Re: Arts Council motions

Martin Thomas (androgyn@YORKU.CA)
Fri, 9 Jan 1998 15:06:14 -0500


Sibs:

Neal Madras has recently posted on ARTSFAC-L a copy of a motion he will
present at the next Faculty meeting. I don't think I saw it on YUFA-L,
so I am copying it to you along with comments I made in response.

Louise's most recent postings are also directly relevant. Transparency
in decanal decision-making extends far beyond making salaries public.

Marty Thomas
Arts Rep, YUFA Exec

Martin Thomas wrote:
>
> 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.