October 12th, 2012
Building community through dialogue, discussion and debate
Here is the first in our new series of newsletters which we hope you will find informative and an enjoyable read. Much of this first newsletter will be devoted to addressing issues around the Integrated Planning and Resource Man-agement (IPRM) initiative. Click here to read more…
October 5th, 2012
It is WLUFA’s position that Senate is the sole decision-making body regarding academic matters at the University. Furthermore, in keeping with the principle governing composition of Senate; it is the position of the Association that committees with input into academic decisions must be comprised of a majority of faculty and academic librarians, freely nominated and freely and democratically elected.
The IPRM process, as currently proposed by the Administration, does not satisfy these conditions.
At present the process has no mandate from Senate; and the voting procedures established by the Administration do not provide for free election of a majority of Members on the related committees.
1) WLUFA urges Senators to vote against giving a mandate to the IPRM process as it is presently constituted.
2) WLUFA advises its members not to participate in the process, as long as the committee structures and process remain undemocratic and contrary to the spirit of academic governance.
September 27th, 2012
The following has been posted on behalf of Judy Bates, President:
The Liberal Government’s wage freeze bill for the broader public sector ‘Protecting Public Services Act 2012′ which applies to the University sector was tabled at Queen’s Park yesterday. The legislation calls for two years of zero per cent wage increases for all members of the broader public sector to be applied once the current contracts have expired. The Government has indicated that it will not open existing contracts but the legislation is a clear attack on our constitutional rights to negotiate our conditions of employment with our employers. Members of the Executive will be participating in a conference call tomorrow, Friday September 28th, with the OCUFA Executive and Steven Barrett from Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP. The purpose of this discussion is to provide faculty associations across Ontario with an overview and analysis of the proposed legislation and its implications. We will keep you informed.
August 1st, 2012
As most of us are aware, the University has been holding workshops in order to familiarize staff and faculty with the Integrated Planning and Resource Management initiative, an extensive evaluation of the University, its resources and its programs. At the end of these workshops, four teams will be assembled in order to carry out this evaluation. The largest of these teams, the Planning Task Force, will be informed by the work of the other three: the Resource Management team, the Administrative Priorities team, and the Academic Priorities team. Each of the four teams will be composed of a mix of administrators, faculty and staff, depending on the specific team’s focus of evaluation. It will be the Planning Task Force, however, that will ultimately submit the overall recommendations to the Board and to Senate. Click here to read more…
June 6th, 2012
The WLUFA Executive has been petitioned by members of the Association to hold a General Meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the Integrated Planning and Resource Management Initiative.
This is a topic of concern to our Members and the Executive Committee encourages you to attend and have your say in the discussion.
The Executive wants to hear from you, please attend this meeting.
Friday, June 8 at 1:00 p.m. in SBE 1220 (Schlegel Centre)
May 18th, 2012
WLUFA has been petitioned by 21 members of the Association to hold a General Meeting of the membership to discuss items on the attached agenda. This meeting will be held on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. in Room SBE2250 Schlegel Centre.
Our apologies to Brantford members, but due to the lack of video conferencing space on the Waterloo campus, we are unable to provide a link with you. WLUFA will pay mileage to those who wish to attend and car pool.