(January 11, 2001, Gazette)
The Board of Regents of Memorial University last month officially
ratified the collective agreement between the university and
MUNFA, the union representing its faculty and librarians. The
three-year contract covers the period from Sept. 1, 1999, to
Aug. 31, 2002.
The agreement will ensure that the university remains competitive
in recruiting and retaining faculty members and includes a monetary
package that results in average salary increases of more than
20 per cent over the life of the contract, said Dr. Axel Meisen,
Memorials president. The salary changes include a base
increase of seven per cent (similar to compensation arrangements
for public sector workers throughout the province), step increases
on the salary scales, occupational adjustments (similar to occupational
reclassification) and increases to the floor and ceiling of salary
scales to better reflect salary ranges offered at other Canadian
Other highlights of the new collective agreement include strengthened
tenure and promotion criteria, improved provisions for handling
intellectual property rights and improved procedures for dealing
with sabbatical leave applications.
The university has succeeded in its main goal in these
negotiations, said Dr. Meisen. We have addressed
the very serious issue of Memorials salary competitiveness
in the Canadian university context and we have concluded a collective
agreement that is fair to all our faculty and librarians. This
new agreement will enable us to attract high quality academic
staff members and to retain our outstanding current faculty.
The official signing of the new collective agreement by representatives
of the university and MUNFA is scheduled for mid-January.
Williams Trust Fund award
Applications are now being invited for the Margaret Williams
Trust Fund award which has been established to promote the development
of librarianship in Newfoundland and Labrador. Funds are awarded
on a competitive basis to applicants seeking funding for library-related
projects or assistance in pursuing graduate studies in library
science. Annual awards are usually about $1,000. Deadline for
applications is March 30.
For more information and an application form, contact Richard
Ellis, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Margaret Williams Trust Fund,
QE II Library, Memorial University, St. Johns, A1B 3Y1.
from co-op organization
The Canadian Association for Cooperative Education has recognized
two Memorial University employees for outstanding volunteer service.
Paul Batstone, program manager for engineering co-operative education,
and Christine Webb, manager of Memorials Co-operative Education
Services Centre, received CAFCE Volunteer Recognition Awards
to mark five years of volunteer service on the organizations
Mr. Batstone has worked on the CAFCE Accreditation Council, CAFCE
news, and CAFCE Atlantic professional development sessions. Ms
Webb has volunteered with the CAFCE national conference, the
CAFCE accreditation team review, and has served on the CAFCE
Atlantic Board of Directors.
Memorial President Axel Meisen congratulated the two on the CAFCE
honour, saying ... this award also brings credit to Memorial
University of Newfoundland. Career placement and preparation
are in important part of Memorials responsibilities to
its students, and (their) efforts in this area are appreciated.
David Vardy is the newest Fellow of the James G. Channing Chair
at Memorial University.
A 28-year veteran of the provincial public service, Mr. Vardy
is currently chairman and chief executive officer of the Public
Utilities Commission. He follows Robert Olivero, the first Channing
The fellowship affords a senior public servant a chance to research
and work on major public policy issues affecting the province.
The chair is named after the longest-serving secretary to cabinet,
James Channing, who started the job under Joseph Smallwood in
1956 and left when Frank Moores held the premiership in 1978.
Mr. Vardy holds a doctorate in economics from Princeton and a
masters degree from the University of Toronto.
As a Channing Fellow, he intends to study and comment on fisheries
policy, economic development policy, energy regulation, and continue
his work as an appointee on the Eminent Persons Panel on
the state of seal stocks. The former Queens University
professor will also be doing some teaching at MUN.
phone numbers for HSC
All phone numbers in the Health Sciences Centre now begin with
777. Emergency numbers will be routed automatically, with other
numbers you will receive a message informing you of the new number.
For numbers whose last four digits begin with a 6 or a 7, the
last four digits remain the same. Otherwise, it will be an entirely