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Wednesday, January 10, 1996

Faculty talk of unionization

The UW faculty association holds an open meeting today to let professors discuss the proposal that the association move towards certification as a union under the Ontario Labour Relations Act.

The meeting is to run from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Physics room 145. All are welcome. Sally Gunz of UW's school of accountancy will be the chair, and there are two speakers: Doug Lorimer of the history department at Wilfrid Laurier University, in favour of certification, and Roy Cameron of UW's health studies department, against certification. Each speaker will give a brief presentation, after which there will be time for questions and discussion.

Faculty at many Canadian universities -- from Wilfrid Laurier University to the Memorial University of Newfoundland -- are already unionized, with an affiliation to the Canadian Association of University Teachers. The most recent faculty association to join that category, early last fall, was the one at Queen's University. At other institutions, including Toronto, Guelph and Waterloo, faculty have not been unionized, but organized through "special plan" agreements and other arrangements.

The executive of the UW faculty association is now pushing for union certification, and in December a general meeting of the association voted to take the next steps in that direction.

Big doings in food services

"All eateries except Brubakers will close from 3:00 until 4:30 for a very important staff meeting," is the word from UW's food services department. "Please excuse any inconvenience."

When the village serveries reopen at 4:30 today, by the way, it'll be "Food from the Orient" night -- egg drop soup, stir-fries, egg rolls, vegetarian options, and desserts including "pineapple rice pudding, hot banana fritters, and Ceylonese love cake".

About the Hagey Bonspiel

This morning's Gazette says the annual curling event is scheduled for February 17. Guess what: the date has been changed to March 9, according to Patti Cook, energetic organizer. She writes:
It is an inexpensive day full of laughter and fun, not intended as a competition but as an event for the beginner or experienced curler -- a great way to meet faculty and staff from across campus in a social atmosphere.
Oh, and there's food, both lunch and dinner. More details in the Gazette next week, or from Cook at plcook@icr.

Much is happening today

For example: And today at 10 a.m., co-op students can pick up that mystical document, the "master copy co-op record", essential to the placement process for spring work term jobs. By the way, I said in yesterday's Daily Bulletin that fall work reports were due last evening in Needles Hall; I've since been advised that the deadline for mathematics students is today, in the Math and Computer building. Apologies to anybody who got an unnecessary shock.

Chris Redmond
Information and Public Affairs, University of Waterloo
(519) 888-4567 ext. 3004

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