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VANCOUVER — Agreement has been reached between CUPE and UBC to use mediation-arbitration as a means of ending the dispute that has been ongoing for some time. Mark Brown the mediator who has been working with both sides all along is the agreed-to mediator arbitrator.

Connie Credico, CUPE universities’ bargaining co-ordinator said, “I’m happy that the government has chosen this route since the alternative –a legislated contract— was a frightening prospect.”

Credico says, “That all outstanding issues will be reviewed by the mediator. These include wages, benefits, tuition fees and contracting-out.”

“Of course, the process will have to be ratified by the members of all three locals and the board of governors,” said Credico, ” I expect, that will happen in the next day or so.”

The process Credico envisions is as follows. “To begin with, Mark Brown will attempt for one last time to find areas of agreement between the parties. Finally, the arbitrator will hear arguments from both sides before making his final decision. “

Credico says that Mark Brown’s recommendations will be binding on both parties.

“It’s not the preferred way to bargain, but when you have an employer that just refuses to bargain, sometimes there is no choice.”


Connie Credico, CUPE universities co-ordinator