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Let’s talk about WLUFA’s letter denouncing Trump and supporting the Muslim Community

February 1st, 2017

Dear Members,

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.

Sincerely,

WLUFA Communications Committee

Nominations for the 2015-16 OCUFA Service Award – due April 3, 2017 –First Notice

January 24th, 2017

Dear Colleagues:

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/awards/ocufa-service-award/

or

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.

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

 

 

Board of Governors Ratifies CF Collective Agreement

January 19th, 2017

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.

Ratification Voting Dates and Times

January 13th, 2017

Greetings,

 

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

 

Brantford

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

 

 

Linda Watson

Senior Administrative Assistant

WLUFA

Ext. 2603

Tentative Agreement Reached

January 6th, 2017

On behalf of Michele Kramer, WLUFA President

 

Greetings,

 

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!

 

Michele

Office closed for the holidays, plus holiday wishes!

December 21st, 2016

Please be advised that the WLUFA office will closed today, December 21st at 3:00 p.m. for the Holidays and will re-open on January 3rd at 8:30 a.m.

The WLUFA staff would like to wish you all Happy Holidays and all the best in the New Year.

Contract Faculty: What if negotiations end in a job action?

December 20th, 2016

Many of you have been asking questions about the “what happens” if our negotiations end in job-action. Below you will find answers to many of the most-asked questions. Please look this document over carefully and keep it as a reference.

If you have any questions, please direct them to Kimberly Ellis-Hale at kimberly@ellis-hale.com.

WLUFA Strike Work and Benefits Guideline

One of the things that keeps employees in our situation up at night is not knowing what happens to them if a strike or lock-out happens. This FAQ should help to alleviate some of your anxieties, as well as prepare you for the steps you will have to take should a job-action occur as a result of a failed negotiations process.

Before Job-action Begins:

  1. Complete the “Job-action Duties Questionnaire” that will be sent to you as soon as a “No Board Report” has been filed. Having all members complete this questionnaire means that everyone will know their role if job-action occurs and that strike benefits will be ready for you within the first week of labour disruption.
  2. Provide WLUFA with an alternate email address if you have not already done so. The employer may decide to bar access for members to their WLU accounts and email communications are crucial during job-action.
  3. Remove any belongings from campus that you will need/ do not wish to be left behind in case of a labour disruption.
  4. Reply to the “Picket Line Pass” email, if applicable. It will be sent if/once a “No Board Report” is filed. This will ensure that WLUFA will arrange protocol language that will allow for certain qualified members to have access to campus, even during a labour disruption.
  5. Develop your syllabi for Winter Term (online and in-class) thoughtfully. Know that a “back to work” protocol may require some flexibility in your outline, your assignments and/or your grading.
  6. Check your email regularly – you will be informed if negotiations are approaching an impasse and if job-action/ labour disruption seems to be pending.

When Job-action Begins:

  1. Notice that a strike or lock-out is about to occur will be posted on the WLUFA website and circulated to all WLU email accounts, as well as alternative email addresses (if they have been supplied). Clear instructions will be included.
  2. Members will be contacted via email re: strike duties, duty schedule, location for check-in, relevant contact person (depending on duties assigned), locations for restrooms/ first-aid etc. (for picket duty), picket protocol, where/when to collect strike benefits etc.
  3. Pay schedule for WLUFA strike 2017 picket workYou are required to participate in strike-related duties in order to collect strike benefits. See chart below. Strike benefits are paid accordingly. You should have already indicated your level of involvement and percentage of benefit by completing the “Job-action Duties Questionnaire” by the time that job-action occurs (see note above). If job-action is beginning and you have not yet signed-on for duties, do so immediately by contacting Kimberly Ellis-Hale (kimberly@ellis-hale.com).

 

 

Important! Please note that, while ALL members of the bargaining unit are welcome to lend a hand during any job action, only those members that are under contract (and, therefore, losing wages during job action) qualify to receive strike benefits.

During a Strike or Lock-out:

  1. Withhold all duties you have as a Contract Faculty member. There may be some minor exceptions to this – see notes re: the “Picket Line Pass” email (above). Members who are employed in any capacity beyond “Contract Faculty” (as “staff”, for example) are obliged to carry out those duties as per the relevant contract.
  2. Participate in your assigned strike duties, as scheduled. Make sure that a designated team leader or captain has signed you in and out of duty-time (this ensures that you will receive your strike benefits accurately and on time).
  3. If you are unable to participate in your assigned duties on a given day/time due to extenuating circumstances, please contact Kimberly Ellis-Hale (kimberly@ellis-hale.com) before your assigned shift.
  4. Follow the guidelines for a safe and respectful job-action (distributed via email at the beginning of the labour disruption).
  5. If necessary, alert your personal financial institutions and creditors to the fact that you are in a labour dispute. Make alternative payment schedules, if possible.
  6. If needed, WLUFA will make no-interest emergency loans. Members who would lose more income during the strike than the maximum amount of strike pay they could make for strike duty (i.e. more than $700/week in lost income) are eligible for interest-free loans from WLUFA of an amount not to exceed the difference between the maximum strike pay ($700/week) and the amount which would normally have been received as payment for their contractual obligations to the University during the relevant term. Loans are to be paid back to the Association within one year from the date the loan is made. Members finding themselves in financial difficulty should contact Association Vice-President, Azim Essaji at: aessaji@wlu.ca.
  7. Answer blast surveys as sent by the negotiating team. This information helps to move them closer to a negotiated agreement.
  8. Attend ratification meeting(s), as necessary. Have your say in accepting/ rejecting your Collective Agreement.

After Labour Disruption Ends:

  1. The terms of “return to work”, including the financial terms (this includes pension contributions), are negotiated between the bargaining Parties at the end of a labour disruption.
  2. The terms of “return to work”, including the financial terms, will be distributed to all members via email.
  3. Abide by the Return to Work Protocol, as distributed.
  4. If any terms of the Return to Work Protocol pose particular problems or hardships, please contact Sheila McKee-Protopapas (smckeeprotopapas@wlu.ca) and WLUFA will act as an intermediary in finding a reasonable solution.

How can I stay informed and get involved? You can check the WLUFA website (www.wlufa.ca), follow WLUFA on Twitter (@WLUFA), or join our official Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/wlufa).

Who should I contact if I have additional questions? If you have additional questions, please contact Kimberly Ellis-Hale (kimberly@ellis-hale.com).

Nominations for Advisory Group on Distance and On-line Education / Candidatures au Groupe consultatif sur l’enseignement à distance et en ligne

December 9th, 2016

*** La version française suit ***

 

Memorandum 16:36

 

Date:  December 9, 2016

 

To:  Presidents and Administrative Officers; Local, Federated and Provincial Associations

 

From:  David Robinson, Executive Director

 

Re:  Nominations for Advisory Group on Distance and On-line Education

At the CAUT Council meeting in November, delegates recommended the establishment of an expert group to provide advice to the Executive Committee on issues related to distance and on-line education. As a follow up, I am seeking nominations from member associations of individuals interested in serving on the advisory group.

Candidates should have significant experience with their association and thorough knowledge of distance and on-line education issues from the perspective of academic staff. The advisory group will work on-line.

In keeping with CAUT’s commitment to equity, nominations of members of marginalized groups are encouraged, including but not limited to: Aboriginal peoples; women; racialized academic staff; academic staff with disabilities; and lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgendered, queer, and two-spirited academic staff.

Please send me your nominations no later than Friday, January 6, 2017 (robinson@caut.ca).

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Note 16:36

 

Date :  Le 9 décembre 2016

 

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

 

Expéditeur :  David Robinson, directeur général

 

Objet :  Candidatures au Groupe consultatif sur l’enseignement à distance et en ligne

 

 

 

 

À l’assemblée du Conseil de l’ACPPU de novembre dernier, les délégués ont recommandé la mise sur pied d’un groupe d’experts chargé de fournir des conseils au Comité de direction sur des questions portant sur l’enseignement à distance et en ligne. En guise de suivi, j’appelle les associations membres à soumettre la candidature de personnes souhaitant faire partie de ce groupe consultatif.

 

Les candidates et candidats devraient avoir une vaste expérience au sein de leur association et une connaissance approfondie du domaine de l’enseignement à distance et en ligne du point de vue du personnel académique. Les travaux du groupe consultatif seront réalisés en ligne.

 

Fidèle à son engagement en matière d’équité, l’ACPPU encourage les mises en candidature de membres de groupes marginalisés, entre autres les Autochtones, les femmes, le personnel académique racialisé, le personnel académique ayant une limitation fonctionnelle, ainsi que le personnel académique lesbien, gai, bisexuel, transgenre, allosexuel et bi-spirituel.

 

Merci de bien vouloir m’adresser les candidatures proposées au plus tard le vendredi 6 janvier 2017 (robinson@caut.ca).

 

 

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Call for Nominations for Bernice Schrank Award / Appel de candidatures pour le Prix Bernice-Schrank

December 9th, 2016

*** La version française suit ***

 

Memorandum 16:35

 

Date:  December 8, 2016

 

To:  Presidents and Administrative Officers; Local, Federated and Provincial Associations

 

From:  David Robinson, Executive Director

 

Re:  Call for Nominations for Bernice Schrank Award

CAUT is soliciting nominations for the Bernice Schrank Award. The Award was established in 2013 to recognize outstanding contributions to the enforcement of academic staff workplace rights through grievance/arbitration.

Criteria

Eligible candidates must be or have been academic staff at a Canadian post-secondary institution.

The candidates’ achievement(s) must include:

  • a demonstrable history of consistent and active defense of collective agreement provisions through the grievance process over a long period of time;
  • leadership within their association; and
  • educational initiatives associated with the transmission of grievance handling knowledge and skills.

The candidates’ contributions, although they may have been focused locally in a single university or college, must have had regional or national implications.

Nominations for the award may be submitted by academic staff associations, grievance committees, or any other interested parties or individuals. The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2017.

The nomination form and procedures are available on the CAUT website. Nominations will be reviewed by CAUT’s Executive Committee and recommendations will be forwarded to CAUT Council. The number and frequency of awards will be as the Executive Committee and CAUT Council deem appropriate.

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Note 16:35

 

Date :  Le 8 décembre 2016

 

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

 

Expéditeur :  David Robinson, directeur général

 

Objet :  Appel de candidatures pour le Prix Bernice-Schrank

 

 

 

 

L’ACPPU sollicite actuellement des candidatures pour le Prix Bernice-Schrank qu’elle a créé en 2013 pour récompenser l’engagement et la contribution remarquables d’une personne à la protection et à l’application des droits du personnel académique en milieu de travail au moyen des procédures de grief et d’arbitrage.

 

Critères

La candidate ou le candidat doit être, ou avoir été, membre du personnel académique d’un établissement postsecondaire au Canada.

 

Au nombre des compétences et réalisations de la candidate ou du candidat devront figurer :

  • une expérience confirmée et s’échelonnant sur une longue période de la défense active et soutenue des clauses de conventions collectives au moyen de la procédure de règlement des griefs;
  • un potentiel de leadership au sein de son association;
  • l’engagement dans des projets et initiatives pédagogiques associés à la transmission du savoir et des compétences en matière de règlement des griefs.

 

La contribution de la candidate ou du candidat, bien qu’elle puisse avoir une portée locale dans une seule université ou un seul collège, doit avoir des retombées régionales ou nationales.

 

Les associations de personnel académique, les comités responsables des griefs, toutes les autres parties ou personnes intéressées peuvent soumettre des candidatures. La date limite pour le dépôt des mises en candidature est le 1er février 2017.

 

Celles-ci seront examinées par le Comité de direction de l’ACPPU, qui transmettra ses recommandations au Conseil de l’ACPPU. Le nombre et la fréquence des prix remis seront déterminés selon que le Comité de direction et le Conseil de l’ACPPU le jugeront utile. Le formulaire et les conditions de mise en candidature se trouvent sur le site internet de l’ACPPU.

 

 

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Association canadienne des professeures et professeurs d’université
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