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Did you know that UNB has an employee assistance program that offers the free services of a psychologist? Find out more.

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Labour Day By Micke Nikander / May 1, 2013

Labour Day By Micke Nikander / May 1, 2013

Labour Day.

UNB professors’ salaries are transparent

The following letter-to-the-editor was published in the Telegraph-Journal this morning:

There are a number of misunderstandings in “A president’s salary,” the editorial published in this paper on Aug. 15.

Well, mainly one misunderstanding, repeated several times. Contrary to what the writer implies, university professors’ salaries are completely transparent. At UNB our collective agreements are posted online and anyone with Internet access can read all about our salary grids. They would be well advised to do so, rather than trusting to media reports like the editorial in question, which baldly states “the university also pays out six-figure salaries to the majority of its faculty” without distinguishing between $100,000 – the average salary of UNB professors – and the almost half a million our president receives once all the various perks are considered.

Further, “professors” are the best paid of our members, but nearly half of UNB’s teachers are contract academics, to whom UNB pays poverty wages and zero benefits. And while it’s true that a large proportion of our full-time faculty are at the top of their pay scale, that is mainly because our administration has refused to replace those who leave, preferring to fill in with much cheaper temporary or part-time contracts.

AUNBT has been calling for financial transparency at UNB for years and we are delighted that the editorial board of this newspaper is now on board. But let’s shine that light where it’s really needed.

Miriam Jones
President, Association of 
UNB Teachers

Talking about the President’s contracts

There has been a lot of attention paid to the release of President Campbell’s two employment contracts (20092014):

And as always, there has been considerable discussion on Take Back UNB.

This post may be updated.

AUNBT newsletter, Aug. 15/14

Check your inboxes for the newsletter that went out on August 15. Or, read it here.

RTIPPA request for UNB President’s employment contracts

UNB administration finally released copies of President Campbell’s employment contracts on August 13 in response to a Right-to-Information request.

CAUT Atlantic Queer Caucus, Aug 15-16

This weekend Fredericton hosts the second meeting of the CAUT Atlantic Queer Caucus. The meetings will take place on the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 15 and all day Saturday Aug. 16. The purpose of the caucus is to facilitate support networks for LGBTQ2S academic staff throughout the Atlantic region.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Karen Pearlston or Robert Ramsay.

AUNBT and FAUST are contributing to these meetings.

UNB Act

Members should check their inboxes for a message and a document, “Changes to the UNB Act.” Or go to the new “UNB Act” issues page for links.

Letter to the Chair of the UNB BoG

Members will remember that the University community received a message from Kathryn McCain, Chair of the UNB Board of Governors, on June 27 2013. As AUNBT was to meet with the employer in front of the Arbitration Board over the FT contract the following week, we sent out a message declining comment. In the meantime, the Academic Council sent off an excellent open letter to Ms. McCain on July 16 which was subsequently printed in the Telegraph-Journal on July 19. The Arbitration dates having now passed, we also turned our attention to responding. The letter was sent to Ms. McCain and the rest of the BoG earlier today, and circulated via email to the members (see below for full text; click for PDF).

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STUSAU Solidarity Rally

Over 50 people from unions across both STU and UNB rallied today in support of the St. Thomas Support and Administrative Union, four years post-certification yet still without a first contract. Those giving greetings emphasized the need for solidarity against the increasingly anti-labour tactics of our employers.

STUSAU support rally

AUNBT FT Chief Negotiator Lloyd Waugh enjoys some celebratory cake after the STUSAU support rally, July 17/14.

Pro-choice gala and fundraising campaign

There will be a Pro-Choice Gala on July 25, part of the campaign to raise money for reproductive choice in the Maritimes. There is also an online donation page:

Fredericton Youth Feminists and Reproductive Justice NB present an elegant black-tie evening with dinner, cash bar, live jazz, dancing and silent auction to fundraise for the #SaveTheClinic initiative. This gala will be held in the Crowne Plaza’s Ballroom.

Tickets are $60 and are available to be purchased through Youth Feminist and RJNB members. Email reproductivejusticenb@gmail.com for more information.

Vegan dinner is available but must be requested at the time of ticket purchase!

#SaveTheClinic donations/information: fundrazr.com/campaigns/aoCmf

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FT Collective bargaining, 2013-2014
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