November 21—Capilano University and CFA bargaining update
Capilano University and Capilano Faculty Association (CFA) met on Wednesday, November 15.
During this meeting, the University presented a comprehensive settlement offer. The settlement offer exhausts the wage increases and monetary flexibility available for negotiation under the Province’s 2022 Shared Recovery Mandate. Approximately 99 per cent of public sector employees have tentative or ratified collective agreements settled under this mandate, including Capilano University employees in the MoveUP bargaining unit following a lengthy strike.
The settlement offer meaningfully addresses priority issues brought forward by the CFA in full or incrementally, including but not limited to:
Increasing private music instructors (PMI) hourly rate and reducing the number of associated instructional hours from 100 to 88 for a one section equivalency (effective January 1, 2024)
- Improving benefits and the Health Care Spending Account
- Improving compensation for non-regular employees; specifically, the University has offered:
- an initial appointment for non-regular employees at a minimum of step 10 (most employees are currently appointed at the lowest step 11);
- moving all current non-regular employees at step 11 to step 10; and
- increasing the scale placement cap upon completion of 12 sections from step 5 to step 4
The settlement offer also captures the parties’ recent agreement on the following matters:
- Transitioning the academic year
- Multi-Location and Multi-Site Work (MLOC), which includes a 67 per cent increase to the travel stipend
- Introducing a Letter of Agreement which establishes a Joint Committee tasked with producing recommendations for vacation practices at the University and for possible changes to the Collective Agreement
The next bargaining session is scheduled for Wednesday, November 22 to receive the CFA’s response to the settlement offer. Additional updates will be provided as needed.
Submitted by: Communications