ANSUT supports WUFA against anti-union tactics

The Association of Nova Scotia has written a letter of support to the Windsor University Faculty Association (WUFA), whose members recently came under attack when the Employer imposed anti-union tactics on the collective bargaining process.

In a communication to WUFA members on 6 July 2014, the Employer said that it would:

• eliminate its contributions to the money purchase plan component of the hybrid pension plan;
• cease paying health insurance benefits;
• suspend the Grievance and Arbitration provisions in the collective agreement;
• end reimbursing WUFA members for professional development expenses; and,
• cease collecting union dues from members and forwarding those dues to WUFA.

In this undertaking, the Employer threatened to remove WUFA’s right to enforce the terms of the Collective Agreement, while at the same time requiring that WUFA members continue to report for work and do their jobs. As of 10 July, the Employer suspended, but did not withdraw its threat to change the terms and conditions of employment at the University of Windsor.

ANSUT has also written a letter to President Alan Wildeman, urging the Employer to withdraw this tactic entirely and to return to the bargaining table in good faith.

Letter to WUFA
Letter to University of Windsor administration

ANSUT responds to Liberal provincial budget

The Association of Nova Scotia University Teachers released a statement to the press, on April 3, 2014, responding with sharp criticism to the new Liberal government’s provincial budget.

With this budget, Nova Scotia’s government continues to neglect our province’s vital post-secondary education (PSE) sector, in direct contradiction to Premier Stephen McNeil’s statement earlier this year that “one of the things that we need to do as a province is to stop apologizing for the number of post-secondary institutions that we have in this province,” as they are a “great asset”.

Instead, the McNeil government has upheld the trend of neglecting PSE in Nova Scotia, to the continued detriment of faculty, students, staff and, ultimately, the province as a whole.

Please find ANSUT’s statement to the press here.

ANSUT Releases latest public opinion poll with the Nova Scotia Post-Secondary Education Coalition

On February 4, 2014, the Nova Scotia Post-Secondary Education Coalition (ANSUT, NSGEU, CFS-NS) released its latest in an ongoing series of public opinion polls that began in 2005. “Building For The Future: Public Opinion on Post-Secondary Education in Nova Scotia” suggests that, in keeping with our findings in 2005, 2007, and 2010, Nova Scotians continue to have serious concerns regarding the affordability and accessibility of post-secondary education in our province.

With the new Liberal government under Premier McNeil having signalled that we in Nova Scotia ought to start looking at our universities as assets rather than liabilities, the moment seems ripe for those of us involved in the post-secondary system to redouble our advocacy and amplify our voices. Making our concerns, and assessments of the difficulties facing PSE, ever more visible to the public eye will be crucial for the foreseeable future.

Please access our polling brief here and circulate it to your members and other interested parties.

ANSUT Releases Report on Senior Administrators’ Pay

 

On September 11, 2012, ANSUT released its long-awaited report on levels of compensation for senior administrators at Nova Scotia universities. The report shows that over a seven-year period these have risen disproportionately to other costs, and calls for the government to take measures to stem this disturbing trend.

Click here for the full text of the report: A Culture of Entitlement

Click here for the report backgrounder: A Culture of Entitlement: Backgrounder

NEXT ANSUT COUNCIL MEETING

The next meeting of the ANSUT Council will take place on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM in the FUNSCAD Lounge at the Granville Campus of NSCAD University. The next Annual General Meeting of ANSUT will take place on May 17, 2014.

The ANSUT Executive

President
Marc Lamoureux, Saint Mary’s University
president@ansut.ca

Vice-President
Scott Stewart, Cape Breton University
vp@ansut.ca

Past President
Chris Ferns, Mount Saint Vincent University
chris.ferns@msvu.ca

Secretary
Linda Mann, Mount Saint Vincent University
secretary@ansut.ca

Treasurer
Mathew Reichertz, NSCAD University
mreichertz@nscad.ca

Member-at-Large
Peter McInnis, St. Francis Xavier University
pmcinnis@stfx.ca

Contact ANSUT

ANSUT
c/o Matthew Furlong, Communications Coordinator
mfurlong@ansut.ca
Phone: 1.902.414.8578
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ANSUT Office
Evaristus Hall 425
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax
Nova Scotia B3M 2J6