B.C. Finance Minister Colin Hansen announced that unions representing SFU faculty and staff reached two-year collective agreements with the province and university last week. „It is excellent news that SFU`s administrative and specialist staff have reached an agreement,“ Moira Stilwell, Minister of Training and Labour Market Development, said in a press release. „You play a key role in supporting the academic mission and are an integral part of our post-.C system.“ Vancouver: Tuesday, June 1, 3 to 4 p.m.; Port Centre 2200 · Surrey Thursday 3 June, 12:00 – 13:00; Galleria 4010 · Burnaby: Tuesday, June 8, 12:00 – 13:00; QA 3153 Fund The provincial government has established a 0-0 mandate through the CIMP for the 2010-2012. This meant that there could be no net increase in wages and social benefits for 2010-2012. The SFUFA has already ratified the extension of its agreement until 2012. Other public sector unions have also concluded their negotiations under the same mandate. The BC Government Employees Union and BC Hospital Employees Union have signed the two two-year contracts that do not include a general wage increase. At SFU, CUPE and TSSU have not yet reached an agreement, nor have our parallel federations in other institutions. However, APSA and SFUFA are not in a position to negotiate a contractual language (Guidelines AD-10) in wage and benefit negotiations, while these other organizations do. APSA works on policy issues that do not affect salary and benefit costs, through a joint committee with the administration, the Joint Committee on University Affairs (JUAC). Either party may at any time raise issues that will be discussed within the JUAC. The APSA Members` Survey on Wages and Benefits showed that the majority of members are generally relatively satisfied with our compensation package.
While, of course, most want salary increases and have many specific wishes when it comes to increasing/changing benefits, the executive believes that the government`s mandate does not offer room for significant improvements at this stage. That is why we have decided that it would be unproductive to enter into negotiations. In this context, APSA is always free to discuss with the administration the changes made to our services, provided that the net cost of these changes is zero. The survey showed great interest in exploring a flexible package of benefits and the administration expressed its willingness to cooperate with APSA to explore options. From November 2019 to May 2020, the SFU violated any fundamental provision of the agreement: it deprived the union of the necessary contact information of RA members, indefinitely postponed the recognition of RAs to the SFU as an employee, and attempted to radically limit the RA category by omitting all employees of the exchanges, scholarships and work studies. CUPE 3338 has six separate collective agreements at SFU, four of which – those with SFU, SFSS Food and Beverage, SFPIRG and Best (or SFU concierges – are being renegotiated. Discussions with Food and Beverage and SFU have not yet started and discussions with SFPIRG are expected to start next month and all other agreements are currently under discussion. Of the six CUPE 3338 collective agreements, only the agreement with SFU is subject to the 2010 provincial bargaining mandate. . . .