The “Full-Time Faculty and Professional Librarians” Collective Agreement is up for re-negotiation this spring, giving us a fresh opportunity to work together to solve our collective problems and secure better working conditions for the members of this bargaining unit. A survey has been distributed by email to these members to start the process of determining goals and priorities. (Let the WLUFA Office know if you haven’t received this email and you believe you should have.)
Thank you to the appointed members of this year’s Negotiating Team:
- Azim Essaji (Economics – Co-Chair)
- Andrew Herman (Communication Studies)
- Joanne Oud (Library)
- Sheila McKee-Protopapas (Executive Director – Co-Chair)
- Glenda Wall (Sociology)
They have already begun working on developing proposals to take to the table but look forward to hearing feedback from you!
On March 3, OCUFA is asking faculty, students, staff, and supporters across Ontario to engage in a day of action on social media to raise awareness about the need for fairness for contract faculty. This initiative is a project of their Contract Faculty and Faculty Complement Committee, and will build on the momentum generated during last fall’s Fair Employment Week.
Throughout the day, university community members are invited to send their Boards of Governors a message about their priorities for the institution, including improved contract faculty working conditions and the quality of education offered to students. To our knowledge, Laurier’s Board of Governors, its chair, and Dr. Blouw do not have Twitter accounts but Laurier does and Board members are bound to notice.
Here are a few sample tweets:
Hey @Laurier BoG: #OurUniversity should be a model employer but #contractfaculty work without job security! #Fairness4CF #CdnPSE
Hey @Laurier BoG: #OurUniversity should be supporting its #contractfaculty #teachers, not just the top tier admin. #Fairness4CF #CdnPSE
Hey @Laurier BoG: #OurUniversity should respect #contractfaculty! Equal pay for equal work. #Fairness4CF #15andFairness
And, a sample Facebook post:
It’s time for fairness for #contractfaculty at @WilfridLaurierUniversity! Contract faculty deserve equal pay for work of equal value, job security, and access to benefits. #OurUniversity #Fairness4CF #CdnPSE
…or post something else you think would be supportive and raise awareness! Below you’ll find some graphics that can be included with your tweets and Facebook posts.
All Ontario universities are invited to participate. If you’d like more information, contact OCUFA’s Engagement and Campaigns Coordinator, Andrea Calver, at email@example.com, or Communications Lead, Ben Lewis, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Others who want to join in should make sure they use the hashtags #OurUniversity or #OurCollege, and #Fairness4CF.
WLUFA has received a number of passionate and eloquent responses (positive and negative) to the statement that we posted yesterday that expressed solidarity with the Muslim community and denounced Trump’s Executive Order.
As one faculty member noted in an email, “The Academy, first and foremost, is a place to have invigorated, passionate, and spirited debate on all issues”.
With this in mind, the Communications Committee would like to remind members that they are welcome to post reactions and opinions, as well as engage in debate, via the WLUFA Advocate Blog. While we cannot disseminate email correspondence that we’ve received from individuals via our list-serve, we encourage those who have sent their thoughtful responses to re-post those responses on the Blog.
WLUFA Communications Committee
The OCUFA Service Award was established six years ago to honour individuals who have done, or continue to do, exceptional work on behalf of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations and its Members.
Up to six awards may be given each year and are presented during OCUFA’s Annual General Meeting, which will be held this year on May 13, 2017.
The deadline for 2016-17 nominations is April 3, 2017.
For more information about the award and the nomination form — in English or French — please visit:
http://ocufa.on.ca/ocufa-awards/le-prix-du-service-de-locufa/ [French version]
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly.
Mark Rosenfeld, Ph.D
Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations
17 Isabella Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4Y 1M7
Tel: 416-979-2117 x229
On behalf of the WLUFA Executive Committee:
It’s official! The tentative Collective Agreement reached on January 6th and ratified by Contract Faculty yesterday was approved by Laurier’s Board of Governors this morning. The process of figuring out the implementation of the revised Collective Agreement will begin immediately. Contract Faculty will be advised of details as soon as they become available.
The Executive Committee would like to thank the members of the Negotiating Team and the Action Committee for their hard work and dedication.
There is still time to vote if you were unable to attend the meeting last night in Waterloo or this afternoon in Brantford. Please see the times and places that you may vote. Voting for Ratification must be in person. Voting will close at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, January 18th. A printed summary is available at the voting stations.
Waterloo – WLUFA office 202 Regina St. R114
Friday – 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Monday – 8:30 am – 7:15 pm
Tuesday – 8:30 am – 7:15 pm
Wednesday – 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Friday – 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – GRH129 – A. Robinson’s office
Monday – 9:30 am – 2:00 pm – RCE206 – R.Godderis’s office
Tuesday – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – RCE243 – K. Brozowski’s office
Wednesday – 9:00 am – 10:00 am and 2:00 pm -3:00 pm – OD103 S. Ferguson’s office
Senior Administrative Assistant
On behalf of Michele Kramer, WLUFA President
WLUFA is pleased to announce that a tentative agreement for Contract Faculty was reached at 12:45 a.m. on January 6, 2017. On behalf of all Members involved, we extend our thanks for a job well done. Stay tuned to your e-mail for upcoming Ratification meetings in the next weeks. Please note that the possible Bargaining Unit meeting scheduled for Monday will be cancelled.
Congratulations to the CF Negotiation Team and to all of our Members whose strong support during these negotiations has helped to bring us to a successful conclusion!