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The BCIT Faculty & Staff Association (FSA) is a certified trade union and a member-driven association that represents full-time and part-time technological faculty and staff at BCIT.

The FSA is governed by the BC Labour Relations Code, the BC Societies Act, the BC Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA), as well as other relevant legislation. The FSA’s Constitution & By-laws provide direction for the purposes and framework for the association. Our policies support us to enact our purposes. You can find all of these on our website. BCITFSA and its members’ workplaces are located on unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Through representation on committees, negotiation with BCIT and advocacy for our members, and advocacy for the collective interests of the membership we work to advance the employment interests of faculty and staff and improve working conditions at BCIT.

FSA Vision

    A dynamic and supportive educational community.

FSA Mission

    Excellent working conditions for all members through representation, negotiation, and advocacy.

FSA Values

    • Integrity: We are transparent and accountable in our decisions and actions.
    • Solidarity: We stand together to protect our rights and achieve collective change.
    • Empowerment: We equip our members to understand and advocate for their rights.
    • Equity: We recognize diversity and pursue inclusion and justice for all members.

Strategic Plan (2021-26)

    The 2021-26 strategic plan was approved by the board of directors in March 2021 and covers July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2026. The plan is composed of four priority areas, each with a related goal. Each priority area has a number of objectives. Check them out below! You can also download a PDF copy of the plan.

Priority Area #1: Reducing Inequities

Goal: To identify and address inequities across our membership

Objectives

  1. Identify and work to address inequities in different FSA job classifications
  2. Increase awareness within the membership about existing inequities
  3. Increase accessibility and seek to remove barriers to participation in the FSA
  4. Advocate for equitable access to resources, education, and technology support
  5. Advocate for employment security for all members
  6. Increase equity in BCIT hiring and retention practices
  7. Hold BCIT accountable for reducing inequities

Priority Area #2: Shaping our Members’ Workplace

Goal: To ensure members have a voice in defining future working conditions

Objectives

  1. Protect working conditions during shifts in the institutional and pedagogical landscape
  2. Form strategic relationships to increase our influence
  3. Ensure consultation as working conditions and circumstances shift
  4. Encourage transparency within Departments and in Departmental decision-making
  5. Ensure Departments exercise their rights
  6. Identify and advance our members priorities through collective bargaining

Priority Area #3: Educating Members

Goal: To ensure members and Departments understand their rights and can exercise them

Objectives

  1. Invest in the development of an FSA-designed “steward model”
  2. Develop and deliver workshops and training opportunities; partner (e.g. with affiliates) where possible for expanded capacity
  3. Increase understanding of Departmental rights and collegial decision-making
  4. Help members understand what FSA services are available, including self-service options

Priority Area #4: Providing Service

Goal: To enhance member engagement, manage member expectations, and ensure exemplary service

Objectives

  1. Understand members’ challenges and concerns
  2. Ensure FSA staff are well supported and resourced
  3. Ensure FSA Board of Directors is equipped to handle governance and HR responsibilities
  4. Define clear service objectives to address organizational needs
  5. Uphold our commitment to member engagement

FSA Newsletter

Winter 2021, Vol 52 Issue 2

Check out our latest newsletter including items about intellectual property & the pandemic, the use of temporary contracts, and member profiles!

Winter 2021, Vol 52, Issue 2 (PDF)

Newsletter Archive
  • FSA Statements on COVID

    The FSA is posting statements on COVID-19 on our blog.
    Read more!
  • What are your rights?

    The Collective Agreement, along with various memoranda of agreement, regulate the terms and conditions of employment of FSA members.
    Read your CA