Part-Time Faculty and Lab Instructors reach impasse in talks with MSVU

    HALIFAX, March 29 /CNW/ - The union representing some 130 Part-Time
Faculty and Lab Instructors at Mount Saint Vincent University says their
employer's so-called final contract offer is receiving a failing grade.
    CUPE Local 3912 has been in bargaining since September, 2006. President
Barb Moore says while they plan on taking the offer back to the Mount staff,
the union is recommending it be rejected.
    Says Moore, "We just reached an agreement with Saint Mary's University
which was happily ratified by staff there. The offer from the Mount, however,
isn't even in the ballpark."
    She says, "A key outstanding issue is wages for Lab Instructors, who are
paid half the stipend of other part-time faculty. These instructors do the
same work: teaching, grading, course preparation, advising students. This is
an issue of basic fairness. MSVU is exploiting these workers."
    "Sick leave and bereavement leave are also outstanding. These employees
get provisions that are inferior to other Mount employees," says Moore.
    "Lastly," says Moore, "we're looking for a fair wage settlement for
Part-Time Faculty. We teach more than 40% of the courses at MSVU for a
fraction of full-time faculty salaries. MSVU appears to be telling our members
they are not worth the same increase Saint Mary's gave to its Part-time

For further information:

For further information: Barb Moore, President, Local 3912, (902)
670-4398 (Cell); Robert Lanning, L. 3912 Communications Officer, 457-6565 (o);
John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep., (902) 455-4180 (o)

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