January 13, 2014: Per Course Bargaining Team Returns to the Table

Bargaining for a new contract for Per Course Instructors at MUN resumes today after being postponed last week due to the impact of severe winter weather.

Your Bargaining Team is back at the table for the first time since mid-December, when the University refused to respond to the Union’s proposal for an equity adjustment, based on one-ninth (1/9) of the rate paid to Teaching Term appointees.

MUN said the vast majority of Teaching Term appointees outside of the Faculty of Arts teach four (4) courses per semester, which would compare to one-twelfth (1/12) of a Teaching Term appointment on a per course basis, while acknowledging that in Arts the standard for Teaching Term appointments is three (3) courses per semester.

In an effort to move the process forward, the Union provided a counter-proposal by email just prior to the Christmas holiday closure, conditional on MUN credibly demonstrating that the majority of Teaching Term appointments are for four (4) courses per semester.

Also outstanding is the University’s proposal to move away from the per student rate of pay for distance courses and to pay every DELTS instructor the flat per course rate, regardless of how many students are accepted into a particular class. While this move would benefit Per Course Instructors who teach smaller classes, it could result in a significant reduction in income for those DELTS instructors who typically teach very large classes. It would also allow the University to increase enrolments in all distance courses, with no compensation to instructors for the extra work that would result from such an increase.

Union security language, updated provisions for expenses incurred by Per Course Instructors, benefits, and an RSP plan in lieu of a pension plan are also outstanding.

We are entering a very critical stage in bargaining. Please stay tuned for further developments, including plans for membership meetings and strike training.

In Solidarity,

YOUR BARGAINING TEAM

Martha Wells, LUMUN President

Dr. Robert Lewis, LUMUN Secretary

Craig Cramm, LUMUN 1st Vice-President

Dwight Hutchens, LUMUN 2nd Vice-President

Sean Glavine, PSAC Regional Representative

Gail Lem, PSAC Negotiator