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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 the 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

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. Suggestions and a continuing flow of information from the people who read the Bulletin will help us keep moving in the right direction.

Chris Redmond -- credmond@watserv1.uwaterloo.ca
Information and Public Affairs, University of Waterloo
(519) 888-4567 ext. 3004

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