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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Day 07 - update 16

WUFA strike Update

A memo from the WUFA:

Media Release,

Please be advise the Faculty Association of the University of Windsor will hold a news conference today (Wednesday Sept 24) @ 2:00 p.m. at the University Community Church, 2320 Wyandotte St. West.

All Media is invited

On behalf of the Faculty Association,

Jean Roath, Administrative Assistant
Faculty Association, University of Windsor (WUFA)
Kerr House, 366 Sunset Ave.
Windsor, Ont. N9B 3P4

WUFA@uwindsor.ca
(519) 253-3000 ext. 3366 Fax (519) 977-6154

www.uwindsor.ca/wufa
And the University of Windsor appears to have taken an ad out in the Windsor Star regarding the details of their last offer to the WUFA.

I would imagine that the media release from WUFA will have something to do with the administration's latest coverage in the Star last night and today.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once upon a time, there lived a newly-appointed ambitious President at a medium-sized university whose ambition was to boost his image in order to gain a bigger salary at a larger university. Word of the President's desire spread. Two scoundrels, N*** and D***, who had heard of the President’s ambition decided to take advantage and introduced their scheme to the President.
"We are very good at (mis)management and (mis)governance and after many years of spending too much money we have invented an extraordinary method to balance the books. As a matter of fact, our method will be invisible to anyone at the university or beyond as they are too stupid to appreciate quality."
The two scoundrels advised that they would manufacture a strike and proceeded to pretend to negotiate while collecting students’ fees. Finally, the President received word that the two scoundrels had done their work.
"It is time, President," the scoundrels said. "We have worked night and day and, at last, the time is right to make your reputation." Although the President saw the scheme might have unintended consequences, the scoundrels told him that if he talked nicely to the media, bought a full-page ad and manufactured a few facts, nobody would challenge the scheme.
The ending of Windsor’s strange yet true saga remains to be written.
(Adapted from The Emperor’s New Clothes, Hans Christian Anderson)

8:01 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

see WUFA's Response (Sept 25-08) below

The University Administration says
WUFA members earn too much.
Here is what we say:

The Windsor University Faculty Association (WUFA) believes the residents of the Windsor-Essex region deserve a first-class university. Three out of four University students come from this region. A university education is their most reliable path to a good paying, secure job.
This is our first strike in twenty-six years.
We do not take this action lightly.
We believe the quality of education at the University of Windsor is at stake.

Fair wages
In a highly competitive labour market, with a shortage of qualified academic faculty, we are shocked by the administration’s decision to undermine the “Windsor Salary Standard.” WUFA’s goal is to maintain that Standard.
For the last 26 years, the Windsor Salary Standard has ensured our wage parity by keeping University of Windsor faculty and librarians at the mid-point salary range of Ontario universities.
We want to expand the same wage protection to our coaches, teaching specialists, and part-time instructors.
Fair wages attract good faculty, and good faculty are essential for quality education and a positive learning environment.
Without fair wages, new faculty may start their careers here but will leave when they find their wages lagging behind those of their colleagues at other universities.


PTR (Promotion through the Ranks)
Promotion through the Ranks is not bonus pay.
PTR is paid in recognition of the on-the-job training that is a feature of university work. Pay-for-knowledge wage systems, such as ours, are common in professional work in both public and private sectors.
PTR is necessary because academics start their careers late and complete a 5 year probationary period. At the University of Windsor, the average age of academic staff appointed to their first full-time job is 37, after 8-10 years of post-secondary education and accumulated student debt.
The administration’s proposed cutbacks to our PTR will have a profound effect on the future wages of our members. Until now, no other university administration in the country has betrayed this principle by threatening to cut back PTR.
Fiscal Mismanagement
For the last 26 years, the university administration could afford fair salaries for its faculty. Where has the money gone?
• More and more administrators
• More and more layers of bureaucracy
• More and more outside consultants
• The forty-six top paid administrators earn $7 million at University of Windsor
• A new logo and a million dollar branding campaign we did not need
With no administrative transparency or accountability, we don’t know where all the money went.
The fiscal mismanagement of the university administration should NOT be resolved on the backs of the faculty, academic ancillary staff, and librarians at University of Windsor!
Come to the open WUFA meeting! Learn more about the issues.
Sunday September 28, 2008
Caboto Club (Canada Hall) 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
Everyone welcome

9:40 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And let's not forget about the Administration's new stadium debacle, when the Admin did not even put in their provincial and federal grant application on time for the Junior Pan-Am games venue. This money would have been a shoe-in, instead the incompetent admins left student's holding the bag to the tune of $5.26 million dollars ('coincidently' the current deficit amount). See below:

Board Approved Capital Plan Goal
for New Stadium: $7,550,000.00

Total Raised: $2,288,301.00

Outstanding Shortfall
$5,261,699.00

(from: http://www.uwindsor.ca/units/pac/performance.nsf/inToc/61F9354919AA76D58525719C005364E6 )

10:32 AM

 

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