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HALIFAX Part-time faculty at Saint Marys University have given their bargaining committee a mandate to strike. The employees, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3912, asked their conciliation officer to file his report after talks broke down again last evening. Once the report is filed the employees must wait two weeks before being in a legal strike position.
The employer has not been willing to play fair with us and we now have no choice but to consider our options, says CUPE National Rep Linda Clancy.
The employees are looking for job security and a substantial increase in the per-course remuneration, which is far below what is paid elsewhere in the country. Also in dispute is a proposal to give retired full-time professors the first option on courses now taught by part-time faculty, and to offer course work to Ph.D. students before offering it to bargaining unit members.
Part-time faculty are asking that their contributions to the university be properly recognized, says Clancy. For many part-time faculty, teaching is a career, just as it is for full-time tenured professors, except with far less remuneration and inferior working conditions. Its time to stop the exploitation and allow part-time faculty to be properly integrated into the university community.
CUPE represents part-time faculty at Saint Marys, Dalhousie and Mount Saint Vincent Universities. Part-time faculty at Dalhousie and Mount Saint Vincent applied for conciliation on February 27.
For more information please contact Linda Clancy at (902)v455-4180 or (902) 452-9979 (cell).