Feb 2015 CUPE 2278 Membership Meeting Executive Report

Since being elected in October 2014, the current Executive has been working on several key projects in the following areas: day to day business, contract negotiation preparation, bylaws and executive policy manual development, and fostering stronger internal and external relations.

Day to day business

  1. In order to move forward with our new Executive, some training and education took place to acquaint new executive members with the day to day operation of the local within the UBC community, the CUPE community and the broader labour movement.
  2. The following committees or positions were staffed with members of the Executive and component committees
    1. Bylaw review- Trish E, Ed, Soheil, Barb, Trish F
    2. Bargaining Preparation Committee- Trish E, Ed, Adrienne, Carter,
    3. Social Media and Webmaster- Adrian and Trish E.
    4. Health and Safety- Adrienne and Ben
    5. Grievance Committee- meets on an ad hoc basis
    6. Staff Contract renegotiation- Trish E, Ed, Barb and Trish F.
    7. Privacy Officer- Ben
    8. VDLC Point Person- Adrienne
  3. A 5 year contract between CUPE local 2278 and our staff members Peter Lane and Bridget Donald (UNIFOR 467) has been negotiated and completed. The contract anticipates matching modest wage improvements in line with what we achieve at our own bargaining table in the coming months.
  4. Component I grievances continue to be handled by our Business Agent, Peter Lane.

Contract negotiation preparation,

  1. Ed Kroc has taken the reins of bargaining preparation and in consultation with other executive members and Business Manager Peter Lane, has developed a list of areas for potential improvement in our contract. Dates are not yet set with the employer to meet for contract negotiations, however once the contract committee is elected, preparation will begin in earnest with the intention of meeting with the Employer in the next few weeks.

Bylaws and executive policy manual development,

  1. this committee has worked extensively to bring our bylaws in line with the CUPE national constitution and currently awaits approval from the National office.

Fostering stronger internal and external relations.

  1. Meetings with the other CUPE local presidents at UBC have been fairly regular and a very positive relationship is developing between CUPE 116, 2278 and 2950. Moving toward bargaining, this reinforced solidarity will be an important part of resisting concessions at the bargaining table.
  2. President Trish Everett has regularly attended meetings of the CUPE Universities Committee, CUPE Joint Universities and Colleges Committee, the CUPE University Coordinated Bargaining Committee, the CUPE Young Workers Task Force and casual meetings with executive members from SFU’s TA union, the TSSU.
  3. Adrienne and Ben have actively participated on the University Health and Safety Committee and made reports to the executive about the university-wide initiatives discussed there and opportunities for cooperation.
  4. Several executive members have been actively in touch and participated in the #IAmAStudent movement fighting increased international tuition and housing fees.
  5. Trish Everett has met with AMS President Tanner Bokor and GSS President Collum Connoly about issues concerning our local members as well as areas in which CUPE 2278 can cooperate better with the AMS/GSS.
  6. Ed Kroc has recently completed a contract with CUPE National to investigate precarious labour in the University sector in BC. His report and recommendations will be used by CUPE to help combat the rising number of temporary, short term and contract labour in BC universities.
  7. Soheil Kianzad completed an introductory video explaining the work that CUPE 2278 does on campus to advocate for our membership. It is posted at cupe2278.ca and elsewhere.


Respectfully Submitted on behalf of the Executive of CUPE 2278,



Trish Everett


Contract Committee Nominations Received

Adrienne Levay

Adrienne is a second year doctoral student in the Faculty of Land and Food
Systems whose research interests include public policy and institutional
food systems. She has held a teaching assistant/course coordinator position
with LFS 250 since she began her graduate degree and is deeply committed to
fair and dignified working conditions and wages that reflect our levels of
education and experience and allow us to maintain a healthy life-work
balance. She looks forward to representing you, the members, at the
negotiating table as a part of an experienced and enthusiastic collective
bargaining committee.

Carter Fang

As an undergraduate student and a new member to CUPE 2278, I hope to
improve working conditions for my fellow graduate and undergraduate
teaching assistants alike. With the upcoming changes concerning
undergraduate TAs, it will be necessary to have undergraduate
representation on the committee. Although my time with the union has been
short, I am confident in my qualities of critical thinking and
perseverance, derived from my studies as an engineer. My experiences as
both a CUPE 2278 executive member and a teaching assistant in the
Mathematics faculty will enable me to well-represent the needs of my peers
and do what is required to achieve positive change.

Trish Everett

Trish Everett is a 5th year Doctoral Candidate in Theatre and Film and is
the President of CUPE Local 2278. She served on the bargaining committee in
the previous round of bargaining, attended the CUPE National Bargaining
Conference in 2013, and has attended the CUPE Universities Coordinated
Bargaining Committee and CUPE Universities Committee meetings regularly
since the summer of 2012. She has experience at the table with UBC HR and
in mediation at the BC Labour Board. She believes that bargaining is at the
heart of the work we do as a union and intends to work with the contract
committee to ensure we are as successful as we can be in this round of

Stop by your CUPE 2278 Office Hours this February!

WHEN: Wednesdays, 2-3 pm, all February long.

WHERE: Room 1102 in the Mathematics Annex building, northwest corner of Agricultural Road and Main Mall.

WHO: TAs, tutors, and markers that have a work or union-related question or issue to discuss with the union executive.

**As part of your TA union’s ongoing outreach and communications efforts, we are pleased to announce the reopening of our regular union office hours for Winter Term 2! This is a weekly opportunity for members to informally meet with members of the executive to discuss whatever work and union-related issues or concerns are on their minds. All discussion will remain strictly confidential. Come talk to your executive!**

Membership meeting this week!

We will be holding a membership meeting for CUPE local 2278 on Friday, February 6th, 2015 at 5pm. We are confirming our room booking with UBC and will post that info here when that has been finalized. At this meeting we will be making short executive reports, discussing the upcoming contract negotiations as well as formalizing our membership with the Coalition of Graduate Employee Unions. If you are interested in putting your name forward for the contract committee, please send your name and a short biosketch to administration@cupe2278.ca. Nominations are now open and will close Wednesday at midnight. A list of candidates will be posted on CUPE2278.ca Thursday morning for members to review candidates in advance of the meeting.

The meeting should take approximately 60 minutes.

The Agenda

1) Roll call of officers
2) Summary of previous meeting minutes

  • At the previous meeting of local 2278 held on October 16, 2014 elections were held for the executive committee of local 2278. The following positions were elected
  • President- Trish Everett
  • Vice President- Barb Taylor
  • Secretary Treasurer- Adrian She
  • Chief Negotiator- Ed Kroc
  • Recording Secretary- Carter Fang
  • Education Officer- Ben Loosely
  • Health and Safety Officer- Adrienne Levay
  • Information Officer- Soheil Kianzad
  • Chief Shop Steward- Caitlin Donnelly was elected at an earlier meeting of Department Representatives per local bylaws

3) Executive Committee Report

4) Unfinished business

  • Ratification of Coalition of Graduate Employee Unions Constitution

5) New business

  • vote on proposed areas for contract improvement
  • election of contract committee
  • vote on Budget for FY 2015/2016

6) Good of the Union
7) Adjournment

In Solidarity,

Peter Lane
Business Agent for CUPE local 2278

Get in touch with your union exec at Office Hours!

Hello Teaching Assistants, Tutors, and Markers!

As part of your TA union’s ongoing outreach and communications efforts, we are pleased to announce the reopening of our regular union office hours!  This is a weekly opportunity for members to informally meet with members of the executive to discuss whatever work and union-related issues or concerns are on their minds.  All discussion will remain strictly confidential.  Come talk to your executive!

WHEN: Wednesday, November 26th, 5:30-6:30 pm.

WHERE: Room 1118 in the Mathematics Annex building, northwest corner of Agricultural Road and Main Mall.

WHO: TAs, tutors, and markers that have a work or union-related question or issue to discuss with the union executive.

***Check back at our website or Fb for the location and time of December’s office hours; they will be posted very soon!***

General membership meeting, October 2nd

AGM_Oct16_poster (3)-3 copyHi everyone,

It’s time to elect your representatives!  We will hold a general meeting/nominations meeting on October 2nd, at 5 pm in the GSS Ballroom.

At the meeting, we will be accepting nominations for new members to join the union executive.  This is a great way to get involved in the union and to support your fellow TAs.  Although some executive members will be re-applying, any union member is welcome to run for any position.  Available positions are listed below; all openings are for a one-year term.

  • President (chairs meetings and generally keeps the union running smoothly; active on external committees)
  • Vice-President (prepares meeting agendas and assists the President)
  • Secretary-Treasurer (keeps track of the budget, with the help of our Administrative Coordinator)
  • Recording Secretary (keeps accurate records of meetings and internal communications)
  • Information Officer (works to keep members informed of their rights under the collective agreement)
  • Education Officer (works with the Information Officer to educate members about the union)
  • Chief Negotiator (works with our Business Manager and National Servicing Representative on the bargaining committee, as we negotiate a new collective agreement)
  • Health and Safety Officer (chairs the Health and Safety Committee and attends university-wide health and safety meetings on behalf of the union)

Positions will also be available on the By-law Review Committee.  This is a short-term commitment, and committee members will be involved in writing new by-laws for CUPE 2278.

Finally, we will also elect someone who is not a member of the union executive committee to serve as a Trustee, i.e. someone to oversee activity by the executive and ensure that by-laws are followed.  This position is also available for a one-year term.

Elections, and our Annual General Membership meeting, will subsequently be held on October 16th, at 5 pm, in room 202 in Buchanan building A.  This is a great opportunity for you to get out and ask us about any questions or concerns you may have about your TAship!  We’ll also be discussing our plans for the upcoming year, including bargaining for our next collective agreement.

Hope to see you there!

Caitlin Donnelly (website person)

Summer update


Greetings, everyone!  I wanted to take a moment to update you on what your union executive have been up to this summer:

Union solidarity

We have been busy building up relationships with other CUPE locals on campus (CUPE 116 and 2950), and writing letters of support to back up the BC Teachers’ Federation in their current job action.  We will also be sending delegates to the Coalition of Graduate Employee Unions Conference in August, to meet with other TA unions from across North America.


In preparation for the next round of bargaining, beginning some time in the fall, we are evaluating the results of our membership survey, compiling data from similar collective agreements, and drafting language proposals.

Local business

We are re-writing our bylaws!  Key changes include rules to encourage more diversity among union executive representation, and moving elections from October to January to avoid conflicts with bargaining.  We hope that moving the elections will allow newer TAs to join the executive once they’ve had time to establish themselves at UBC.  Once this document is ready, we will present it to the membership for approval.  This should happen in the winter or early spring.

Preparing for fall

We are getting the ball rolling on training and orientation sessions with members in each department.


We hope that everyone is having a productive and fun summer!  Enjoy the sunshine!


In solidarity,

Trish Everett

CUPE 2278 President