TA Union Elections Thursday Nov. 1

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Come and vote for your TA Union executive committee members, or run for a position yourself. Either way, it’s a good opportunity to chat with TAs from other departments over a late afternoon snack.

Elections Meeting

Thurs. Nov. 1, 4:00 pm, GSS Loft
(AMS NEST 4th Floor. Use your student card to access room)
Refreshments will be served

Our Union executive committee is made up of TAs and Markers who volunteer their time to maintain a good working environment for their nearly 3,000 fellow members at UBC. Executive members organize and host information events, conduct research for contract bargaining, and serve as friendly points of contact for other union members.

Nominations for executive committee positions have been open since our AGM on Sept. 27 and will remain open until the elections meeting on Nov. 1st. If you are interested in running for the executive, please contact president@cupe2278.ca for more information, and/or submit a nomination (including self nominations) to administration@cupe2278.ca. You have the power to make real change on campus, and it starts here.

Please contact us at adminstration@cupe2278.ca or at 604-822-0424 if you require anything to make these meetings more accessible, such as ASL interpretation or captioning service, or materials in electronic format.

Reminder: Come to our AGM this Thurs.

Annual General Meeting
September 27th, 2018
3:45-5:00 pm
Michael Kingsmill Forum (AMS NEST 4th Floor, to the right of the stairs)

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Join us for YOUR Annual General Meeting (AGM). This is one of our most important events, hosted by your TA Union Executive. Those who attend will have the opportunity to learn more about their union. We will discuss CUPE 2278’s activities over the past year, hopes for the coming year, and particularly Bargaining! which is coming up next summer.

As a member, it is your right to attend the AGM, and to have your voice heard and questions addressed.

Refreshments will be served.

CUPE Townhall on Precarious Labour in BC Post Secondary

Cupe is hosting a townhall on precarious labour in BC’s post secondary system on March 16, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm in the Victoria Learning Theatre in the Irving K Barber Learning Centre at UBC.

Speakers will discuss the growing epidemic of precarious labour in BC’s colleges and universities as well as ways that labour unions and associations can fight back to ensure good and reliable jobs are not replaced by contract work that disappears all too easily. This serves BC workers and students alike ensuring the best quality educational experience for all.  Please join us!

See here for more info!

 

Congratulations to our new Executive Board!

We held our elections this evening and I am pleased to announce the following line-up for our 2016/2017 CUPE 2278 Local Executive Board!

  • President and component 1 chair: Laura Bulk
  • Secretary Treasurer: Adrian She
  • Recording Secretary: Jan Wagner
  • Trustee: Harold Eyster
  • Health and Safety Officer: Evan Cronmiller
  • Members at large: Molly Hutt, Alison James, Natalya Balyasnikova, Gillian Glass, Shikha Walia, Drea Brake, Nicole Molinari, Nicholas Hu and Angela Moon

Congratulations all!

Help shape staff training on gender diversity at UBC

You are invited to help shape staff training on gender diversity at UBC! Beyond the Binary @ UBC (BB@UBC) is an initiative started by two staff members at UBC to provide gender inclusion and awareness to staff members through training resources. BB@UBC’s co-Facilitators are looking for feedback from trans, gender variant and/or Two-Spirit members of the UBC community to inform staff training materials, through community feedback and Consultation sessions (focus groups). For more information on BB@UBC, or to sign up for feedback or Consultation sessions, go to: www.blogs.ubc.ca/bbubc. BB@UBC will be hosting the first Community Consultation session on October 25th, 2016 (12pm to 2:00pm). Feedback form submissions are due by Nov. 14th, 2016.

Upcoming Election!

October 25, 2015 5:00/5:45 PM in Henry Angus 234 (Sauder School)

We will be holding our annual Executive elections on October 25! Department Representatives are asked to join us at 5pm when we will elect our Chief Shop Steward and General Members are asked to join us at 5:45pm!

Nominations were opened at our September AGM and will remain open until each seat is filled on the 25th. All members in good standing are invited to run for positions!

To nominate yourself in advance, please email a brief biosketch to president@cupe2278.ca. This will be posted on our website in advance of the election meeting. You may also run for a position from the floor on the day of the election.

Available Positions on the Joint Component Executive Board:
President (Typically a member of Component I)
Vice-President (Typically a member of Component II)
Secretary-Treasurer
Recording Secretary
Component Chairs
One (1) Trustee
Health and Safety Officer

 

Component I Committee
The Component I Committee represents TAs and Markers.
This Committee is made up of a maximum of 15 volunteers, some of whom will also serve on the Joint Component Executive Board, but most of whom are Members At Large. Serving on the Component Committee is a great way to meet people from across campus, serve your fellow TAs and Markers and be a part of the UBC Community. We meet about 2-4 times per month and will be working on several new projects this year. If you are interested in getting involved, please email president@cupe2278.ca. There are several seats available at this time.

 

2016 AGM

A reminder that our AGM will be held on Thursday the 29th in Buchanan A 103 at 5pm! Come check in with your exec, hear about current projects and learn about our upcoming elections!

2014-2019 Collective Agreement

The (nearly) finalized CUPE 2278 Collective Agreement – 2014-2019  is now available. We are fixing up the index and table of contents and hope to have that finished soon.

Meanwhile, work is ongoing to discuss job reclassification for CUPE 2278 members in the hopes of addressing the wage disparity between UTAs and GTAs, creating a lead TA position, and to discuss the Marker position. This meeting to discuss reclassification was negotiated in bargaining last summer. We hoped to have this process completed in time for September hiring, but were delayed by administration issues. More details will be released as soon as we have them, but expect some changes by January 2017 at the latest.

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.