The University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) and CUPE 2278 have successfully ratified their first collective agreement consistent with the provincial government’s sustainable services negotiating mandate.
The parties reached a tentative agreement on September 13 after two months of negotiations. Members of CUPE 2278 ratified the agreement on September 17. UNBC’s Board of Governors ratified the agreement on September 19.
CUPE Local 2278 represents approximately 80 Graduate Teaching Assistants at UNBC.
“Bargaining provides an opportunity for both parties to exchange ideas, and I am pleased that both teams were committed to engaging in collegial discussion to reach an agreement that reflects the priorities of both parties,” said Professor Daniel Weeks, president and vice-chancellor of UNBC, in a news release.
Highlights of the collective agreement include the following:
- A three-year term (July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2022);
- General wage increases of two per cent, two per cent and two per cent;
- Fixed funding negotiated for training of new graduate teaching assistants; and
- Collective agreement language is written to ensure 100 per cent gender neutrality.
The collective agreement is effective for a three-year term, expiring on June 30, 2022.