I am a member of the UBC community, even during job action
Student, staff, faculty – all of us are members of this community. The university’s policies, guidelines and codes of conduct still apply to everyone during job action by UBC unionized employees.
Contraventions to these policies and guidelines could result in serious consequences for you. That’s why you need to be informed. Full information in the UBC Vancouver Academic Calendar 2012/13
The university expects members of the community to maintain a respectful environment for working, learning and living, in which respect, civility, opportunity and inclusion are valued.
We are all expected to uphold these principles in our communications and interactions with fellow community members and the public, in all university-related settings. General expectations are covered in this statement.
Members of the university are free, within the law, to pursue what seems to them as fruitful avenues of inquiry, to teach and to learn unhindered by external or non-academic constraints, and to engage in full and unrestricted consideration of any opinion – including those related to the present labour dispute.
This freedom extends not only to the regular members of the University, but to all who are invited to participate in its forum. Full information in the UBC Vancouver Academic Calendar 2012/13
The university takes every reasonable measure to remain open despite job action – that means maintaining instruction in all courses, providing access to core library services, internet connectivity, student services, and to overseeing exams as scheduled.
The university has a policy (Policy #64. Crossing of Picket Lines) that allows members of the campus community to exercise a decision of conscience and choose not to cross a legal picket line – staff who have been deemed an essential service do not have the right to this choice. Faculty and staff who wish to exercise their decision of conscience to not cross a legal picket line must have provided notice in advance to their head, manager or supervisor before Tuesday Oct. 2 at 11:30 pm.
Students can also exercise this right not to cross a picket line – but they must provide notification and are responsible for learning any material they miss as a result of a labour disruption. Important information for students can be found in the Academic Position of Students in Case of a Strike. Additional information for students is available on the Vice-President, Students website.
Get informed: read the Academic Position of Students in Case of a Strike and read the FAQ’s for students on VP Students website.
There are a number of important policies and guidelines that apply to situations that can arise during labour disputes:
UBC Human Resources issues Bargaining Bulletins with timely information regarding developments related to collective bargaining at UBC. Visit http://www.hr.ubc.ca/collective-bargaining/ for more information.
Today, we have released Bargaining Bulletin 1 for collective bargaining commencing in 2014. In this bulletin, Lisa Castle (VP Human Resources) describes the current state of UBC’s collective agreements, and explains the status of public sector collective bargaining in British Columbia.
Read Bargaining Bulletin 1 .