UBC's Board of Governors has ratified three-year collective agreements with three Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) locals on campus that allow for general wage increases of zero per cent in the first two years and a two per cent increase in the final year.
"We are very pleased to have reached these agreements with our employees and we look forward to working together to achieve the goals for UBC set out in Trek 2000," says UBC President Martha Piper. The agreements cover about 4,500 support staff in CUPE locals 116, 2950 and 2278. Local 116 comprises tradespeople, food service, bookstore, service workers and many technicians. Secretarial and clerical staff belong to Local 2950 and teaching assistants and ESL instructors are part of local 2278.
The agreements had been previously ratified by the three locals with more than 80 per cent of those voting in favour of accepting the collective agreement.
The agreement with Local 2278 is retroactive to Sept. 1, 1999 with the two other agreements retroactive to April 1, 1999.