Black History Month 2016

CUPE Nova Scotia’s 2016 Black History Month Event – A Celebration and Contemplation – will take place on Friday, February 19, 2016 from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at The Nova Scotia Community College, Truro Campus (36 Arthur Street)

Confirmed speakers include labour activists Lynn Jones (PSAC), Jason MacLean (NSGEU) and Liz Paris (CUPE).

Saint Mary’s Part-Time Academic Precedence Verification

As per our Collective Agreement, Saint Mary’s University calculates precedence points for part-time academics. To ensure accuracy, the university allows a period where CUPE 3912 can verify the addition of precedence points on a draft list before a final list is produced. Note that the university does not record precedence points for teaching assistants.

Please review the SMU Precedence DRAFT list to ensure that your 2015 precedence points have been accurately listed before the February 1 deadline for feedback.

Note that only CUPE 3912 members have access to the precedence lists after logging into the website. The password was emailed to all members on January 25, 2015. If you did not receive this email and would like to view the precedence lists, please email

Make sure that you are reviewing the “DRAFT 2015” list for Saint Mary’s, and not an earlier list or one from another university.

Questions, concerns and discrepancies may be directed to Philip Bennett, CUPE Local 3912 Vice-President for Saint Mary’s:

Important Notice Re Back Pay

Important Notice for members of CUPE 3912’s Dalhousie Bargaining Unit regarding Back Pay

CUPE 3912 and Dalhousie have recently signed a new Collective Agreement and, as such, those who taught at Dalhousie between September 2012 and December 2015 are entitled to back pay.

Members with a contract in the 2015-2016 Academic Year will automatically receive back pay. This includes TAs and markers.

Members who do NOT have a contract in the 2015-2016 Academic must contact the university in order to receive their back pay by JANUARY 15, 2016.

Members should contact Vicki Boyd


phone number: (902) 494-1128.

mailing address: Human Resources Office,
Room 150, Henry Hicks Building,
6299 South Street
Halifax, NS
B3H 4R2

Notice from ANSUT: Invitation to participate in a Survey of Contract Academic Staff in Nova Scotia


We are looking for contract instructors to take part in an online survey being conducted by the Association of Nova Scotia University Teachers (ANSUT) and Dr. Karen Foster, assistant professor in the department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University.

The survey is part of a research project looking at the occupational experiences of contract instructors (i.e., university teaching staff whose jobs are in some way not permanent) in Nova Scotia universities. It will gather data on wages, hours of work, office space, teaching loads, and other objective qualities of contract jobs. It will also ask questions about your experiences as a contract instructor, probing for information on job satisfaction, stress, overwork, work-life ‘balance’, and other measures typically considered in evaluations of job quality.

If you are currently teaching at one or more Nova Scotia universities and your job is in some way non-permanent, whether your title is “contract instructor”, “contract academic staff”, a “limited-term appointment”, “part-time faculty”, “adjunct”, “sessional”, or similar, you are likely eligible to participate. The sole criteria for eligibility is that you are not regular faculty, you are not on the tenure-track (or the newer “lecturer stream”), and your job is not permanent.

The survey consists of approximately 60 questions—some multiple-choice and some open-ended—that should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. It will be available to complete from October 13th to November 30th. If you wish to participate, please review the attached informed consent letter and click the following link, which will take you to a consent form, and—if you consent to participate—the survey:

Please note: the password to enter the survey is CAS2015

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Foster (at 902 494-6751, – email is most reliable).

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Matthew Furlong
Communications Officer, Association of Nova Scotia University Teachers


CUPE 3912
General Meeting

20 November 2015,
12 pm

Saint Mary’s University, Sobey Building 4th floor, Secunda Room

Light refreshments will be provided.
The Executive Council of CUPE 3912 invites members, both Part-time Faculty and Teaching Assistants, to volunteer for the negotiating committees for the universities that will undertake bargaining for new contracts in 2016.

Dalhousie University Ratification Vote

Dalhousie University Ratification Vote

To: Members, CUPE Local 3912 (Part-Time Faculty and Teaching Assistants at Dalhousie University with valid contract THIS TERM)

From : Steve Cloutier, President

Re: Ratification vote

The Local 3912 (Dalhousie) Bargaining Committee will be presenting the tentative agreement to the membership of the Dalhousie bargaining unit as follows:

Date: Friday, October 9, 2015

Place: Slonim Conference Room, (room 430), The Goldberg Building (Computer Science Building), University Avenue.

Time: 9 am- 4:30pm

Union Executive members will be there to give a presentation on the Agreement.

In solidarity,
Steve Cloutier, President
CUPE Local 3912