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July 2020 
  • Executive Update
  • MRSA Office Closure Notice
  • Did you know?/Question of the Month
 
  • MRSA Events
  • General Announcements
  • In the News

Executive Update 
           

Hello MRU family!

I'm excited to reach out to you for the first time in my new role as President of the MRSA. I'm a lifer here if you don't know me, having started right out of university 31 years ago. I have seen so much change and growth over the years, but what continues to make me proud are the committed staff that are at the core of what makes Mount Royal a great university. From  security to facilities, from the library to the bookstore, from continuing education to the languages institute, from recreation to the registrar's office, all the administrative staff that support the professors and students learning remotely, Iniskim Centre and Wellness Centre, IT services, accessibility services, business retail services and enrolment services (I hope I haven't forgotten anyone)....YOU ARE ALL DOING AMAZING WORK!!!!! I look forward to working with the new MRSA Executive to represent all of you very important people.

 While I must acknowledge the unfortunate abolishment of 19 colleagues and the furlough of 44 others over the last few months, I'm pleased to say that three of our members have been asked to return to their duties. The MRSA Executive continues to support and work on behalf of those that are furloughed. We are working with HR to assist our impacted staff in retrieving their personal belongings from campus. This has been an ongoing issue for a few months and we believe that we are close to reaching a resolution. We will update you on this issue shortly.

As we continue to work remotely, we encourage you to keep your receipts for any expenses you incur personally. We are in discussions with HR on how our staff should be reimbursed for these costs. Again, we will update you on the outcome of this request.

A pleasant surprise was the recent receipt of $10,000 of our designated PD money from the institution. Our PD Committee Co-Chairs, Kaylene McTavish and Courtney Montgomery, are working hard to keep our Mount Royal community connected by offering a series of online opportunities for personal and professional development. Two very successful Yoga sessions have happened, as well as a free online cooking course offered by Fatima Dhooma from Wellness Services. We are hoping to offer additional PD opportunities over the month of July so please watch for these announcements.

 Lastly, I want to send out a huge thank you to Baset Zarrug for his many years of service on the MRSA. Baset assumed the role of President for the last 10 years and has been a very committed member of our MRSA community. We wish him much success in his future pursuits within Mount Royal. Thanks also to our outgoing Executive Director-at-Large Shweta Chugh, Karen Hiebert as outgoing Vice-President and Elena Ryabova as outgoing Treasurer.

 I miss you and hope we can "see" each other soon!

 --

Michelle LoGullo
President, MRSA
Coordinator, Student Recruitment

 

Mount Royal University Announcement

Calgary Stampede Parade half-day in lieu

As we are all aware, the Calgary Stampede has been cancelled due to COVID-19. In lieu of the half-day that is designated to allow staff, exempt and management employees to attend the Stampede Parade, and as recognition for the challenging times that we continue to work through, please work with your manager to determine if there is a half-day, during what would normally be Stampede week (July 3 to 10), that you can take off to relax, enjoy time with friends and family or just step away from work. This includes everyone working from home and those who are still working on campus.

 

2020 General Meeting Minutes

Thank you for your virtual attendance and for your participation during the General Meeting on May 20. 294 people viewed the live stream. The meeting minutes can be accessed here

 If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the MRSA office, or one of your MRSA Executive for assistance. 

MRSA Office Closure Notice

In keeping with guidelines from Alberta public health officials, the MRSA office is closed until further notice. During this time, MRSA operations continue as the Executive and Committees shift to working remotely.

 Your calls and questions are important to us. Please do not hesitate to contact the MRSA office at 403.440.5993, or via email at mrsa@mtroyal.ca, or any member of the MRSA Executive. Please be assured that MRSA office voicemail and email are monitored regularly.

Take good care, and be safe; we wish you and your families the very best of health.                                                      

Did You Know/Question of the Month

With negotiations on hold do we have to worry about a lock out when our contract expires?

Bargaining between the Mount Royal Staff Association and the Mount Royal Board of Governors has paused for the summer. Our Collective Agreement expires on June 30, 2020, but as per Article 4.9, until a new collective agreement is in place the terms of the prior agreement remain in place. At the present time, the assumption is that the negotiations process will resume in the Fall in the hope there are no other institutional challenges such as the one caused by COVID-19. 

For information on COVID-19, updates, and links to  government resources and other supports, please see the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information page on our website.

MRSA Events

The Social Committee would like to thank those who participated in the Social Committee Contest Quiz from the June Newsletter.  The winners are: Colleen Taylor, Samantha Sadler, and Mark Derry. They have been notified via email and each provided with a $50 Amazon gift card.  The correct answers to the quiz questions are:

  1. What does the acronym MRSA stand for?
    Answer: Mount Royal Staff Association
     
  2. Name the four pillars of the MRSA Strategic Plan:
    Answer: Engagement, Communication, Education and Sustainability
     
  3. Name one Director at Large on the MRSA:
    Acceptable Answers were: Charissa Hovdebo, Lanny Anderson (DL until June 30, 2020), Crystal Koch, Shweta Chugh (DL until June 30, 2020), Pamela Karlenzig, Morgan Loberg, Michelle Logullo (DL until June 30, 2020), and Heather Evans
     
  4. What year was the MRSA Constitution last revised?
    Answer: 2013
     
  5. In our current Collective Agreement, what topic is Article 24?
    Answer: Vacation and Holidays
     
  6. According to the Collective Agreement, how many total cumulative days of Special Leave are full-time employees entitled to in a calendar year?
    Answer: 6
     
  7. In Canada, when did Indigenous people get the unconditional right to vote?
    Answer: 1960
     
  8. Check all of the items below that were invented in Canada:
    Answers: Trivial Pursuit Game, 5 Pin Bowling, Goalie Masks, Peanut Butter (Also accepted: Dental Floss, since the person was American, but he was in Canada when he invented it).
     
  9. Who was the founder of Peter's Drive-in in Calgary?
    Answer: Gus Pieters
     
  10. What was Fort Calgary named after?
    Answer: Calgary Bay in Scotland (Also accepted: A town in Scotland).

The 21 qualified entrants (those who answered all the questions correctly) were input into wheel of names to choose 3 winners, watch videos here:

Winner #1

Winner #2

Winner #3

 
MRSA Coffee Chat

Please join us for coffee and conversation on July 30 from 10:30-11:00 a.m. via Google Meet.
Please click on this link or copy and paste this URL in your browser: https://meet.google.com/yvk-qnwa-pcq?authuser=0

Please note, access will only be available to those with @mtroyal.ca email accounts.

We welcome your input on any topics that you would like to discuss with our Executive.
Please email the MRSA office at mrsa@mtroyal.ca with your suggestions.

General Announcements

Summer Working Hours Begin July 1


It is that time of year, even this year! Between July 1 and August 14, standard summer operating hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a shortened, 30-minute lunch period. Exceptions may be necessary for some departments, and flexibility for employees balancing personal commitments with working from home continues to be supported.

Online Ergonomic Assessments Available

If you are working from home and are having difficulty setting up your workstation to be ergonomically comfortable, reach out to Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS@mtroyal.ca) for a virtual ergonomic assessment. Ergonomic hazards can often be solved with a few minor adjustments, and it's better to catch concerns before they become significant issues.

 

In the News

U.S. consulting firm awarded $3.7-million review of Alberta post-secondary system

Opinion: Defunding threatens to destroy Alberta's flagship university

 

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