Here’s the latest bulletin from MUSSC. Learn about the work of the Faculty Association Negotiating Committee (FANC), a forthcoming feature-length documentary film, In Search of Professor Precarious, and two important new reports on precarious contract faculty in Canadian universities.
As mentioned in the last MUSSC bulletin, this survey is a crucial instrument for collecting data on GMUFA
members—data which can be productively employed in the negotiation process this year.
Statistics provided by the faculty association indicate that sessionals teach 60% or more of the classes at MacEwan University.
Bulletin #10, which you will find attached, offers important information on the recent changes to the Post Secondary Learning Act that affect Sessional Faculty directly. Also, the next Faculty Association Negotiating Committee will likely be formed this Fall, and it will be useful to have as accurate a portrait of MUSF as possible. We are glad to report that work on this information gathering endeavour is begun.
It is crucial that as many MacEwan University Sessional Faculty (MUSF) as possible attend the Grant MacEwan University Faculty Association (GMUFA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) this year. Up for discussion: GMUFA Bylaws, Strike and Lockout Principles, Election Protocols, and Negotiation Proposals. An increase in membership dues may also be voted on.
MUSSC — with its slightly revised name the MacEwan University Sessional Steering Collaborative — is launching its new website today! Please sign on to review our mission statement and the other materials generated over the first year of our activism, to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and to receive regular updates on important developments and upcoming events.
Sessional Faculty between contracts at the University of Alberta will be able to: vote on any matter, including ratifying new collective agreements and elections of officers, and be nominated for and elected to any elected position in the Association subject to eligibility requirements; serve on Association committees; and receive all the rights and benefits of membership for up to one year after their contracts end with the University of Alberta.
The MacEwan University Sessionals’ Steering Committee (MUSSC) has sought out and met with prospective candidates for the various positions opening up. MUSSC strongly urges MUSF to vote for the Sessional Faculty candidates listed below.
It’s crucial that MUSF—who make up at least 50% of the MacEwan University Faculty—have a greater presence and influence on the Board to ensure that the interests of all MacEwan University Faculty, not just MacEwan University Continuing Faculty, are taken into consideration.