‘April 2012’

Retirement Incentive Ratification Interference

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Last week, you received from Sheila Miller, Faculty Association Executive Director, the vote count on the one-time voluntary retirement incentive proposal from the Board of Governors. The proposal was defeated by a margin of almost two to one (click here for full ratification results). At this point, the retirement package offered by the Board of Governors is off the table. As Sheila mentioned in her email, we are always willing to continue negotiations but the Provost has told us negotiations will not continue on this matter.

Some of you have contacted us regarding two communications received by the membership from the Provost during the ratification process. The first, at about the same time as we sent out the voting announcement, urging academic staff to vote on the retirement incentive proposal, and a second memo confirming clarification of age eligibility. For further details, please see the letter I sent to the Provost regarding these communications. The Faculty Association has now filed a grievance on this matter, as mentioned in the letter. This text of this letter is included below (click here for a .PDF of the letter).

Thank you to all those who emailed, voted and in one way or another made your voice heard.

Eileen Lohka, Principal Negotiator

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March 27, 2012

Dr. Dru Marshall
Provost & Vice-President (Academic)

 

Dear Dr. Marshall,

I am writing to you as Principal Negotiator for the Faculty Association.

I am deeply concerned about the two recent emails you sent out to the membership of the Association.  I am sure you are fully aware that it is extremely inappropriate for a member of the Senior Administration to contact our members directly on bargaining matters while a ratification is in process.  This alone is a violation of the Association’s rights as the exclusive bargaining agent.

In addition to that breach, you have also provided the membership with misleading if not downright false information.  You have stated that “…while offering such a package is a management right that is not required to be bargaining, the university invited TUCFA to negotiate as a collaborative process.”  This is simply not true.   Let me remind you of what the Faculty Association received from the Director of Faculty and Employee Relations, on March 2, 2012, which was cc’d to you:  “…the UofC is recognizing TUCFA as the authorized bargaining agent for purposes of negotiating this One Time Voluntary Retirement Incentive Program.”

Regardless of the outcome of the current vote, please be advised that the Faculty Association will be filing a formal grievance on this matter.

 

Sincerely,

Eileen Lohka,
Principal Negotiator

 

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CAFA Distinguished Academic Awards

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on CAFA Distinguished Academic Awards | Filed in April 2012

DEADLINE EXTENDED: May 4, 2012. The Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations (CAFA), of which we are a member, has opened nominations for their annual awards.

Two Awards are available. The CAFA Distinguished Academic Award  recognizes an academic staff member, or group of staff members, who through their research and/or other scholarly, creative or professional activities have made an outstanding contribution to the wider community beyond the university. The second is the CAFA Distinguished Academic Early Career Award that recognizes an academic staff member at an early stage of his or her career, who through his or her research and/or other scholarly, creative or professional activity has made an outstanding contribution to the wider community beyond the university.

More information and nomination forms can be found through the CAFA website at www.ualberta.ca/CAFA or by contacting the Faculty Association office.

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Provincial Election 2012 – Resources for Academic Staff

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Provincial Election 2012 – Resources for Academic Staff | Filed in April 2012

Albertans will be heading to the polls on April 23, 2012  to cast their votes in the Provincial Election. The Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations (CAFA) has posted election resources for academic staff on their website including questions faculty members can ask candidates. Click here for the list of questions. CAFA has also conducted a survey of political parties and more information can be found here.

 

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Voluntary Retirement Incentive Program Ratification Results

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Voluntary Retirement Incentive Program Ratification Results | Filed in April 2012, Gazette

Please be advised that the vote by the ongoing members of the Faculty Association regarding the one-time voluntary retirement incentive proposal from the Board of Governors was as follows:

YES   167 votes (34.0%)
NO     324 votes (66.0%)

Total votes cast:   491
Spoiled votes:   0
Not counted:   1

Total ballots issued: 1767 (by email to ongoing members)

The Election Committee hereby declares that the ongoing membership has rejected the offer from the Board of Governors regarding the one-time voluntary retirement incentive.

Click here for information on ratification interference.

 

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Dues are Tax Deductible

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Dues are Tax Deductible | Filed in April 2012, Gazette

As you prepare your taxes, remember that your TUCFA dues (which include CAFA dues) and your CAUT dues are tax deductible. You can find these dues on your pay stub and in box 44 of your 2011 U of C T4.

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CAUT Call for Papers – Contract Academic Staff

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on CAUT Call for Papers – Contract Academic Staff | Filed in April 2012

CAUT’s contract academic staff committee has extended the deadline for a Call for Papers to June 30, 2012. The Committee is seeking submissions to an edited volume on the causes, experiences and consequences of the shift to greater reliance on contingent academic labour in the academy. They are interested in original research on how and why this has happened and its consequences for the working lives of all post-secondary academics and their students, as well as anecdotes and reflections on the experience of contract academics. The primary focus is Canada, but they are also interested in material from the US and UK for comparative purposes.

If you have research or reflections on this issue, please send an abstract of 500 words or less, an estimate of the length of the finished piece (3,000-4,000 words for reflections, 5,000-6,000 words for original research) and your full contact details to Robert Johnson, CAUT Professional Officer, (johnson AT caut.ca) by June 30, 2012. Authors of accepted proposals will be contacted with details and deadlines.

 

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Board of Directors Election Results

by Faculty Association | Comments Off on Board of Directors Election Results | Filed in April 2012, Gazette

The Association received seven nominations, filling all but one of the eight vacant spots. According to the Association by-laws, the following members have been elected to the Board by acclamation with terms beginning July 1, 2012:

  • Don Fujita (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
  • Janice Kinch (Nursing)
  • Ki-Young Lee (Cell Biology and Anatomy)
  • Eileen Lohka (French, Italian and Spanish)
  • Liza McCoy (Sociology)
  • Peggy Patterson (Education)
  • Georgette Paré (Drama) in the designated sessional seat

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