University and union to meet with mediator

The University of Victoria is encouraged that CUPE 4163 (Component 3) has agreed to participate in mediation to resolve the last few issues on the table in order to reach a collective agreement.

The university asked for the Labour Relations Board (LRB) to appoint a mediator on August 9 after talks with CUPE 4163 (Comp 3) reached an impasse August 8. The LRB appointed a mediator on August 12 and on August 26 the union agreed to mediation. Dates for mediation will be scheduled soon.

The university is committed to reaching a new collective agreement as quickly as possible that meets the needs of our students and employees without job action and its disruptions for our campus community.  CUPE 4163 (Comp 3) held a strike vote in late July in which 84 of the 91 people who cast ballots voted in favour of job action. While about 219 members were eligible to vote at the time, over the duration of the academic year the university employs up to 800 sessional instructors and music performance instructors.

The university is confident the parties can advance negotiations to a mutually satisfactory conclusion under the provincial government’s Sustainable Services Negotiations Mandate as we recently have done with the Faculty Association and PEA, whose new contracts took effect July 1, 2019. To date, more than 226,000 public sector employees have renewed agreements negotiated under this provincial Mandate.

The university administration's bargaining updates are a source of accurate information that are designed to keep you informed during the process. Updates will continue to be posted to the UVic bargaining website.