2013 « WLUFA

CAS Conciliation Impasse

November 6th, 2013

Dear Contract Faculty Member,

I’m writing to you today to pass on the disappointing news that the conciliation process reached a point of impasse last night and, therefore, has failed to bring about a tentative Collective Agreement worthy of being brought before you and your CAS colleagues. Your negotiating team is currently examining the next steps in this process and while we at WLUFA remain hopeful that the negotiation process might still bring about a fair and reasonable Collective Agreement for you, it is becoming clear that this will not happen without a show of your support.

Details about the Administration’s last position at the negotiating table will be coming to you from our Strategy Committee throughout this week. For now, I would like to impress on you the importance of your attendance at the Bargaining Unit meetings being held on November 11. While we had initially hoped to begin the ratification process at these meetings, the disappointment of yesterday’s conciliation means that the meetings will now be held in order to begin a strike vote. Without a strike mandate, the continuing negotiation process – and a fair Agreement for you, our University’s precariously employed teachers – will most certainly be in jeopardy.

It is imperative that you look to your email for details about your negotiations and the status of your Bargaining Unit over the coming weeks. Please attend the Bargaining Unit meetings on Nov. 11 – and if you cannot attend them, please feel free to come into/ call/ email WLUFA with your questions. In addition, talk to your colleagues and make sure they are aware of what’s happening.

As with any union, our Members’ greatest power lies in the solidarity of our Membership. As your union President, I am personally asking you to step forward, be informed, get involved and show your solidarity  with and for your fellow Contract Faculty Members.

Sincerely and in Solidarity,

 

William (Bill) Salatka, PhD
President,  Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association

CAS Negotiations Newsletter

October 31st, 2013

CAS Negotiations Newsletters Oct 31 2013

CAS Negotiations Newsletter

October 25th, 2013

Negotiations Newsletter Oct. 25, 2013

Bill C-377

October 23rd, 2013

Salutations,

Attached (see link below) is the letter CAUT sent to each member of the Senate re Bill C-377. Ci-joint est la lettre de l’ACPPU envoyée à chaque membre du Sénat concernant le projet de loi C-377.

Cordialement,

Jim

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Canadian Association of University Teachers / Association canadienne des professeures et professeurs d’université / 2705 promenade Queensview Drive, Ottawa, (Ontario) K2B 8K2

James L. Turk, Executive Director / Directeur Général

tel: (613) 726-5176

fax/téléc: (613) 820-7244

mobile (613) 277-0488

turk@caut.ca

twitter: @jameslturk

2013.10.21 Raynell Andreychuk re Bill C-377

CAS Negotiations Newsletter

October 17th, 2013

Negotiations Newsletter cards 1-3 and who we are - final

WLUFA Wine and Cheese

October 2nd, 2013

WLUFA Wine and Cheese Beginning-of-Fall Term 2013

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CAUT NewsWire

September 24th, 2013

CAUT NewsWire

Demands grow for release of 2 Canadian academics detained in Egypt

Education International, the global union federation representing more than 30 million education workers world-wide, is urging its member organisations to press the Egyptian authorities to immediately release two Canadian professors who have been detained without charges since August 17th. At the request of CAUT, EI is supporting a LabourStart petition calling for the unconditional release of Dr. Tarek Loubani and Prof. John Greyson. //Read more


Canada’s Drowning Ocean Science

Ocean science ought to be a high public policy priority—but recent actions indicate the federal government thinks otherwise. Canadian ocean science is at risk of drowning amid cutbacks, layoffs, and the muzzling of scientists. //Read more


Science at risk

Professor Thomas Duck of Dalhousie University addresses CAUT Council on the threats to Arctic research and science in general as a result of the federal government’s policies and lack of funding. //View on Youtube


Alberta campuses reeling under impact of cuts

University and college staff and students in Alberta returned to classes this month under a cloud of cutbacks and growing concern about the province’s plans for the sector.The Progressive Conservative government of Alison Redford sent shockwaves through campuses last March by drastically cutting $147 million from university and college budgets after earlier committing to a 2 per cent increase. The result has been a growing list of institutions in recent weeks announcing staff reductions, enrolment cuts and program eliminations. //Read more


Calendar

Fair Employment Week

Oct. 21 – Oct. 25

Parliament Hill Day

Nov. 28, Ottawa

CAUT Council Meeting

Nov. 29 – Dec. 1



Resources

What you need to know about custody and control of your records

With universities now under access to information legislation in all provinces and federally, there are a growing number of requests for academic staff records. Find out what you should do if your administration is asking you to turn over your records. // Read more


Serious problems at Ontario Veterinary College: Report

An investigatory committee established by CAUT to look into a series of allegations by staff has concluded there are serious problems at the Ontario Veterinary College that can be traced “both to the policies and to the style of OVC’s current management.”  //Read more


Conciliation Announcement

September 24th, 2013

The Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association and Wilfrid Laurier University filed jointly for conciliation on Monday,

September 23. Negotiations between Contract Academic Staff and the University are stalled, but both sides are optimistic that a

settlement can be reached with the assistance of a conciliator, who will be appointed by the Ontario Ministry of Labour.

 

For more information, drop by one of the two CAS information tables in the Science Atrium on Tuesday, September 24th, or the

Concourse on Wednesday, September 25th, between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, and keep up-to-date by following us on Twitter (@WLUFA),

joining our Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/wlufacas/), linking to Tumblr (http://weteachlaurier.tumblr.com/),

going to our homepage (www.wlufa.ca) and checking out your WLUFA advocate blog at http://advocatewlufa.wordpress.com/.

 

Note of concern about the Ontario government’s Productivity and Innovation Fund for universities and colleges

September 18th, 2013

Note of concern about the Ontario government’s Productivity and Innovation Fund for universities and colleges

Dear Colleagues:

As some of you may be aware, the latest instalment of the Ontario government’s “transformational change” agenda for the post-secondary sector is a Productivity and Innovation Fund of $45 million.  [I am attaching the English and French versions of the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) letter to the university executive heads and college presidents announcing the fund, and the Productivity and Innovation Fund guidelines and requirements for project proposals.]

The creation of the Innovation and Productivity Fund follows last year’s MTCU discussion paper (Strengthening Ontario’s Centres of Creativity, Innovation and Knowledge), which floated a number of proposals for making universities and colleges more productive while limiting growth in government funding. Ontario Budget 2013 announced funding for the next three years that will actually fall in inflation-adjusted terms. Meanwhile, enrolment continues to rise. OCUFA has already identified the pitfalls of a misplaced focus on productivity in its research commentary — The University Productivity We need: The Ontario Faculty Perspective.

We wanted to draw your attention to productivity-related initiatives that may soon be undertaken at your institutions, if they have not already. Universities are invited to apply for funding to implement projects that correspond to the priority areas identified in the attached memo from the Minister and MTCU guidelines: “program prioritization” and “course redesign.” (The guidelines document provides links to descriptions of these programs by their primary proponents.) The funds are available on a one-time basis for this fiscal year only, with up to $22 million for projects submitted by individual institutions and $23 million for joint projects. There are enough funds for each institution to undertake at least one project.

The deadline for a proposal to MTCU for funding from your institution is September 30, 2013 — i.e in less than two weeks.  The impact on faculty members and university programs will depend entirely on the specifics of what each institution proposes to have the government fund. Some of the funding areas, such as course redesign, could have the potential to violate your collective agreement, and the academic freedom of your members. Others may potentially conflict with departmental and senate processes. Other types of project funding could be benign, such as the administrative savings envelope. In light of this, we recommend that if you are not currently aware of your administration’s intent with respect to the Productivity and Innovation Fund, that you request the specifics of the projects they intend to submit as soon as possible.

If you have any concerns about the nature of the projects your institution is choosing to fund, I would be pleased to discuss this with you.

In addition to the implications on each campus of this program, OCUFA has concerns about the impact on university autonomy of the directive nature of this type of envelope funding. Next steps with respect to the entire differentiation and program prioritization agenda of this government will be discussed by the OCUFA Board at its September 28-29, 2013 meeting.

 

Best regards,
Mark
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Mark Rosenfeld, Ph.D
Executive Director
Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations
17 Isabella Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4Y 1M7
Tel: 416-979-2117 x229
Fax: 416-593-5607
E-mail: mrosenfeld@ocufa.on.ca
Web: www.ocufa.on.ca
www.academicmatters.ca
www.weteachontario.ca

OCUFA President Kate Lawson has written an Op-Ed featured on the Huffington Post website

September 10th, 2013

Dear Colleagues;

OCUFA President Kate Lawson has written an Op-Ed featured on the Huffington Post website. The article calls for a more balanced understanding of what universities can and should do, and questions those who believe the only role of higher education is job training. The article can be accessed at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/kate-t-lawson/university-employment-canada_b_3861137.html

Please feel free to re-post on your own websites, or to share through social media. Please let me know if you have any questions.

All the best,
Graeme

Graeme Stewart
Communications Manager
Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations
17 Isabella Street | Toronto, ON | M4Y 1M7
416 979 2117 x232 | gstewart@ocufa.on.ca
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