Federation of Post Secondary Educators

The Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC (FPSE) is the provincial voice for faculty and staff in BC universities, colleges and institutes, and in private sector institutions. FPSE member locals represent over 10,000 faculty and staff and was formerly the College Institute Educators’ Association of BC. From lobbying governments to assisting member associations with grievance handling and collective bargaining, FPSE works to further the interests of post-secondary educators.

The FPSE information for this unit can be found below.

Collective Agreement

Download the collective agreement between the Federation of Post Secondary Educators and CUPE 1004.

Benefits

Refer to the language in the collective agreements for a comprehensive list of employee benefits.

Pension

Federation of Post Secondary Educators employees are not a part of a pension plan.

Stewards

The stewards for the Federation of Post Secondary Educators unit can be found by contacting CUPE 1004. Visiting the contact us page for details.

Occupational Health & Safety

Know your rights! Training is key. Workers Compensation Act & Regulations must be followed. Members sit on the occupational health & safety (OH&S) committee to monitor and discuss health & safety related issues or concerns in the workplace.

OH&S Chair Laurence Cameron (604) 931-5154

Employee Family Assistance Plan

Take advantage of the Employee Family Assistance Plan (EFAP) that is available to you and your family. Visit Homewood Health for more information or call their toll free number at 1(800) 663-1142. Here are some of the areas that they provide services for:

Plan Smart

  • Health: Nutrition, lifestyle changes, weight management, smoking cessation
  • Life Balance: Childcare and parenting, elder and family care, relationships, financial, legal
  • Career: Career planning, workplace issues, pre-retirement, shift work

Counselling

  • Family
  • Marital
  • Relationships
  • Addictions
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life transitions/change
  • Grief/bereavement
  • Stress
  • Other personal issues

FPSE Structure

FPSE is a federation of faculty associations formed in 1980 to provide educators at British Columbia post-secondary institutions with a provincial voice. FPSE operates at the local and provincial levels. Local faculty associations, called member locals, are certified trade unions who have chosen to become part of the provincial federation.

Each year, FPSE holds an Annual General Meeting where delegates elected by member locals participate in workshops and approve policy, priorities and a budget to guide the work of the organization over the coming year. The activities of FPSE are governmed by policy and procedures developed at AGMs.

Policy and Procedures Manual, provide more details about the purposes and structure of the organization.

FPSE is funded through membership dues and has an annual budget of $2.75 million in 2005-06. Individual FPSE members pay 0.9% of their salary in dues to FPSE. The FPSE budget, which is approved at each Annual General Meeting, reflects the priorities of members.

Service to member locals, in the form of staff, advocacy, legal services and the Defence Fund, is a high priority. The Strike/Lockout Defence Fund stands at approximately $6.4 million (July 2005).