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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

Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program Affect UBC Faculty

October 2014

Recent changes to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program are having an impact on some UBC faculty members, particularly those who have not yet established permanent residency in Canada or who are not covered by an existing exemption (e.g. NAFTA). President Gupta has made it clear to me that this issue is a high priority for the University and he is working closely with the U15 university presidents and with governments to find a resolution to the problems faculty members are facing. I am confident the University is doing everything in its power to manage this issue. The Faculty Association supports the University’s lobbying efforts and we will be directly lobbying MPs in Ottawa when we are there for the CAUT Council session in November. One of our Member Services Officers will be happy to speak with you if you have concerns arising from the changes to the TFW program, but your Head should be your first point of contact as the University is managing individual cases.

Mark Mac Lean, President

Bargaining Update

October 2014

The Faculty Association and University are still bargaining the collective agreement that will cover a period starting on July 1, 2014. Currently, CPI, merit, and PSA are “term certain” in the existing agreement, meaning these increases are applied on specified dates, and so the University will not award CPI, merit, and PSA for the current year until we have settled a new collective agreement, or the University makes a proposal to do so in advance of an arbitration decision, as it did in the 2012-2014 round of bargaining.

While bargaining has been proceeding well and in the spirit of making a deal, the Provincial Government has insisted on a 5-year term with general wage increases during this period that are not acceptable to us — for example, they propose a 0% increase for 2014/15. You can read more about this in our bargaining blog.

We continue to hope for a negotiated deal, but the constraints put on the University by the Provincial Government make it likely that we will be going to interest arbitration for a salary settlement. This would mean we would not have a finalized collective agreement until the arbitrator releases a ruling. Thus, we anticipate that any final settlement will be sometime in 2015.

If you wish more information about the University’s procedures for paying out CPI, merit, and PSA, we can put you in touch with one of our Membership Services Officers who will assist you further.

Fall General Meeting:
Responsible Investments at UBC?

October 2014

At this year’s Fall General Meeting, a group of Faculty Association members will put forward a resolution and make a short presentation to the membership. This resolution asks the faculty to support a referendum on a Responsible Investment proposal.

Date: Monday, 27 October 2014
UBC Vancouver - 10:00am – 12:00pm | Multipurpose Room, Liu Institute
UBC Okanagan - 10:00am – 12:00pm | Sci 331

The forum will be preceded by a short general meeting, including the following:

(1) NOTICE OF MOTION that Hedden Chong LLP be appointed as auditors for the Faculty Association, and
(2) NOTICE OF MOTION on a resolution regarding a referendum on a Responsible Investment proposal.

Motion:

Whereas the University of British Columbia has demonstrated a strong commitment to environmental sustainability, and

Whereas it is unconscionable to fund our students’ education with investments in fossil fuels that threaten our future on this planet, and

Whereas our students have voted overwhelmingly to call on the university to divest from fossil fuels

Therefore be it resolved that the UBC Faculty Association will conduct a referendum commencing on January 26, 2015, and concluding February 8, 2015, on the question:

Members of the UBC Faculty Association support the Responsible Divestment Proposal calling on the university to immediately forgo further investments in fossil fuel companies, and to divest from all existing fossil fuel holdings within five years.

Supporting material will be provided a minimum of two weeks before the commencement of the referendum.

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