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Philosophy, Mandate and Process
Learn more about SFU's labour relations philosophy, the provincial bargaining mandate and step-by-step information on the bargaining process.
SFU Labour Relations Philosophy
- Engage in the spirit of collegial governance – joint conversation, dialogue and engagement of faculty members and university administration and meaningful engagement with all employee groups
- Centre reconciliation and equity in decision-making - ensure that bargaining commitments reflect the reconciliation and equity commitments that the university has agreed to
- Focus on interest-based outcomes – seek win-win collaboration to meet the core interests and needs of all parties
- Engage with mutual respect and reciprocity – recognize the contributions of each group and communicate in the spirit of mutual benefit
- Act with positive intent to uphold the sustainable and best interest of the university – expectation that all parties work to support and enable the university to fulfill SFU’s vision, purpose, commitments and priorities
Public sector bargaining in British Columbia is governed by the Provincial Government, through the Public Sector Employers’ Council Secretariat (PSEC). SFU’s collective bargaining mandate is set by the Provincial Government, through the 2022 Shared Recovery Mandate, as well as by SFU's Strategic Vision and the priorities laid out in the SFU Academic Plan for 2019-2024.