Monday, October 15, 2012

Tentative agreements reached with #UVic and #UBC support staff

Oct. 15, 2012
Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology
Ministry of Finance

Tentative agreements reached with UVic and UBC support staff

VICTORIA - Two tentative agreements have been reached under the Cooperative Gains Mandate between the University of Victoria and the Professional Employees Association (PEA), as well as between the University of British Columbia and CUPE Local 2950, Minister of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology John Yap announced today.

The PEA represents about 950 non-faculty administrative and academic professionals working as counsellors, instructors, system analysts, fundraisers, scientific technicians, engineers and advisers at the University of Victoria. The two-year agreement provides for modest wage increases, which, as required under the Cooperative Gains Mandate, are being funded from savings found within existing budgets.

The tentative agreement reached by UBC with CUPE Local 2950 covers 1,700 clerical, secretarial, library, and Chan Centre for the Performing Arts staff at the Vancouver campus. This agreement covers four years: two years under the 2010 Net Zero Mandate and two years with a modest wage increase found within the 2012 Cooperative Gains Mandate.

Government has been clear that there is no new money to fund wage increases and there is no desire to download these costs onto families or future generations. The Cooperative Gains Mandate provides public sector employers with the ability to negotiate modest wage increases savings within existing budgets. Settlements under the 2012 mandate are expected to be unique between sectors and between employers in some sectors.

No further details on the agreements will be available until ratification is complete.

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