There were 287 ballots marked in favour of unionization, 361 against, with 4 spoiled ballots.
Another 54 ballots were "segregated and not counted" after two days of negotiation in which faculty association and UW management representatives settled most of their differences over who should be in the bargaining unit if union certification did come. Eventually, the official voters' list included 978 people, of whom 706 cast ballots.
It's thought to be the first time that professors at a Canadian university have ever voted "no" to unionization.
That's about all I know this morning -- will hope for further information soon, just for the record, about how the bargaining unit was defined by the time the ballots were counted in Toronto. And no doubt management and faculty association leadership will have something to say about what happens now over faculty salaries, possible changes to the grievance procedures, and other issues.
Placement rates vary from one faculty to another and one year to another: more than 94 per cent of accounting students are in jobs, for example, but only 65 per cent of architecture students. In mathematics, all 23 fourth-year students have jobs, but only 202 out of 266 first-year students.
A year ago, at the beginning of the spring 1995 work term, the placement rate was similar: 82.4 per cent.
"The spring term is always the most difficult for co-op employment," says co-op director Bruce Lumsden, "as we are competing with the normal influx of post-secondary students seeking employment in the summer months.
"We will be continuing to pursue employment opportunities for the spring term over the upcoming weeks. Obviously any leads that can be suggested by the university community are welcome."
A number of commercial dance studios will be having recitals in Humanities in the next month or so, the theatre centre advises: the Ewald Academy of Dancing, May 25-26; Centre Stage Dance Studio, May 29-30; Moree School of Dance, June 1-2; Waterloo Dance Centre, June 4-5; Dimensions in Dance, June 8-9; Let's Dance, June 15-16; Bojangles Dance Arts, June 18-19; Academy of Dance, June 22-23.
The primary function of UWRA is to act as a liaison to the University on behalf of all retirees. Since 1968, under the Bylaws of the Board of Governors of the University, a member of UWRA has been appointed each year to serve as a voting member of the UW Pension and Benefits Committee. . . . In addition, members of the UWRA Board meet periodically with members of UW central administration to exchange information and enhance cooperative activity. . . .Today's meeting will be electing a president to succeed George Soulis at the head of UWRA. The nominee is Dave Copp, formerly of the co-op department. Kay Hill (computing services) has been nominated for another year as secretary, and Harold Ellenton (physics) to take over as treasurer.
UWRA also provides a number of other services. . . . For example: Approximately 85% of current UWRA members reside in Southwestern Ontario, this a number of social activities are scheduled through the year at UW to enable retirees to renew or continue friendships with former colleagues. . . . Opportunities for members who wish to volunteer and assist the University special projects are organized and promoted by UWRA.
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