Violation of academic treatment

October 21st, 2010

The following is a letter to Ontario’s Attorney General protesting against the treatment of Alex Hundert and expressing WLUFA concerns about the violation of academic treatment inherent in his arrest and subsequent highly restrictive bail conditions:

Letter re Alex Hundert Oct 19 2010

Arbitrator nixes Ontario’s plans for wage freezes

September 17th, 2010

Check out this Globe and Mail article “Arbitrator nixes Ontario’s plans for wage freezes” at

Donna Gray, Research Director, OCUF

August 18th, 2010

The following message was sent from Donna Gray, Research Director, OCUFA: Hi all; Attached please find the letter (click here) OCUFA has sent to the Dean of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in support of the striking support staff, who are members of OPSEU Local 677. Also attached is a flyer (click here) from OPSEU with some details on the bargaining situation there.

Workers hit picket lines after NOSM contract talks break down

August 17th, 2010

(SUDBURY – August 16, 2010) More than 150 clerical, administrative and technical staff walked off the job today after contract talks with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine broke down. Picket lines have gone up at the school’s two main campuses in Sudbury, at Laurentian University, and at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. The school also operates satellite campuses in Timmins and Sault Ste. Marie. “All along we have said we were at the table to negotiate a fair contract, not to negotiate for a strike,” said Tyler England, chair of the bargaining team for Local 677 of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union. “But as the strike deadline drew closer it became more apparent that the employer didn’t appear to be interested in reaching a fair settlement for our members.” In late July members of Local 677 voted 97 per cent in favour of strike action if talks broke down. Five days of mediation last week failed to bring about a settlement. Outstanding issues include hours of work, overtime, sick leaves, family leaves and wages. No future talks are scheduled.

Message From Jim Turk, Executive Director of CAUT

August 17th, 2010

The following message was sent from Jim Turk, Executive Director of CAUT: 16/08/2010 Greetings, The Northern Ontario School of Medicine Academic and General Staff Association general staff unit went on strike this morning. The NOSMFA is a member of both CAUT and OPSEU. This is the first strike in our sector in Ontario since the Ontario Government asked in July that all collective bargaining be paused while there are consultations provincially with provincial unions and employers to ensure that there would be “no net compensation for the next two years” in the university sector, as well as for all other public sector workers. It will be vital that all CAUT member associations provide strong support to our colleagues at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. We will shortly be sending out detailed information about the issues in the strike and where you can send messages of support and solidarity. Sincerely, Jim PS You can find brief news about the strike in today’s Sudbury Star: James L. Turk // Executive Director / Directeur général // Canadian Association of University Teachers / Association canadienne des professeures et professeurs d’université // 2705 promenade Queensview Drive / Ottawa, (Ontario) / K2B 8K2 // tél 613.726-5176 / téléc 613.820-7244 / mobile 613.277-0488 /

Resolution on the Ontario Government’s Wage Restraint Request

August 6th, 2010

WHEREAS the Ontario Government is asking workers in the broader public sector to accept a wage freeze, and WHEREAS the Government of Ontario has said repeatedly that this wage restraint policy can and will in no way interfere with free collective bargaining, and WHEREAS collective bargaining at the faculty association level is the only process currently in place for determining wages, so that any wage proposal must be made through that process, and WHEREAS faculty associations have a proven history of responsible collective bargaining, conducted with a view, not just to terms and conditions of work for academic staff but also to improving the quality of educating in Ontario, addressing the needs of students, and enriching university life, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that faculty associations will conduct contract negotiations in the letter and spirit of free collective bargaining, in the interests of their members and the profession, and in accordance with their tradition of responsible labour relations. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that faculty associations will strenuously oppose any infringement on free collective bargaining; and BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that Ontario academic staff, through their representative organizations and working with other public sector unions, will take such action as is necessary to preserve free collective bargaining in the Province of Ontario and to protect the interests of public sector workers, the people they serve, and their communities. Toronto, July 30, 2010

Ontario Faculty meet to discuss compensation restraint

August 5th, 2010

TORONTO – On July 30, 2010, representatives of Ontario’s faculty associations met to discuss the Government of Ontario’s request for a voluntary compensation freeze and the upcoming compensation consultations. Also in attendance were the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), several unions who represent sessional faculty, and the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA), who also organized the meeting. Stephen Barrett, of the law firm Sack Goldblatt Mitchell, made a presentation on the legal implications of the government’s wage restraint initiative. After a productive discussion, the assembled faculty representatives unanimously agreed that protecting quality of education is their primary concern, and that the government’s proposals may compromise the learning experience of Ontario’s students. While we are willing to listen to the government on this issue, faculty will oppose any compensation policy that harms postsecondary education in Ontario and proves inequitable for our members. It was also decided that a delegation will be sent to the upcoming consultations, to be held in Toronto from August 9-22, with a mandate to learn more about the government’s proposed structure for the consultation and their desired outcome. Once the delegation has received this information, they will confer with faculty associations across Ontario to decide whether to continue their participation. The meeting also indicated their desire to see true sector-wide discussions take place during the consultations. At present, several unions that represent contract faculty, post-doctoral students and graduate assistants are not invited to the August 9-22 consultations. While these unions are invited to subsequent consultations, university faculty feel strongly that all university stakeholders be represented at the table. Throughout the consultations, OCUFA will be providing regular updates on the proceedings. These will be emailed to our member associations for distribution to their members. Graeme Stewart Communication and Government Relations Manager Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations 300-83 Yonge St. ~ Toronto, ON ~ M5C 1S8 416 979 2117 x232 (Office) | 647 280 3175 (Mobile) | |

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