The statement follows months of activism from student groups including UBCC350, Extinction Rebellion UBC (XR UBC) and the Social Justice Centre.
“I thought it was a little weird that drivers were just chillin’ in hoodies instead of their uniforms,” said McCormick. “I figured it was just casual Friday — but, like, every day.”
Committee Chair Nancy McKenzie brought forward a motion recommending the Board conduct financial and legal reports into the possibility of fully divesting its $1.71 billion Main Endowment Pool and $1.82-billion Staff Pension Plan.
The committee met to consider a motion authorizing UBC to transfer funds from its Trek Endowment to the Sustainable Future Pool, a low-carbon fund that excludes fossil fuel investments.
While the union has voted in favour of striking, it has not issued its three-day strike notice. No job action has been taken and SkyTrain services are continuing as normal.
In a live press conference from Unifor’s headquarters, Unifor Western Regional Director Gavin McGarrigle announced a full strike as the next phase of job action.
The strike vote comes after the BC Rapid Transit Company rejected the latest proposal by Canadian Union of Public Employees 7000, the SkyTrain workers’ union, for new collective bargaining dates.
Unifor rejected the offer, asking for higher wages. But CMBC claims their proposal is more competitive than that of most public sector employees.
The current mathematics building and the mathematics annex were built in 1925 as semi-permanent structures.
While the parties have agreed to return to negotiations, Unifor stated that inaction from CMBC could lead to further job action by the end of the week in the form of more overtime bans.
Instructors and staff are concerned that the initiatives don’t address underlying mental health stressors: job security, publishing pressures and understaffing.
On Wednesday night, AMS Council voted in favour of deconstituting the IFC as an AMS club after a review found it was non-compliant with AMS code.
As the divestment movement at universities in Canada and around the world builds momentum, unpacking the debate at UBC raises important questions about the role of fossil fuel companies.
According to a media release by Unifor, the strike action will take effect if the parties fail to reach an agreement within 72 hours.
Featuring far-right speakers Ricardo Duchesne and Mark Hecht, the talk was about free speech as it pertains to the immigration debate.