UNBC named top employer, again ! Wish they would have asked us a few questions.

In case you haven’t heard, UNBC has once again been named a top employer. The criteria that the judging organization uses to select the top employer has remained the same and is applied on a national basis. 

From the http://www.canadastop100.com/bc/ web site “(1) Physical Workplace; (2) Work Atmosphere & Social; (3) Health, Financial & Family Benefits; (4) Vacation & Time Off; (5) Employee Communications; (6) Performance Management; (7) Training & Skills Development; and (8) Community Involvement. Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offers the most progressive and forward-thinking programs.”

Think of your experiences in those regards, is UNBC really a top employer ? It takes more than the above 8 criteria to make a good workspace. We hear from our members on a daily basis how they are being treated and for the majority of them  would question the top employer designation. Your local President has brought various items of concern to management via the Labour Management Committee, when dealing with grievances, yearly meeting with Senior Management and basically any time in HR representing our membership and in general there is little action on the big issues.

Reviewing the Mediacorp website it is interesting that 2 of the 3 reasons why UNBC was selected as a top employer is for benefits that CUPE negotiated in the past and have had to fight to maintain. That being the tuition waiver and membership at the Northern Sports Centre. If you think the employer wants to give you those benefits, you are mistaken. They have been bargained and fought hard to maintain during the last two rounds of bargaining.