Two union locals have reached agreement with UNBC on new contracts.
CUPE local 2278 and local 3799 each signed with the university for another three-year term.
The 3799 group represents about 315 support staff while 2278 represents about 100 graduate teaching assistants.
“CUPE Local 3799 is happy to have achieved a fair settlement with the University and wishes to convey our thanks to the bargaining committees for their efforts in reaching this achievement. We are grateful for the mutual respect and collaboration that has been demonstrated throughout this process,” said local president Joyce Henley. “We are pleased with this outcome, and we recognize that there is still work to be done to improve our university community. We remain committed to working together with all members of our community to make UNBC the best place to work, learn and play.”
This agreement is retroactive to July 1, 2022 and was agreed to this July 18.
“We are very pleased that the bargaining process was done in a mutually amicable fashion and that we continue to foster positive working relationships with UNBC,” said Lisa Koetke, chairperson of CUPE 2278 Component III. “As our second negotiated collective agreement with UNBC, this settlement demonstrates the growth of the relationship between the parties.”
This agreement is retroactive to July 1, 2022 and was agreed to in January.
“CUPE employees bring tremendous value to UNBC. We can only offer an exceptional post-secondary experience through their commitment and efforts to the critical work they do each day,” said UNBC president and vice-chancellor Dr. Geoff Payne. “We continue to build collaborative and respectful relationships across the university, and this successful round of bargaining is a direct result of everybody’s efforts. On behalf of the university community, I applaud the efforts of both bargaining teams who dedicated considerable expertise and effort to the process, and I thank them for the good work and very excited for the future and working with CUPE executive and its members.”