Joint CUPE Locals Letter to the BoG re: Gupta’s Resignation

Dear members of CUPE 2950,

The Presidents of the three CUPE locals at UBC (2950, 116 and 2278) have sent a Joint CUPE Locals Letter to BoG re: Gupta’s Resignation to UBC Board of Governors Chair, John Montalbano calling on the BoG to resolve this situation as quickly as possible.

In solidarity,

Karen Ranalletta, President CUPE 2950

August 20, 2015

John Montalbano

Chair, UBC Board of Governors

6328 Memorial Road, Room 121
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Dear Mr. Montalbano,

We are the presidents of the three Canadian Union of Public Employee (CUPE) locals on campus. Local 2278 represents the Teaching Assistants, Markers and English Language Instructors, Local 2950 represents Library, Clerical and Theatre Workers and Local 116 represents Food Services, Building Operations, Research, Engineering and Animal Care Technicians, Dental Assistants, Campus Security, Housing, Custodians, Bookstore, Aquatic Centre and Graduate Student Society employees. Collectively, we serve over 7,000 UBC support staff.

We are writing to express our deep concern over the recent and abrupt resignation of Arvind Gupta as President of UBC and the subsequent media fallout surrounding this issue and others. The lack of transparency in this process raises serious questions about University governance and a shocking lack of concern for the reputation of this institution and its budget. The substantial expense of conducting a presidential search twice in the period of two years coupled with the total compensation packages for Dr. Gupta and Dr. Piper in a period of supposed austerity suggests a total disregard for interests of the UBC community.

The campus community took part in an extensive consultation process and we elected representatives to assist in choosing UBC’s new president. For Dr. Gupta to have emerged as the successful candidate only to be removed by the largely unelected Board of Governors thirteen months later without any explanation devalues the processes through which UBC chooses its leaders.

As the Chair of the Board of Governors of a publicly funded institution you have a responsibility to the broader community to ensure that UBC’s reputation is beyond reproach. The mysterious departure of our head has opened the door for rampant speculation that is taking a great toll on campus morale.

We are calling on you to resolve this situation as quickly as possible by clarifying the real reason for Dr. Gupta’s unexpected resignation thereby putting the rumour mill to rest and restoring UBC’s good name. Openness, transparency and effective communication are necessary pillars of a respected public educational institution and are values that UBC itself espouses. It is incumbent on the Board of Governors to obey these principles.

Sincerely,

Colleen Garbe (116) Trish Everett-Kabut (2278) Karen Ranalletta (2950)

Membership Appreciation BBQ – July 23rd

Our membership appreciation BBQ will be on Thursday, July 23rd from 11:30am-2:00pm in the Great Hall of the new Student Union Building at the Point Grey Campus.

We will have music by our very own Maria Ho!

We will also be joined by CUPE BC President Mark Hancock!

Memorandum of Agreement and New Wage Grid

The collective agreement has been ratified by both parties and took effect on Monday, July 6th.

Here is the full Memorandum of Agreement – CUPE 2950 and UBC – which outlines the changes to the contract, everything else not in the MOA stays the same.

The new wage grid is as follows:

http://www.hr.ubc.ca/compensation/files/2950-2015.pdf

The changes to the extended health benefits plan will take effect January 1, 2016 – we will post a summary of the changes soon.

Ratification Vote Results

Ratification Vote Results

Today our CUPE 2950 membership voted 79% in favour of acceptance of the tentative agreement between our Union and the University.

Thank you for your participation and support.

In solidarity, your contract committee,

  • Karen Ranalletta, President CUPE 2950

  • Susanne Lester (Chair)

  • Dana Fister

  • Jaimie Miller

  • Shehnaz Motani

  • George Pereira

  • Frans Van de Ven, Business Agent

  • Ross Idler, CUPE National Servicing Rep

Ratification Vote Meeting Details

CUPE 2950 CONTRACT RATIFICATION VOTE

DATE: TUESDAY, JUNE 23rd

TIME: 12:00PM-3:00PM

LOCATION: NORM THEATRE—OLD SUB (6138 University Boulevard)

Information sessions will be held in the theatre from 12:00pm-3:00pm. The plan is to run these sessions every 15-30 minutes allowing for questions. The Contract Committee will also be on hand to answer questions.

*As per Article 10.01 employees are permitted to attend the information session & vote, on University time.*

 Please note that you will need to bring photo ID to vote.

The Contract Committee is recommending ratification of the tentative agreement.

 

Tentative Agreement Reached!

Tentative Agreement Reached!

After 7 months, including 4 full days of bargaining this week, your Contract Committee reached a tentative collective agreement with UBC late last night.

This was a challenging round of bargaining. The Contract Committee worked very hard to negotiate the best possible deal for our members within the tight restrictions of the Public Sector Employer’s Council’s (PSEC) mandate. 

The term of the tentative agreement is April 1, 2014-March 31, 2019.

The details of the full contract will be shared at an upcoming information and ratification vote meeting. Time and place of this meeting is in the process of being scheduled.

Notice will be sent to all members early next week.

In solidarity, your contract committee,

  • Karen Ranalletta, President CUPE 2950

  • Susanne Lester (Chair)

  • Dana Fister

  • Jaimie Miller

  • Shehnaz Motani

  • George Pereira

  • Frans Van de Ven, Business Agent

  • Ross Idler, CUPE National Servicing Rep

Bargaining Bulletin #7

Bargaining Bulletin #7 – April 16, 2015

Your Contract committee met with UBC’s bargaining committee March 30, April 1, 10, 13 and 15th. We have made significant progress over the past sessions and are scheduled to meet with the employer on May 5th.

In solidarity, your contract committee,

  • Karen Ranalletta, President CUPE 2950

  • Susanne Lester (Chair)

  • Dana Fister

  • Jaimie Miller

  • Shehnaz Motani

  • George Pereira

  • Frans Van de Ven, Business Agent

  • Ross Idler, CUPE National Servicing Rep

Bargaining Bulletin #6

Bargaining Bulletin #6 – March 24, 2015

Your Contract committee met with UBC’s bargaining committee yesterday to continue discussions. We continue to make progress at the table.

A subcommittee of the contract committee will meet with the employer this Friday, March 27th to discuss issues relating to the Chan Centre component. We will be back at the main table on April 10th.

In solidarity, your contract committee,

  • Karen Ranalletta, President CUPE 2950

  • Susanne Lester (Chair)

  • Dana Fister

  • Jaimie Miller

  • Shehnaz Motani

  • George Pereira

  • Frans Van de Ven, Business Agent

  • Ross Idler, CUPE National Servicing Rep

Bargaining Bulletin # 5

The Contract committee met with UBC’s bargaining committee on Monday, February 23rd to continue discussions. We made progress on a number of non-cost items and signed off on proposals. We have dates scheduled for mid-March which will include discussions related to the Chan Centre component.

In solidarity, your contract committee,

  • Karen Ranalletta, President CUPE 2950
  • Susanne Lester (Chair)
  • Dana Fister
  • Jaimie Miller
  • Shehnaz Motani
  • George Pereira
  • Frans Van de Ven, Business Agent
  • Ross Idler, CUPE National Servicing Rep

Bargaining Bulletin #3

Bargaining Bulletin #3 – December 2, 2014

Your Contract committee met with UBC’s bargaining committee yesterday to continue discussions.  We made further progress at the table by signing off on 2 letters of agreement and exchanging union proposals and counter-proposals from the meeting in November 17th. We felt that the meeting was positive and are working with the employer to schedule dates in the new year.

In solidarity your contract committee,

  • Karen Ranalletta, President CUPE 2950

  • Susanne Lester (Chair)

  • Dana Fister

  • Jaimie Miller

  • Shehnaz Motani

  • George Pereira

  • Frans Van de Ven, Business Agent

  • Ross Idler, CUPE National Servicing Rep

Older posts «

loading