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UNBC and CUPE reach contract deal

The University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) and CUPE 3799 have successfully ratified a new three-year collective agreement that falls within the provincial government’s Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate.

CUPE Local 3799 represents approximately 400 employees providing service in a wide range of areas including academic program support, information technology, finance and administration, student counselling, facilities, maintenance, security, and support staff at the Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre.

Members of CUPE 3799 ratified the agreement on June 27. UNBC’s Board of Governors ratified the agreement on July 11.

“Our CUPE employees are valued members of the UNBC community and play an integral role in the daily operations at the University. I am pleased that both parties were able to reach a fair and equitable agreement that reflects the union’s interests while balancing our fiscal realities and strategic priorities,” said Dr. Daniel Weeks, president and vice-chancellor of UNBC.

Highlights of the collective agreement include the following:

  • A two per cent compensation increase each year over a three-year term.
  • Access to training and development funding that will improve service delivery for students.
  • Increased paramedical reimbursements from $10 to $30 per visit.
  • Updated Collective Agreement language to ensure 100 per cent gender neutrality.

The collective agreement covers the period from July 1, 2019 to July 1, 2022.