President's Comment for 2009

Two years ago, FPSE made a major commitment to fund, staff and resource a broadly based effort to unionize private post-secondary institutions in our province. The commitment was part of a broader rec...
October 26 marks the beginning of Fair Employment Week when post-secondary educators across Canada and the United States speak out on the problems facing contingent academic staff. The problems are re...
Every year Presidents' Council devotes a full day session to meeting with MLAs in Victoria. Our objective is to give both opposition and government MLAs a firsthand report on how our public post-secon...
Good government and collective bargaining have one thing in common: their ultimate success depends on good faith. Diminish that good faith in any way and you set in motion a process that ultimately de...
Part Two As Finance Minister Colin Hansen prepares to table a revised provincial budget next week, he would do well to consider the results of a mid-August poll done by Ipsos Research. The poll canvas...
Part One To hear Finance Minister Colin Hansen describe BC's current fiscal situation you would think that he just discovered the word recession in his briefing notes. Somehow, despite almost a year o...
Several of our local faculty associations have received word that funding for Regional Literacy Coordinators is "under review" by the provincial government. This news comes on the heels of the July 9...
New mandates and new Members of the Legislative Assembly were obvious starting points for Premier Campbell as he announced the new line-up of Cabinet Ministers in Victoria. The challenge over the comi...
For the 156 delegates at this year’s AGM, the theme of unity worked its way into much of the debate that took place over the four days of our annual AGM. Unity when it comes to bargaining in 2010. Uni...
There’s a pattern developing in Victoria, but unfortunately our Premier doesn’t seem to see it. The pattern is that Premier Campbell uses aggressive legislative measures that are later found by the co...