ALERT: Full year GMUFA membership for Sessionals at risk

ALERT: Please note that the MacEwan University Sessionals’ Steering Committee (MUSSC) has become aware that the GMUFA Executive is working to undo the amendment about year-round GMUFA membership for MacEwan University Sessional Faculty (MUSF) which was passed by over two thirds of quorum on October 18, 2017.

They also want to undo the year-round GMUFA membership for MUSF very soon, most likely during this semester, and before the formation of the next Faculty Association Negotiation Committee (FANC) this spring or early summer.
The first step in their effort to undo the year-round membership for MUSF is to pass the proposed amendments to 2.3, 12.1, and 12.2 in the GMUFA Constitution, at the Special Meeting on Wednesday, February 21, in 5-142, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., during Reading Week.

These amendments would allow changes to be made to the GMUFA Constitution without calling a Special Meeting. They would thus shut down opportunities for discussion and debate about any changes, and give the GMUFA Executive too much power, since they would be able to control the messaging to a much greater degree about any proposed amendments before an electronic vote on them.

While MUSSC supports the option of electronic voting to follow a Special Meeting because such voting would enable greater inclusiveness and participation, MUSSC does not support the amendments to make Special Meetings discretionary rather than mandatory, since such amendments mark a shift from a more democratic to a more autocratic form of power in the GMUFA.

And, again, MUSSC knows for certain that the GMUFA Executive wants to undo year-round GMUFA membership for MUSF, and also is certain that passing the amendments to 2.3, 12.1, and 12.2 is central to the GMUFA Executive’s plan to accomplish this end, because the amendments enable the consolidation of power in the GMUFA Executive through the elimination of a requisite Special Meeting.

Please see (below) 2.3, 12.1, and 12.2 as they currently stand and as they have been altered in the proposed amendments.

If after your review of the changes, you also oppose the proposed amendments, and want the requirement of the Special Meeting to stand, please email the GMUFA Executive and let them know as soon as possible. Thank you.

2.3 in its Current Form:

2.3 Extraordinary Resolution

A resolution pertaining to the budget and/or the constitution passed by a majority of not less than two thirds (2/3) of such members entitled to vote as are present in person and voting at an Annual, General, or Special Meeting of which notice specifying the intention to propose the resolution as an Extraordinary Resolution has been duly given. Proper notice for such motions shall be a written statement of intention provided to the Membership at least one (1) month before the issue is to be considered.

GMUFA Constitution

2.3 with its Proposed Amendment:

2.3 Extraordinary Resolution

A resolution pertaining to the budget and/or the constitution passed by a majority of not less than two thirds (2/3) of such members entitled to vote by electronic vote or as are present in person and voting at an Annual, General, or Special Meeting of which notice specifying the intention to propose the resolution as an Extraordinary Resolution has been duly given. Proper notice for such motions shall be a written statement of intention provided to the Membership at least one (1) month before the issue is to be considered.

Proposed Amendment

12.1 in its Current Form:

12.1
The constitution may be amended or repealed at the Annual, General or Special Meeting by Extraordinary Resolution.

GMUFA Constitution

12.1 with its Proposed Amendment:

12.1
The constitution may be amended or repealed at the Annual, General or Special Meeting by Extraordinary Resolution or in accordance with Article 2.3.

Proposed Amendment

12.2 in its Current Form:

12.2
The bylaws may be amended or repealed at a General Meeting by a majority vote provided that proper notice has been given and there is quorum.

GMUFA Constitution

12.2 with its Proposed Amendment:

12.2
The bylaws may be amended or repealed at a General Meeting or by electronic vote by a majority vote provided that proper notice has been given and there is quorum.

Proposed Amendment

The Elephant in the Institution • A Bulletin from MUSSC to MUSF • January 28, 2018


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