Reminder: Strike Protocol

CUPE Local 2278 is in a legal strike position. Local 2278 represents UBC Teaching Assistants, Markers, Tutors, and Instructors and the English Language Institute. The union is a local of the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

Please find below a reminder of the strike protocol for AAPS members.

Under the “Global Order” UBC obtained at the Labour Board they can compel AAPS members to do union member work deemed necessary to keep the University functioning. The exception to that order is employees hired as M&P Staff after March 29, 2010 (the date the current round of bargaining began). Employees hired after that date cannot be compelled to do union member work.

While UBC Policy 64 and our collective agreement allows AAPS members to refuse to cross a picket line with 36 hours’ notice to management, there is no provision allowing AAPS members to refuse to do struck work. However, if it is an issue of individual conscience for you to do struck work we would suggest that you contact your manager and outline your concerns.  Regrettably, exclusion from this work is at the manager’s discretion and refusal to do so could result in disciplinary action.


We strongly encourage members to attend the AAPS AGM on October 31st. Our legal counsel Allan Black will be giving a brief presentation on the rights and obligations of AAPS members during a strike and take any questions you may have regarding the recent strike action at UBC. Please RSVP for the AGM.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions at AAPS or 604-822-9025.

Additional Job Action Resources: offers comprehensive information on strikes at UBC.

The website for CUPE Local 2278 offers information about the local.