“It was a great victory,” said Laura Bulk, President of CUPE 2278. “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. “We need to reach a branch collective agreement because it is so important to the long-term sustainability of a university we love so much,” Rader said. The strike action officially began 17 days ago, after the end of the agreement between the university and the association on June 30, 2019. “Delays in all kinds of collective bargaining are unfortunate,” said Stephen Rader, PRESIDENT of the FA. “But we are now at a point where we have no turning back for the semester, and we are very worried about our students.” 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. The organizing stage was motivated by the experience of TAs at UBC, which were first considered by 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. 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. CUPE`s first collective agreement of 2278 teaching assistants at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) has now been ratified by both parties, according to the union. 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 employer is ready to continue negotiations and continues to advocate for an agreement around the table,” the statement said. “I think it`s fair to say that the employer tried to share our membership. The unanimous vote of confidence that the UNBCFA negotiating team gave this morning to the UNBCFA negotiating team should send a strong signal to the employer that this kind of stunt will only strengthen our determination to reach a normal collective agreement. It seems that there is no agreement between the @UNBCFA and @UNBC which means that the faculty will be on the picket lines this morning in an hour. Not a word about the duration of the strike, #unbc #UNBCFA #strike #university #cityofpg #education #learning #teaching. The UNBC Faculty Association (UNBCFA) shot at the school after a meeting of the association this morning (23 November). UNBC-FA was founded in 1994 under the BC Society Act and was union certified by the BC Labour Office on April 29, 2014. it also promotes and supports the principles of academic freedom, non-discrimination, mandate and quality post-secondary education.