IUOE 882 Strike Update: UBC Operating Engineers Serve Notice

The UBC Operating Engineers (IUOE 882) have served strike notice to the University and will be in a position to strike on Monday, September 18th, 7:00am.

At this stage, we do not know if there will be a strike or if that strike will impact all of the Point Grey Campus. Please review your rights and obligations during a strike by reading:

If in the event of a strike you will be exercising your right not to cross the picket lines, you will need to give your Department Head or Supervisor at least 48 hours notice.

AAPS members who are not deemed essential are not required to cross picket lines. Members who choose not to cross picket lines will not be paid for the time they did not attend work due to the picket lines. Members who choose to not cross the picket line cannot be subject to disciplinary action by the University.

Any arrangement for telecommuting, flex time or vacation time should be established beforehand with your manager.

Possibilities for Picket Lines

If IUOE 882 strikes on Monday morning, they will only be picketing some or all of the buildings that their members work in at the Point Grey Campus. If you do not work in a building that is actively being picketed, you would not be crossing a picket line to go to work. It is also possible that a resolution or injunction may occur over the weekend resulting in an end to  or postponement of the strike.

Essential Services

If your position is deemed essential or you are assigned exigent duties deemed essential and you are concerned about this designation, please contact the AAPS Office to arrange a confidential discussion of your situation.

For those positions deemed essential the University can compel members to work up to 60 hours per week at its discretion. However, any hours worked under this arrangement above the statutory 35 hours must be compensated on an hour for hour basis (i.e. straight time). Under this circumstance, a Labour Relations Board “global order” prevails over the Collective Agreement language. Please note that all other provisions of your Collective Agreement remain in force.

Stay Updated

UBC has a website jobaction.ubc.ca that should have up to date information regarding any strike actions. We will keep the AAPS website and twitter feed updated to the best of our ability with information regarding the strike.

AAPS Office

In the event of the strike, if the TEF III Building or Point Grey Campus entrances are picketed, the physical AAPS Office will be closed, and AAPS staff will be available by phone or email. If we have a meeting scheduled with you in a building that is being picketed, AAPS staff will not cross the picket line. If your meeting is in a building being picketed, please contact the AAPS staff member who is representing you. Should you be summoned to an investigatory meeting during the strike, please email AAPS Executive Director Joey Hansen, joey.hansen@ubc.ca for representation.

We appreciate that the strike information may not be as immediate or clear as we would like, but we encourage all members to practise patience and understanding as your colleagues exercise their right to fair labour negotiations.