The faculty federation has been negotiating since May 2014, after the failure of the failed negotiations (an arbitrator had to be appealed). Given that we have had an agreement that has worked well over the last 20 years, there is no reason why negotiations on this treaty should be particularly lengthy. However, while little progress had been made, the Faculty Association invited a mediator in November to move things forward. At this stage, progress has stalled again and we expect a resumption of talks. This is worth nothing more than the 5.5% over 5 years that the university offers is fading compared to an average of more than 2% per year over the next two years, which have already been negotiated throughout the country during our comparisons. Thus, the employer insists that, in five years, wages should be as bad as our wages, compared to our comparisons. On behalf of the 600 members of the Thompson Rivers University Faculty Association, I would like to fully support your efforts to negotiate a first collective agreement that meets the needs of all your members. Dear Professor Holler and all members of UNBC FA: Please know that you have my support in your strike action. I am disappointed that the university administration has not dealt with the problems of our community fairly. I have received excellent training at UNBC, thanks to all of them, and I want the students who come after me to have the same opportunity.
I was born and raised in Prince George. When I finished in Grade 12, moving to a school in the south of the city of Bc or a-a-provincial was not an option. I do not want future Northern C.A. scholars to go to the same level of passion, innovation and mentorship of their faculty. I spent 14 years of part-time studies to complete my studies, and the general deterioration of the situation for those seeking higher education horrified me and irritated me until the end. I see the UNBC situation as part of a general trend to sacrifice quality for this in education. In fact, I personally chose not to study post-cycle after realizing how unfavourable the situation has become for young academics graduating from Canadian schools. I have to wonder how many other potential academics have been discouraged in the same way and what impact this will have in the future on academic freedom and study. The government`s administrative intransigence and short-sightedness are hurting us all. I hope that the university administration will recognize where its priorities really lie and contribute to it. Out of solidarity, Tammy L. Churchill You can encourage NUGSS to take action (letter campaigns, petitions, etc.) and encourage UNBC to reach an agreement with the Faculty Association.