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TRU vote should be wakeup call, union says

April 19, 2016 5:15 P.M.

Results of a TRU faculty vote are in with their association citing 81 percent non-confidence in the university’s senior administration, but that’s not how administration sees it.

“We’ve just learned that 39 percent of faculty voted non-confidence and now we’re going to take time to digest the information, discuss it with administration and move forward,” said Christopher Seguin, TRU’s vice-president of advancement.

Seguin said his calculation comes from the fact that 363 faculty voted out of 740 faculty members who were eligible, a minority outcome.

Neither administration nor faculty has ruled out the possibility of meeting to address complaints about decisionmaking.

Tom Friedman, TRUFA president, said the vote should be a wakeup call to the institution for substantive change and that administration is downplaying the seriousness of the issue.

“That’s absolutely avoiding the whole issue,” Friedman said. “The reality is that a lot of contract faculty are not on campus all the time. Three hundred and sixty-three people cared enough about their institution to vote. Seventy expressed confidence in administration and 273 said they have a lack of confidence.”

He said it is one of the highest faculty participation rates for a university-wide vote in 30 years.

“I feel that an early meeting with the TRU Board of Governors would be an appropriate first step, allowing TRUFA to present the Board with the concerns expressed by faculty.” 

The union said, following a mediated resolution to stalled contract talks, that senior administrators have continued to engage in a lack of consultation and have not adhered to the collective agreement or TRU governance policies. They are calling for a more inclusive and transparent approach to decision-making, and budget decisions, decisions that have not in the best interest of programs or students.   


Renee says:
April 20, 2016 08:07am

It is unfortunate that TRU's administration is already trying to spin the results. The full time faculty would be far more impacted by the day to day decisions of the administration. 81 percent is a big number and Mr. Seguin and company would do well to recognize that.


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Ken McClelland says:
April 19, 2016 05:32pm

Perhaps TRUFA needs to spend a little more time teaching and a little less time trying to be the tail that wags the dog. Might have a little too much time on their hands there....


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Pierre Filisetti says:
April 20, 2016 06:14am

Perhaps truly understanding the issues at hand would be better rather than "swinging" with spiteful abandon, Ken. Education is golden, treat it with respect.


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