From time to time, we get involved in projects that are of vital concern to our members. The following is a list of some of the lobbying efforts we have undertaken on behalf of members of Local 2278 in the past few years.
We have proposed resolutions for CUPE BC, CUPE National, and the Canadian Labour Congress to lobby the Canadian government on all levels to take action on the ever-rising cost of tuition in post-secondary education. We have also met with local MLA, David Eby (until recently, the NDP Advanced Education Critic) to discuss the challenges facing working students at UBC, and to lobby for a halt in tuition increases.
Representation of young workers
We have proposed constitutional amendments allowing for increased representation of young workers (under the age of 30) on the executive levels of CUPE BC and CUPE National. Our efforts ensure that our parent union is responsible to its young members, who are often in more precarious situations with regard to finances and employment.
Access to affordable childcare
We have lobbied UBC to decrease the cost of childcare for students at UBC, implementing letter campaigns in support of the $10/day childcare initiative, and publishing an op-ed in the Georgia Straight about the crippling burden of childcare for student workers.
Concerns within the UBC community
We hold annual meetings with the UBC President to discuss matters affecting our membership. Recently, CUPE 2278 has spoken out to condemn rape culture and insensitivity to marginalised groups on campus, and helped members to address campus safety concerns.
As TAs, we take an active role in shaping and monitoring UBC’s shift toward flexible learning and MOOCs (massive open online courses). We have consulted with the Early Alert team to ensure that TA labour is considered and respected as this initiative has been developed and launched.