20 November 2013: MUN REJECTS CONCEPT OF EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK FOR PER COURSE INSTRUCTORS

Your Bargaining Team has disappointing news, After waiting nine months for MUN to make a counterproposal on our wage demand, we received a wage offer in bargaining last week that can be described only as insulting.

The University is proposing to freeze wages at 2011 rates for 2012 and 2013, followed by a 2% wage increase in 2014 and a 3% wage increase in 2015.

The wage offer does not even match increases to pay negotiated with the provincial government by the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE).

For nine months, MUN has been saying it could not respond to the Union’s wage proposal until NAPE reached a new agreement with the province and ‘established a template’.

The NAPE template does contain zeros in the first two years of its new agreement. But employees did receive a $1,400 lump sum payment in 2013 (pro-rated for part-time employees), as well as a $48-million per year job evaluation plan to correct wage disparities affecting about 70 per cent of its bargaining unit.

The NAPE job evaluation plan that is to be carried out throughout the life of the new agreement is similar to the one-time equity adjustment of $2,167 to $6,942 per course that LUMUN proposed. Such an adjustment would de-link the Per Course rate from the ‘extra teaching rate’ negotiated by MUN for full-time faculty, and would make it proportionally equivalent to the lowest rate of pay received by MUNFA members on Teaching Term Appointments.

“Since Teaching Term appointees are paid only to teach, their work is exactly the same as that done by Per Course Instructors,” said Martha Wells, President of LUMUN. “Per-Course Instructors deserve equal pay for work of equal value.”

Your Bargaining Team is calling on all Per Course Instructors to show your support for fair and equal wages by signing and sending your letter to the President, urging MUN to return to the bargaining table with a serious wage proposal. Please take action now in support of your bargaining team.

IMPORTANT: Your Bargaining Team also wants to consult with Per Course Instructors on next steps. Please plan to attend a General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 (location to be announced).

YOUR BARGAINING TEAM

Martha Wells, LUMUN President

Dr. Robert Lewis, LUMUN Secretary

Craig Cramm, LUMUN First Vice-President

Dwight Hutchens, LUMUN Second Vice-President

Sean Glavine, PSAC Regional Representative

Gail Lem, PSAC Negotiator