Home   |   Contact Us

2015 Executive Elections
Call for Nominations

Policy 81: Update

Bargaining News
March 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

Current:

  1. Executive Elections 2015 - Call for Nominations
  2. Policy 81 - UBCFA Comments and Recommendations
  3. Bargaining Update
  4. Divestment Vote
  5. Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program Affect UBC Faculty

Executive Elections 2015 - Call for Nominations

February 2014

The Nominations Committee of the UBC Faculty Association is seeking interested candidates for the upcoming election of Executive Committee members; there are eight vacancies. Nominations close on Monday, 9 March 2015 at 4:30pm. Elections run from Monday, 16 March to Thursday, 2 April 2015 closing at 12:30pm. More information about the Faculty Association Executive Committee is available on our website. Our recent member notice lists nominees to date. If you have any questions about the executive positions or the election, please contact the Nominations Committee at faculty.association@ubc.ca or 604.822.3883.

If you are interested in standing for election, please complete the nomination form available on our site. If you would like a nomination form sent to you, please email us.

Back to Top

Faculty Association comments and recommendations regarding Policy 81: Use of Teaching Materials in UBC Credit Courses

February 2014

Letter to Hubert Lai, University Counsel, from Mark Mac Lean, President

The Faculty Association recently provided feedback to the University Counsel sharing the concerns of the Faculty Association arising from our careful read and our consultations with members. While the amended Policy is a significant improvement over the original, we have a few recommendations that we believe will clarify the intentions of the University with respect to the sharing of teaching materials. We also have some questions. To view our letter, please follow this link.

Back to Top

Bargaining Update

March 2015

Article 17: Preservation of Past Rights and Practices

As long as anybody on the bargaining team can remember, UBC has been proposing to eliminate or suspend Article 17 in Part 1 of the Collective Agreement. Article 17 is entitled “Preservation of Past Rights and Practices” and it reads, in its entirety, “Subject to this Agreement or any amendments thereto or to any Collective Agreement the University agrees not to change rights of or practices relating to Faculty Members or members of the bargaining unit that traditionally have been the subject of consultation and discussion without appropriate consultation and discussion at the Departmental, Faculty or University level.” Read more

Back to Top

Divestment Vote

February 2014

Voting has finished in the referendum that asked UBC Faculty Association members whether or not they support a proposal by UBCC350 that asks the UBC Board of Governors to divest from fossil fuel holdings.

The results of this referendum are as follows. Of the 955 UBCFA members who voted, 591 supported the divestment proposal and 364 did not support the divestment proposal.

There were 3447 UBCFA members who were eligible to vote in this referendum.

Back to Top

Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program Affect UBC Faculty

October 2014

Recent changes to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program are having an impact on some UBC faculty members, particularly those who have not yet established permanent residency in Canada or who are not covered by an existing exemption (e.g. NAFTA). President Gupta has made it clear to me that this issue is a high priority for the University and he is working closely with the U15 university presidents and with governments to find a resolution to the problems faculty members are facing. I am confident the University is doing everything in its power to manage this issue. The Faculty Association supports the University’s lobbying efforts and we will be directly lobbying MPs in Ottawa when we are there for the CAUT Council session in November. One of our Member Services Officers will be happy to speak with you if you have concerns arising from the changes to the TFW program, but your Head should be your first point of contact as the University is managing individual cases.

Mark Mac Lean, President

Back to Top