The Retirees' Newsletter
The Bi-Monthly Publication of the Retirees' Association (Faculty, Librarian, Administrator)
The University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada N9B 3P4
Vol X III, No. 1, March 2003
First Published in July 1991
|Issue # 49||
Editor : Datta Pillay
SPRING GENERAL MEETING
Hoffman Auditorium, IONA COLLEGE
Tuesday, April 15, 2003, at 2.00 p.m.
1. Approval of Minutes
2. Remarks by President Ross Paul
3. Remarks by Brian Brown - President, WUFA
4. Remarks by Rita LaCivita - Human Resources
5. Remarks by Cheryl Paglione - Human Resources
6. Remarks by Aase Cuthbert - Student Awards
7. President's Report - Alan Metcalfe
8. Treasurer's Interim Report - Norman King
9. Committee Reports:
a) D7 Committee Report.
b) Bursary Fund Report
c) Pension &Health Benefits
10. Other Business
ANNUAL DINNER DANCE
Party for 2003 RETIREES
April 11, 2003
Reception 6.00 p.m.
Dinner 7.00 p.m.
Place - Ambassador Auditorium
Tickets $ 20.00 per person
Tables of ten available for reservation
Call Chris Charlebois Ext. 2000
Phone Gord Olafson - 776-4383
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Please purchase tickets by March 28th
Tickets not sold at the door
Your executive have been meeting on a regular basis. They are interesting meetings full of vigorous discussion and debate. Interestingly, even though there are differences of opinion we usually end up with a consensus. You executive have put a great deal of effort into collecting material, addressing issues and generally working on your behalf. The most important action taken during the past month was to send a letter to the President, Dr. Paul outlining our deep concern and increasing frustration (This letter is published elsewhere in the Newsletter) and asking him to intervene on our behalf. The reason for this action is the growing realization that in looking at what we have gained, in concrete terms, over th past 10 years, amounts to ZERO. In actual fact, despite the prodigious amount of work done by executives over the past 10 years we have achieved NOTHING. Even the Trust Fund is developing into something for FUTURE retirees and not present retirees. WE HAVE GAINED NOTHING. The only gain that has been made pre dates the last 10 years - the increase in the Minimum Guarantee. The obvious question is Why do we continue? A good question and one that many of us address at regular intervals. However, if we do nothing then nothing will be done. At least, we can ensure that the Administration and WUFA are aware of our concerns. As to our present situation my anger is reduced by a most unpleasant realization - that I, personally, bear responsibility for the situation of retirees. For a life long socialist it is ethically unacceptable that while an active member I totally ignored the plight of retirees. I SHOULD have been aware of the plight of retirees and addressed these concerns when I was an active member. If, I and others, had brought these issues to the Council of WUFA at least they would have had to be addressed. It does not mean anything would have been done about it BUT nobody could have said they did not know. Because of this I feel less anger at the present WUFA because we should not expect them to be more socially conscious than we were. We will continue to work on your behalf and, who knows, one bright day something may be done to alleviate the condition of retirees.