“For the current agreement, we have effectively conducted an extensive consultation process with AAPS members, discussed with many of them and received written feedback … And we have prioritized some changes in the agreement based on this feedback,” said Joey Hansen, AAPS Executive Director and negotiator since 2015. The last collective agreement was in effect from 2014 to 2019. While efforts have been made to protect staff, it has also enabled AAPS and UBC to address some challenges in the development of their new agreement. The Association of Administrative and Professional Officers (AAPS) and uBC have negotiated a new interim collective agreement that is in effect until June 30, 2022. “I also believe that there are new mechanisms in the collective agreement that will allow us to address these issues in the future, because addressing these many human rights issues has been both very time-consuming and very costly for AAPS,” Hansen said. To review past collective bargaining, read the new tariffs The agreement also introduced formal foment recognitions, better access to professional development opportunities and a higher parental allowance for all parents. The agreement is still only provisional and will ideally be ratified by the AAPS Board of Directors and the UBC Board of Governors at an upcoming session. UBC declined to comment on the negotiations until it was ratified.
The prize pool currently has $760,000 per year, but by July 2021, this amount will increase to $2 million per year. In addition, various new processes in the university`s agreement will help the university support its staff more transparently. I would also like to thank the AAPS Board of Directors and you, the AAPS members, for the feedback, commitment and support you have provided throughout this round of collective bargaining. The collective agreement also includes a larger amount that UBC employees can obtain for professional development. Many workers faced the problem of access to this professional development fund, but found that the fund was exhausted before they could receive the necessary training. AAPS represents more than 4,000 UBC employees and improves their working conditions through collective bargaining and dispute resolution. Some important changes in the agreement are gender-neutral and integrational language throughout the proposal, a commitment to address existing wage gaps, and a new process for employees to take a break from spiritual, religious and cultural celebrations. A big thank you to all the members who took the time to participate in the collective negotiations and the ratification vote. “It was a very, very difficult round of negotiations, it took a long time,” Hansen said. “But… I think we have an agreement that makes the university a truly, really important investment for its management and its professional staff. I am pleased to announce that the UBC Board of Governors has ratified the new collective agreement.
We appreciate the speed with which the university was able to ratify the new agreement. You have access to 1 day paid for emergency use If you are at an appointment before June 1, 2020, then you will still comply with the 2014 collective agreement with respect to your notice.