The meeting was chaired by W. Schipper, MUNFA President. SWGC participated by telecommunications.
(G04:005) MOVED (Church/Chadwick) that the agenda be accepted.
Dr. Schipper reported on the Executive's activities since Tony Chadwick's report at the April 2004 General Meeting.
(G04:006) MOVED (P.Wilson/A.Lonardo) that the 2003-04 statement of income and expenditures be accepted.
(G04:007) MOVED (E. Hannah/J. Church) that the minutes of April 26, 2004 be accepted.
The Chair noted that matters which required discussion were covered under separate Agenda items.
The Membership received a copy the August 19, 2004 Pension report (IB 2004/05:05).
There was clarification on the government guarantee of the current MUN Pension Plan. Should MUNFA set up its own plan with the administration, then a new MUN/MUNFA plan would not be covered by a government guarantee.
D. Steele (Retired/Biology) asked if the Morneau Sobeco report will be the basis for negotiations, and if so, Steele expressed his concern that retired MUNFA members are unable to vote on collective bargaining issues.
J. Church (Medicine/former Chief Negotiator) noted that the pension matter was part of negotiations in 1999 and 2002. The Executive is proceeding as per Motion G02:005 (MUNFA General Meeting of April 17, 2002):
"that the MUNFA Executive is directed to take appropriate action: - 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, and - for the provision of indexing of pension benefits, as a feature of that plan."
John Bear (past MUNFA member) spoke to both the Morneau Sobeco report and the general issue of MUNFA pensions. Dr. Bear reiterated the importance of MUNFA members being aware of pensions and any actions taken by the administration in relation to pensions.
Dr. Steele supported Dr. Bear's comments regarding pensions and noted that he wished to ensure that pensioners are given an opportunity to comment on the proposed pension plan.
It was noted that prior to negotiations commencing, a call for proposals will be sent to all members; any member or retired member may at that time submit comments to the Proposals Committee.
In ending the discussion on pension matters, Ms. Lonardo noted that the MUNFA Executive is working closely with other campus unions and that they have been provided with a copy of the Morneau Sobeco report.
Dr. R. Sweeny (History) asked if the Joint Committee would be appropriate venue for MUNFA to support a reduction in tuition fees. Dr. Schipper replied that MUNFA has written a two page letter in response to the "White Paper on Post-Secondary Education."
Ms. A. Lonardo reported that members of the MUNFA Executive have met with a PSAC representative regarding their TAUMUN campaign.
(G04:008) MOVED (E. Edinger/J. Scott) that MUNFA support the efforts of Teaching Assistants in MUN to organize as a union as TAUMUN and to provide moral support they need in that effort.
(G04:009) MOVED ( C. Dennis/ ) that the meeting adjourn.
A wine/cheese reception followed the meeting.
Meeting adourned: 9:10 p.m.
Dr. W. Schipper
April 11, 2005