Union update

Union update

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A clarification of recent discussions.

Recently the Christian Labour As­sociation of Canada (CLAC) sent a let­ter to faculty stating, “The list [of fac­ulty] was found to contain numerous errors, and therefore, the Vice-Chair could not determine whether we had in fact met threshold.”

It added, “Following a four day investigation, the SIO concluded that there were 276 faculty currently teach­ing at TWU—a count that included TWU Extension, Student Life staff, and athletic coaches. Department Chairs are included in this count; however, administration has indi­cated that they do not believe that this  group belongs in the prospective bar­gaining unit.”

According to CLAC, the Board has not ruled on this matter, “as there are still questions regarding the appro­priateness of the bargaining unit de­scription…the SIO’s report does not serve as a ruling, but rather, a source of information for the Board to utilize in the upcoming hearing.”

Administration has responded to this letter, saying that certain facts were not fully accurate.

Provost Bob Wood stated, “The University had provided the LRB with a list of 346 active employees. How­ever, the Special Investigative Officer (SIO) concluded there are only 276 faculty currently teaching. The way the Union presents this gives the im­pression that 70 names were on the list that should not have been. The University was very open and clear that the original list (of 346) included part-time faculty who historically have taught in Spring and Summer but are not teaching this Fall.”

Wood further explained that the LRB did not decide this issue; rather, the SIO conducted this investigation to determine which of the two num­bers was the faculty’s “best case sce­ nario” for reaching the necessary 45% threshold.

The 276 number was determined by the SIO to be the best case scenario for the Union. Whether spring and summer faculty should be included is a legal issue that would need to be argued at a subsequent hearing if the Union was able to reach the threshold on this best case scenario number.

He also dispelled the rumour that the Vice Chair ordered an investiga­tion because the list contained errors. According to Wood, the Vice Chair found that he could not determine if the Union had met the 45% threshold  that would allow a vote to be ordered. He adopted the process the parties had discussed, and agreed to allow that determination to be made after the investigation. If the threshold has been met, a vote will be permitted to take place outside the normal 10 day limit, once actual the numbers of the bargaining unit have been finalized.

In an email to the university, Dr. Raymond stated that the LRB will be holding a hearing on Friday, Novem­ber 23 to clarify these issues further.

 

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