Tuesday, October 23, 2012

#UBC ratifies agreement with support staff


Oct. 23, 2012

Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology
Ministry of Finance

VICTORIA -A four-year collective agreement between the University of British Columbia and CUPE Local 2950 staff has been ratified, providing for modest wage increases within existing budgets, Minister of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology John Yap announced today.

The new collective agreement covers 1,700 clerical, secretarial, library, and Chan Centre for the Performing Arts staff at the Vancouver campus. The four-year agreement includes zero per cent wage increases for the first two years, April 1, 2010 through March 31, 2012, consistent with the 2010 Net Zero Mandate, and a two per cent general wage increase in each of the third and fourth years, April 1, 2012, through March 31, 2014, consistent with the 2012 Cooperative Gains Mandate.

The B.C. 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 by finding savings within existing budgets, not adding costs to taxpayers and ratepayers, and not sacrificing services.

Settlements under the 2012 mandate are expected to be unique between sectors and between employers in some sectors.


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