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Notice to Members
September 2015

Bargaining News
July 2015

The UBC Faculty Association is committed to promoting the interests of UBC Faculty and UBC, addressing all levels of government on university affairs and upholding principles of academic freedom and freedom from discrimination and harassment.

The UBC Faculty Association is committed to promoting the interests of UBC Faculty and UBC, addressing all levels of government on university affairs and upholding principles of academic freedom and freedom from discrimination and harassment.

NEWS & EVENTS


  1. Faculty Association Updates, September 2015
  2. Bargaining Update
  3. Amendments Passed to Policy 81
  4. Election Results

Faculty Association Updates

September 2015

Most recent:

September 2: Letter to Members from Mark Mac Lean, UBCFA President:

Dear Colleagues:

The Faculty Association Executive Committee sent a letter yesterday afternoon to the Board of Governors. The main point of this letter is to ask the Board to renegotiate the terms of Professor Gupta’s resignation agreement so that both the University and Professor Gupta are able to speak fully to the reasons for his resignation. Our reasoning for this request is laid out in the letter. (Please follow this link to view).

Sincerely,

Mark Mac Lean
President

August 26: Member Notice: Agreement reached with UBC on fact-finding process

August 19: UBC Faculty Association Executive calls for Mr. Montalbano's resignation

August 18: UBCFA Correspondence to Angela Redish, Acting President and Vice-Chancellor, Provost & Vice-President Academic pro tem

August 18: Media Statement from the Chair of UBC, John Montalbano

August 17: Link to UBCFA Notice from the Executive to the Membership, August 17, 2015

Please note: In the notice to our members on August 17th, Margot Young, Chair, Status of Women Committee (Law) was inadvertantly left off the list of Executives.

August 14: Read the response to our concerns from UBC's Board of Governors here.

August 10: In reaction to President Arvind Gupta's sudden resignation, UBCFA President Mark Mac Lean sent a letter to all of our members on August 10th. View our correspondence by following this link.

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Bargaining Update

July 2015

Arbitration Update

On the first day of bargaining the Faculty Association and the University agreed that, should there be outstanding issues after collective bargaining finished, they would meet to exchange the proposals they would be taking to arbitration before writing their submissions for the Arbitration Board. This was intended to make it easier for each side to prepare its written submissions, the first of which is due August 31. We were expecting to do an exchange with the University on Tuesday, July 21 of the Parties’ final proposals (i.e., the ones that the Parties are taking to arbitration), but there remains some disagreement about what the Parties can put forward to the arbitrator. We’ll update you when the exchange takes place. Visit our Bargaining Blog for previous updates

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Amendments Passed to Policy 81: Use of Teaching Materials in UBC Credit Courses

May 2015

On April 14th, the Board of Governors passed amendments to Policy 81. The new policy can be found here. The amendments to Policy 81 were made through the usual Board process for policy amendments, which included a consultation process with the broad UBC community. Many of you made submissions through this process, as did the Faculty Association. Since most of our concerns have been addressed in the amended policy, the Faculty Association has withdrawn our grievance on this matter. You can find our letter to UBC here. Though we have withdrawn the grievance, we have reserved our right to grieve the policy and its application in the future should there be reason to do so to protect the rights of the membership. If you have any questions, please send us an email.

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Election Results: Executive Committee 2015 - 2016

April 2015

The results of the 2015 Election of UBCFA Executive Committee Members are in.

The following members have been acclaimed and will serve a 2-year term:

  • Margaret Wright (Social Work), Chair, Member Services & Grievance Committee
  • Margot Young (Law), Chair, Status of Women Committee
  • Jim Johnson (Economics), Chair, Okanagan Faculty Committee
  • Michael Pidwirny (Physical Geography), First Vice-Chair, Okanagan Faculty Committee
  • John Wagner (Community, Culture, and Global Studies), Second Vice-Chair, Okanagan Faculty Committee

The following members have been elected as Members-at-Large and will serve a 2-year term:

  • Nancy Langton (Sauder School of Business)
  • Karen Stewart (Microbiology & Immunology)
  • Daniel Vickers (History)

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