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.
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.
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.
- NEW: “Federation may still pursue court action despite UNB contract release.” Emma McPhee. The Brunswickan (Aug 19, 2014).
- NEW: Letter-to-the-editor: “UNB professors’ salaries are transparent.” Telegraph-Journal (Aug 19, 2014).
- “UNB professors upset by president’s contract: Salary and perks worth almost half a million dollars.” CBC News (Aug 18, 2014).
- “Federation reacts to UNB president’s contracts.” Anna Carroll. Telegraph-Journal (Aug 18, 2014; paywall).
- Letter-to-the-editor: “UNB faculty deserve national wages, too.” Telegraph-Journal (Aug 18, 2014; paywall).
- Press release: “AUNBT says release of contracts ‘a first step‘.” (Aug 17, 2014).
- Press release: “The Federation of New Brunswick Faculty Associations reacts to the release of UNB President contracts.” (Aug 15, 2014).
- “UNB posts details of president’s employment agreement.” Tess Allen. The Brunswickan (Aug 14, 2014).
- Editorial: “A president’s salary.” Telegraph-Journal (Aug 14, 2014).
- “UNB posts President’s contract details.” Chris Morris. Telegraph-Journal (Aug 14, 2014).
And as always, there has been considerable discussion on Take Back UNB.
This post may be updated.
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.
AUNBT and FAUST are contributing to these meetings.
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.
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).