Collective Bargaining

Selkirk College is committed to integrity in all of our labour relations, including free and fair collective bargaining.

A collaborative approach to negotiating the terms and conditions of employment for staff is foundational to our ability to strengthen our focus on students by providing a relevant, accessible and inspiring learning environment that combines teaching excellence, high-quality courses and programs, rewarding students supports, and transformative campus and life experiences.

As a provincial public sector employer, Selkirk College negotiates the terms and conditions of its collective agreements within BC’s centralized model to bargaining, which was implemented in 1994 under the Public Sector Employers Act. This model allows unions to bargain directly with sector-based employers’ associations or employers while ensuring that the province’s policy direction, the needs of citizens, and free and fair collective bargaining are respected.

Learn more about public sector bargaining here.

Three Unions

Selkirk College negotiates contracts with three unions representing over 500 employees and an annual compensation base of approximately $40.5 million:

The college also has the Administrative Staff Employment and Benefit Program for just over 400 non-union senior managers and excluded staff and administrators. The three negotiated contracts are due to expire in 2022. This page is the site for college updates, as required, relating to those negotiations.

*Data as of April 1, 2022 (PSEC Secretariat)

Negotiations Updates

Follow Public Sector Employers' Council Secretariat News and stay up to date with Selkirk College negotiations updates below.

Shared Recovery Mandate: 2022

The Shared Recovery Mandate applies to all public sector employers with unionized employees whose collective agreements expire on or after December 31, 2021. Negotiations are focused on providing a fair and reasonable offer to public-sector workers that includes significant inflation protection while ensuring that government has the resources to continue to invest in building a stronger province for everyone.

To learn more about the priorities and mandates, click here.

Bargaining to begin with BCGEU local at Selkirk College

Selkirk College is pleased to advise that on October 26, a tentative agreement was reached in the negotiations between the Post-Secondary Employers’ Association and five BCGEU locals for vocational instructors.

This includes BCGEU instructors working at:

  • Camosun College

  • Coast Mountain College

  • Northern Lights College

  • Okanagan College

  • Selkirk College

This is a renewal of the 2019-2022 Common Agreement under the Province’s Shared Recovery Mandate. This agreement will not proceed to ratification until each institution has completed its local bargaining process, and details will be kept confidential to protect that process.

Learn More

Government of B.C News Release

 BCGEU Announcement