Framework for Settlement Reached

BARGAINING NEWS:

Your bargaining team has reached a reached a framework for a settlement for a new Collective Agreement.

Please read the Memorandum of Settlement signed between TAUMUN and MUN on Friday, 28 March 2014.

RATIFICATION MEETING AND VOTE:

Where:  The Landing (University Centre, Room UC-3018)
When:  Tuesday, 8 April, at 5 p.m.

ELIGIBILITY FOR VOTING:  Any Graduate, Research, and Teaching Assistant who

  1. is working this semester and
  2. is a member in good standing.  [You become a member in good standing by signing a membership card, which you will be able to do at the meeting.]
  3. first attends the presentation from the bargaining team starting at 5:00PM.  [This is your opportunity to get information directly from your bargaining team and ask questions before casting your vote.]
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Graduate Assistantship Available: Digital Learning Centre (German)

Positions Available:  One (1)

Hours:  56

Duties:

  • facilitating conversation classes for German 2011 and German 4011
  • preparing those classes weekly
  • collaborating closely with their respective instructors
  • leading DLC orientations for introductory language courses
  • helping students with language-related and technical questions
  • other related duties, as required

Duration:  Winter 2013 (6 January 2014 – 11 April 2014)

Qualifications:  Native speakers of German.  Previous second language teaching experience would be an asset.

How to Apply:  Application forms can be found at http://www.mun.ca/dlc/jobs/ and should be submitted electronically to Karin Thomeier, Director, Digital Learning Centre:  karint@mun.ca  Please attach a current CV and provide names of referees.

Application Deadline:  Friday, 13 December 2013 @ 5 p.m. 

Rate of Pay:  The remuneration for these duties is $21.15 per hour (vacation pay included).

This position is covered by a collective agreement between TAUMUN and Memorial University of Newfoundland. The collective agreement may be viewed on-line at http://www.mun.ca/facultyrelations/TAUMUN_CA_FINAL.pdf/. To contact TAUMUN email info@taumun.ca.

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Teaching Assistant Position(s) in Biochemistry (3402)

Positions Available:  Up to three (3) Teaching Assistants

Course:  Biochemistry 3402

Competition Number:  BC-3402-D-01

Hours:  80

Duties:

  • provide laboratory guidance to students
  • answer inquiries on laboratory material and laboratory-related course material
  • mark laboratory reports
  • perform pre-lab safety checks
  • give lab talks
  • attend meetings with supervisor
  • prepare for duties
  • conduct tutorials
  • mark other assignments

Additional Information:  Graduate Teaching Assistants will report to the Course Instructor through the Laboratory Instructor.

Duration:  Winter 2013

Labs are normally held on Thursday 9:00am-12:00noon and Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 2:00-5:00 pm. Labs start the week of January 13, 2014 and end April 4, 2014. The exact start date will depend on the laboratory section to which you are assigned. Labs delayed by weather or other conditions beyond our control may delay the end date. Marking normally finishes the week after the last lab day. It would be expected that even with unplanned delays, duties would be finished no later than April 24, 2014.

Qualifications:  Enrolment in a masters or doctoral program in the area of food science. Preference will be given to those candidates who demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the lab content of this course and/or previous teaching experience. Documentary evidence of WHMIS training must be provided no later than January 10, 2014

How to Apply:  Please submit a letter outlining your ability to meet the required qualifications. Please also indicate your preference and availability for each of the three laboratory sections.  Please include the competition number.  Address your letter to Head, Department of Biochemistry.  E-mail your letter to biochem@mun.ca

Application Deadline:  Friday, 13 December 2013 @ 5 p.m. 

Rate of Pay:  The remuneration for these duties is $21.15 per hour (vacation pay included).

This position is covered by a collective agreement between TAUMUN and Memorial University of Newfoundland. The collective agreement may be viewed on-line at http://www.mun.ca/facultyrelations/TAUMUN_CA_FINAL.pdf/. To contact TAUMUN email info@taumun.ca.

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Teaching Assistant Position in Biochemistry (3203)

Positions Available:  One (1) Teaching Assistant

Course:  Biochemistry 3203

Competition Number:  BC-3203-TA-01

Hours:  40

Duties:

  • mark midterms and finals
  • mark other assignments
  • assist with exam invigilation
  • give up to (but not exceeding) 5 lectures
  • attend meetings with supervisor

Additional Information:  Graduate Teaching Assistants will report directly to the Course Instructor.

Duration:  Winter 2013

Lectures start January 6, 2014, and are scheduled to end April 4, 2014. The exact end date will depend on the final examination schedule assigned. It would be expected that even with unplanned delays, duties would be finished no later than April 24, 2014.

Qualifications:  Enrolment in a masters or doctoral program in the area of biochemistry (nutrition).

How to Apply:  Please submit a letter outlining your ability to meet the required qualifications.  Please include the competition number.  Address your letter to Head, Department of Biochemistry.  E-mail your letter to biochem@mun.ca

Application Deadline:  Friday, 13 December 2013 @ 5 p.m. 

Rate of Pay:  The remuneration for these duties is $21.15 per hour (vacation pay included).

This position is covered by a collective agreement between TAUMUN and Memorial University of Newfoundland. The collective agreement may be viewed on-line at http://www.mun.ca/facultyrelations/TAUMUN_CA_FINAL.pdf/. To contact TAUMUN email info@taumun.ca.

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Teaching Assistant Position(s) in Biochemistry (3106)

Positions Available:  Up to three (3) Teaching Assistants

Course:  Biochemistry 3106

Competition Number:  BC-3106-D-01

Hours:  40

Duties:

  • provide laboratory guidance to students
  • answer inquiries on laboratory material and laboratory-related course material
  • provide pre-lab instruction
  • mark laboratory reports
  • perform pre-lab safety checks
  • attend meetings with supervisor

Additional Information:  Graduate Teaching Assistants will report to the Course Instructor through the Laboratory instructor.

Duration:  Winter 2013

Labs are normally held on Thursday 9am-12noon, Thursday and Friday afternoons from 2:00-5:00 pm. Labs start the week of January 13, 2014, and are scheduled to end April 4, 2014. The exact end date will depend on the final examination schedule assigned. It would be expected that even with unplanned delays, duties would be finished no later than April 24, 2014.

Qualifications:  Enrolment in a masters or doctoral program in the area of metabolism; familiarity with techniques such as; spectrophotometry, colorimetric and enzymatic assays, extensive experience with the Clarke Electrode as used in measuring oxygen concentrations with respiring mitochondria, experience dealing with intact cell preparations and gel electrophoresis; familiarity with laboratory equipment such as spectrophotometers, centrifuges, gel electrophoresis systems, pipettors and good pipetting practice. Being able to problem solve and troubleshoot student experiments is crucial. Previous experience as a teaching assistant (demonstrator) in a Memorial University Biochemistry student lab would be an asset. Documentary evidence of WHMIS training must be provided no later than January 10, 2014

How to Apply:  Please submit a letter outlining your ability to meet the required qualifications. Please also indicate your preference and availability for each of the three laboratory sections. Please include the competition numberAddress your letter to Head, Department of Biochemistry.  E-mail your letter to biochem@mun.ca

Application Deadline:  Friday, 13 December 2013 @ 5 p.m. 

Rate of Pay:  The remuneration for these duties is $21.15 per hour (vacation pay included).

This position is covered by a collective agreement between TAUMUN and Memorial University of Newfoundland. The collective agreement may be viewed on-line at http://www.mun.ca/facultyrelations/TAUMUN_CA_FINAL.pdf/. To contact TAUMUN email info@taumun.ca.

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Teaching Assistant Position(s) in Biochemistry (2101)

Positions Available:  Up to two (2) Teaching Assistants

Course:  Biochemistry 2101

Competition Number:  BC-2101-D-01

Hours:  48 hours for half-sections; 96 hours for full sections. Total number of hours will be determined based upon enrolment, which is currently in progress.

Duties:

  • provide laboratory guidance to students
  • answer inquiries on laboratory material and laboratory-related course material
  • provide pre-lab instruction
  • mark laboratory reports
  • mark other assignments
  • perform pre-lab safety checks
  • attend meetings with supervisor
  • assist with exam invigilation
  • hold office hours

Additional Information:  Graduate Teaching Assistants will report to the Course Instructor through the Laboratory instructor.

Duration:  Winter 2013

Labs are normally held on Tuesday 9am-12noon, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons from 2:00-5:00pm. Labs start the week of January 6, 2014, and are scheduled to end April 4, 2014. The exact end date will depend on the final examination schedule assigned. It would be expected that even with unplanned delays, duties would be finished no later than April 24, 2014.

Qualifications:  Enrolment in a masters or doctoral program in the area of biochemistry; familiarity with techniques such as; spectrophotometry, colorimetric and enzymatic assays, native and SDS PAGE, isoelectric focusing, gel filtration, ion exchange and affinity chromatography, Western blotting, 2-dimensional electrophoresis and an extensive knowledge of enzyme kinetics ; familiarity with laboratory equipment such as spectrophotometers, gel electrophoresis systems, various chromatography systems, pipettors and good pipetting practice.  Being able to problem solve and troubleshoot student experiments is crucial.  Previous experience as a teaching assistant (demonstrator) in a Memorial University Biochemistry student lab would be an asset.  Documentary evidence of WHMIS training must be provided no later than January 10, 2014

How to Apply:  Please submit a letter outlining your ability to meet the required qualifications. Please also indicate your preference and availability for each of the four laboratory sections.  Please include the competition number. Address your letter to Head, Department of Biochemistry.  E-mail your letter to biochem@mun.ca

Application Deadline:  Friday, 13 December 2013 @ 5 p.m. 

Rate of Pay:  The remuneration for these duties is $21.15 per hour (vacation pay included).

This position is covered by a collective agreement between TAUMUN and Memorial University of Newfoundland. The collective agreement may be viewed on-line at http://www.mun.ca/facultyrelations/TAUMUN_CA_FINAL.pdf/. To contact TAUMUN email info@taumun.ca.

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TA Positions Available in Physics for Winter Semester

Positions Available:  Four (1) Teaching Assistants

Hours:  40-60 hours

Duties:

  • provide laboratory guidance to students
  • assist students during tutorial sessions
  • answer inquiries on laboratory material and laboratory-related course material
  • mark laboratory reports
  • mark other assignments
  • perform pre-lab safety checks

Additional Information:  Successful applicants are expected to attend training sessions in preparation for the labs. Undergraduate Teaching Assistants will report to the Course
Instructor through the Laboratory instructor.

Duration:  Winter 2013

Labs are 2 hours in duration and are normally held mornings 9-11a.m. and afternoons
from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Labs start the week of January 13th and are scheduled to end the week of March 24th.  The exact start date will depend on the laboratory section to which you are assigned.  Labs delayed by weather or other conditions beyond our control may delay
the end date.  Marking normally finishes the week after the last lab day.  It would be expected that even with unplanned delays, duties would be finished no later than April 19, 2014.

Qualifications:  Completion of at least two years in an undergraduate Physics program or a completed BSc in ma related discipline together with a background in introductory Physics.

How to Apply:  Please submit a letter outlining your ability to meet the required qualifications and indicate your preference and availability for specific morning or afternoon time slots.  E-mail your letter to Dr. Rick Goulding rgoulding@mun.ca.

Application Deadline:  Friday, 29 November 2013 @ 5 p.m.

Rate of Pay:  The remuneration for these duties is $21.15 per hour (vacation pay included).

This position is covered by a collective agreement between TAUMUN and Memorial University of Newfoundland. The collective agreement may be viewed on-line at http://www.mun.ca/facultyrelations/TAUMUN_CA_FINAL.pdf/. To contact TAUMUN email info@taumun.ca.

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BARGAINING BEGINS BETWEEN TAUMUN AND MUN

November 12, 2013

TAUMUN Bargaining Team Exchanges Proposals with MUN

The Bargaining Team for the Teaching Assistants’ Union of Memorial University of Newfoundland exchanged Bargaining Proposals, including Bargaining Proposals Appendix B, with MUN on November 12, 2013.

Talks got off to a positive start with the University agreeing to the Union’s proposal to amend Article 5 – Union Security and Check-off providing for MUN to notify TAUMUN members by email when a new Collective Agreement is reached and provide a link to the agreement.

The parties also signed off on amendments to two articles proposed by the University to reflect changes in legislation affecting Article 7 – No Discrimination  and  Article 17 – Arbitration.  While the changes to the Arbitration article were housekeeping in nature, the amendments to Article 7 expand the prohibited grounds of discrimination to include disfigurement and source of income.

Negotiating a renewal agreement for TAUMUN members will not be without its challenges. The University has proposed to implement a probationary period which is not provided for in the current Collective Agreement. In addition, as it has done at the LUMUN Per Course and Postdoctoral Fellow tables, MUN has proposed sweeping changes to the functioning of health and safety committees in Article 22 – Health and Safety.

The parties also discussed the Union’s proposals in Article 13 – Hours of Work and Work Assignment and in Article 26 – Wages and Pay Administration. The TAUMUN proposals are intended to clarify the time required for the Graduate Assistant to complete the full scope of the work and to ensure that payment is made accurately and on a timely basis.

The Union has not yet tabled a wage proposal.

Your Bargaining Team returns to the bargaining table on December 12th and 13th. Please stay tuned for further developments.

Your TAUMUN Bargaining Team:

  • Yasaman Jami Alahmadi
  • Francesca Boschetti
  • Mitchell Fournie
  • Corina Harding, PSAC Regional Representative
  • Gail Lem, PSAC Negotiator
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NOTICE OF AGM AND DETAILS ABOUT THE ELECTIONS

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Please attend the upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) of your union on Tuesday, 26 November, at 5:30 p.m. in The Landing (UC-3018).During the meeting you will hear brief reports from the current executive committee, followed by a by-election for some officers of the Executive Board.

The meeting will last approximately an hour, and pizza and drinks will be served.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

As you may know, under the current terms of TAUMUN’s Constitution (see specifically, Article IX, Section 1), officers of the Executive Board hold their positions for a 2-year period.Since the current Executive was elected at last year’s AGM, elections are not scheduled to take place until the AGM in the fall of 2014.  However, four of the current Executive members are resigning their positions, so there will be a by-election for the following positions at the upcoming AGM on 26 November:

1. President
2. 1st Vice-President
3. Member-at-Large
4. Member-at-Large


If you would like to run for a position on the Executive Board, please:
Submit a Nomination Form, signed by you and by two other TAUMUN members in good standing to the TAUMUN office (Earth Sciences Building, Room ER-4053). Nomination Forms will be also available at the AGM. Nomination forms may be submitted up to and including the commencement of the AGM, per TAUMUN’s Constitution. 

We are a very busy membership with broad-ranging issues and concerns. Please get involved. You are encouraged to attend the AGM and let your voice be heard.TAUMUN’s Executive Board works hard for the overall benefits of TAUMUN members.  In addition, since the Collective Agreement expired in August 2013, the TAUMUN Bargaining Team will soon be meeting the University Bargaining Team in negotiations.  This is a very important time for TAUMUN members, and the Executive Board and the Bargaining Team will keep members apprised of developments.

CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES

As a result of an initiative by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), the national labour union with which TAUMUN is affiliated, there will be a vote at the AGM on several changes to Articles  VIII (Membership Meetings) and IX (Elections) of TAUMUN’s Constitution.In brief, the two changes are that

1. the AGM will take place in late September or early October of every year
2. there will be an election of officers at every AGM (instead of once every two years), but the elections will be staggered (Year A:  President, 2nd Vice-President, one Member-at-Large; Year B:  1st Vice-President, Treasurer, the other Member-at-Large)Once these changes are agreed to by a vote of the membership, they will come into effect; because they relate to Annual General Meetings, the changes will first be applied to the AGM of 2014.

This means that at next year’s AGM, the election of officers will be for President, 2nd Vice-President, and one Member-at-Large.

There will be an anomalous situation for a couple of years as these changes first take effect.

The implications for the election on 26 November 2013 are as follows:

1. President:  the person who gets elected in the by-election of 26 November will serve for only one year; she or he can choose to run for office again at the September AGM of 2014

2. 1st Vice-President:  the person who gets elected in the by-election of 26 November will hold the position until the September AGM of 2015

3. 2nd Vice-President:  the term for this position will end, naturally, in September 2014 (i.e., the 2nd VP will have held the position for two years at that time)

4. Secretary-Treasurer:  as this position will come up for election in September 2015, the current officer will hold the position for 3 years

5. Member-at-Large A:  as this position will come up for election in September 2014, the person who gets elected in the by-election of 26 November will hold the position for only one year

6. Member-at-Large B:  as this position will come up for election in September 2015, the person who gets elected in the by-election of 26 November will hold the position for two years

RECAP

WHAT:  Annual General Meeting
WHEN:  Tuesday, 26 November, at 5:30 p.m.
WHERE:  The Landing (University Centre, Room UC-3018)
WHY:   Brief Reports, Vote on Constitutional Changes, By-Election

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REGISTER NOW! TAUMUN Workshop about TA/RA/GA Concerns (and FREE LUNCH)

Are you unsure about your roles and responsibilities as a TA, RA, or GA?  Would you like to know the type of working relationship you should have with your supervisor?  Do you know the importance of having a union?  Are you interested in learning more about TAUMUN?
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On Wednesday, 23 October, from 12 to 2 p.m. in The Landing (UC 3018), TAUMUN will be offering a WORKSHOP to discuss these very issues.
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Invited speakers include  Rajib Dey (PhD candidate and President of TAUMUN), Sean Glavine (Regional Representative of the Public Service Alliance of Canada), Dr. Leonard Lye (Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies), and Dr. Janna Rosales (Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Engineering).
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To participate in this workshop, you must first REGISTER.  The registration deadline is Friday, 18 October.  To register, simply email TAUMUN Member-at-Large Francesca Boschetti at fboschetti@mun.ca.
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A free lunch and a certificate of completion will be provided to all participants.
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WHAT:  Workshop on TA Issues
WHEN:  Wednesday, 23 October, 12-2 p.m.
WHERE:  The Landing (University Centre, UC 3018)
HOW:  Register by Friday, 18 October by emailing fboschetti@mun.ca
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Please see this Workshop Poster and Workshop Agenda for further details.
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