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Farewell message

– By Sandra Hoenle, Faculty Association President –

With the arrival of spring and summer, many of us are in conference mode or perhaps shifting our focus from our regular duties. Here in the Faculty Association, we continue to work full-out with adapting to the new labour regime imposed on us by the government last spring. This work includes making sure all Association policies and by-laws conform to the Labour Code, negotiating with Senior Administration to develop an essential services agreement, developing strike protocols, and participating as intervenors in Labour Board cases whose decisions could have an impact on our future. This is in addition to dealing with the regular work of the Association, consisting primarily of grievance and investigation work, a workload that seems to be steadily increasing with every year, and also includes responding to member inquiries, which may be anything from providing a piece of information regarding career processes to dealing with violations of the Collective Agreement.

This is my last President’s message, as my term comes to an end on June 30. This has been a time of challenges, satisfying work, and sometimes frustration. As I noted above, there have been substantial changes during this time, primarily due to our becoming a trade union – and much of the work associated with this change continues and will continue for some time.

I would like to thank the members who have supported me and expressed their thanks for my work as President, as well as those who have provided critiques, which provided the impetus for reflection on how things could perhaps be done better. I would also like to thank members of the Board of Directors and Faculty Association Executive for their thoughtful input and guidance during these four years. Last, but not least, I would like to thank the Association’s experienced, professional, and accomplished staff, particularly our Executive Director, Sheila Miller, for providing exemplary support for me and the other Officers of the Association.

To all Association members, I hope you have time to recharge during the spring and summer and I wish you all the best in your future endeavours.

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