Although many of you voted for certification, the majority indicated that they do not choose certification. The FAUW Board of course will act in accord with the majority view.
The Board is well aware that it would be incorrect to interpret the results to mean that academic staff are satisfied with the status quo. In our conversations during the canvas, many who indicated that they would not support certification also told us that there was a real need to make significant changes. Therefore, the FAUW Board will attempt again to negotiate a "Special Plan" Agreement providing good protection for the rights and interests of the academic staff and good bargaining rights.
Over the summer and early fall, we will be communicating with members about their views on what should be included in the "Special Plan" Agreement, and will be developing articles to table in the negotiations (the material prepared for last year's unsuccessful negotiations will provide a good starting point).
I have written to President Downey to inform him that FAUW wishes to review the Memorandum of Agreement with the objective of negotiating the necessary changes to make it a good "Special Plan" Agreement. I have told him that I will give him the names of the FAUW negotiating team appointed to the Memorandum of Agreement Committee in September and that negotiations should start in late September or early October.
The University Administration indicated last fall (BOGUW memorandum, December 4, 1995) that they would be willing to negotiate on the important issues which they would not consider last fall in future negotiations. We accept that this will be the case and will table a comprehensive agenda of items for negotiation at the initial meetings in early Fall.
Prior to counting the votes, the University Administration had agreed to a FAUW bargaining unit which included Department chairs and included librarians, staff language instructors, research faculty and adjunct or special faculty whose normal workload is the equivalent of four one-term courses or more per year. The status of faculty Senators elected to the Board of Governors and a group of non-regular instructional personnel remained unresolved and would have been settled in hearings.
Since the certification vote did not succeed, the desirable inclusion of the librarians, staff language instructors, research faculty and adjunct or special faculty will not necessarily occur. It certainly is possible for the Administration to agree voluntarily to include them in the uncertified bargaining unit represented by FAUW, particularly since they signed off on an agreement to do so if certification succeeded. However, failing an early agreement to do so, FAUW will make it an agenda item and objective of the Memorandum of Agreement negotiations in the fall.
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