January 24, 2014

UVic faculty and librarians approve certification as a union

The official results of the certification vote are as follows:

The question voted upon was: "Do you want the University of Victoria Faculty Association to become a certified union that will represent you in collective bargaining with your employer?"

As a result of the vote, the Faculty Association will be certified as a union under the BC Labour Relations Code. The administration and Faculty Association must now begin negotiation of the first collective agreement. Until the first collective agreement is in place the terms and conditions of the Framework Agreement will continue to apply.

The University Administration and Faculty Association respect the choice made by faculty and librarians regarding their preferred form of representation. Both the administration and the Faculty Association are committed to continue our mutual efforts to maintain a positive and supportive working environment for faculty members and librarians within our collegial governance structure.

We're all proud of the critical role our faculty and librarians play in teaching and inspiring our students and in conducting internationally leading research that's tackling key issues and opportunities for Canadians, and we look forward to a future of working together for the benefit of our students, our university and society in general.

Reeta C Tremblay
Vice President Academic and Provost

Doug Baer
On behalf of the UVic Faculty Assocation Executive

January 21, 2014

Clarification on certification vote question

The university and Faculty Association have been working with the BC Labour Relations Board (LRB) today to clarify the question that the LRB is posing to all eligible faculty members and librarians in the online vote Jan 22-24.

The question to be voted upon now reads:

"Do you want the University of Victoria Faculty Association to become a certified union that will represent you in collective bargaining with your employer?"

The FAQs have been updated to reflect the most recent changes.

January 20, 2014

Importance of the certification vote for faculty and librarians

The BC Labour Relations Board has confirmed that the vote on certification by faculty members and librarians will be conducted online between Jan. 22-24. The vote will determine whether faculty and librarians will continue with a faculty association or instead be represented by a certified trade union.

This decision will be made by individual faculty members and librarians, and it is important that you exercise you exercise your right to vote.

The application for certification will be decided by a simple majority (50 per cent plus one) of votes cast. If you do not vote, your voice will not be heard.

See frequently asked questions and answers about a variety of issues including faculty strikes, the voting process and eligibility, and the nature of membership if the Faculty Association is certified as a trade union.

January 3, 2014

Faculty Association applies for trade union certification

The BC Labour Relations Board (LRB) has advised the university that the UVic Faculty Association filed an application for certification as a trade union on January 2.

The BC Ministry of Labour will now investigate the application to verify that the association has reached the required threshold of signed union cards from its membership and that the other information in the application is accurate.

The LRB will conduct a hearing on January 10. Anyone affected by the application for certification has the right to attend to give evidence and make arguments about or objections to the application. For more information about the hearing and certification process, see the LRB package in its entirety (PDF).

Assuming everything is in order, the LRB will set a date for a secret ballot vote of faculty members and librarians.

The vote will determine, by simple majority of those who cast ballots, how faculty members and librarians are to be represented—by the existing association or by a trade union.

This page will be updated once the LRB has set the date for the certification vote, and determined voter eligibility and how the vote is to be conducted (e.g. in-person or mail-in).

December 16, 2013

Faculty Association reaches threshold for union representation vote

The UVic Faculty Association has announced that at least 45 per cent of its members have signed union cards, allowing it to apply to the BC Labour Relations Board (LRB) for certification as a trade union. The drive for certification was launched in early October and needed to surpass the threshold within a 90-day window.

Once the LRB receives and verifies the accuracy of the application, it will order a representation vote by secret ballot within 10 days of the application date. The union is certified if a majority of the employees who vote are in favour of representation by a union.

UVic representatives have affirmed throughout the process that they respect the right of faculty members and librarians to make their individual decisions about whether to remain represented by an association or to be represented by a trade union, but also want to ensure that Faculty Association members have complete and accurate information on which to base their decision.

More information: A web page has been established to provide information about faculty unionization, the effect of provincial government wage constraints, and the type of dispute resolution mechanisms available in a faculty union environment.