About CUFA BC

The Confederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia (CUFA BC) represents approximately 5,400 faculty members, lecturers, and professional librarians at British Columbia’s five research universities

These universities are Royal Roads University (RRU), Simon Fraser University (SFU), University of British Columbia (UBC), University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), and University of Victoria (UVic).

All of our member associations are unionized under the Labour Code of British Columbia. UBC unionized in 1989, Royal Roads unionized in 2006, and SFU, UVic, and UNBC all ran successful unionization campaign in 2013/14.

Objectives

CUFA BC’s broad objectives are:

  1. To promote faculty members’ interests to the provincial government.
  2. To provide services to member faculty associations as requested.
  3. To promote the value of post-secondary education, academic freedom, and research to the wider public.

CUFA BC recently completed an internal strategic review. Our members identified the following areas for increased development and focus: enhanced service to member associations in bargaining, an expansion of CUFA BC’s profile in the defining debates on post-secondary education in the province, and the development of timely research and policy analysis in the areas of core funding, collective bargaining, and collegial governance. In particular, CUFA BC is providing expertise in collective bargaining and labour relations when requested by members.

CUFA BC is also committed to promoting an authentic model of collegial governance and ensuring our members’ voices are heard in university Senates and the Boards of Governors. CUFA BC also works closely with other unions and progressive allies in the post-secondary education sector.

In addition to these external facing priorities, CUFA BC also celebrates the contributions of our members to wider public policy debates through our annual Distinguished Academic Awards. The awards highlight the vital role that academic research can play in addressing some of the most pressing social, environmental, and economic challenges British Columbia faces in the 21st century.