Bargaining Update #1

 

AAPS held its 2019 Spring General Meeting on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. If you missed the meeting and would like to view the webcast, please contact aaps.engagment@ubc.ca. Here are highlights from the Collective Bargaining Update.

BARGAINING TIMELINE

We have not yet set dates for collective bargaining. We are likely to begin bargaining with the University over the summer, but we will update the membership once the initial bargaining dates have been set.

Please note that while it is unlikely bargaining will start until after the current Collective Agreement has expired, you will not lose the protections the Collective Agreement provides. Your current Collective Agreement and its protections remain in effect until a new agreement is ratified.

A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO BARGAINING

This year AAPS is looking to engage the University in a true interest-based approach to bargaining.

This approach, also sometimes called issue-based bargaining, means that both AAPS and the University will bring forward issues that have arisen from members and stakeholders and ideally work collaboratively to find mutually beneficial solutions.

Typically, the University uses a more traditional bargaining approach often called positional bargaining. In positional bargaining, each side researches and develops pre-defined proposals in advance and then through the bargaining process tries to get the other side to agree to their pre-defined proposals.

Positional bargaining has been an unsatisfying experience for the AAPS Bargaining Committee. It is also inconsistent with University rhetoric that seeks to build an engaged workforce through collaboration.

Our aim is to use an interest-based bargaining approach to achieve better results for AAPS members and improve the negotiations process that we have with the University. While UBC has not fully agreed to use this methodology, they have expressed a willingness to consider and discuss the interest-based bargaining process.

Our hope this that University will see interest-based bargaining as more aligned with their vision and values.

BARGAINING ISSUES

The bargaining issues that AAPS will be bringing to the bargaining table come from feedback from members during the consultation process, the advocacy issues that have been brought to the attention of the office, and our day-to-day dealings with the University on employment matters.

Top issues areas are:

  • Pay
  • Job Security
  • Hours of Work/Workload
  • Benefits and Leaves
  • Professional Development
  • Mental Health
  • Inclusion
  • Policy Grievances
  • Ending past practices that do not reflect the language in the Collective Agreement or law (estoppel)

AAPS BARGAINING COMMITTEE

The AAPS Bargaining Committee was also announced at the Spring General Meeting. The committee will be made up of members of the Board including members with experience in past rounds of collective bargaining. The bargaining committee will be supported by the AAPS staff. The members of the 2019 AAPS Bargaining Committee are:

  • Paul de Leon, AAPS Treasurer
  • Andrea Han, AAPS President
  • Joey Hansen, AAPS Executive Director (Lead Negotiator for AAPS)
  • Kristen Korberg, AAPS Director
  • Michael Lonsdale-Eccles, AAPS 2nd VP
  • Afsaneh Sharif, AAPS 1st VP

We thank those board members and staff who continue to commit significant support to the collective bargaining process. We also thank all the AAPS members who contributed to the collective bargaining consultations.