The unionized staff at the Okanagan campus of UBC have ratified a new labour agreement.
Represented by the BC Government Employees Union, the union signed on to a five-year contract agreement that covers about 500 non-faculty staff, teaching assistants and markers, calling for a 5.5% per cent wage increase over the length of the deal with potential for additional increases if the B.C. economy exceeds annual forecasts set by the Economic Forecast Council during the last four years of the deal.
The term of the new agreement is from April 1, 2014, to March 31, 2019.
The contract settlement falls in line with the provincial government’s Economic Stability Mandate, which has been the basis for contract settlements impacting about 200,000 public-sector employees, representing about two-thirds of all unionized public-sector employees in B.C.
This mandate, which was a point of contention in the recent bitter negotiations between the province and public school teachers, offers public sector
employers the ability to negotiate longer-term agreements within a fixed
fiscal envelope, and offers employees an opportunity to participate in
the province’s economic growth with potential additional wage increases.