The FSA is a member-driven organization that is led by members and supported by a team of professional staff.
Members have an opportunity to participate in their union by serving on the Board of Directors; being a Tech Rep; serving on a Committee; and through FSA events and consultations.
The FSA Board of Directors is made up of ten FSA members elected by the membership for two-year terms. The President and Vice-President are elected in one year and eight members-at-large are elected in the alternate year, including two positions allocated for Director, Associate Members (PTS Instructors & Lab Assistants). The FSA board is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the union, for reviewing and setting organizational policy, and exercising the union’s legal and financial responsibilities.
Tech Reps are the FSA’s representatives in each department. Elected annually, they provide an essential, personal link between the FSA’s Board of Directors and the Association’s membership. Representation is a core function of the FSA and Tech Reps are a vital part of how the Association continues to consult and gain feedback from its members. Tech Reps’ contributions allow the FSA to improve our ability to formulate informed policy and respond effectively to ongoing changes at BCIT.
The FSA has a set of its own committees and also appoints FSA members to BCIT committees. Since its beginnings, the FSA has always depended on the volunteerism of its members to staff these committees. The amount of impact the FSA has had on life on BCIT’s campuses – and the working lives of BCIT employees – is a result of this volunteerism. If you think you’d like to contribute to the well-being of your fellow employees, and the well-being of BCIT as a unique educational institution in British Columbia, we encourage you to watch for opportunities to join these committees and play a role in your union.
FSA membership is made up of over 1,600 people drawn from across the Institute’s academic schools and from the many Departments that provide academic support. Our members are educators and education professionals dedicated to a providing a quality learning environment for BCIT’s students and to contributing towards the Institute’s role in the BC economy and education system.
The FSA has a professional staff team to support the operational functions of the union. The staff team implements the strategic direction and policies of the organization through work in the areas of strategic leadership, labour relations, data management, communications, and operational support.