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OCUFA submission on Bill 148, Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs Act

July 24th, 2017

Dear colleagues,

 

OCUFA has submitted recommendations on how Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act can be improved. The recommendations focus on delivering fairness for contract faculty, and follow two weeks of public committee hearings at which more than ten faculty associations presented their priorities for improving the bill.

 

OCUFA’s response to Bill 148 focuses on five key areas:

  • Closing gaps in the equal pay for equal work provision
  • Promoting more secure and stable jobs
  • Providing reasonable notice of work
  • Improving options for bargaining unit consolidation
  • Ensuring the right to join a union

 

The full submission is attached and available online here.

 

The committee hearings will wrap up in Toronto tomorrow (Friday, July 21), and any changes to the bill are expected to be finalized in August. The government has signaled that the legislation could be passed as soon as late September, but continued political pressure will be important to ensure positive measures are adopted without delay.

 

In the coming months, OCUFA will continue to work with the Fight for $15 & Fairness and the Ontario Federation of Labour to support ongoing efforts to improve employment and labour law to bring more fairness for workers across the province.

 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to be in touch.

 

Best,

Brynne

 

Brynne Sinclair-Waters

Policy Analyst, Community and Government Relations

Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA)

Office:  416 979 2117 x230

Cell:  647 226 7184

Email:   bsinclair-waters@ocufa.on.ca

 

Ontario government updates framework governing compensation of university executives

July 14th, 2017

Dear Colleagues:

 

We have just posted an update on changes to the Ontario Government’s Executive Compensation Framework – the regulation under which compensation is determined for presidents and executive members in the broader public sector, including universities.

 

This regulation was updated largely in response to the controversy of this past January when it was revealed that colleges proposed they be able to increases their presidents’ salaries by an average of 32% (in many cases by almost $100,000).

 

As part of the Framework, university boards of governors are required to post their proposed executive compensation policies on their websites for public feedback. It is important that faculty associations actively engage in responding to these documents once they are posted. In order to have their compensation programs approved, university administrations are required to collect and submit to the government a summary of the feedback they have received and what, if anything, they have done to address that feedback.

 

As far as we are aware, the University of Windsor is the only university to post their proposal online to date, but if your university has publicized a similar document, please send a link or pdf of the document to blewis@ocufa.on.ca.

 

Regards,

 

Ben

 

 

Ben Lewis

Communications Lead

Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations

416-979-2117 x232

www.ocufa.on.ca

 

Tweet and Facebook about contract faculty with the rest of Ontario on March 3rd

March 1st, 2017

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 acalver@ocufa.on.ca, or Communications Lead, Ben Lewis, at blewis@ocufa.on.ca.

Others who want to join in should make sure they use the hashtags #OurUniversity or #OurCollege, and #Fairness4CF.

 

respect fair-pay working-conditions

Join us on social media, March 3 – Fairness for contract faculty

February 24th, 2017

Sent on behalf of Mark Rosenfeld

 

Dear colleagues,

 

On March 3, faculty, students, staff, and supporters across Ontario will 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 OCUFA’s 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.

 

Here are a few sample tweets:

 

At #OurUniversity fairness for contract faculty means equal access to benefits. It’s time for respect! @BoardChair #Fairness4CF #CdnPSE

 

#OurUniversity must commit to fairness for contract faculty! I’ve worked here 8 years without job security @BoardChair #Fairness4CF #CdnPSE

 

#OurUniversity should respect contract faculty! Everyone deserves equal pay for equal work. @BoardChair #Fairness4CF #15andFairness

 

And, a sample Facebook post:

 

It’s time for fairness for contract faculty at @YourUniversityFacebookPage! Contract faculty deserve equal pay for work of equal value, job security, and access to benefits.

#OurUniversity #Fairness4CF #CdnPSE

 

Below you will find some graphics that can be included with your tweets and Facebook posts.

 

We are asking that you distribute the attached (below links) notice and graphics to your members and campus allies encouraging them to participate by early next week. It would be great if you could include the twitter handle for the Chair of your Board of Governors and/or your University President in the sample tweets, and the handle for your university’s Facebook page in the Facebook post.

Template email for faculty association members

fair-pay

working-conditions

respect

 

All faculty members at Ontario universities are invited to participate. For more information, contact OCUFA’s Engagement and Campaigns Coordinator Andrea Calver at ACalver@ocufa.on.ca or Communications Lead Ben Lewis at BLewis@ocufa.on.ca.

 

Others who want to join in should make sure they use the hashtags #OurUniversity or #OurCollege, and #Fairness4CF.

 

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

 

Considerations for teaching online courses: A resource for faculty associations

February 21st, 2017

Sent on behalf of Mark Rosenfeld

 

Dear colleagues,

 

OCUFA’s Online Education Ad Hoc Committee has developed a new resource document for faculty associations on considerations for teaching online courses. Please find a copy attached and in the members area of the OCUFA website here.

 

The document is designed to help faculty associations think through key issues for university professors and academic librarians regarding online learning. It aims to inform your association about the kinds of challenges that could arise and help you advise and support members who are creating and/or teaching online courses.

The document covers nine issues: course structure, course oversight, academic freedom, remuneration, intellectual property, updating courses, student resources, integrity of examinations and evaluations, and workload and enrolment. A brief description of each issue is provided, followed by a series of questions about that issue. It is a complement to the “e-Learning Bargaining Checklist” that was developed by the OCUFA Collective Bargaining Committee.

 

If you have any questions about the resource document, please contact Brynne Sinclair-Waters at bsinclair-waters@ocufa.on.ca.

 

Best regards,

Mark Rosenfeld

 

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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

Call for nominations of the annual OCUFA Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards

February 14th, 2017

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
44th ANNUAL
OCUFA TEACHING AWARDS
OCUFA ACADEMIC LIBRARIANSHIP AWARD FOR 2016-2017

Deadline for receipt of nominations: May 26, 2017

 

PROGRAM

 

  • Each year OCUFA recognizes outstanding teachers and academic librarians in Ontario universities through its Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards.
  • Since 1973 OCUFA has presented 426 awards.
  • The recipients are selected by the OCUFA Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards Committee.
  • Approximately 7 awards are presented.

CATEGORIES

 

  • Teaching, in the context of the OCUFA awards, embraces virtually all levels of instruction – graduate and undergraduate teaching, continuing education and faculty development. Similarly, proficiency in teaching may extend well beyond the    classroom, the laboratory or the faculty member’s office. Activities such as course design, curriculum development, organization of teaching programs and other significant forms of leadership are often important contributions to the instructional process. Those who excel in any of these are eligible for the OCUFA Teaching Awards.
  • Academic librarianship, in the context of the OCUFA Awards, embraces all aspects of librarianship that contribute to the scholarly achievement of all members of the university community. Activities such as development and delivery of services, provision of educational materials, collection development and management and other contributions to academic librarianship are important to the intellectual functioning of the university. Those who excel in any of these are eligible for an OCUFA Academic Librarianship Award.

 

NOMINATIONS

 

  • Nominations are invited from individuals, informal groups of faculty or students, or both, and such organizations as local faculty associations, faculty or college councils, university committees concerned with teaching and learning, librarians, local student councils, departments, alumni, etc.
  • Guidelines to assist in organizing a nomination should be consulted by prospective nominators and are available on request from your Faculty Association Office, the Provincial Office of OCUFA, or the OCUFA website (www.ocufa.on.ca).

 

PROCEDURE

 

  • Deadline for receipt of nominations: May 26, 2017
  • We request that all submissions be uploaded onto OCUFA’s secured online submission system as a single PDF file athttp://awards.ocufa.on.ca
  • Inquiries to: 416-979-2117

 

 

 

 

Please see attached links ( 2017 Call for nomination_Librarian_English, 2017 Call for nomination_Teaching_English)for nomination packages. Please note that there are some changes to the Librarianship guidelines to encourage more librarianship submissions. There are also new format requirements for the dossier for both awards. Please distribute!

 

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact OCUFA for assistance.

 

Regards,

 

Karat TenBrinke

Staff Support to the OCUFA Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards Committee

Policy Officer of Information Systems and Office Management

OCUFA

17 Isabella Street, Toronto ON

M4Y 1M7

E-mail: ktenbrinke@ocufa.on.ca

Phone: 416-979-2117

 

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

 

 

OCUFA’s recommendations for the Ontario budget

January 23rd, 2017

[Copied from email sent by Mark Rosenfeld, Executive Director of OCUFA.]

See OCUFA’s 2017 pre-budget submission, which sets out OCUFA’s priorities for the Ontario Budget.

OCUFA’s recommendations include:

  • Increasing per-student funding for Ontario’s universities to match the average for the rest of Canada;
  • Making a commitment to supporting faculty renewal, including full-time faculty hiring that brings Ontario’s student-faculty ratio in line with the rest of Canada and replacing retiring faculty with tenure-stream positions;
  • Ensuring fairness for contract faculty by strengthening employment and labour laws;
  • Rejecting the use of punitive performance-based funding in the renewed university funding model; and
  • Establishing a new higher education data agency to collect, analyze, and disseminate key information on Ontario’s universities.
  • Providing greater clarity about criteria for solvency exemption to support the success of a multiemployer jointly sponsored pension plan (JSPP) for the university sector.

OCUFA President Judy Bates presented these recommendations to the Ministry of Finance on January 9 and to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs on January 19.

URGENT: Support Brescia Faculty Association in closing the gender wage gap

September 27th, 2016

Sent on behalf of Mark Rosenfeld

 

Dear colleagues:

 

The Brescia Faculty Association in London will be in conciliation on September 26 and 28. To put pressure on the employer to settle in conciliation, the Brescia Faculty Association is asking that your faculty association send a letter of support to the Brescia Principal and Board Chair. In addition, we would appreciate your assistance in circulating the link to the letter as broadly as possible to your members, and other allies in the university sector. To generate as much support as quickly as we can, we have chosen an online standardized letter – individuals simply need to follow the link, enter their name, e-mail address and organization, and hit submit.

 

Follow this link to sign the letter: http://www.bresciafacultyassociation.ca/letter-campaign-show-your-support/ 

 

This afternoon at 3:15 p.m., the Brescia Faculty Association will be holding a public event to bring awareness to the gender wage gap that is at the heart of their bargaining demands. This is a great opportunity for all of us to not only bring attention to the bargaining issues at Brescia, but to support the province-wide effort to eliminate the gender wage gap everywhere. Brescia is Canada’s only women’s university and 72 per cent of full-time faculty at Brescia are women, while the average salary is the second lowest of any university faculty in the province.

 

OCUFA and the BFA will be active on social media this afternoon during the event, and would appreciate it if you could further assist us by re-tweeting and sharing our messages with your networks.

 

Regular updates on the campaign and bargaining will be posted on the Brescia Faculty Association website: www.bresciafacultyassociation.ca
Thank you for your support.

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 contract faculty and faculty complement committee – call for new members

September 13th, 2016

Sent on behalf of Judy Bates, OCUFA President

 

To Faculty Associations Presidents,

 

Two years ago, OCUFA started a new committee – Contract Faculty and Faculty Complement – to build solidarity between contract faculty and tenured faculty on the key issues facing faculty members: job security and workload.

 

I joined the committee as OCUFA President because I recognize that every academic job must be a good job and that a lack of tenure-stream faculty hiring means growing workload for many tenured faculty.  I am writing to invite you to send a representative from your faculty association to join our committee.

 

In the first two years, we have built awareness and relationships through the launch of the We Teach Ontario campaign website, Fair Employment week events, and the recent provincial conference and day of action in February.

 

Next year, we will:

  • Communicate with faculty through four special editions of OCUFA report.
  • Encourage faculty associations to take part in CAUT’s Fair Employment Week (October 24-28).
  • Continue to advocate for changes to the Ontario Labour Relations Act and Employment Standards Act to work towards making every academic job a good job.
  • Plan a provincial tour for participating campuses to help more members get involved in building solidarity and working together.

 

If your association has members on contract or limited-term, please consider identifying one of your members to work with our committee.

 

If you have a tenured faculty member who is interested in working on issues of good jobs, job security and workload, they would also be a welcome addition to our committee. Associations are encouraged to name two people, one as committee member, the second as an alternate.

 

If possible, those members are welcome to join our committee for a meeting in Toronto on Saturday October 1st.

 

Finally, I want to clarify several key dates for the fall of 2016. OCUFA would like encourage your association to participate in “Fair Employment Week” which will be held from October 24 to 28. Sponsored by CAUT, we would like to encourage Ontario faculty associations to do information tables, especially on Tuesday, October 26. Contact acalver@ocufa.on.ca for materials.

 

Other dates to note this fall are:

  • Sept 28 – Contract faculty at Ontario’s community colleges are hosting a day of action
  • Oct 1 – OCUFA Contract Faculty and Faculty Complement Committee meeting in Toronto
  • Oct 1 – The OFL and $15 & Fairness campaign are hosting a mass rally for decent work at Queen’s Park.
  • Nov 2 – The Canadian Federation of Students is having a national day of action for their Fight the Fees campaign.

 

If you have any questions about these events or the Contract Faculty and Faculty Complement Committee, please contact Andrea Calver at the OCUFA office or acalver@ocufa.on.ca.

 

In Solidarity,

 

Judy Bates

OCUFA President

 

 

Current members 2016-2017, OCUFA Contract Faculty and Faculty Complement Committee
First Last University Occupation FA
Michael Lajoie Algoma University Contract Faculty AUFA
Diana Buglea Huron University College Contract Faculty HUCGA
Laurie Forbes Lakehead University Contract Faculty LUFA
Laura Rossi Nipissing University Contract Faculty NUFA
Kathleen Morris OCAD Contract Faculty OCADFA
Amy Swartz OCAD Contract Faculty OCADFA
Anya Hageman Queen’s University Contract Faculty QUFA
Zach MacDonald St. Jerome’s University CAS Librarian SHUASA
Stephanie Gregoire St. Jerome’s University Associate Professor SJUASA
Sue Wurtele Trent University Professor TUFA
Natalie Pietrzak-Renaud University of Western Ontario Sessional UWOFA
Ben Rubin University of Western Ontario Assistant Professor WUFA
Fran Cachon University of Windsor Contract Faculty WUFA
Pierre Boulos University of Windsor OCUFA Board Director WUFA
Michele Kramer Wilfrid Laurier University Contract Faculty WLUFA
Judy Bates Wilfrid Laurier University OCUFA President WLUFA
Jim Gerlach Wilfrid Laurier University Contract Faculty WLUFA
Donna Gray Research Director OCUFA
Erica Rayment Government Relations OCUFA
Andrea Calver Engagement and Campaigns OCUFA
Brynne Sinclair-Waters Gov’t and Community Relations OCUFA