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 UBC's operating grant can't be appealed
Although the University of B.C. is disappointed with an unexpectedly low
operating grant for 1980-81, there is no appeal to the allocation decision of the
Universities Council of B.C., UBC Vice-
President and Bursar William White said
today.
UBC's general purposes operating grant
increase — out of which come wages and
salaries, supplies and services   —   is only
7.193 per cent. This percentage could increase slightly, but not beyond 7.957 per
cent, depending on the future distribution
of an unallocated balance of $1 million,
which UCBC has retained temporarily.
UBC re
Volume 26, Number 10. May 21, 1980. Published by Information Services, University of B.C., 2075 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1W5, 228-3131. Jim
Banham and Judie Steevea, editon. ISSN 0497-2929.
Saturday meeting reaches impasse
AUCE and UBC negotiators met Saturday (May 17) for the first time since the
AUCE strike began May 2, but there was
no settlement.
The two sides were brought together by
provincial mediator Jock Waterston, and
two questions were asked and answered.
AUCE asked if the University wage offer
remained at 10 per cent, and if UBC was
prepared to negotiate other outstanding
items.
University negotiator Jane Strudwick
answered "yes" to the first question and
said that if this offer was accepted by the
union then the answer to the second question also would be "yes."
Among outstanding items is the question
of shift differential. The University now
pays a premium of 35 cents an hour for
afternoon shift and 55 cents an hour for
night shift. AUCE wants premiums of 5 per
cent and 10 per cent. Also unresolved are
union requests for leave of absence for
union business and for adoption leave of
three months.
The Association of University and College Employees (AUCE) launched selective
strike action on May 2. Pickets appeared at
the General Services Administration
Building and the Computing Centre and
spread to the Conference Centre (Gage
Residence) the following week.
Although AUCE negotiators said at the
final pre-strike negotiating session on May
2 that they were prepared to accept a
general wage increase of 11 per cent, provided certain other conditions were met,
the union wage demand has since been
lifted to 15 per cent — where it was before
the May 2 talks.
AUCE represents more than 1,200
clerical and non-professional library
employees at the University.
The UBC offer of 10 per cent would lift
the starting wage for a beginning clerk or
library assistant to $1,032 a month from
the current $938. Top wage would be
$1,795 a month.
AUCE's contract with the University expired at midnight March 31.
In addition to the 10-per-cent general
wage increase, UBC has offered each
AUCE member a payment of $100 to mark
the signing of an agreement. Total cost to
the University of the offer to AUCE would
be 11.66 per cent, although UBC received
a general purposes operating grant increase of only 7.19 per cent from the provincial government.
Strike won't stop UBC's
1980 degree ceremony
UBC's annual Congregation for the conferring of academic and honorary degrees
will go ahead as scheduled despite the partial work stoppage by campus clerical
workers.
The three-day ceremony will be held in
the War Memorial Gymnasium on
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (May
28, 29 and 30) of next week. Ceremonies
begin each day at 2:15 p.m. and will be
followed by a reception for graduates and
their families in the nearby Student Union
Building.
UBC's Senate will hold its regular May
meeting tonight (Wednesday, May 21) to
approve academic degrees for about 3,500
students who have met the graduation requirements of the University's 12 faculties.
All other preparations for the Congregation ceremony are on schedule, a
spokesman for the Registrar's Office said.
Academic and administrative departments in three campus buildings being
picketed by the Association of University
and College Employees (AUCE) are continuing to provide essential services.
The Computing Centre in the Computer
Sciences Building continues to operate on a
round-the-clock basis. Students and faculty members who want to do their own key
punching are free to use equipment in the
building.
Administrative offices in the General
Services Administration Building are open
but continue to operate on a restricted-
hours basis from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Supervisory personnel are manning
wickets in the Registrar's Office and oral
examinations scheduled by the Faculty of
Graduate Studies in the GSA Building are
going ahead as scheduled.
A spokesman in the Finance Department
on the top floor of the GSA Building said
there would be no problems meeting the
month-end payroll for UBC employees.
The strike has caused only minimal
disruption in the operation of the UBC
Conference Centre in the Walter Gage
Residence, a centre spokesman said.
"We're providing all essential services," the
spokesman said, "and incoming conference
delegates are moving into clean rooms as
they arrive."
Vice-President White said UBC also
receives $2.5 million in designated allocations to specific purposes, which could not
be used for anything else.
"We are not happy with the grant situation, but we have to live with it," Mr.
White said. "We have an increase of less
than 8 per cent for wages, salaries, services,
supplies and general operating costs."
He said the settlement proposal the
University has made to AUCE would cost
UBC 11.66 per cent in 1980-81.
That is because many AUCE members
will receive raises on July 1 anyway, and
because of the once-only payment of $100
that the University has offered each AUCE
member.
AUCE employees at UBC receive
automatic 'step' increases each July 1, until
they reach the maximum pay for the position, and these increases average $22 a
month. Although these increases range
from about 1.4 per cent of a person's salary
to more than 2 per cent, not every AUCE
member gets a step increase and in total
they are a cost factor to UBC of about .85
per cent.
This would rise to about .88 per cent
with a general wage increase of 10 per
cent, since a step increase of $22 would
then become $24. And the once-only $100
payment represents .73 per cent of the
AUCE payroll at UBC.
In addition, the University would
assume payment of the premium for extended health benefits.
The total cost to the University of the
current offer, seen as a percentage increase
over the 1979-80 AUCE payroll, would be
as follows:
General wage increase 10.00 per cent
'Step' increases .88
Signing bonus of $100 .73
Extended health benefits 05
Total cost to UBC 11.66 per cent
Vice-President White said the University's grant increase was lower than had been
expected, and President Doug Kenny said
the grant was a disappointment.
"Difficult decisions are ahead for the
University," President Kenny said. "We
will be extremely hard-pressed to maintain
the quality of existing services."
UBC's offer
to
AUCE
The table below sets out the monthly pay rates
proposed by the University
in  its  negotiations  with  the  Association  of   University  and
College
Employees. The University also proposed a once-only, $100 signing bonus
for each member of the union over and above the figures shown below.
April 1, 1980 - Monthly (10%)
Pay Grade         Step 1      Step 2
Step 3
Step 4
Step 5
Step 6
Start       1 year
2 years
3 years
4 years
5 years
$               $
$
$
$
$
I                                      10S2         1056
1079
1103
1126
1150
I         Intermediate       1079        1103
1126
1150
1174
1197
II                                     1126        1150
1174
1197
1221
1244
II        Intermediate      1174        1197
1221
1244
1267
1291
III                                   1244        1267
1291
1315
1339
1362
III      Intermediate       1291         1315
1339
1362
1385
1409
IV                                   1362         1385
1409
1432
1459
1484
V                                     1459         1484
1510
1536
1562
1587
VI                                    1562        1587
1614
1640
1665
1692
VII                                1665        1692
1717
1744
1769
1795
OBCalendar
UBC CALENDAR DEADLINES
Events in the week of:
June 1 to June 7                             Deadline is 5 p.m. May 22
June 8 to June 14                         Deadline is 5 p.m. May 29
Send notices to Information Services, 6328 Memorial Road (Old Administration    Building),    Campus.    For    further    information    call
228-3131.	
MONDAY, MAY 26
12:30 p.m. RELIGIOUS SOCIETY OF FRIENDS (Quakers)
Meeting for Worship (UBC campus worship group).
Room 1024, Scarfe Building. For more information, contact R. Crosby, 228-5735.
TUESDAY, MAY 27
8:00 a.m. OBSTETRICS and GYNECOLOGY GRAND
ROUNDS. Dr. Fred Bryans, UBC, on The Surgical and
Nonsurgical Management of Congenital Absence of the
Vagina. Lecture Hall B, Vancouver General Hospital.
1:30 p.m. VIDEO PREVIEWS. The Centre for Human Set
dements Audio-Visual Viewing Library presents Land
and People (From the Age of Uncertainty), followed by
requests from the catalogue. Faculty are invited to
preview the collection and tour the new viewing facilities.
Room 313, Library Processing Building.
8:00 p.m. WORDS WORDS WORDS, second session of a six-part
series conducted by broadcaster and Province columnist
Chuck Davis. Room 204, Buchanan Building. Advance
registration, $30; registration at the door, $32. For
registration and further information, call the Centre for
Continuing Education at 228-2181. local 237, 252.
TUESDAY, MAY 27 (CONTINUED)
BACCALAUREATE SERVICE for members of the
1980 graduating class, relatives and friends. Organ music
by Susan Driver begins at 7 p.m. Choral music during the
service, to be presided over by the Rev. Paul C. Burns,
vice-principal of St. Mark's College, UBC, will be provided by the University Chamber Singers under the direction
of Cortland Hultberg.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 28
2:15 p.m. CONGREGATION for the awarding of academic and
honorary degrees. Honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.)
degrees will be conferred on Harry Adaskin, UBC Professor Emeritus of Music and Robert Broughton Bryce, a
former Canadian government official who served as executive director of both the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. A reception in the cafeteria of the
Student Union Building for faculty, graduates and guests
will follow the degree-granting ceremony in the War
Memorial Gymnasium.
THURSDAY, MAY 29
9:00 a.m.    MEDICAL GRAND ROUNDS.  Drs.  B.  Miller,  W.
Bowie,  V.  Sweeney and J.  Isaac,  Medicine,  VGH, on
Seizures, Eosinophilia and Anemia in a Cambodian
Refugee. Lecture Hall B, Vancouver General Hospital.
THURSDAY, MAY 29 (CONTINUED)
12:30 p.m.    PHARMACEUTICAL   SCIENCES   SEMINAR.   Dr.
Rath MacLeod, UBC, on The Cardiac Actions of
Glucagon: Lack of Evidence for a Dissociation Between
Cyclic AMP and Contractility. Lecture Hall 3, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre.
2:15 p.m. CONGREGATION for the awarding of academic and
honorary degrees. An honorary Doctor of Science (D.Sc.)
degree will be conferred on Dr. David Stephen Saxon, a
noted physicist who has been president of the University
of California since 1975. A reception in the cafeteria of
the Student Union Building for faculty, graduates and
guests will follow the degree-granting ceremony in the
War Memorial Gymnasium.
FRIDAY, MAY 30
9:00 a.m. PEDIATRIC GRAND ROUNDS. Drs. G. Lokitch, M.
Pendray, A. McCormick and M. Johnson, UBC, on Impact of Zinc Deficiency in the Premature Infant. Lecture Hall B, Vancouver General Hospital.
12 noon SPORT SCIENCE LECTURE. Dr. Richard Magill,
Louisiana State University, on The Organization of
Memory as Related to Motor Skills. Room 214, Angus
Building.
2:15 p.m. CONGREGATION for the awarding of academic and
honorary degrees. An honorary Doctor of Science (D. Sc.)
degree will be conferred on Dr. Douglas Harold Copp,
head of the physiology department in UBC's Faculty of
Medicine and internationally known for his research on
calcium metabolism. An honorary Doctor of Laws
(LL.D.) degree will be conferred on John Edward
Liersch, a UBC graduate, former head of UBC's Department of Forestry and former Board of Governors
member. A reception in the cafeteria of the Student
Union Building for faculty, graduates and guests will
follow the degree-granting ceremony in the War
Memorial Gymnasium.
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