Trustees representing the 31 member associations and 14,000 academics met in October for the annual general meeting of the CAUT Defence Fund. The trustees, who are responsible for administering a fund with assets in excess of $13 million, spent considerable time reviewing a major report from its planning and policy committee. Among the items approved at the meeting was a protocol for trustees who participate in "flying pickets" during strikes. In addition, new procedures to deal with membership issues related to part-time bargaining units were approved. The need for this was apparent when strike benefits and a line of credit were approved by the trustees on behalf of the part-timers at Acadia University. Jean-Charles Cachon (Laurentian) replaces Denise Nevo (Mount Saint Vincent) as the 2002- 2003 chair of the Defence Fund. For more information about the CAUT Defence Fund, please visit http://defencefund.caut.ca.