2010 « WLUFA

OCUFA survey of academic librarians in Ontario

December 7th, 2010

Please see the following message sent to WLUFA from OCUFA:

“…please find a copy of a new report detailing the results of OCUFA’s survey of academic librarians in Ontario. It finds that increased student enrolment has not been met with additional library resources, leading to widespread staffing reductions, neglect of library collections, and delays in technology investments. ”

Ontario academic librarians concerned about severe budget cuts
New report points to reduced staffing, neglected collections, technology delays

TORONTO: Ontario’s university libraries appear to be bearing a sizeable share of the cuts as universities grapple with budget cutbacks. A new report, based on a questionnaire sent to Ontario’s academic librarians, describes widespread staffing reductions, neglect of library collections, and delays in technology investments. “Ontario’s academic librarians are at the forefront of supporting students and faculty in their research and teaching, tending to extensive collections, and introducing new technology advances to keep up with the demands of the digital world,” said Constance Adamson, an academic librarian at Queen’s University and vice-president of Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA). “But librarians are telling us that the level of budget restraint and change being imposed are detrimental to the very foundations of our vibrant university libraries.” Key Highlights from the Report · 70% of respondents report that workloads have increased over the past three years to meet an enrolment increase of 28,000 students accompanied by no discernible increase in the number of academic librarians. · 71% report that universities are using staff attrition to reduce costs. · 69% report that organizational change or restructuring had occurred in response to budget constraints, technology advancements and expanded student enrolment · 67% report changes to collections practices to reduce costs. · 49% report delays in much needed technology investments. · 40% disagree that their library has a clear long-term purpose and strategy. “Our librarians report that the changes being instituted are having adverse impacts on workload, collegiality, and the credibility of senior managers,” said Adamson. “Unfortunately, there has been a shift toward top-down management and away from collegial decision-making. This unilateral style erodes trust and confidence, while it raises doubts about the long-term direction of university libraries.” OCUFA invited Ontario academic librarians to respond to an on-line questionnaire. The questionnaire asked about a range of issues affecting university libraries, including organizational restructuring, budget impacts, and service changes. Over 200 responses, from all Ontario universities, and representing a response rate in excess of 30 per cent, were received between September 13 and October 12, 2010. Founded in 1964, OCUFA represents 16,000 faculty and academic librarians in 26 faculty associations across Ontario. For more information, please visit the OCUFA website at http://www.ocufa.on.ca.

Contact: Graeme Stewart – 416 979 2117 x232 (office) or 647 280 3175 gstewart@ocufa.on.ca

CAS Negotiations 2010 Newsletter

November 28th, 2010

Click on the link below to view WLUFA’s CAS Negotiations 2010 Newsletter: CAS 2010 newsletter 1c

Fair Employment Week, October 25-29, 2010

November 4th, 2010

A successful CAS Week! CAS Members staffed the table and many students stopped and asked questions.

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 http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ontario/arbitrator-nixes-ontarios-plans-for-wage-freezes/article1711031/?service=email&utm_source=Shared+Article+Sent+to+User&utm_medium=E-mail%3A+Newsletters+%2F+E-Blasts+%2F+etc.&utm_content=1711031&utm_campaign=Shared+Web+Article+Links.

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: http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2714731 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 / turk@caut.ca

Letter to Minister of Finance from CFS Ontario

August 10th, 2010

Please see the following letter of support sent to the Minister of Finance from CFS Ontario: 2010.08-LettertoDuncan-WageRestraint. CFS is initiating a campaign that will encourage students to enter into coalitions with faculty and staff associations.

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