Tentative Collective Agreement with UBC

Dear Members,

I am pleased to announce that after 5 days of mediation, December 5-9, 2012, AAPS has reached a tentative collective agreement with UBC.  The bargaining committee recommends ratification of the deal.

The following are the highlights of the deal:

  • 2% General Wage Increase July 1, 2012 and July 1, 2013.
  • Relocation Counselling  (Article 9.1.10) – Terminated employees with more than 5 years of service can now opt for 3 months of coaching from a certified coach instead of the relocation counselling.
  • Statutory Holidays (Article 11.1) – Family Day (2nd Monday in February) is added to the list of statutory holidays.
  • Sick Leave Documentation (Article 12.3.1) – UBC has agreed to clarify the requirements for sick leave documentation. Once the member has satisfied this requirement UBC will pay for any further requests for medical documentation.
  • Employee Data  (Article 16) – UBC has agreed to enhance and simplify member information to AAPS in order to serve our members better.
  • Leave for Adoption – The leave benefit for adoptive parents is changed from a post-adoption to a pre-adoption leave of 20 paid days.
  • Professional Development Fund – An additional $5,000, resulting from changes to the adoptive leave, will be re-invested in the Professional Development Fund.

Please note that upon ratification the General Wage Increase will be retroactive to July 1, 2012.

While we were pleased to be able to negotiate a General Wage Increase for the membership, there were few gains made in the area of job security.  While we had a robust discussion about UBC`s unfettered right to terminate our members without cause, UBC was unwilling to discuss any bargaining language that augmented job security.  In addition, UBC was not interested in tying the right to terminate for reasons of fit or suitability to performance management under Article 6.  This is an area of ongoing concern that we will continue to raise with the University.

In the next few days we will send you details of information sessions AAPS will hold to discuss the agreement in detail, and take your questions.  Electronic voting will begin later this week and run until January 4, 2013.  While we realize that the voting period will coincide with a portion of the Christmas holiday, we believe there will be ample time to consider the agreement and vote electronically.  Please note, electronic voting avails you the opportunity to vote without being physically present in your workplace.

Michael Conlon
Chief Negotiator