UNBC faculty head to the picket lines

March 6, 2015

Faculty at the University of Northern British Columbia initiated strike action yesterday after failing to come to a new contract agreement with the institution. Negotiations have been ongoing for 10 months, but UNBC Faculty Association (UNBC FA) President Jacqueline Holler said the 2 sides remain far apart. "We've called attention to the really large and growing gap between compensation at UNBC and compensation at all other universities," she said. In a statement, UNBC said that progress was being made at the bargaining table and that the 2 sides had signed off on more than 70% of articles presented in negotiations, but noted that 8 of 13 remaining articles are related to compensation. The deal proposed by UNBC includes minimum general wage increases of 0%, 1%, 1.5%, 1.5%, and 1.5% over the proposed 5-year agreement. Talks between the university and the faculty association are ongoing, but all classes have been cancelled. The UNBC strike follows labour action at the University of Toronto and York UniversityCBC | UNBC Bargaining Updates