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CASLL-L January 2008

Subject:

Re: Inkshed 25 and the strikeout at St. Thomas: an update

From:

Graham Smart <[log in to unmask]>

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CASLL/Inkshed <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Tue, 22 Jan 2008 17:31:25 -0500

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Hi Russ,

What a difficult time for you guys!  I'm on the steering committee of the 
faculty committee here at Carleton, and in November 2006 I was in the hotel 
where our last round of union-management negotiations were playing out at 
2:00 a.m., just a couple of hours before our picket lines were scheduled to 
go up.  We ended up settling that night/morning at about 3:30 a.m., but it 
was really grueling. And then our office staff did go on strike here last 
September, and I could see how rancorous and draining that was for the 
employees. All to say that I can imagine what you're going through at St. 
Thomas.

I'm wondering whether I might be able to forward your message, or at least 
paragraphs 3-5, to our union Executive Director?  I could see her using the 
information (not the actual text) when the steering committee meets with the 
union council on Friday to talk about approving additional financial support 
for your union.

Hang in there.

Take care,
Graham




----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Russ Hunt" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2008 10:04 AM
Subject: Inkshed 25 and the strikeout at St. Thomas: an update


I had planned to put together, and issue, a call for proposals for Inkshed 
25, and the
information about the venue and costs, over Christmas.  But, as I said in my 
last
communique from my foxhole, things intervened.

For three weeks, I've been thinking, well, in the next day or two, or by the 
beginning of the
week, or, well, look, within a few days . . . I'll _know something_. But it 
simply hasn't worked
out that way. Yesterday, for a couple of hours, I thought we were within 
sight of an armistice,
but today I'm far less sure.

Here's the short version (if you're interested, I've put a couple of links 
below to further
information: I think this has resonance for all of us -- all of us who are 
academics, anyway. As
a long-time union supporter, and one of the founders of the union here, I'm 
thinking hard
about the traditional industrial model for bargaining in this context).

St. Thomas and the union have been negotiating for ten months. At the end of 
last term the
process went into conciliation, which failed, and then mediation, which 
failed as well.  The
Union called a strike vote for three days after second term was scheduled to 
begin.  In
response, the administration imposed a lockout -- the motive being to 
prevent the union from
going on strike a week into the new term, and stranding a couple of thousand 
students in
Fredericton (there was, in my view and that of many others, no possible 
question that the
union intended to go on strike). As a consequence of various fits and starts 
at negotiation,
the administration postponed the start of the new term for a week (till 
January 10), then to
January 14, and then indefinitely. The union declared a strike during that 
process.

As a result of this, I have no access to my STU email, or to my records, or 
to the server the
Inkshed Web site is on (thus I can't even transfer it to inkshed.ca, which 
was on my Moebius-
strip list of things to do). Further, the delay in the term may mean -- I 
can't tell, because
there's no information on what will be done to squeeze a term in once we get 
back, if we do -- 
that we can't hold the conference where we'd planned, and which we'd booked, 
at the St.
Thomas Conference Centre -- which is actually a pretty nice facility. If St. 
Thomas's
convocation schedule gets moved, we'll be bumped; it was clear that that was 
the case when
we booked it, but it's never happened before.

So here we are.  I have a union meeting in an hour, at which I'm pretty sure 
the
recommendation is going to be to vote against the administration's "final 
offer" (the second
mediator gave up on the process Sunday night, and said in his report the 
administration's
offer was the only one that made any sense, so the administration is asking 
the Labour Board
to force a vote). The vote will be Monday, probably, and if it's No my guess 
is that we'll lose
the term (the first time in Canadian history, anyway, that a labour dispute 
has shut a place
down). What _that_ would mean for our booking at the conference centre, I 
have no idea, but
my expectation would be that a lockout would be put back in place and the 
administration
would wait for the union to collapse. Or maybe we'll go on negotiating into 
the term, though
on what basis isn't clear to me.

Yes, I know, this is not believable.

I should put off sending this till after the union meeting, I guess, but I'm 
not going to
procrastinate yet again: probably at the end of the meeting I'll really know 
no more than I do
now.

Let me say this: We'll have Inkshed 25 in Fredericton, and it'll be the 
scheduled dates, May
15-18 (I know there've been questions raised about the dates, too, but I 
don't think there are
realistic alternatives), and there'll be a call for proposals in the next 
few days. Bear with us . .
.

-- Russ

For further information:

My position at the outset of this (short version: a plague on both your 
houses) is here:
http://tinyurl.com/3bljch

A pretty full analysis of what's at stake, really, is here: 
http://tinyurl.com/2xqwk3

And a summary of the  mediator's final report is here: 
http://tinyurl.com/27ccb7


Russell A. Hunt
Department of English
St. Thomas University
http://www.stu.ca/~hunt/

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