There are five experienced university academic leaders standing for only two positions on TEU’s industrial and professional committee. As with the vote for the Tumu Arataki the election opened this week and will continue throughout the summer until 1 February.
John Prince from Auckland University of Technology says he is especially interested in TEU’s industrial strategy but has also been working in the areas of redundancies, TEU recruitment, salary research, developing common core conditions (such as parental leave clauses) and pay equity.
Megan Clayton from the University of Canterbury says the union needs to support and defend both traditional and non-traditional academic roles and the members therein, particularly in a time of increasing threats to public education. She also wants to make sure the Canterbury region’s current crises inform to an appropriate extent the workings of the union nationwide.
Brent Lovelock from the University of Otago says he was part of the team that made substantial gains around sick leave, and who negotiated for the creation of forums for addressing workload transparency, assessing restructuring processes, and the use of fixed term agreements. He now wants to work on these issues so that they get addressed meaningfully across all universities.
Dov Bing from the University of Waikato has served his university, colleagues, and students variously as a staff representative on university council, a head of department, and a dean of faculty – and has been an outspoken defender of academic freedom through several very public sagas.
Paul Taillon from the University of Auckland says he is an activist with ‘a fire in his belly’ for the work of TEU. He believes the union must foster academic citizenship among members and so reclaim university governance, breathe life into academic freedom, and contribute to the missions of universities.
All financial TEU members who work are academics in a university are eligible to vote in the election.