SWGC participated by teleconference.
The meeting was called to order by the Chair, William Schipper. The Chair noted that Information Bulletins 2001/02:29 and 30 were distributed to the membership prior to the General Meeting.
(G02:001) MOVED (J. Bear/J. Church) that the agenda be accepted.
(G02:002) MOVED (B. Schrank/N. Roy) that the General Meeting Minutes of October 23, 2001 be approved.
(G02:003) MOVED (A. Redlack/J. Bear)
THAT as of July 1, 2002, MUNFA members in the bargaining unit shall pay membership fees by payroll deduction at a rate of 10.0 mills (1%) of annual salary before any voluntary salary reductions for the purposes of using part of salary as a research grant. This shall include a $2 MUNFA Strike Fund Levy contribution to the MUNFA Strike Fund.
THAT as of July 1, 2002, MUNFA members who are excluded from the bargaining unit because of their status as clinical faculty or as administrators, shall pay membership fees at the mill rate based on the median salary for their rank among all other members of the bargaining unit, minus CAUT Defence Fund dues.
THAT as of July 1, 2002, MUNFA members who are Laboratory Instructors shall pay a membership fee of $130.00 per year.
THAT as of July 1, 2002, MUNFA members who are excluded from the bargaining unit because of their status as part-time or sessional instructors, shall pay membership fees at the mill rate of 10.0 mills (1%), minutes CAUT Defence Fund dues. MOTION CARRIED
(G02:004) MOVED (A. Redlack/C. Matchim) that MUNFA contribute up to $10 per bargaining unit member to the CAUT Academic Freedom Fund in the coming year out of general revenues. MOTION CARRIED
W. E. Schrank reported that he and A. Lonardo are the CAUT delegates. Dr. Schrank reported on the recent strike at Dalhousie University which lasted four weeks. The CAUT Defence Fund offered the Dalhousie Faculty Association (DFA) a line of credit of $1m which was not drawn down. DFA strike pay totaled $814,000. The Defence Fund still has $12.5m.
The Pension Plan Feasibility Study (April 3, 2002) with a notice of motion for a MUNFA pension Plan was distributed to the MUNFA membership in Information Bulletin 2001/02:29.
Dr. J. C. Bear, on behalf of the MUNFA Executive spoke to the Pensions Report and responded to questions from the membership.
(G02:005) MOVED (J. Bear/R.J. Clark) that the MUNFA Executive is directed to take appropriate action:
(G02:006) MOVED (J. Lewis/R. Adamec) that Main Motion G02:005 be amended: "for the provision of indexing of pension benefits, as a feature of that plan" be replaced with the words, "for the provision of indexing of pension benefits to the CPI as a feature of that plan".
VOTE on Amendment
(G02:007) MOVED (J. Lewis/R. Adamec) that Main Motion G02:005 be amended: "to establish a MUNFA defined benefit pension plan, jointly and equally controlled by the Association and the University, with current retirees given the option to join the new plan" be replaced with the words, "to establish a MUNFA defined benefit pension plan, jointly administered by the University and Association members active and retired, and by the beneficiaries of deceased members. Current retirees shall be given the option to join the new plan"
VOTE on Amendment
VOTE on Main Motion G02:005
The report of the MUNFA Triennial Academic Freedom and Grievance Committee for the period of January 1, 1998 - December 31, 2000 was circulated to the membership.
(G02:008) MOVED (T. Hannah/J. Hiller) that the Terms of Reference of the AF&G Committee be amended as follows:
(G02:009) MOVED (T. Hannah/P. Rice) that the Terms of Reference of the AF&G Committee be amended as follows: Section C, add (iii) "Any such investigation under (ii) should be copied to the Association.
The AF&G prepared a pamphlet on the role of the AF&G Committee and will meet with new members when they are appointed.
AF&G presents its written report at the annual October General Meeting. Since October 2001 the AF&G Committee has dealt with 61 enquiries relating to a variety of issues. Out of that 61 nine individual grievances arose. Of the 9, the issues concerned special assignment of duties, teaching assignments, dispersal of grant funds, cross appointment, travel funds, sabbatical, and the PDER.
The AF&G Committee also assisted the MUNFA Executive with six association grievances.
Since October 2001 the AF&G has resolved and/or closed 12 grievances. The AF&G assisted the Executive with eight arbitrations. Of the eight, four were settled, one is not scheduled pending a negotiated settlement, one is scheduled for late April and two are scheduled for the fall.
(G02:010) MOVED (J. Bear/N. Roy) that the meeting adjourn.
Dr. W. Schipper
October 29, 2002