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Monday, May 13, 1996
Parking's up to $2
Coin entry to such parking lots as C and W costs $2 this morning, up from
the previous rates of $1 or 75 cents. I don't have full details of the
increase -- it was announced through signs at the various lots, starting
last week, and an official memo is still pending. Hints
that rates would be going up were contained in the 1996-97 UW budget,
approved by the senate finance committee late in April.
The budget also indicated that monthly rates for parking would be
rising from the present $14 to $20 in the coming year. The increases
are apparently supported by the report of an ad hoc parking committee
that studied the whole situation last year; the provost is expected
to make its report public any time now, but he seems to have his
time taken up with budgets, government relations, faculty certification
and other such affairs.
Labour board hears UW's case
Hearings start this morning in Toronto over who should be in, and who
should be out of, the proposed faculty association bargaining unit. Once
the composition of the bargaining unit is settled, then ballots will be
counted from the April 17-18 certification vote.
Hearings could go on for a while, according to
OLRB notice: they "will continue on consecutive days from Monday
to Thursday, excluding Fridays and holidays until completed or as the
Board otherwise directs. The purpose of the hearing is to hear the
evidence and representations of the parties with respect to all matters
relating to this application which have not been settled."
The parties are the faculty association, which wants to be the bargaining
agent for faculty members and professional librarians, and the
University of Waterloo (the board of governors and administration) as
the employer of those people. Major issues in this week's hearing
are whether the association, if it does get certified as a union, should
represent such groups as part-time instructors, department chairs,
and librarians, or just full-time faculty and those part-timers who
work more than 50 per cent of full-time.
The OLRB has already ruled against one request from UW. After the
vote last month, management sent in a new submission asking for a
mail ballot of faculty members who were off campus on sabbatical or for
other professional reasons at the time of the voting. UW provost Jim
Kalbfleisch said Friday that the faculty association gave the OLRB
a submission opposing that new request, and the request was turned down.
Results of senate election
Note from the university secretariat: "Nominations closed at 3:00 p.m.
on Wednesday, May 8, 1996 for the by-elections of one full-time Engineering
faculty representative to Senate and one full-time faculty at-large
representative to Senate. Metin Renksizbulut, Mechanical Engineering, has
been acclaimed as the Engineering representative for the term July
1, 1996 to April 30, 1997; the faculty at-large seat for the term
July 1, 1996 to April 30, 1998 remains vacant."
Notes as a week begins
- The pension and benefits committee is meeting all morning today
(Needles Hall room 3004) to see what its four investment managers have
to say about the growth and safety of the millions that are entrusted
to them. The committee holds such meetings periodically to hear from
Connor, Clark & Lunn, Gryphon Investment Counsel, M. K. Wong &
Associates, and Sceptre Investment Counsel.
- Co-op students are looking ahead to the fall work term: job
posting #1 will be available on bulletin boards and the Student
Access system at 10 this morning.
- It's Suicide Prevention Week, the local Suicide Prevention Coalition
advises. A fragment of advice from that direction: "Suicidal thoughts,
behaviour and attempts are cries for help. Suicide is sometimes seen
as the only option out of an unbearable situation. The tragedy of a
suicide can have a dangerous ripple effect among family, friends or
acquaintances." A phone number for more information: 745-1166.
- Today from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room 2 of the Student Life
Centre, there will be a meeting for anybody interested in the
volunteering at the Do-It-Yourself Bike Repair Centre. Volunteering
would require two hours per week, and while you don't need to be
an expert bike mechanic, familiarity with how a bike works is
preferred. If you can't attend the meeting, but are interested, you can
e-mail Ted Harms, tmharms@library.
And thanks for your support
With this morning's edition, the Daily Bulletin begins its fourth
year of service to the university.
The very first Daily Bulletin appeared May 11, 1993, in plain text
format and without even a title; I think we've come rather a long way.
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