New wage rates for 2016-2017

Wages are increasing twice in the coming months! 0.45% on July 1, 2016 and 0.5% on September 1, 2016.

The first increase is a result of the Economic Stability Dividend that was included in all public sector agreements negotiated in the last round of bargaining. So, what is the Economic Stability Dividend?

  • The ESD was negotiated in collective agreements covering workers in direct government, health, social services, crown corporations, universities, K to 12 and other post-secondary institutions.
  • The Economic Stability Dividend is calculated on the variation between the actual growth in provincial real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the projected real GDP growth, provided by the provincial Economic Forecast Council. Real GDP is adjusted for inflation and is measured by Statistics Canada. It is published on a provincial basis in their report titled Real Gross Domestic Product at Market Prices in November of each year.
  • B.C.’s real GDP grew by 3.2% in 2014. This exceeded the Economic Forecast Council’s forecast of 2.3% GDP growth by 0.9%. An amount equal to half of that positive difference will go to members as a pay increase on July 1, 2016. Similar calculations will be conducted over the next three years and could lead to ESD pay increases in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

The second increase was part of the Provincial Government’s bargaining mandate covering 2014-2019 that saw public sector unions capped at a 5.5% total wage increase for this contract period.

Pay rates for TAs are determined on the basis of the degree program in which a union member is enrolled, and/or prior degrees earned.

GTA I- member is enrolled in a Doctoral program or a Masters program and already holds a Masters degree in the discipline they are teaching in.

GTA II- member is enrolled in a Masters program or already holds a Bachelors degree in the discipline they are teaching in.

UTA- member is an undergraduate student working on a Bachelor’s degree

Markers- Regardless of their level of education, members may also be hired as Markers rather than TAs. Markers’ duties are limited to marking questions with objective answers (e.g. multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank) that do not require technical expertise. You should not be hired as a Marker if it is your job to mark more complicated questions and/or assignments; rather, you should be paid as a TA.  Moreover, you cannot be hired as a TA and a Marker for the same course.  If you find yourself in either of these situations, please contact us.

Negotiated Wage Increases for 2016/2017

Classification 2015/2016 Hourly Wages + 0.45% Hourly Wage Increase (Economic Stability Dividend*) Hourly Wages as of  July 1, 2016 +0.5% Hourly Wage increase Hourly Wages as of September 1, 2016
GTA I $31.04 $0.14 $31.18 $0.16 $31.34
GTA II $29.87 $0.13 $30.00 $0.15 $30.15
UTA $14.90 $0.07 $14.97 $0.07 $15.04
Marker $14.29 $0.06 $14.36 $0.07 $14.43

Updated August 8, 2016  

Full TAship Wages Beginning September 1, 2016

(Based on 384 hours for a Full TAship, or 192 hours in Winter Terms 1 and 2)

Classification 2016/2017 Wages
GTA I
$12,032.88
GTA II $11,578.80
UTA $5,775.60
Marker $5,541.12

Updated August 8, 2016

*What is the Economic Stability Dividend? The ESD was negotiated in collective agreements covering workers in direct government, health, social services, crown corporations, universities, K to 12 and other post-secondary institutions. The Economic Stability Dividend is calculated on the variation between the actual growth in provincial real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the projected real GDP growth, provided by the provincial Economic Forecast Council. Real GDP is adjusted for inflation and is measured by Statistics Canada. It is published on a provincial basis in their report titled Real Gross Domestic Product at Market Prices in November of each year. B.C.’s real GDP grew by 3.2% in 2014. This exceeded the Economic Forecast Council’s forecast of 2.3% GDP growth by 0.9%. An amount equal to half of that positive difference will go to members as a pay increase on July 1, 2016. Similar calculations will be conducted over the next three years and could lead to ESD pay increases in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

 

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