AAPS has been proudly representing the interests of management and professional (M&P) staff at UBC for over 40 years.

From its roots as a networking group, to its transformation into a mature professional association AAPS has provided members with confidential advice and support that is in their best interest. Through our advocacy services, professional development and networking opportunities, as well as negotiations with the University, AAPS has always been working to improve the workplace experience for our members.


Timeline of Historical Events

2014: A Historic Victory for AAPS Members

In the fall of 2014 AAPS successfully settles an important grievance with the University and ends the so-called “$5 deal”. Read the full statement here.

2014: The Five-Year Agreement

In accordance with the PSEC Mandate, a new Collective Agreement is ratified by the membership for 2014–2019. While General Wage Increases were dictated by the Provincial Government, AAPS was able to secure a significant increase in Professional Development funding over the five-year agreement.

2013: Planning for the Future

The AAPS Board of Directors conducts a series of strategic planning sessions to consider the long-term vision for the organizations as well as setting priority areas of Job Security, Market Survey, and Professional Development.

2012: AAPS Concludes a Difficult Round of Bargaining

After five days of mediation resulting from UBC’ s bad faith tactic of tying the bargaining process to settling the market survey grievance, AAPS and UBC reached a tentative Collective Agreement. The members ratified the 2012–2014 Agreement in December 2012.

2011: A New Office Location and a New Round of Negotiations

The AAPS office moved to brand new location at 208-6190 Agronomy Road. The collective bargaining process for 2012 begins.

2002: Negotiations

Preparations began for another round of negotiations, and the agreement is ratified in January 2003.

1999–2000: Negotiations and Amendments to the Framework Agreement

AAPS begins negotiations for our second Agreement in 1999. The CUPE labour dispute of 1999 and 2000 delayed those negotiations, but they finally finished in December 2000. In addition, the Framework Agreement is amended on December 1, 2000.

1996–1997: Got our ACTE together

The Association negotiated terms and conditions of employment for M&P staff. Our first Agreement on Terms and Conditions of Employment was reached in April 1997 and ratified in May.

1992–April 1995: Bargaining for Framework Agreement

Negotiation of a Framework Agreement (defining the relationship between AAPS and the University) slowly proceeded. The Framework Agreement was finally ratified in May 1995.

1991–1992: The Mandate

Before negotiations began, AAPS requested a mandate from M&P staff to represent them; 1,068 ballots were mailed out, 723 voted YES, 53 voted NO. In addition, the AAPS Constitution was modified to make AAPS the legal bargaining agent for M&P staff.

The 1990s: Voluntary Agreement

AAPS conceived the objective of a Voluntary Agreement to negotiate terms and conditions of employment. It was felt that M&P staff would not agree with unionizing. We pushed this concept at PACOMAPS for over a year, and in May 1991 a vote was held. 422 M & P staff said YES to Voluntary Agreement, 92 said YES to PACOMAPS, and 60 said YES to unionization.

Late 1980s: AAPS in Transition

AAPS became a more political organization and the University Administration no longer met with us. Eventually, however, an elected committee called the President's Advisory Committee on Management and Professional Staff (PACOMAPS) was convened. AAPS ran a six-member slate. All were elected.

October 1987: AAPS' 10th anniversary

The University Administration distributed THE HANDBOOK. It unilaterally imposed new terms and conditions of employment for M&P staff. It included changes that reduced our benefits and stated that we could be "terminated without cause". Tremendous anger and humiliation resulted. Administrative and Professional Staff were renamed Management and Professional Staff.

1980s: Liaison

AAPS started to present A&P concerns to the University Administration. This eventually grew into regular liaison meetings. Although there were internal discussions regarding certification, most A&P staff were satisfied with the relatively cordial relations with the University Administration.

October 1977: AAPS founded

AAPS was founded by members of the Administrative and Professional Staff group at UBC. It provided social and other networking activities.