UBC faces potential strike action by unions

April 12, 2012

The University of British Columbia is warning students who are now writing final exams about the possibility of strike action at the Vancouver campus by one or more of its unions upset with the government's net-zero mandate for public-sector contracts. A mediator has been appointed to assist with bargaining in the dispute involving 2,300 teaching assistants, language instructors, and tutors represented by CUPE. Job action is not permitted while the mediator does his work, says a UBC spokeswoman. Another CUPE local, whose members include nearly 2,000 custodial and maintenance staff, also has a strike mandate but has not issued a strike notice. The spokeswoman says all has been quiet recently at that table. Vancouver Sun