Re: Arts Council motions

Martin Thomas (androgyn@YORKU.CA)
Fri, 9 Jan 1998 14:50:17 -0500


Bravo, Neal.

At some point in the process, I would like to see us include information
on years credit toward sabbatical entitlements, teaching reductions, and
the like. Would you be willing to accept these ammendments, or is it
your preference to complete this first step, then come back later for
the rest?

Regardless of the level of wisdom in decanal decision-making, especially
with regard to the dispensing of valued items, there cannot be
widespread confidence in that decision-making unless the process is more
transparent. I can think of no compelling argument in favour of allowing
Deans to hand out favours to individuals secretively. To my mind, the
adverse consequences of them being allowed to do are manifest.

In the spirit of a fuller debate on the issue, I invite Dean Fallis to
express himself on this issue on ARTSFAC-L prior to the meeting at which
the motion will be considered.

Marty Thomas
Arts Rep, YUFA Exec

Neal Madras wrote:
>
> Dear Arts colleagues,
>
> I have submitted the following motions for the next meeting of the
> Faculty of Arts Council.
>
> Neal Madras
> Mathematics and Statistics
>
> --------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> 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.