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Thursday, October 02, 2008

Day 15 - update 28

I found an old copy of The Lance from the last faculty strike in 1982. Here's what came of it last time:

November 18, 1982
Make-up classes up to each faculty
by Kevin Rollason

Professors at the University of Windsor must find some way to make up classes during the strike. This can be in the form of extra classes, foregoing breaks, or several other ways recommended by the Deans of each of the faculties, said Dr. Cassano, vice-president academic.

Cassano said that he had "asked the Deans to monitor the professors," to see if they were making up classes. He admitted though, that the university had left the idea of make up classes "pretty well to the instructor."

Dr. Jerome Brown, Dean of Arts, felt that "it is a matter of commitment." He went on to point out that it was in the contract that the faculty association signed, that the faculty would not be paid for the week lost because of the strike. Instead, he said, they "would be paid for making up classes."

Brown pointed out that already many classes had been made up. Classes would not be made up in five minute spots but "in recognizable blocks."

Dr. Walter Romanow, Dean of Social Science, said that he called a meeting of the professors in his faculty immediately "to try and figure out strategies for different ways of making up classes." They had to do this, he said, in order to accommodate different classes which consist of lectures, seminars, and the like.

Romanow felt that "all classes and labs have been made up for will be made up by the end of the semester."

One of the fears of the Deans, Romanow said, was the danger of hurting students' performances in school through the make-up procedure. But, as far as he knows, "no student has been disadvantaged."

Cassano said that he expected all of the Deans to meet with the professors and send their make-up plans to him. He said that there are different procedures for every faculty at the university.

Brown gave several examples of how the Faculty of Arts is making up classes. One example is with evening courses. They can be made up by adding half an hour to the class four times if it is a two hour course, or by holding a separate class on another day, by agreement with the students.

The memorandum Brown sent out to each of his Faculty Members concludes by saying that they must follow the "guidelines with liberality and fairness, but especially in such a way as to ensure that students receive the tuition for which they have paid and which is necessary for the integrity of the course and the discipline."

Brown further commented that any student who feels their professor, in the Faculty of Arts, is lax in his make-up classes, or didn't make up a class, they should contact him. He stressed that it was "part and parcel of the agreement" the teachers signed.

Click here to read 'Terms of strike settlement revealed at meeting' - Oct. 7, 1982


Terms of strike settlement revealed at meeting
October 7, 1982

by Paula Lovquist

On Friday, October 1, 1982, the Board of Governors held a closed meeting during which they ratified a new one-year agreement with the University's Faculty Association. The pact, which was ratified Thursday by the Faculty Association, provides for two alternate monetary proposals.

The Lance spoke with John Dempster, chief negotiator for the Board of Governors who provided us with the following information.

The first proposal provides for a total of 13.8 per cent increase in the monetary package. It includes a 10.25 per cent salary scale increase in two stages, retroactive to July 1, 1982plus a $1,150 professional development increment.

PTR, or progression through the ranks, is a term used for the progression of the faculty members up the professional rank ladder, via which they are justified of earning a higher salary.

The Board of Governors and the Faculty Association agreed to join together in an application to the Ontario inflation Restraint Board to have the Faculty Association exempted from Ontario's new Compensation Restraint Act for the 1982-83 contract. The 13.8 per cent settlement is comparable to the settlements reached by other universities for 1982-83.

In the event that the above proposal is not accepted by the Inflation Restraint Board, the new contract provides for a second monetary package which includes a nine per cent increase over 1982-83.

Other agreements in the contract include:

- an increase of sabbatical leave expenses. They will rise from 75 per cent to 80 per cent.

- a retirement fund of $150,000 is to be created which will be distributed within the next three months to currently retired Faculyt members and their beneficiaries who are qualified to receive it.

- another fund of $50,000 will also be set up for anomolies, for which faculty members may apply if they fell justified.

- a further agreement, which came after some struggle, dealt with one of the faculty's "principles." The faculty decided that if a member was assigned to teach a course for a semester and then discovered that this section was empty, and therefore cancelled, he should still be compensated for it even though he was not teaching. The Board of Governors disagreed, and ultimately, the two groups agreed that if such events were to happen, the professor would be assigned to another duty for which he would receive equal compensation

- The professors also insisted that any member who teaches more than four courses per semester be considered to have a full-time appointment. The Board agreed and it was entered into the contract.

- The Board of Governors and the Faculty Association also agreed to set up a committee which will investigate and make recommendations on all of these concerns and others. This committee will consist of three members of the Board of Governors and three members of the faculty association.

Overall the ideal of "civility" was maintained and both sides appear to be satisfied with the eventual results. The only question remaining is: how long will it last?

That both the Board and the Faculty Association would be willing to risk the academic life of so many people is rather frightening.

John H. McGiveny, Chairperson of the Board, in his statement to the Board of Governors said, "It is a sad commentary on our maturity and our creativity and our commitment to the students and to the community, that we are unable to settle our differences without jeopardizing the education of those who represent the justification for our existence."

It is too bad they did not think of that sooner.

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