Dear Professor Holler and all members of UNBC FA: Please know that you have my support in your strike action. I am disappointed that the university administration has not dealt with the problems of our community fairly. I have received excellent training at UNBC, thanks to all of them, and I want the students who come after me to have the same opportunity. I was born and raised in Prince George. When I finished in Grade 12, moving to a school in the south of the city of Bc or a-a-provincial was not an option. I do not want future Northern C.A. scholars to go to the same level of passion, innovation and mentorship of their faculty. I spent 14 years of part-time studies to complete my studies, and the general deterioration of the situation for those seeking higher education horrified me and irritated me until the end. I see the UNBC situation as part of a general trend to sacrifice quality for this in education. In fact, I personally chose not to study post-cycle after realizing how unfavourable the situation has become for young academics graduating from Canadian schools.
I have to wonder how many other potential academics have been discouraged in the same way and what impact this will have in the future on academic freedom and study. The government`s administrative intransigence and short-sightedness are hurting us all. I hope that the university administration will recognize where its priorities really lie and contribute to it. In solidarity, Tammy L. Churchill acknowledges at the university that our strong career development has led to a growing pay gap between UNBC faculties and their counterparts at other universities. The challenge is to find ways to fill a gap that has grown for more than 20 years and is the result of agreements between the faculty and the university. The fiscal realities and responsibilities of the university as a public university for a sustainable future create additional challenges. For example, the BC government`s operating grant, which spends 67% of the operating budget on UNBC, has decreased by $572,000 this year. In addition, the number of registrations has decreased by 5.9% this year.
In addition, the growth in the number of public universities over the past decade has created an increasingly competitive environment. This proposal is in line with my decision to join UNBC and the many messages I have received from the academic community calling for UNBC to continue to focus on its mission as a regionally responsive research university, which strives for excellence in teaching, research and service. The improved increments would be based on a career development review and added to the faculty`s base salary. Jacqueline: On behalf of the University of Manitoba Faculty Association, I wish you and your colleagues all the best in your fight for a strong first collective agreement. Our colleague Tom Booth, President of the CAUT Defence Fund, will present the UNBC Faculty Association with a cheque for $2,000 as a tangible sign of our solidarity if he joins you on Friday on the strike line. «A career development review» is best interpreted as a «mandatory ranking» in which all faculties are assessed and evaluated against each other in order to make a number of steps on a seven-tier system, making an established average.