The other two major SFU unions are also in similar phases of renegotiating their various collective agreements. Members of the Teacher Support Staff Union, which represents teaching assistants at the university, including ATTs and training teachers, continue to work under an expanded agreement that was originally due to end on 30 April. TSSU representatives did not respond to an interview request when The Peak went to the press. The provincial government`s website states that “the objective of the 2010 mandate is to reach collective agreements in the public sector that will be negotiated voluntarily and that will continue to help the province provide public services at a lower cost and with fiscal prudence.” Hansen added in a press release: “I am pleased that real progress continues to be made at the negotiating tables. Despite the economic downturn, unions and employers have done a good job in collective bargaining in B.C public sector. The first union to reach an agreement was the Professional Administration and Administration Corporation, which continued to represent 800 non-faculty, supervisory and professional officers at the SFU. APSA members include health professionals, office administrators and administrative coordinators. The SFU Faculty Association has also agreed that the university`s teachers and researchers should continue their work continuously until at least 2012. CUPE 3338 has six separate collective agreements at SFU, four of which are being negotiated with SFU, SFSS Food and Beverage, SFPIRG and Best (or SFU domestic workers). Discussions with Food and Beverage and SFU have not yet begun and discussions with SFPIRG are expected to begin next month, and all other agreements are currently in talks. Of cupE 3338`s six collective agreements, only the agreement with the SFU is subject to the 2010 Land Bargaining Mandate.B.C. Finance Minister Colin Hansen announced that unions representing the faculties and specialized staff of the SFU concluded two-year collective agreements with the province and the university last week.
“It is great news that SFU administrators and specialists have reached an agreement,” Said Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Moira Stilwell in a press release. “They play a key role in supporting the academic mission and are an integral part of our post-secondary system in B.C.” While every effort is made to ensure the consistency and accuracy of the documents presented here, readers should remember that these are not official documents.