Capilano University & COPE ratify
happy to report that Capilano University and the Canadian Office & Professional Employees
Union (COPE) ratified an agreement negotiated under the Economic Stability
The board of the Post-Secondary Employers’ Association (PSEA)
provided final ratification of the five-year settlement on Friday, July 24.
The new collective agreement is in effect from April
1, 2014 to March 31, 2019 and covers more than 400 Capilano University support
staff, including those in IT and administration roles.
Capilano University & COPE reach tentative agreement
The University is pleased to announce that it reached a tentative
agreement with the Canadian Office & Professional Employees Union (COPE) yesterday,
July 9. The tentative settlement is
consistent with the Economic Stability Mandate.
reaching the tentative agreement, COPE ceased all strike action. Employees are
expected to return back to work today, Friday, July 10.
The parties will now schedule dates for ratification of the tentative
The University’s Bargaining Committee extends its sincere thanks to the
entire campus community for collectively minimizing strike action impacts on
students and other stakeholders.
Today, July 7, 2015, the
Canadian Office & Professional Employees Union (COPE) withdrew the services
of all 37 Registrar's Office employees.
The priority registration
period began yesterday and is scheduled to run until July 17 for an anticipated
7,000 students. Ongoing registration will continue until the beginning of
the September 2015 term.
University is taking all steps to ensure to the best of its ability that students
register for courses without issue.
On June 29, the last
mediation date, the parties agreed to continue mediation with the Labour
Relations Board’s (LRB) assistance. The two parties will meet tomorrow, July 8, at the
At their meeting with the mediator on June 29, the University and the
Canadian Office & Professional Employees Union (COPE) agreed to meet again
at 1 pm on Wednesday, July 8 at the Labour Relations Board (LRB).
During the July 8 meeting, the Post-Secondary Employers’ Association
(PSEA) will make a presentation on the 2014 Economic Stability Mandate, which applies
to all public sector employers in B.C. with unionized employees whose
collective agreements expire on or after December 31, 2013.
On June 22 the University sent a letter inviting COPE to resume
negotiations, proposing the parties establish a working committee to brainstorm
alternative options and ideas within the mandate. COPE accepted the invitation.
The parties have agreed to continue talks with mediator Grant
McArthur. The first meeting is scheduled for today, Monday, June 29 and Tuesday, June 30. The parties will schedule additional dates as necessary.
The University also requested a meeting with COPE to prevent any
issues regarding the use of contractors contrary to the Labour Relations
Code. The parties have agreed to discuss this at their meeting today, Monday,
Monday, June 22 the University issued a letter to COPE’s chief negotiator, requesting
that the two parties resume bargaining discussions as soon as possible.
effort to resolve the challenges preventing the parties from reaching an
agreement, the University proposed that the parties establish a working
committee that would explore options for solving the outstanding issues.
University has not yet received a response from COPE, but remains committed to
working with the union to achieve a settlement.
At approximately 5 pm on Tuesday, June 9 COPE erected pickets and began distributing information leaflets outside
Capilano University’s Sportsplex. At this time, COPE has advised us that it is picketing the Sportsplex for the Explore Capilano event only.
Given this disruption, the University has cancelled its
Explore Capilano event, being held at the Sportplex beginning at 6pm on June 9. Exempt staff will be on-site to advise potential Explore event attendees about
the cancellation and ensure that guests to campus do not pay for parking.
We will provide updates as more information becomes available.
COPE has taken job action in the form of an
overtime ban and the withdrawal of IT infrastructure services. This activity is
not expected to impact students.
classes, activities and events at the University continue, as scheduled.
Should any form of COPE job action impact students and services, the
University will consider ways to minimize the possible disruption and
We will post updates on this page as soon as they
become available. Students will also receive the latest developments
directly via their CapU email, and we will share information on the
University’s official Facebook and Twitter channels.
Today, at the last scheduled mediation date, the University provided COPE a package to resolve all outstanding issues and conclude bargaining.
A key modification to the University’s package settlement included an improvement in the extended health plan.
The University’s offer to staff included:
COPE rejected the offer.
COPE job action
On June 4 at 2:36 p.m., COPE implemented an overtime ban, meaning that support staff employees are prohibited from working any overtime until further notice.
On June 4 at 3 p.m., COPE withdrew the services of the IT Infrastructure team until further notice.
The University remains committed to negotiations and is hopeful that an agreement can be reached.
We will issue bulletin updates if there are any changes to COPE's job action. We will also communicate the latest developments on this web page, as well as through Twitter and Facebook.
The two parties are meeting today, with the assistance of a mediator. We will update this page as more information becomes available.
Capilano University is currently in negotiations with COPE, the union which represents support staff. On June 1st, COPE gave the University 72-hour strike notice and advised that a staff overtime ban will take effect at 2:36 pm on Thursday, June 4.
This job action taken by COPE is not expected to impact students currently enrolled in summer classes. At present, all classes and events at the University will continue, as scheduled.
The University’s primary goal is to prevent and/or minimize disruption to current and prospective students. The University is considering scenarios and preparing solutions to minimize the possible impact of any COPE job action on students and services.
The Capilano University’s website is the definitive and official source of accurate information about any COPE job action at the University. Information will also be provided to students through their CapU email and the University’s social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter.
The University is currently engaged in collective agreement negotiations with COPE, the support staff union. The negotiations started the first week of March 2015. The current collective agreement runs July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2014. Under the Labour Relations Code, the provisions of this collective agreement continue until the parties reach a new collective agreement, or there is a strike or lockout.
During the bargaining process process, both parties will put forward recommendations to amend the collective agreement. Once a settlement is reached, both parties will vote on the changes. Once approved, the changes will come into effect on the parties' agreed dates.
University Letter to COPE - Invitation for Committee - June 22 (PDF)Email to Students: June 3, 2015 (PDF updated with correction)
The representatives at the bargaining table are:
Strike action can take different forms including:
The University’s Offer to COPE includes:
The current job action is not expected to impact students.
Should the situation change, students will receive information about any potential impact directly via their CapU email address.
Information about COPE strike action will be posted on our homepage as it becomes available. Updates will also be posted on Twitter and
The Centre for International Experience (CIE) will continue to operate during any form of job action.
Please contact the CIE office at email@example.com or call 604.990.7914 for assistance.
The Centre for International Experience (CIE) will be in contact with all universities who have exchange students at Capilano University to advise them of the current situation. We will continue to update these partner universities as information becomes available.
Please contact the CIE office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604.990.7914 for assistance.
No. If a strike occurs, work permits and student visas will not be affected.
These immigration documents remain valid and the regulations governing them stay in effect, regardless of any impact that strike action may have on students' ability to attend classes.
Yes. In the case of COPE strike action, administrative and student services will continue to the best of the University's ability. The Registrar's Office will do its best to issue the necessary documents to students, but delays can be expected.
If you have not yet received your letter of acceptance, please first login to Student Online Services for your application status.
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