Information about bargaining at UVic

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CUPE 917

Employees of the athletic department, food services, grounds maintenance and janitorial employees, security officers and tradespeople are represented by CUPE 917 in collective bargaining with UVic.

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CUPE 951

Office employees, library assistants, technicians and child care workers are represented by CUPE 951 in collective bargaining with UVic.

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CUPE 4163 (Components 1 & 2)

Teaching assistants, lab assistants, French and English language instructors and community leaders are among employees represented by CUPE 4163 (1 & 2) in collective bargaining with UVic.

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CUPE 4163 (Component 3)

Sessional instructors, continuing instructors and music performance instructors are employees represented by CUPE 4163 (Component 3) in collective bargaining with UVic.

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Faculty Association

Regular faculty, limited-term faculty appointments and librarians are represented by the Faculty Association in collective bargaining with UVic.

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Professional Employees Association (PEA)

Administrative and academic professional employees are represented by the Professional Employees Association (PEA) in collective bargaining with UVic.

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Collective bargaining with the university’s six unionized employees groups occurs every few years.  With all six collective agreements scheduled to expire in 2019, this web page is a source of accurate information about the collective bargaining process and is designed to keep you informed of progress at each of the bargaining tables.

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BC bargaining mandate

Since 1993, bargaining in the broader BC public sector has been governed by negotiation mandates established by the provincial government. In the 2019 round of bargaining of its collective agreements, the university will be negotiating under the provincial 2019 "Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate."

Elements of the Sustainable Services mandate:

  • Three-year term.
  • General wage increases of 2 per cent in each year.
  • Ability to negotiate conditional and modest funding that can be used to drive tangible service improvements for British Columbians. An example would be targeted funds to address existing, chronic labour market challenges where employers need to meet service delivery commitments or changes that achieve service enhancements such as innovations, modernization or efficiencies.

Current Status of Collective Bargaining

Collective bargaining under the 2019 – 2022 Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate is well underway at UVic and across the broader public sector.  Nearly 229,000 of the 330,000 unionized public sector employees are covered by agreements negotiated under this mandate.

In the research university sector, agreements have recently been reached with four CUPE locals: one at UBC (similar to our CUPE 917 local); two at UNBC (the staff and teaching assistant locals); and one at Thompson Rivers University (a combined staff and teaching assistant local).  Earlier in the year, the UBCO and their BCGEU local (combined staff and teaching assistant local) also reached agreement under the Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate.

At UVic, bargaining has reached the halfway point.  Agreements have been reached and ratified with the PEA and the Faculty Association, representing approximately 2,000 employees (or two-thirds of our regular continuing workforce).

On September 19, following two days of mediation, a tentative collective agreement was reached between the University of Victoria and CUPE 4163 (Component 3). The tentative agreement, which will be in effect May 1, 2019 to April 30, 2022, was ratified by CUPE 4163 members on October 3 and by the university’s Board of Governors on October 8. 

The university is committed to reaching new collective agreements as quickly as possible that meets the needs of our students and employees.  Bargaining with CUPE 951 started in July and we are endeavouring to book dates to bargain with CUPE 917 and Components 1 & 2 of CUPE local 4163 during the fall semester.  Updates on the progress of collective bargaining at each of these tables will be posted on the respective web pages indicated above.


For additional information on the bargaining mandates, please visit the Public Sector Employers' Council Secretariat website.