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MUNFA Decarbonization Working Group

Last year the MUNFA Executive established a decarbonization working group. The work of the group is defined by a commitment to decarbonizing the university in line with what the IPCC has determined is necessary to achieve no more than 1.5°C of global warming. Specifically, this means the university achieving net carbon emissions decline of 45% from 2010 levels by 2030 and reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050. MUNFA members are invited to join the working group to set priorities and advance the work of achieving the decarbonization of Memorial University, including through MUNFA’s participation in the MUN Climate Action Coalition.

If you are interested, please contact MUNFA’s Membership Engagement Coordinator, Travis Perry, at membership.munfa@mun.ca.

Canadian Labour Congress

Visit the CLC’s COVID-19 Resource Centre and its Take Action page for actions and resources to support workers.

 

Support $15 and Fairness

15 and FairnessNewfoundland and Labrador has one of the lowest minimum wages in Canada, at $11.65/hour.

30% of our labour force earn $15 an hour or less and women are disproportionately represented, comprising two-thirds of that group.

A $15 minimum wage is a concrete way to help reduce growing inequality, the rise of precarious work, and help move families and individuals out of poverty.

It will also put more money in the pockets of working people that will be spent in the local economy.

Common Front is calling on the province to adopt a $15 per hour minimum wage, in line with other jurisdictions that are moving forward on minimum wages.

CAUT’s For our Future Campaign

For our FutureJoin the call for federal support for university and college workers and students. Use CAUT’s on-line template to send a letter to your Member of Parliament (MP) calling for immediate action to improve the affordability and sustainability of post-secondary education.

What we want from the federal government:

  • Further close gaps in emergency income supports for workers and students;
  • Work with the provinces, universities and colleges to ensure that any qualified Canadian will be able to get the education and training they need without taking on additional debt; and
  • Increase the federal transfer to the provinces for post-secondary education with agreements on shared priorities to improve affordability, accessibility and quality.

 

Volunteer with the MUNFA Academic Freedom and Grievance Committee

MUNFA is seeking expressions of interest for volunteers to serve on the MUNFA Academic Freedom and Grievance Committee. Appointments, as approved by the Executive Committee, are for a three (3) year term and will take effect on October 1, 2020. We especially encourage members of equity-seeking groups to volunteer.

The AF&G Committee has four functions:

  • To assist and advise members of the MUNFA bargaining unit in the protection of their rights under the Collective Agreement and to advise non-bargaining unit MUNFA members of their rights under the Terms and Conditions of
  • To prepare individual grievance cases for the resolution mechanisms, and to represent grievers before administrative and arbitral
  • On reference from the MUNFA Executive Committee, to prepare association grievance cases for representation before administrative and arbitral
  • To monitor the state of academic freedom within the University, to promote awareness of academic freedom issues and to make policy recommendations to the

Under its terms of reference the AF&G Committee shall consist of eight or more persons from the St. John’s campus, appointed by the Executive to staggered, three-year terms, except for one Executive representative who isappointed for one year. There is a separate but linked committee at Grenfell Campus. Current members of the St. John’s Campus Committee and the expiration dates of their terms are as follows:

NAME DEPARTMENT DATE OF TERM
Jon Church (Executive Representative) Medicine October 1, 2020
Dan Duda Library October 1, 2022
Malcolm Grant Psychology (Retired) October 1, 2022
Erika Merschrod Chemistry October 1, 2021
Nicole Power Sociology October 1, 2021
Walter Okshevsky Education October 1, 2022
Beth Whelan Counselling Centre October 1, 2022
Vacant
Vacant

Tenured MUNFA members on the St. John’s campus who are interested in serving on this committee should sign and return this form to the MUNFA Office, Room ER-4047 (Alexander Murray Building). Any member may suggest another person for this committee. Please return this form by September 25, 2020

Climate Action Petition

The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) is asking members of Academic Staff unions and associations across Canada to sign a petition calling on all university presidents and the member organization Universities Canada to sign the United Nations Global Climate Letter.

In addition to declaring a climate emergency, signatories to the UN letter commit to three goals:

  1. Mobilize more resources for action-oriented climate change research and skills creation.
  1. Commit to going carbon neutral by 2030 or 2050 at the very latest.

Increase the delivery of environmental and sustainability education across curriculum, campus, and community outreach programmes.

MUNFA’s Working Group on Decarbonization strongly backs this appeal, which also has the full support of the MUNFA Executive Committee. We believe that doing so reflects the mission of the public university to contribute to the common good. Recognizing the urgent need to address climate breakdown, the working group is committed to working for decarbonization by the earlier date.

The petition is an initiative of Climate Action at the University of Alberta (CAUA) coalition. Individuals can also add their name to the petition at the link above. As the petition is to be released in early October, the deadline for signatures is September 30th.

MUN committed to its own climate crisis pledge in September of 2019 thanks to the work of the MUN Climate ActionCoalition (MUN CAC), of which MUNFA is a member.

Interested members of the university community are encouraged to add their name to the UN petition at the link above and to get involved with MUN CAC.

MUNFA members who wish to join the MUNFA Decarbonization Working Group are encouraged to contact Travis Perry  – Membership and Administrative Coordinator at 864-4090 or membership.munfa@mun.ca