As a TA at the University, you are a member of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) local 2278. The Collective Agreement between the Union and the University regulates the number of hours you work, your duties, your rate of pay, and the procedures you should follow for resolving disputes. The complete Collective Agreement between the TA Union (Canadian Union of Public Employees – Local 2278) and the University of British Columbia is available online at http://cupe2278.ca/blog/?page_id=749
The following information is summarized or taken directly from the Collective Agreement:
Graduate Teaching Assistant I (GTA I) – $11,801.44 (~$29.54 per hour)
“A graduate student with a masters degree or a graduate student who is registered in a doctoral degree program at the University of British Columbia or a student with a masters or doctoral degree in the posted discipline.”
Graduate Teaching Assistant II (GTA II) – $11,356.00 (~$28.42 per hour)
“A graduate student who holds a bachelors degree or is a graduate student who is registered in a masters degree program at the University of British Columbia or who is a student who holds a bachelors degree in the posted discipline.”
Marker – $5,434.48 (~$13.60 per hour)
“An employee appointed to a position which involves only objective (“keytype”) marking duties.”
A full Teaching Assistantship is for the two terms of the Winter Session (from September 1st until April 20th). During this period, a TA is expected to work a total of 384 hours, which is an average of 12 hours per week. Depending on the course schedule and marking load, some weeks a TA might work more than 12 hours and other weeks he or she might work less; however, the total number of hours worked per term cannot exceed 192.
The pay for a full Teaching Assistantship includes 16 hours of paid vacation, to be taken between December 24th and January 1st. A full Teaching Assistantship is for the two terms of the Winter Session.
Pay for partial Teaching Assistantships, as well as for Summer Session Teaching Assistantships, is calculated using the hourly rate.