Welcome to the website of the University of Northern British Columbia Faculty Association (UNBC-FA)
Incorporated in 1994 under the BC Society Act and certified as a union under the Labor Relations Board of BC on April 29, 2014, the UNBC-FA negotiates, monitors, and upholds the conditions of employment for association members; it also promotes and supports the principles of academic freedom, non-discrimination, tenure, and high-quality post-secondary education.
As the exclusive bargaining agent of academic staff, the UNBC-FA negotiates the terms and conditions of the Faculty Agreement (including salary and benefits) with the University’s Board of Governors.
The UNBC-FA provides confidential advice and support to assist its members in informal resolution of conflicts, complaints and disputes, and through the filing of formal grievances where appropriate.
The UNBC-FA assists members in understanding UNBC’s performance evaluation, tenure/continuing appointment, and promotion processes on an individual basis or through information sessions and workshops. The UNBC-FA appoints committee representatives to various committees to ensure fairness and due process.
UNBC-FA staff are employed by the Association, and both its staff and Executive Committee members will treat members and their issues and concerns with the utmost confidentiality.
The UNBC-FA has a Faculty Association Lounge, which is located near the upper cafeteria and is available for the exclusive use of the UNBC-FA’s members.
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The UNBC-FA serves the interests of almost 500 full- and part-time members at UNBC’s Prince George and regional campuses. All faculty employed by UNBC-FA including tenured and tenure-track faculty members, senior lab instructors, librarians, and contract academic staff in all categories –are automatically members of the UNBC-FA and are entitled to receive its services.
The UNBC-FA acts as the sole bargaining agent for all UNBC-FA members, negotiating the terms and conditions of their employment as enshrined in the Faculty Association Collective Agreement . In addition, the UNBC-FA provides guidance and support for members throughout their employment, assisting with tenure and promotion, evaluation, and other processes. The association and its representatives play a vital role within collegial governance, consulting on all policies and procedures related to our members’ employment in research and teaching.
At the provincial and national level, the UNBC-FA represents the interests of its members and supports and promotes higher education through the Confederation of Faculty Associations of BC (CUFA-BC) and the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT).
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