Arts Council motions

Neal Madras (madras@nexus.yorku.ca)
Thu, 8 Jan 1998 16:47:35 -0500


Dear Arts colleagues,

I have submitted the following motions for the next meeting of the
Faculty of Arts Council.

Neal Madras
Mathematics and Statistics

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MOTION 1: (Moved by Neal Madras; seconded by James Porter)

"The Dean shall maintain an up-to-date list of the names
and base salaries, separately showing administrative stipends where
applicable, of all faculty members in the YUFA bargaining unit in the
Faculty of Arts. The list shall be available to all of these
faculty members upon request."

RATIONALE:

Two frequently-mentioned problems during the strike of 1997 were ignorance
of existing salary anomalies and ignorance of budgetary details. If more
people had been aware of the number and extent of the salary anomalies,
these problems might well have been addressed without a strike.

The current procedure for identifying and correcting anomalies relies
heavily on information that is not available to individual faculty members.
This lack of openness is an obstruction to the acheivement of fair and
equitable salaries at York.

This motion is entirely consistent with the model clause on
"Openness and Transparency" that was approved by the CAUT Council in
November. It calls for all salary data of faculty, librarians, and
middle- and upper-level administrators to be open.

MOTION 2:

"The Dean shall maintain an up-to-date list of the names
and base salaries, separately showing administrative stipends where
applicable, of all faculty members in the YUFA bargaining unit in the
Faculty of Arts. The list shall be made available to any person who
is offered a position in the YUFA bargaining unit in the Faculty of Arts."

RATIONALE:

For many, the main determining factor of one's career salary
at York is the starting salary. In the absence of any
standard pay scale, it is not easy for job applicants to judge whether
their salary offer is fair relative to what their colleagues are earning.
The best way to address anomalies in the long run is to prevent their
occurrence.