CUPE 3799 support workers reach tentative agreement at UNBC

PRINCE GEORGE — CUPE 3799 reached a tentative agreement with the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) on Thursday, June 13. The local began bargaining with UNBC in March.

“We had a great working relationship with the people at the table,” said CUPE 3799 President Caroline Sewell. “I want to recognize the hard work and dedication of the 3799 bargaining committee members, the Bargaining Information Group (BIG), and our National Servicing Representative.”

CUPE National staff representative Mitch Guitard said that a mutually respectful relationship was integral to reaching the settlement. “The employer worked really hard to reach the fair and equitable settlement that we are taking back to our members for ratification,” said Guitard.

Further details of the tentative agreement will not be available until after ratification by all parties, expected to be completed in June.  

CUPE 3799 represents approximately 420 support staff including: recruitment, registration, advising, admin support, IT and AV services, counselling and wellness, groundskeeping, facility maintenance, and much more.  CUPE members work collaboratively with Faculty and non-union staff throughout students’ university experience at UNBC.

UNBC teaching assistants vote to join CUPE

PRINCE GEORGE — Teaching assistants (TAs) at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) voted overwhelmingly to join CUPE 2278 in a Labour Board vote held on Wednesday.

The 76 TAs will now be members of the union local representing teaching assistants and English-language instructors at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

“We are so pleased to welcome these TAs into our local,” said CUPE 2278 First Vice President Gillian Glass. “After years of neglected concerns, they will be represented by a union that understands their work and their issues.”

The local will be negotiating a first collective agreement on behalf of their newest members at UNBC. They are students as well as TAs, so wages are important to their quality of life. Other important issues include hiring fairness and due process, protection from academic harm, and achieving a fair first collective agreement.

“Solidarity among TAs will help make gains for our newest members,” said CUPE 2278 President Laura Bulk. “We look forward to meeting and working with our members from UNBC.”

UCBC launches campaign to stop cuts to post-secondary education

The Universities Coordinated Bargaining Committee is drawing attention to the BC Liberals’ abysmal record on funding post-secondary education through a public campaign that launches this week.

The campaign runs from mid-September to October and can be seen on buses, transit shelters, billboards and university campuses throughout B.C. The public is urged to visit universities to send a letter to Minister of Advanced Education, Amrik Virk.

Every single person in society benefits from post-secondary education – whether it’s receiving direct services from a trained public health professional or indirectly, such as by travelling on highways or over bridges designed by qualified engineers. A post-secondary education system that is fully funded and well-run is important to every community and every person in our province.

CUPE represents university employees whose work is as diverse in its scope as the backgrounds of the students who attend. From educators, TAs and research assistants to trades people, landscapers, support staff and technicians, we help maintain B.C.’s vibrant, diverse and high-quality universities.

CUPE members are committed to working with students and other university stakeholders to protect and enhance our public post-secondary education system. After all, post secondary education benefits us all.

Take action by clicking on the “Stop the Cuts” tab.