Union dis­putes ‘mis­truths’

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as we be­gin an­other week on the picket line, i feel com­pelled to ad­dress a num­ber of mis­truths that have been pub­lished by George bur­ton, the pres­i­dent of Canadore Col­lege, in the past week.

First and fore­most is the as­ser­tion by the col­leges that they are at the ta­ble and will­ing to ne­go­ti­ate. They are not at the ta­ble and they are not will­ing to ne­go­ti­ate. The union is will­ing and able to ne­go­ti­ate at any time. Why would we want to wait two weeks to have a vote and keep our stu­dents out of the class­room? sadly, we be­lieved that a deal was at hand last mon­day and the col­leges reck­lessly walked away.

The col­leges as­sert they are con­cerned about stu­dents. if they are con­cerned about stu­dents why would they walk away from the ta­ble and ask for a forced of­fer vote? They did this know­ing the vote would take at least two weeks to com­plete and that it would pro­long the strike for an­other two weeks.

The col­leges as­sert they have a plan for stu­dents so they will not lose their se­mes­ter or their year. how­ever, the col­leges plan treats all pro­grams as though they are the same. We con­tinue to say, that de­pend­ing on the pro­gram, many stu­dents are in jeop­ardy now. Nei­ther fac­ulty nor stu­dents were con­sulted on their “plan.”

The col­leges as­sert this deal is the same deal ne­go­ti­ated at the ta­ble. This is not true. The of­fer be­fore us for a vote is a new of­fer with new con­ces­sions. These con­ces­sions pur­posely un­der­mine much of what was agreed to the pre­vi­ous week­end.

of all these as­ser­tions, mr. bur­ton has af­fixed his name. how­ever, i doubt he is the au­thor as the same let­ters ap­pear across all col­leges. The pub­lic should know that the col­leges have paid thou­sands of tax­pay­ers dol­lars to a Pr firm to fab­ri­cate their story and sway your opin­ion.

in clos­ing, i want to say what the union has asked for is sim­ple and rea­son­able. We want fair treat­ment for our con­tract fac­ulty, in­clud­ing a fair wage and recog­ni­tion for all of the work that they do – equal pay for equal work. We want to be able to fill va­cant full-time po­si­tions. We want a rea­son­able ra­tio of full-time to con­tract fac­ulty in the col­lege – 50/50. We want a guar­an­teed voice in aca­demic de­ci­sions for both fac­ulty and stu­dents – col­le­gial gov­er­nance. Fi­nally, we want fac­ulty to have the say in how they teach their classes – aca­demic free­dom.

i think that any rea­son­able per­son can see these de­mands will lead to a qual­ity col­lege sys­tem and a qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion for our stu­dents.

if you want to learn more about the fac­ulty po­si­tion go to col­lege­fac­ulty.org.

John Pat­ter­son,

Pres­i­dent Lo­cal 657, Canadore Col­lege fac­ulty union

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