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As a cohesive team, we strive to do meaningful work to support, protect, and advance the workplace rights of the FSA membership in their provision of public, polytechnic offerings. As one of the largest faculty and staff associations in BC, we are proud that our office focuses on effectively representing, negotiating, and advocating for the interests of FSA members. We recognize that complex workplaces thrive when each FSA employee is able to fully contribute their skills, knowledge, and wisdom towards this purpose-based work.

FSA Values

  • Empowerment: We empower our members to understand and advocate for their rights.
  • Influence: We leverage our knowledge and relationships to influence decision-making toward the realization of our shared visions.
  • Principled Action: We take principled actions that are driven by the membership.
  • Social Justice: Our commitment to social justice means we seek to foster and enhance a fair and just workplace.
  • Solidarity: Demonstrating solidarity serves as the foundation of effecting change.
  • Strength: Our strength comes from listening to our members and working together to apply what we’ve learned.

FSA Workplace Culture

  • We proudly contribute to a public, post-secondary system guided by a belief in the importance of education and learning in citizenship.
  • We provide the ingredients necessary to nourish staff to fuel our work.
  • We encourage and support each other to get out of the elements and take a breath when needed.
  • We ring our bell to celebrate successes together. We actually have a bell!

FSA Structure

Note: The FSA differs from many other union environments in that it does not have a steward model.

 

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Employment Equity

The FSA is actively committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged.  We encourage applications from qualified members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including but not limited to: status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, neurodiversity, political belief, religion, marital or family status, or age.

Current Postings

Labour Relations Representative

Full-Time, Regular

PDF version of this posting.

The BCIT Faculty and Staff Association in Burnaby is seeking a Labour Relations Representative (LRR) to begin as soon as possible. The deadline for applications is July 19, 2019 and interviews will take place July 24-29, 2019.

The BCIT FSA is a union of 1,600 faculty and technical employees working primarily at BCIT’s Burnaby and Downtown Vancouver campuses. The FSA is associated with the BC Federation of Labour, the Canadian Labour Congress, and the Canadian Association of University Teachers. As part of a team of representatives, the LRR works with FSA members to identify and seek resolutions to workplace and collective agreement issues through advocacy, engagement, and educational processes. As all FSA members are covered by one collective agreement and one employer, the members of the FSA’s representation team work closely together and share responsibilities. For this position, we seek an experienced union advocate with strong communication and collaboration skills who is interested in participating in a team approach to representation.

Duties

  • Investigates workplace issues and develops strategies to address disputes and problems, in collaboration with colleagues
  • Co-ordinates with colleagues to provide consistent and effective labour relations representation and advice to members
  • Represents the union and members in consultation and recourse processes with management, including grievance processes
  • Advocates on behalf of the FSA and members up to referral to arbitration
  • Thoroughly documents issues and grievance files
  • Conducts research for issue and grievance files based on past practice and resolutions, as well as legal precedents and other reference points
  • Develops and delivers member education programs in accordance with the union’s member education plan
  • Prepares written materials for the newsletter and website as requested

Qualifications

  • Professional experience as a union advocate addressing workplace issues
  • Ability to listen, ask incisive questions, identify problems, and develop solutions
  • Outstanding advocacy and negotiation skills
  • Strong written communications skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and co-operatively as a team member in a demanding environment
  • Proven skills to reliably research, record, track, retrieve, and share information in a timely way
  • Strong analytical reasoning
  • Comfortable working in a highly computerized and networked environment, including reliance on MS Office and Outlook, internet research, and creating database entries and retrieving database information

The salary for the position is between $72,871.89 and $86,449.87 with placement based on experience. The FSA offers many lifestyle advantages including a comprehensive benefit package, participation in the Municipal Pension Plan, minimal overtime and travel, and the amenities of working on a post-secondary campus.

Please email your cover letter and resume by July 19, 2019 to Maria Angerilli: Maria_Angerilli[at]bcit.ca.

FSA Newsletter

April 2019, Vol 50 Issue 3

Check out our latest newsletter including items about parking, bargaining, member profiles, and best practices!

April 2019, Vol 50, Issue 3 (PDF)

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