I thought I would bring you up to date with some budget related developments instead of waiting until the Annual General Meeting on April 20, especially now that the writ has dropped and we're off to the polls on May 5.
ULFA has arranged informal meetings with representatives from the AUPE local on campus, ULSU and representatives from the APOs. We've used these opportunities to exchange information and discuss ways we might bring our concerns to a wider public. With the election call, the most promising avenue open to us seems to be that of using public candidate forums to raise the issue of the budget's underfunding of PSE, and we expect to make common cause with a campaign initiative of the Students’ Union.
To date, letters we've sent to our MLAs and cc'd to various government ministers have received only one formal acknowledgement of receipt, that coming from Bridget Pastoor's office. From the rest we've only had silence.
A noteworthy item relevant to the government's plans for PSE is found in the actions of a working group spearheaded by Tim Grant, Deputy Minister of Justice and Solicitor General. This working group is examining the way in which public sector salaries are determined in other provinces, including the BC model known as PSEC (Public Sector Employers' Council). PSEC is a creature of the BC government that negotiates with various public sector groups (nurses, universities and colleges, firefighters, etc.), bypassing intermediaries like Boards of Governors, and implements government salary expectations in contract talks.
Grant's working group is expected to complete its work in mid-May. We will keep you apprised of any developments coming from this working group.
You are cordially invited to the ULFA Annual General Meeting on Monday, April 20 from 12-3pm in room TH201. See the attached provisional agenda here. A final agenda will be sent out one week prior to the AGM. Lunch and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be provided for free to all attendees.
Videoconference will be available for Members on the Calgary and Edmonton campuses but please RSVP a confirmation of your attendance with Derrick at
or at ext.2578.
A voluntary organization such as ULFA can succeed in serving the interests of its membership only to the extent that the members participate in formulating and executing policy. At any given time, approximately two-dozen individuals are actively engaged in representing the interests of all the members. Your valuable experience and wisdom can help ULFA succeed at this!
We ask you to consider lending us some of your talent and knowledge in the coming years by offering your name for one of ULFA’s many committees.
This month the Nominating Committee has begun its task of filling vacancies on the Executive and standing committees. We hope that you will consider becoming involved and volunteering.
If you are interested in letting your name stand for nominations, please contact one of members of the Nominating Committee:
- A. William Smith (
- David Kaminski (
- Jennifer Mather (
- Jo-Anne Fiske (
- Robbin Derry (
- Sandra Cowan (
- Shahadat Hossain (
The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) has prepared a new handbook for prospective faculty to assist them in negotiating a starting salary. This is especially important because starting salary is a major determinant of lifetime earnings. Before signing on the dotted line, CAUT suggests that you ask 10 important questions.
Before signing you should ask:
- What is negotiable?
- Is the employer's salary offer fair?
- Can I negotiated moving costs?
- Are rank and tenure negotiable?
- What are the processes for contract renewal and tenure?
- What support can I obtain for research and creative activity?
- What about teaching workload?
- What about committee work and service?
- What benefits and leaves are covered?
- Should I worry about retirement and pensions?
The complete booklet may be viewed on the CAUT in PDF format or on their website here.