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Bargaining Update
May 2016

BoG Submission
April 2016

The UBC Faculty Association is committed to promoting the interests of UBC Faculty and UBC, addressing all levels of government on university affairs and upholding principles of academic freedom and freedom from discrimination and harassment.

The UBC Faculty Association is committed to promoting the interests of UBC Faculty and UBC, addressing all levels of government on university affairs and upholding principles of academic freedom and freedom from discrimination and harassment.

NEWS & EVENTS


  1. Bargaining Update: Decoding University Budget Matters
  2. UBCFA Executive Election 2016 Results, April 2016
  3. Governance Issues: Updates
  4. UBCFA seeks clarity on proposed revisions to UBC Policy 87: Research

Bargaining Update

May 2016

Decoding University Budget Matters

As members who have had the time annually to peruse the University’s audited financial statements will already know, UBC had another very profitable year in Fiscal 2015, with a budgetary surplus of $49 million, of which $31 million was the surplus on operations. Read more.

Arbitration Award

On March 31, 2016 we received the arbitration award which decides the July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2016 Collective Agreement between the University and the Faculty Association.

A link to the arbitration award has been posted on our site.

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UBCFA Executive Election 2016 Results

April 2016

The following faculty members have been elected to fill three Members-at-Large vacancies on the UBCFA Executive Committee. Their term will be for two years and begins July 2016.

  • Kalina Christoff (Psychology, Vancouver Campus)
  • Doris Doudet (Neurology, Vancouver Campus)
  • Vesna Sossi (Physics & Astronomy, Vancouver Campus)

We would like to thank all the outstanding candidates who participated in this election. Their willingness to serve is much appreciated.

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Governance Issues, Presidential Search & UBCFA Fact Finding Process

April 2016

Developments:

  • April 14, 2016: Meeting with the UBC Board of Governors

    UBCFA President Mark Mac Lean spoke at today's meeting with the UBC Board of Governors. He discussed a number of concerns with Board operations previously outlined in a written submission sent to the Board earlier this week. The UBCFA submission to the Board of Governors may be found here.

  • April 6, 2016: Member Advisory - Request for Clarification regarding UBC Board of Governors Management Practices

    On 22 March 2016, the UBC Faculty Association filed a request for clarification from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia as to legislative requirements for the management practices of the UBC Board of Governors. The full text of this submission may be found here.

    Concerns have arisen that the University response to a recent Faculty Association freedom of information request may have failed to provide full answer to questions asked about the existence and scheduling of Board meetings. Further, evidence provided in the FOI response indicates possible problems with Board email practices, such as the use for Board business of private, non-UBC email addresses as well as email deletion practices in contravention of legal requirements.

    We have asked the Privacy Commissioner to investigate all these matters.

  • March 30, 2016: April 14, 2016 Meeting with the UBC Board of Governors

    On March 24, the Faculty Association responded to a UBC Broadcast email announcing the Association's acceptance of the Board of Governors' invitation to attend a meeting on April 14th. In our response, we indicated that the meeting format outlined in the UBC Broadcast email was inadequate to explore issues regarding university governance. Chair Stuart Belkin has since sent the Association a letter assuring us that we will be provided sufficient time to make our presentation and engage with the Board.

    Please follow this link to view Mr. Belkin's letter.

  • March 29, 2016: Results from the No Confidence vote

    Please follow this link to view the notice to members with the results of this vote.

  • March 14, 2016: Resignation from the Presidential Search Committee

    Dr. Jennifer Berdahl, one of the two UBC Vancouver faculty representatives elected to the Presidential Search Committee, has resigned. Her full resignation communication is at http://jberdahl.blogspot.ca and outlines her key reasons.

    Members may view the full text of the notice to members regarding the resignation at this link

  • March 3, 2016: Response from S. Belkin, UBC Board of Governors

    On February 3, the Faculty Association sent an open letter to the new Chair of the Board of Governors, Mr. Stuart Belkin, asking for an external review of the Board and its operations. This request was prompted by our experiences with Board processes over the past months, and by the revelations of documents and emails leaked earlier this year.

    We have now received a response, which is available at this link.

  • March 1, 2016: Notice of Meeting and Notice of Motion

    Members should have received a notice regarding the presentation of a petition to the UBC Faculty Association signed by over 450 faculty seeking to have a membership vote on a no confidence motion. The motion, sponsored by Jonathan Ichikawa (Philosophy), Juliet O’Brien (FHIS), and Alan Richardson (Philosophy) is as follows:

    "Be it resolved that the Faculty Association of the University of British Columbia has no confidence in the University of British Columbia Board of Governors."

    A Special General Meeting has been called for all faculty to discuss the motion on Tuesday, March 22 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm.

    Meeting Locations:
    UBC Vancouver: Jack Poole Hall South, UBC Alumni Centre, 6163 University Boulevard
    UBC Okanagan: SCI 337, Science Building

  • February 29, 2016: Survey Results

    Recently, the Faculty Association surveyed the membership on their opinions about the Presidential Search Committee. We asked two questions and requested a yes or no answer. We received 885 responses from faculty members at both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. The results are listed here:

    1. Do you have confidence in the Presidential Search Committee as it is currently constituted?
      • Yes: 243 (27.5%)
      • No: 642 (72.5%)
    2. Should Mr. Lindsay Gordon and Mr. Greg Peet resign from the Presidential Search Committee?
      • Yes: 632 (71.4%)
      • No: 253 (28.6%)

    Many of you took the time to include your comments, all of which have been taken into consideration. Thank you once again for your participation and guidance as we work to represent your interests.

  • February 4, 2016: Board governance issues

    A letter from Mark Mac Lean, President
    On behalf of the UBC Faculty Association Executive Committee

    "This link will take you to our open letter to the new Chair of the Board of Governors, Mr. Stuart Belkin. The letter has also been copied to Premier Clark and Minister Wilkinson.

    We are asking for an external review of the Board and its operations. This request is prompted by our experiences with Board processes over the past six months, and by the revelations of documents and emails leaked last week . . ."

    The complete letter of February 4th to the membership is available at this link

  • January 28, 2016: Board governance issues and the President's resignation

    A letter from Mark Mac Lean, President
    On behalf of the UBC Faculty Association Executive Committee

    "It has been a while since the Faculty Association last communicated with members about the aftermath of the resignation of Dr. Arvind Gupta. Since the Board of Governor’s refusal last fall to provide a full explanation as to how the University came to lose its President, the Faculty Association has engaged in a search for information to attempt to piece together the events that led to Dr. Gupta’s departure. Our goal has been to determine if there was due process leading up to the Board accepting Dr. Gupta’s resignation. Dr. Gupta has now publicly stated that a formal review was never done . . ."

    The complete letter of January 28th to the membership is available at this link

  • January 18, 2016: UBCFA Executive Meets with Presidential Search Committee

    The Executive Committee of the UBC Faculty Association met with the Presidential Search Committee, at their request, on January 12, 2016. We took the opportunity to convey some of the messages you had sent us, especially, the sense of disengagement and cynicism that many of you have publicly and privately expressed, and the sense that recent events have damaged the University’s reputation. We also communicated our commitment to pursuing a President who is responsive to the concerns of Faculty, and who is committed to the key teaching and research missions of the University. Finally, we communicated our wish that the new President respect diversity both in the sense of personal characteristics as well as in the sense of a diversity of opinion. A copy of the January 18, 2016 letter is available at this link.

  • October 16: UBCFA Response to UBC Press Conference Oct. 15

    Link to UBCFA Letter to Members from Mark Mac Lean, UBCFA President, responding to the UBC Press Conference held on October 15.

  • October 15: Fact Finding Report Released

    Link to UBCFA Letter to Members from Mark Mac Lean, UBCFA President, in response to the release of the Fact Finding Report.
    Link to the Fact Finding Report: Summary of Process and Conclusions, The Honourable Lynn Smith, Q.C.

  • October 1:
    Link to October 1 Notice to Members from Mark Mac Lean, UBCFA President. Link to response from the Board of Governors to UBCFA letter dated 21 September 2015.

  • September 2:
    Link to September 2 Letter to Members from Mark Mac Lean, UBCFA President requesting the Board of Governors renegotiate the terms of Professor Gupta’s resignation agreement. Link to 1 September 2015 Letter from the UBCFA to the Board of Governors.

  • August 26: Member Notice: Agreement reached with UBC on fact-finding process

  • August 19: UBC Faculty Association Executive calls for Mr. Montalbano's resignation

  • August 18: UBCFA Correspondence to Angela Redish, Acting President and Vice-Chancellor, Provost & Vice-President Academic pro tem

  • August 18: Media Statement from the Chair of UBC, John Montalbano

  • August 17: Link to UBCFA Notice from the Executive to the Membership, August 17, 2015

    Please note: In the notice to our members on August 17th, Margot Young, Chair, Status of Women Committee (Law) was inadvertantly left off the list of Executives.

  • August 14: Read the response to our concerns from UBC's Board of Governors here.

  • August 10: In reaction to President Arvind Gupta's sudden resignation, UBCFA President Mark Mac Lean sent a letter to all of our members on August 10th. View our correspondence by following this link.

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Proposed Revisions to UBC Policy 87: Research

February 2016

Faculty Association questions and comments regarding proposed Policy 87: Research

A letter from Mark Mac Lean, President, on behalf of the UBC Faculty Association Executive Committee, to Hubert Lai, University Counsel

"The Faculty Association is taking this opportunity to comment on, and seek clarification regarding, the proposed revisions to Policy 87. In general, the Association supports the University's efforts to provide UBC Researchers clarity regarding the conduct and administration of research funding. Robust and innovative scholarly activity, and the academic freedom upon which it rests, is best achieved through the transparent elucidation of the rights and responsibilities of both the University and faculty at this institution. Despite our general support for the spirit of most of the revisions, the Association is concerned that the proposed Policy appears to intrude on the traditional rights of Faculty Association members by adding, omitting or altering a number of provisions in the existing Policy 87. The following is not an exhaustive list of our concerns. . ." To read the full text of this letter, please visit this link.

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