6 November 2012: Talks Continue for New Per-Course Instructors' Contract with MUN

Bargaining for a new Collective Agreement for Per Course Instructors resumed this past week for the first time since the parties exchanged proposals in mid-September.

The LUMUN team met with University representatives on November 5 and 6, 2012.

Unfortunately, no new articles were signed off, but productive discussion did take place on a number of articles, including Health and Safety, Duties and Responsibilities, Discipline and Discharge, Credit Courses, and Union Security.

Your Bargaining Team continues to work on developing our economic package, including proposals on wages, benefits, and pensions.

We’re aware that our wages lag seriously behind comparable rates of pay in the MUNFA collective agreement. That’s because we had only one wage increase in the 18 years before we formed a Union.

So despite hefty increases in our first contract, we continue to be paid substandard wages for the work we do at a University that says teaching is central to the values of MUN.

Per Course Instructors are worth more, and your Bargaining Team intends to make a wage proposal that fairly reflects our contribution to the University.

Further bargaining dates have yet to be established. A full report on bargaining will be provided at the LUMUN general membership meeting on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, from 7 to 9 p.m. in The Landing (UC 3018). We hope to see you there!


Your Bargaining Team:

Robert Lewis, President

Craig Cramm, First Vice-President

Dwight Hutchens, Second Vice-President

Martha Wells, Secretary

Gail Lem, PSAC Negotiator