We reiterate that the employer`s divisive proposal to be solely for merit is unacceptable and will further distort UNBC`s already broken wage system. There is no faculty union in the country that would accept the employer`s offer. President Weeks: Make your facts clear. Then roll up your sleeves, pick up the phone and negotiate a collective agreement like in our benchmark universities: an agreement that guarantees THE SUSTAINABILITY AND CONTINUED EXCELLENCE OF UNBC. I would like to express our strong support for UNBC`s fight for a strong first collective agreement and a reasonable wage system. The Brock University Faculty Association will send a check for 1500 $US to support your efforts, along with other financial contributions if the strike continues. The university recognizes that our constant career development has led to a growing pay gap between UNBC faculties and their counterparts at other universities. The challenge is to find ways to fill a gap that has been growing for more than 20 years and as a result of previous agreements between the faculty and the university. The fiscal realities and responsibilities of the university as a public university for a sustainable future are additional challenges. For example, BC`s government operating grant, which devotes 67% of the operating budget to UNBC, has decreased by $572,000 this year. In addition, registration has declined by 5.9% this year. In addition, the growth in the number of public universities in BC over the past decade has created an increasingly competitive environment. Dear Jacqueline and colleagues at UNBC-FA: We have heard a lot about the challenges you face in negotiating your collective agreement.
We wish you good luck for your efforts and offer our support. We understand the value of a good collective agreement and the difficulty of negotiating it. Faculty agreements are essential for the work environment and services offered at a university. We stand with you in your efforts to maintain the quality of post-secondary education in British Columbia. Best wishes,HelgaHelga Kristín HallgrímsdóttirPresident, Association of Faculties of the University of Victoria www.uvicfa.ca/ Financial commitments made in the context of collective bargaining on the payment of wages are long-term and go well beyond the duration of a collective agreement. The overall compensation package of the five-year agreement proposed by the university increases the remuneration of FA members by $4.5 million and provides a solid foundation on which we can build. In comparison, the Faculty Association`s compensation proposal, which was paid over the same five-year period, was estimated by UNBC at a cumulative cost of more than $20 million, including Benefits. . . .