaining plans approved by the minister responsible for the legislation before it can enter into substantial negotiations with the union. In addition, the CESP secretariat must verify and approve all languages and costs prior to adoption and, as soon as an interim agreement has been reached, the CESP must approve it. The university`s faculty with campuses in Prince George and north B.C. left work on November 7, 2019 and went on strike for three weeks. PRINCE GEORGE, BC, September 20, 2019 /CNW/ – CUPE`s first collective agreement of 2,278 teaching assistants at the University of British Columbia North (UNBC) has been ratified by both parties, according to the union. READ MORE: UNBC`s Faculty Association suspends the strike, a bad faith complaint against the university «It was truly a great victory,» said CUPE 2278 President Laura Bulk. «We have very strong protection and clear language around things like academic retaliation.
The agreement clearly states that academic retaliation is a form of harassment,» she said. Final ratification of the agreement is expected early next week, after the agreement was signed by the employers` organisation of the public sector university. The organization of the stage was motivated by the experience of the TAs at UNBC, which were mainly seen as more students as collaborators, guest said. Unpaid work schedules, academic reprisals and harassment in all their forms are some of the key themes addressed in the new agreement. «We were pleasantly surprised by the speed of the negotiations,» said Andrew Guest, chairman of the negotiating committee. «We met and it was very collegial and constructive. For both parties, it was important to change the nature of the relationship between THE ATD and the university and to achieve a new type of relationship,» said Guest. «The employer thanks the Special Ombudsman for his work and looks forward to going through this process and entering into a collective agreement with the AI,» UNBC said in a statement. The Faculty Association also criticized the administration for seeking an agreement allowing it to terminate contracts with some of its members who are not covered by the collective agreement. According to the Faculty Association, approval of the measure could legally threaten the union and result in «serious financial risks.» UNBC-FA staff are employed by the Association and its members and members of the Executive Committee will treat members with the utmost confidentiality.