2015 « WLUFA

CAUT Newswire: Show of support for striking Nipissing U profs

November 17th, 2015



WLUFA Advocate 4.3 November 2015

November 17th, 2015

Here’s the latest issue: https://advocatewlufa.wordpress.com/


Urgent Appeal: CAUT Refugee Foundation / Appel urgent : Fondation pour les réfugiés de l’ACPPU

November 4th, 2015

Memorandum 15:35


Date:  November 4, 2015


To:  Presidents and administrative officers, Local, provincial and federated associations


From:  David Robinson, Executive Director


Subject:  Urgent Appeal: CAUT Refugee Foundation






The current Syrian refugee crisis has prompted the Executive Committee to reactivate the CAUT Refugee Foundation. The Foundation was initially created in the 1970s to offer support to refugees fleeing Vietnam for Canada. The Foundation is a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency, allowing it to issue tax receipts.


The Executive Committee is encouraging academic staff associations and their members to donate to the Foundation to support refugee relief and resettlement efforts. Funds collected on behalf of the Foundation will be provided to the Canadian Red Cross. The Red Cross and Red Crescent are supplying, food, water and first aid to refugees across Southern Europe and the Middle East.


The Canadian government has pledged to match dollar-for-dollar, every contribution that individual Canadians make to a registered Canadian charity for Syrian refugees, until

Dec. 31, 2015.


Cheques can be made to the order of the CAUT Refugee Foundation and sent to:


CAUT Refugee Foundation

2705 Queensview Drive

Ottawa, Ontario

K2B 8K2






Note 15:35


Date :  Le 4 novembre 2015


Destinataires :  Présidents et agents administratifs, Associations locales, provinciales et fédérées


Expéditeur :  David Robinson, directeur général


Objet :  Appel urgent : Fondation pour les réfugiés de l’ACPPU






L’actuelle crise des réfugiés syriens a poussé le Comité de direction à réactiver la Fondation pour les réfugiés de l’ACPPU (dénommée officiellement « The CAUT Refugee Foundation »). La Fondation a été créée dans les années 1970 pour soutenir les réfugiés vietnamiens venant au Canada. En tant qu’organisme de bienfaisance enregistré auprès de l’Agence de revenu du Canada, la Fondation est habilitée à remettre des reçus officiels à des fins fiscales.


Le Comité de direction encourage les associations de personnel académique et leurs membres à faire un don à la Fondation afin d’appuyer les initiatives entreprises pour venir en aide aux réfugiés et faciliter leur réinstallation. Les fonds recueillis pour le compte de la Fondation seront remis à La Société canadienne de la Croix-Rouge. La Croix-Rouge et le Croissant-Rouge se portent au secours des réfugiés dans le sud de l’Europe et le Moyen-Orient en les approvisionnant en eau et en nourriture, et en assurant les premiers soins.


Le gouvernement canadien s’est engagé jusqu’au 31 décembre 2015 à verser une somme équivalant à chaque contribution individuelle des Canadiens à un organisme de bienfaisance enregistré au Canada pour les réfugiés syriens.


Veuillez faire les chèques à l’ordre de « CAUT Refugee Foundation » et les envoyer à l’adresse suivante :


CAUT Refugee Foundation

2705, promenade Queensview

Ottawa (Ontario)

K2B 8K2



Canadian Association of University Teachers
Association canadienne des professeures et professeurs d’université
2705, promenade Queensview Drive, Ottawa (Ontario) K2B 8K2
Tel \ Tél. (613) 820-2270 | Fax \ Téléc. (613) 820-7244
CAUT.ca \ Facebook.com/caut.acppu \ @caut_acppu


If you’ve got a little time for Nipissing Brantford Thursday…

November 4th, 2015

Sent on behalf of Michele Kramer, WLUFA President

Dear Colleagues,

As you may or may not know, the Nipissing University Faculty Association is currently on strike. As is generally the case in recent faculty negotiations, money is the least of their worries. They face an administration that is bent on shaving away the regular faculty complement and in pushing faculty to the margins of university governance.

I spent some time Tuesday with the small but passionate group of regular faculty from Nipissing’s Faculty of Education at the Laurier Brantford Campus. They were welcoming, warm and thankful for the extra body! In addition, Niru Philip, President of our WLUSA local of OSSTF, joined us on the picket line.

Because there are so few (about a half dozen) Nipissing regular faculty left in Brantford, this small group is charged with keeping a picket line going as much as they possibly can. They are forced, then, to carefully schedule “walking the line”.

Their next day on the street is this Thursday, Nov. 5 – and they’ll be at Market and Darling from about 8 to 4. If you’re anywhere in the vicinity – and can spare even 30 minutes of your time to stand with them – I know they would appreciate it a lot. Introduce yourself to Mike McCabe – picket captain – and he’ll set you up with a sign!

Thanks very much,

Michele Kramer

WLUFA President


CAS Bargaining Unit Meetings Re: Teaching Evaulations

November 3rd, 2015

Sent on behalf of Michele Kramer, WLUFA President

According to the CAS Collective Agreement, Article 19.2.4:

“The Parties agree that courses taught by Members and by full-time faculty shall be evaluated by the same teaching evaluation form(s). Should the Parties agree to modifications in the teaching evaluation forms under Article 31 of the full-time collective agreement, the Association agrees to take those modifications to the Members of the part-time contract academic staff and part-time professional librarians Bargaining Unit for ratification as revisions to this Article 19 of this Collective Agreement.”

In 2012 a committee was struck to review the University teaching evaluation form. The committee presented their report and recommendations to the Joint Liaison Committee in 2013 and extensive discussions followed. The result is that there have been modifications to the teaching evaluation form and it has undergone several pilot runs. The Joint Liaison Committee has approved the proposed revisions and the revised form is attached, as is the current version of the evaluation. An explanation of changes is also attached for your review.

There will be two Bargaining Unit Meetings to further inform CAS Members and discuss the modified form. Information about the meetings is below. A ratification vote will begin at the end of each of the meetings (one in Waterloo and one in Brantford). The voting will continue until noon on November 26th. Voting must be in person and the times and locations will be confirmed at the meetings.

If you are unable to make the meeting and have questions you would like answered please contact Sheila McKee-Protopapas at [email protected]

Waterloo Campus – The Hawk’s Nest
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
11:30 am – 1:00 pm – Lunch will be included

Brantford Campus – William’s Café Private Room
Thursday, November 19, 2015
11:30 am – 1:00 pm – Lunch will be included

In order to get approximate numbers for lunch, please RSVP to Linda by November 11th at [email protected] .

Looking forward to meeting with you.


Room Change: WLUFA President’s Open Door

November 3rd, 2015

Please note that the room has changed for the WLUFA President’s Open Door Today.

Michele will be in SCJ 210 from 10 – 3:30 today.  Please drop in!!!

Women’s Faculty Colleague (Waterloo campus) event

October 29th, 2015

Hi everyone,


I am writing as Women’s Faculty Colleague (Waterloo campus) to invite
you to a lunch:


When? Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 11:30am-1:30pm
Where? Hawk’s Nest (top floor next to Turret in Fred Nicols Campus Centre)


It will be buffet-style and feel free to drop in at any point.  Some food has been ordered for the beginning, but also for the middle of the event, so if you arrive after class there will be fresh food.


This meeting/orientation will be an opportunity to meet and eat, and network with other women faculty. It will also be an opportunity to share ideas about  events for this academic year. If you are unable to come to the lunch on Tuesday, I am more than happy to discuss with you individually, and  welcome any suggestions and input by email at [email protected] . Also, the  webpage for the Women’s Faculty Colleague is at

or copy/paste


I look forward to seeing you there!


Angele Hamel


Angele Hamel
Department of Physics and Computer Science and

Department of Mathematics
Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, ON
N2L 3C5

Advocate 4.2

October 29th, 2015

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For circulation – Call For Papers | Missing and Marginalized Gender Conference

October 27th, 2015


The message below is sent on behalf of Helene Cummins, OCUFA Status of Women Committee Chair:


Dear Colleagues,


Please find HERE a call for papers for a conference to be held at the University of Waterloo from June 14-16, 2016. This interdisciplinary conference will focus on the role that the Post-Secondary Education sector can play in ending the erasure of women’s lives and experiences.


The OCUFA Status of Women Committee would like to encourage wide participation in the conference and would ask you to share this call for papers widely within your association.


Any questions about the conference can be directed to OCUFA Status of Women Committee member, Diana Parry ([email protected]).



Helene Cummins

OCUFA Status of Women Committee Chair




REMINDER: Campus Contest for Faculty and Staff: Whaddya Say John A?

October 22nd, 2015


Ever since the first prime ministerial statue appeared on the Waterloo campus, folks have been wondering what exactly Sir John A. McDonald is about to say. Is he just going to invite us to have a seat in those handsome ladder-back chairs? Or does he have sage advice for a university that is striving to “inspire lives of leadership and purpose” in these troubled times? Maybe he has something he wants to whisper in our administrators’ ears? Or shout to the skies above?

We think you may have some ideas, and so are running the “Whaddya say, John A?” contest to find out what they are. The contest is open to all staff and faculty, and the ten finalists (as judged by, who else, the WLUFA Communications Committee), will have their entries posted on the WLUFA website. The winner (as decided by a guest judge from WLUSA Council) will get their photo taken with Sir John A – or (Brantford colleagues take note) photoshopped in if they can’t make the trip! And, in a nod to the former PM’s spirited legacy, the winner will also receive a $20 LCBO gift certificate!

Please email your comments to: [email protected] by 5pm on October 26.

There is no word limit but we think we should warn you that the judges are known to have short attention spans.

Communications Committee