Fair Employment Week

Fair Employment Week is coming Oct. 23-27!

Fair Employment Week is part of a CAUT-sponsored initiative called Make It Fair”. The premise of this initiative is that the tenuous and often stressful nature of part-time academic work leads not only to unfair working conditions for those academics living and working in part-time purgatory, but it also has serious implications for the quality and integrity of our post-secondary education in general. In order to address these concerns we need to work together to improve the job security and working conditions of contract faculty. To find out more about “Fair Employment Week” and the “Make It Fair” initiative, check out http://makeitfair.caut.ca/.

What can YOU do for Fair Employment Week?

1 – Pledge your support at http://makeitfair.caut.ca/.

2 – Attend one of our two round-table discussions around the theme – “Voices for Change: Share our stories to inform future action” – because your voice is important.

  • Research and Supervision – 5:30 pm, Wed. Oct 25th in Loyola 271
  • Job Security and a Living Wage – 5:30 pm, Thurs. Oct. 26 in the Loyola Private Dining Room

3 – Show these slides to your students just before or after your classes during Fair Employment Week (Fair Employment Week Powerpoint).

4 – Share your stories on social media with the hashtag #makeitfair.

5 – Complete the National Survey for Contract Academic Staff if you have not already done so survey.caut.ca.

Update: Collective bargaining

MSVU: CUPE 3912 ratified the new collective agreement with Mount St. Vincent university in two voting session (Sept 25 and 28). Now that our membership has ratified the agreement, the university’s board of governors will vote to ratify the agreement. Once the board ratifies the agreement, the union and the university will produce a new collective agreement (checking for typos, etc.). Once that is done, there will be an official signing where the university president and I, as CUPE president, will sign the collective agreement. The agreement then becomes official and all changes take effect. Those members entitled to retroactive back pay will receive it about a month after depending on where in the pay period the signing takes place.

Dalhousie: We continue to have negotiations with Dalhousie. We have not yet discussed financial issues as we are working on some language proposals that will improve working conditions for members and incorporate the new members at the former Agricultural College at Truro.

SMU: Negotiations with St. Mary’s have not yet started. The union is ready and have our proposals ready to go. We are just waiting to hear back from the university about dates.

Ratification votes for MSVU collective agreement

Next week CUPE 3912 members will vote on ratification of the new collective agreement. Any member who has taught at the Mount in the last three years, including people who are teaching for the first time this year, is eligible to vote.

Here is the ratification document you will be asked to vote on during ratification.

The document does not include new Letters of Understanding or the updated Stipend Schedule. These are still being reviewed and will be available at the meetings. It does include the percentage increase for the stipend and wage adjustments.

Ratification votes dates and times:

Monday, September 25, 5-9 p.m. Rosaria 401, Don MacNeil Room
Thursday, September 28, 1:30–6 p.m. Rosaria 105

We will also address any questions you may have at these meetings.

In solidarity,

Steve Cloutier
President, CUPE 3912

CUPE 3912 is hiring a Faculty Liaison!

Job Posting – Part-time Faculty Liaison

CUPE local 3912 has an opportunity for a motivated part-time faculty member who is interested in becoming more involved in the union that represents part-time faculty at Dalhousie, Mount St. Vincent, and St. Mary’s Universities. Applicants should be outgoing and be able to talk to small/medium size groups of people. No previous work experience with unions is required.

Working with, and reporting to, the local’s Executive Committee, the goals of this position are to contact, educate and mobilize CUPE 3912’s part-time faculty. The liaison will develop and use e-mail lists to notify members of events, bargaining updates, etc.

The liaison is an employee of CUPE 3912 and, as such, will be asked to sign a contract for a set period of time decided by the Executive. While the liaison does have the opportunity to work independently, the Executive sets the primary goals, terms of employment, and the evaluation process.

The liaison must be a part-time faculty member at Dalhousie, Mount St Vincent or St. Mary’s and a member in good standing of CUPE 3912. Any necessary training will be provided by CUPE.

While the time commitment will vary as issues dictate, the expected time commitment of the position is 10 hours per week.

The liaison will be responsible for the following:

1) Be responsible for co-ordinating effective communication between the Executive of CUPE 3912 and its membership.
2) Organize meetings with members either individually or in groups to provide information or obtain feedback.
3) Organize meetings between the vice-presidents (or other members of the Executive) and the membership.
4) Recruit stewards and collaborate with the vice-presidents to facilitate regular meetings of the stewards at the different universities.
5) In co-operation with the communications officer, develop educational and promotional materials such as ads, posters, and pamphlets and arrange for their distribution.
6) Provide a monthly written report to the Executive.
7) To meet with the President on a monthly basis to review activities of the previous month and to establish the priorities for the upcoming month.
8) Attend executive meetings at the discretion of the executive.
9) Attend CUPE 3912 general meetings.

Salary: Hourly rate will be $21.52.

Application deadline: 1 July 2017

Applications should be submitted to: cupe3912@dal.ca