Volume 30, No. 3 Editor: Bob Rupert April,2000.


CUASA needs a new President-Elect for the July 2000-2001 term, to become

President in the 2001-2002 term. Bargaining will be underway during that

period, so the always- important presidential role takes on an even greater

significance. The climate for negotiations never seems to get any easier

and leadership is vital.

                    Retirements and Retention

Between 2000 and 2007, 138 faculty will retire from Carleton and a further

number will terminate their employment for reasons other than retirement.

Twelve will leave this year, and another 12 next year. In 2002, 18 will

leave, in 2003 another 21 will leave and in 2004, 34 will leave. The

numbers for 2005 and 2006 are 27 and 25 respectively.

Those who remember the boom of the late 50's and early 60's know what it's

like trying to hire new faculty while competing with high demand from

other institutions (not only Ontario and Canada but elsewhere). The

pressures will be enormous given the continued political and economic

constraints on the funds available.

Last November two guest speakers from the Universities Branch of the

Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities addressed the OCUFA

Collective Bargaining Committee. Ruth Abbot (Manager, Program and Policy

Unit) and Ruth Flynn (Senior Policy Advisor) discussed the expected

increase in the number of students seeking a post-secondary education in

the province. In their presentation they noted that:

Overall the expectation is that post-secondary enrolment will increase by

88,000 students by 2004-5, with roughly 55,000 of those students attending

university (an increase of 24% over the current level of enrolment). This

is the result of demographic growth, a continuing increase in the

participation rate, and the temporary phenomenon of the double cohort.

The increase of 6.6% in enrolment growth this past fall is the first wave

of the trend, and represents the biggest single-year increase in enrolment

since 1991. The expectation is that the double cohort will begin to be

felt prior to 2003 as some current high school students attempt to finish

early to avoid its impact. It is also expected to continue past 2007 as

some students will take longer than four years to complete high school.

The demographic trends show a 7% increase in 17 year olds by next year,

and a 17% increase in this age group by 2005. The participation rate is

expected to increase for the next 10 years. However, all three of these

trends will have a variable impact in different parts of the province.

With respect to faculty retirements, the universities will need to hire

about 3,000 faculty over the next five years to hold the student/faculty

ratio constant.

                        A Member Speaks

With collective bargaining just about a year away, some CUASA members are

thinking about our objectives in the next round.

One such person is Roy Laird in History. Professor Laird recently wrote

CUASA with his ideas. Here are some of them:

With the anticipated increases in enrolment, especially because of the

double cohort, and the anticipated shortage of new faculty, it strikes me that

faculty are now in a singular position of great advantage in the next

contract negotiations. For this reason I'd like to suggest the following as

terms for negotiation:

  1. Payment of the CDIs that were awarded but not paid because of the Social

Contract. This would include all back pay from subsequent years that should

have accrued had they been paid, and the resulting increase of base salary.

  1. Retroactive cost-of-living increases, equal to the rate of inflation, for

the years covered by the Social Contract, including all back pay from

subsequent years and the resulting increase of base salary.

  1. The elimination of mandatory retirement at 65. This is the single most

obvious way to deal with increased enrolment, especially the double cohort.

  1. The elimination of the clause that allows the laying off of tenured

faculty if their programmes are closed.

                   SLLCLS Seven - The Outcome

Whatever happened to the SLLCLS Seven, the CUASA members affected by the

clause that allows the laying off of tenured faculty if their programs are

closed? In the spring of 1998, in the last round of negotiations, it was

agreed that attempts would be made to redeploy the seven employees but

that if redeployment was not possible these members would be out of a job

on July 1, 2000 under the terms of the voluntary separation policy.

Thus, of the seven, three employees will be taking voluntary separation

effective July 1, 2000. The net result of the closure of the small

language programs is that a total of four colleagues will no longer be at