Preparations for Bargaining in 2012

By Michael Conlon, Executive Director

The current collective agreement between AAPS and UBC expires June 30, 2012. However, preparations are already underway for the next round of bargaining. Starting in late fall AAPS will host a series of roundtables, open to all members. The roundtables will offer members an opportunity to discuss and suggest priorities for the upcoming round of collective bargaining. 

Bargaining with UBC takes place under the auspices of the Public Sector Employers Council (PSEC). PSEC is a government controlled body that regulates bargaining in the public sector in British Columbia. PSEC sets the mandate for each round of bargaining including total compensation. As you will recall the last mandate was ‘net zero’ for two years. While we are hopeful that the wage freeze will be lifted there have been several troubling discussions in the mainstream media about the next mandate. The possibility of a fall provincial election also complicates the discussion about what the mandate will be for the next round. Despite these challenges we are in active and ongoing discussions with other unions and associations about how to convince the government that another two years of ‘net zero’ will have a detrimental effect on the province and the morale of those working in the public service in British Columbia.

We will keep you apprised of developments through the fall via the AAPS website, On the Radar and email.