Time to put ourselves forward for GMUFA board

February 22, 2017 Dear Colleagues, If we do not put ourselves forward now, we should not complain when our interests go unheeded later. Sessionals not only have a right to serve on the Faculty Association board, we have an obligation to do so. Like most of my continuing colleagues, I teach during the fall and …

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Last review of proposals before negotiations

Dear Colleagues, Please attend the Special Membership Meeting on January 10, 2017 from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm in Room 7-278. This will be the last time that members see the bargaining proposals before negotiations begin. Sessionals must ensure that their interests are properly represented. If you cannot be there, please encourage your colleagues to …

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Important Faculty Association survey

Dear Colleagues, Please fill out the GMUFA survey. Quickly, you can make sure that the Faculty Association recognizes our concerns. You do not have to answer all of the questions; just make sure we let the Association know what concerns sessionals. That’s it! Please do this right away before we miss the deadline. Thank you! …

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MacEwan Sessionals: Come out for change!

Dear Colleagues, Two things we can do this coming month to encourage change: First of all, we should urge as many sessionals as possible to attend the General Membership Meeting of the Faculty Association on Tuesday November 1, from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM in room 9-323. Even if you cannot attend the entire meeting, please come for …

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Nominations Needed for Faculty Council

Dear Colleagues, We have an opportunity to demonstrate that sessionals intend to take part in the changes at MacEwan University. At this time, a strong showing for the 18 positions on the A&S Faculty Council newly opened to sessionals will speak more loudly than passionate speeches. The responsibilities for Faculty Council members are by no …

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Sessional Notes for a New Academic Year

Dear Colleagues, As we return for another academic year, we have new opportunities for sessional involvement. The Faculty Association seeks more sessional representation on the board, the provincial government has come out with a discussion guide for the new Faculty and Graduate Students Labour Relations Model Review, and the Arts and Science Faculty Council has announced …

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News for Sessionals Arts and Science

Dear Colleagues, Bronwyn Snefjella, Secretary to the Arts and Science Faculty Council, has announced openings for sessional instructors who wish to serve on the Arts and Science Faculty Council. For those who have not seen this notice, I have attached it to this message. The memo reminds us that these positions are voluntary, and I understand …

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Quick Note to Sessionals about Negotiations

Dear Colleagues, GMUFA has posted information about the Faculty Association Negotiating Committee (FANC) at the organization’s website. As mentioned in my bio, I look “forward to listening a great deal while learning how to best represent the interests of all members in ways that will improve the pedagogical and scholarly environment at our university.” A …

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Update on Upcoming Bargaining Sessions

Hello Colleagues, A vocal group of Sessionals attended the latest Faculty Association general meeting. Their presence demonstrated interest on the part of Sessional faculty members who make up the majority of the Association. Several spoke out about our concerns, raising crucial issues that, as a newly appointed member of the negotiating committee, I can now …

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