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Bargaining, Round 19 (2022+)

The FSA Collective Agreement Committee (CAC) for Round 19 has been struck! It will start to meet in late 2021 and there will be opportunities for members to provide input to the bargaining process in early 2022. Watch our weekly member e-bulletin for details! Have a suggestion for bargaining? You can always email it to our office and we will make sure it gets submitted to the CAC.

Bargaining, Round 18 (2019 – 2022)

Throughout this round of bargaining we will be providing updates through our all-members e-bulletin that goes out weekly. We will also update our blog with messages from your Chief Negotiator and Bargaining Team. Member-only information will be posted in our Members Portal (login required).

Your Bargaining Team includes Colin Jones (Chief Negotiator), Silvia Raschke (Vice President), Terry Gordon (Treasurer), Amy Fell (FSA Member), and Maria Angerilli (Interim Co-Executive Director).

Current Stage: Agreement Ratified

On May 27, 2020, your Bargaining Team reached a tentative agreement with BCIT. As per the process for bargaining, this tentative agreement was presented to the FSA membership for a ratification vote. The Bargaining Team recommended voting yes to ratify the agreement. Voting occurred from June 3-8, 2020 and on June 8th we announced that the agreement had been ratified by the FSA membership.

Collective Agreement Committee Open Houses

The CAC hosted a series of open houses for FSA members to drop-in, get a sneak peak of the bargaining survey results, and help us frame the proposal package to be voted on at the January General Meeting.

  • Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 2:30-6:30pm, Downtown Campus 280/282
  • Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 2:30-4:30pm, Burnaby Campus, Town Square D
  • Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 5-6:20pm, Burnaby Campus, SE6-204

Member Survey

From December 6-16, 2018 the FSA ran an all-member survey to prepare for bargaining. The survey FAQ was posted on the FSA blog and the results were provided to the FSA Collective Agreement Committee to utilize in preparing a package of bargaining proposals for approval by the FSA membership at the January 23, 2019 general meeting.

Call for Suggestions for Bargaining

In Oct 2018 the FSA opened an online suggestion form for members to submit suggestions. This form remained open until Dec 2018 when the FSA Collective Agreement Committee began to formulate proposals utilizing input from the members, FSA staff, and the broader labour sector.

Blog Posts

Not all bargaining updates are posted to our blog. Some are sent directly to FSA members by email.

Round 17 (2014-19)

Additional information from this round of bargaining was posted in our Members-only Portal (login required).

Update, August 25, 2014

The publication of the 2010-14 FSA-BCIT collective agreement has now been authorized by the Post-Secondary Employer’s Association. This edition incorporates changes agreed upon with the ratification of the negotiated settlement arrived at in early 2013. It does not address many minor issues we had hoped to clear up prior to publication. A limited number of copies of the agreement will be printed and made available in the coming weeks. In the meantime, an electronic version without the completed signature page can be downloaded.

Bargaining Round Began May 29, 2014

The first bargaining session for the renewal of the 2010-14 FSA collective agreement took place on May 29, 2014 with several more dates scheduled in June. At the general meeting in January, the FSA membership ratified the outline of a proposal package built around the theme of equity. A summation of the proposals will be available again after they are presented to management. Bargaining updates will be shared on our blog.

In April, the BCGEU Vocational Instructor units at the colleges (not at BCIT or Vancouver Island University) agreed to the first collective agreement in our sector in this round of bargaining. That agreement is a five year deal with wage increases totalling 5.5% but with no increase until April, 2015. Minor adjustments were made to extended health benefits and there was a slight increase in PD funding but few other changes.

Members of the FSA Bargaining Team are:

  • Teresa Place, FSA President
  • Terry Gordon, Financial Management
  • Colin Jones, ITS
  • Joe Newton, Tech Centre
  • Silvia Raschke, Tech Centre
  • Dave Shaw, Mechanical Engineering
  • Kenzie Woodbridge, ITS
  • Paul Reniers, FSA Executive Director and Chief Negotiator
  • Sascha Swartz, FSA Labour Relations Administrative Analyst 

Results of Survey on Alternatives to the ‘Non-Teaching Faculty’ Label

The FSA ran two surveys of its Faculty members without regularly scheduled classroom contact on alternatives to the term ‘Non-Teaching Faculty’ used throughout the collective agreement. Changing this terminology is meant to recognize these members based on what they do rather than by what they don’t do. Although they have been referred to in the collective agreement as ‘non-teaching,€ for many of them teaching is a component of their jobs, even though they don’t typically have a regular weekly schedule. The implication that they are something less than other Faculty has also had practical implications. They are the only group of Regular Employees under the FSA contract with no access to some form of short-term development leave.

Counselors, Instructional Development Consultants, Librarians, Program Co-ordinators, Researchers, Student Services Co-ordinators and others were asked first to suggest alternative titles and then to rank the options. In reviewing the results, three alternatives have a high level of support among these members and will be brought to the bargaining table. They are:

  • Referring to this group simply as Faculty and referring to instructional Faculty as Instructors
  • Referring to this group as Professional Faculty and to Instructors as Instructional Faculty
  • Referring to this group as Specialist Faculty

With the support of the membership, we are confident we will be able to resolve this long-standing issue in the coming round of bargaining.

Copies of the 2010-14 Collective Agreement

The process of preparing the last version of the collective agreement for printing has been painfully slow. Despite the long time between collective agreements, the employer declined to make most of the requested housekeeping changes in the proofing process. As result, when the new collective agreement is finally published, it will still contain inconsistent usage of terms, ambiguous references, and other minor issues we had hoped to clear up. In March, we made a proposal to the employer that just three errors in the collective agreement be corrected prior to printing. We have yet to hear back. We intend to finalize the printing of the 2010-14 agreement at the outset of negotiations for its renewal. If that occurs, printed copies of the current agreement will be available prior to the summer. In the meantime, please refer to the 2007-10 collective agreement and the 2010-14 settlement agreement.

FSA Newsletter

Winter 2022, Vol 53 Issue 2

Check out our latest newsletter including items about workload disputes, solidarity, PTS rights to be rehired, and member profiles!

Winter 2022, Vol 53, Issue 2 (PDF)

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  • What are your rights?

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