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Developments at U Sask

Earlier today the following message was sent out to members:

Dear AUNBT member,

Members will be aware that AUNBT has had growing concerns about the implementation of a “prioritization” program at UNB. You may be interested in today’s article in the Globe and Mail concerning the abandonment of the “TransformUS” prioritization exercise at the U of Saskatchewan. The exercise, although incomplete, was very costly, not only in time and effort, but also in terms of reputation and work environment. AUNBT will be working hard this term to avoid UNB going down a similar path, and we invite all members to get involved and educate themselves about the issue. This development at U Sask is especially encouraging because it resulted from solidarity and collegiality, with the faculty union, CAUT, members of the senate, and students all actively engaged for a sustained period, aided by international media coverage and positive government involvement.

Globe article
AUNBT’s prioritization page

In solidarity,
Miriam Jones
President, AUNBT

More on presidents’ contracts

On August 18 we posted links to President Campbell’s employment contracts as well as various media stories that resulted from their being made public. Since then two more contracts have been released as a result of FNBFA’s right-to-information request: those of former President John McLaughlin for both 2002–2007 and 2007–2012.

Happy Labour Day!

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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FT Collective bargaining, 2013-2014
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