One of the primary objectives of this round of bargaining is to bring our salaries back in line with those of other Canadian universities of comparable academic quality and size.
Faculty at UBC have suffered from two consecutive years in which they have received no across-the-board (ATB) increases in salary. During the same period faculty at virtually every other comparable university have enjoyed salary increases – in some cases very large salary increases. For example, at the University of Toronto faculty received an ATB increase of 2.3% in 2010/2011 and a salary increase of 1% plus $1,815 (this works out to more than 2%) in 2011/2012. During this same period we received salary increases of 0% and 0%. Negotiations at U of T have now concluded for 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 and their agreed-upon ATB increases are 1% plus $1,520 for 2012/2013 and 1% plus $1,850 for 2013/2014. In total, over the four-year period between 2010 and 2014 across-the-board increases amounted to over 9%.
Faculty at other universities have similarly received increases during the two years when we received none. For Example, at the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary ATB increases amounted to more than 6.75% in the past two years. Over the same two year period ATB increases amounted to 3% plus $2,750 at McMaster, 4.45% at Queen’s, 8.5% + $600 at the University of Saskatchewan, and 3% at the University of Western Ontario.
Members who are interested in a more complete report of recent settlements should look at the table compiled by Carl Schwartz at Simon Fraser University.