The vast majority of the literature reviewed concludes that increasing tuition fees has a negative impact on enrollment rates for low income students and can impact career choice, diverting students from ‘public interest’ careers that may have lower salaries but address more pressing social needs. The significance of this is that while on the one hand universities help to produce the wherewithal of modern industry and culture, they also create the conditions for an ongoing critique of their own creation. Increasing tuition fees will likely force more and more of our students to seek positions/jobs with those who can and will pay them enough to cover the escalating costs of their education. The diverting of more and more of our resources to private sector, for-profit enterprises will in turn have an effect on the role of social and economic critic so essential to the university system and civil society in general. Examples of potential direct effects include fewer family physicians and more less necessary physician specialists, more corporate lawyers and accountants protecting the freedom to pollute and evade taxes and fewer environmental/labour/public interest lawyers and accountants providing independent expertise on these issues.
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As you know, in January the Manitoba Labour Board found that the administration committed an Unfair Labour Practice during our 2016 round of bargaining. We recently asked President Barnard to apologize, and pay the maximum amount of damages ordered by the Labour Board as a way to help heal some wounds that the ULP created.
I am very pleased to announce that the Administration has decided to pay the maximum fine and issue an apology to the Association and all of you as directed by the Labour Board.
In secret talks with the University administration, the Pallister government imposed a one year deal with a 0% salary increase. At the direction of government, the administration kept this information from us for weeks, revealing it only a few days before the strike deadline.
Agreeing to pay the maximum fine of $2,000 per member and $2,000 to UMFA is a positive step in helping us move forward in rebuilding our relationship with administration.
In terms of concrete steps, we believe the administration will be paying out the fines as soon as possible. Each member will receive the $2,000 whether they participated in strike action or not. It is to the understanding of both the administration and UMFA that damages are not compensation and thus are not taxable. However, they will be looking into this, if it turns out that the amounts are taxable, the relevant deductions will come from a future pay period as required. We will keep you informed about this information as it becomes available.
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