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UBCFA AGM
April 2

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. UBCFA Annual General Meeting April 2
  2. Executive Elections - Voting Begins March 16
  3. Bargaining Update
  4. Policy 81 - UBCFA Comments and Recommendations
  5. Divestment Vote
  6. Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program Affect UBC Faculty

Please join us on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 1 pm for the UBC Faculty Association AGM

March 2015

At this meeting, we will review the UBC Faculty Association's 2014 financial statements and 2015 budget as well as close the Executive Elections 2015. This will be followed by a presentation and discussion: "Creating a fossil fuel free investment option in the Faculty Pension Plan".

Location:
UBC Vancouver - Multipurpose Room, Liu Institute (6476 NW Marine Drive)
UBC Okanagan (Video Conference) - Sci 331

Light refreshments will be provided.

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Executive Elections 2015 - Voting Begins March 16

March 2015

Your UBCFA Executive Committee members volunteer their time to help guide the Faculty Association's operational and policy decisions including advocacy, negotiation, education, communication and planning decisions. This vote is being held to fill three Members-at-Large vacancies. The nominees are:

  1. Nancy Langton, Sauder School of Business
  2. Karen Smith, Microbiology & Immunology
  3. Janice Stewart, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, Faculty of Arts
  4. Daniel Vickers, History

Member Statements are available on our website.

Members will receive an email notice with voting information. If you do not receive this notice, please contact the Faculty Association. Online voting closes on Thursday, 02 April 2015 @ 12:30 pm.

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Bargaining Update

March 2015

Benefit Cuts for Members Past Age 71

Members who continue to work past the age of 71 lose health and welfare benefits provided by the University, as well as the 10 percent equivalent of their salary that the University contributes into the Faculty Pension Plan. These conditions result in a significant drop in the total compensation members receive from the University once they turn 71. Read more

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

February 2015

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.

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Divestment Vote

February 2015

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.

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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

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