2012 « WLUFA

News Update on Ontario’s Wage Restraint Legislation

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.

Save Library and Archives Canada

September 26th, 2012

Save Library and Archives Canada

Campaign Update – Latest News

September 2012

Archival organizations across Canada withdraw from Library and Archives Canada’s Pan-Documentary Heritage Network

On May 31st, 2012, the Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) withdrew from LAC’s Pan Canadian Documentary Heritage Network (PCDHN). Citing the elimination of the National Archival Development Program (NADP) and the lack of consultation with archival organizations, the ACA suggested that LAC has violated its legislated mandate to “support the development of the library and archival communities” and to “provide professional, technical and financial support to those involve in the preservation and promotion of the documentary heritage and in providing access to it.”

According to the ACA, while the LAC had successfully fulfilled its mandate through the NADP, with its “sporadic meetings” and controlled agendas”, the PCDHN cannot possibly address the “diverse needs and interests of archives across Canada.”

Since May 2012, the Canadian Council of Archives, the Association of Provincial and Territorial Archivists of Canada, and the University and College Archivists of Canada have also withdrawn from the PCDHN.

LAC withdraws from the Association of Research Libraries

In August 2012, LAC pulled out of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), North America’s preeminent organization of research libraries. LAC has yet to make a formal announcement of its withdrawal. CAUT became aware of this through a widely posted letter by H. Thomas Hickerson, Vice Provost and University Librarian at the University of Calgary:

http://utlibrarians.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/library-and-archives-canada-lac-to-withdraw-from-the-association-of-research-libraries-arl/

For more information, and speculation on the reasons for LAC’s withdrawal from ARL, check out the following post:

http://bibliocracy-now.tumblr.com/post/30889096523/lac-announces-withdrawal-from-association-of-research

The real scoop on digitization at LAC

The cuts to services at LAC were justified by promises that digitizing LAC’s material and online access would make up for the deficiency of on-site services. But, this argument made little sense when the April 2012 cuts reduced digitization staff by 50%. As a result, CAUT made an access to information request to find out the truth. This is what we found out:

Total percentage of records digitized

· LAC internal estimates indicate that approximately 0.5% of LAC holdings (both textual and non-textual) have been digitized to date.

· Based on LAC’s estimated costs for the digitization, from January 2012, we can calculate the following:

o Digitization of the published books, journals, and newspapers in LAC’s holdings (which in 2004, Ian Wilson indicated numbered about 19 million) would cost between $1.5 billion and $3.5 billion

o At the current rate of spending on digitization (approx $5 million annually) it would take LAC 300-700 years to digitize its published holdings (acquired pre-2004).

NB: These are only the costs incurred for the physical process of digitizing the material. These numbers do not reflect the time, labour, and technology involved in cataloguing and preserving the material once it has been converted into a digital file format.

Audio-Visual Migration Project at LAC

· LAC will be contracting with an external company for the digitization of (a portion of) LAC’s audio and video recordings. Estimated costs range from $27.7 million to $65 million.

· Of the 29 AV migration projects proposed, 14 will take longer than 10 years to complete; 2 will extend as far as 2039 (reel to reel); and 1 will take until 2253 (disc).

· This migration of AV material is largely being considered for preservation purposes. LAC’s AV Migration Action Plan (updated in 2010) indicates that material “where possible” may be available online for research purposes.

· LAC has no clear plan for cataloguing and managing the massive amount of digital material that will be generated by this project.

Legal Deposit: digital and analogue acquisitions of published titles

· The number of born digital records for published titles that have been acquired by LAC has increased by over 50% since 2009.

· The number of analogue records for published titles that have been acquired by LAC has steadily decreased by 27% since 2009.

This either means that there has been a 27% reduction in analogue published material in Canada since 2009 or that LAC is not living up to its legislated mandate with respect to legal deposit.

PSAC National Day of Action, “We are all affected”

On Saturday, September 15, 2012, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) held events across Canada to demonstrate support for public services and to share stories about the impact of federal cuts on our communities.

CAUT encouraged its members to attend National Day of Action events in their local communities. Representatives from CAUT joined PSAC members and allies in Ottawa’s Confederation Park.

CAUT has been working with PSAC to highlight layoffs and restrictions on public access at LAC. The “Save Library and Archives Canada” campaign has been an important public resource for all of those concerned about Canada’s ability to preserve, maintain, and make publicly accessible Canada’s documentary heritage.

Documentary Producers speak out!

The Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC), the group representing documentary film makers from across Canada, has produced a short video outlining their concerns with the cuts to service and resources at LAC. Please follow the link below to view:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReluC6sxYrY&feature=relmfu

Stay Informed; Stay Involved!

www.savelac.ca

www.facebook.com/savelac

Twitter: #savelac

Rosa E. Barker

Professional Officer / Agente professionnelle

Canadian Association of University Teachers / Association canadienne des professeures et professeurs d’université

2705 promenade Queensview Drive

Ottawa ON, K2B 8K2

Tel / tél 613-726-5166

Fax/ télé 613-820-7244

barker@caut.ca

Government’s imposition of compensation freeze legislation on the university sector

September 26th, 2012

Dear Colleagues;

Attached [posted below this statement], please find our response to the government’s imposition of compensation freeze legislation on the university sector.

In the coming weeks, we will be working with other unions, sympathetic politicians, and the media to fight the proposed legislation. We will also be looking at ways to engage faculty across the province in a coordinated pushback. This press release is only our first shot in the battle.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Many thanks,
Graeme

Graeme Stewart
Communications Manager
Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations
300-83 Yonge St. | Toronto, ON | M5C 1S8
416 979 2117 x232 | gstewart@ocufa.on.ca
www.ocufa.on.ca | @OCUFA | www.facebook.com/OCUFA

McGuinty breaks his promise to respect rights. Again.

TORONTO – Ontario’s professors and academic librarians are disappointed that Dalton McGuinty has once again broken his promise to respect collective bargaining by imposing legislation on the province’s broader public sector workers that attacks their constitutional rights.

“A year ago, Premier McGuinty said he would respect the rights of hard-working Ontarians,” said Constance Adamson, President of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA). “First, he broke his promise to our teachers. Today, he is breaking his promise to professors, academic librarians, and the broader public sector. I guess we know now what a McGuinty promise is worth.”

Ontario’s professors and academic librarians have a long tradition of responsible bargaining sensitive to the needs of citizens and government. Today’s announcement takes away their ability to reach fair agreements, and will deliver few real benefits to government.

“McGuinty’s own advisor – Don Drummond – made it clear that wage freezes provide no long-term savings to government,” said Adamson. “One wonders why the government spent all that money on Drummond if they were just going to ignore his advice.”

University faculty are also asking why the government would choose to strip away the rights of professors and librarians while also trying to push through a series of controversial university reforms.

“On one hand, the government is asking faculty to be partners in changing our universities. On the other, they are willing to bully away our fundamental rights. From minute to minute, it’s hard to know which version of the government we’re talking to,” said Adamson.

“Ontario’s professors and academic librarians are more than just dedicated educators who help students succeed while building a more vibrant and prosperous province. We are parents. We are members of the community. And when the government plays politics with our constitutional rights, they hurt our families, our communities, and our students.”

Founded in 1964, OCUFA represents 17,000 professors and academic librarians in 27 faculty associations across Ontario. For more information, please visit the OCUFA website at http://www.ocufa.on.ca.

Media Contact:
Graeme Stewart at 416 306 6033 (office), 647 280 3175 (mobile), or gstewart@ocufa.on.ca

Issue of Ontario government compensation legislation

September 12th, 2012

Dear Colleagues:

As many of you may have heard, the Ontario government has stated that it intends to introduce legislation that will freeze compensation for employees in the Broader Public Sector. This follows legislation that was passed yesterday, with the support of the governing Liberals and Progressive Conservatives, freezing compensation for teachers and banning strikes for two years.

We understand that the Ministry of Finance is drafting the legislation but do not as yet have any details. We are in contact with various officials in the government to get more information, and do not know how it will apply to the university sector.

As you know, unlike the teachers, or Ontario civil servants, collective agreements in the university sector expire at different times, and a number of agreements have just been concluded that have a multi-year duration. We assume that any freezes would not roll back existing agreements but apply to agreements going forward — but again no details.

The issue of Ontario government compensation legislation for the university sector will be discussed this Friday, September 14, 2012 at OCUFA’s Collective Bargaining Committee meeting. As well, as soon as we have more information on the government’s legislation, we will let you know.

Needless to say, OCUFA will be vigorously opposing the government’s legislation to freeze compensation.

Best regards,
Mark
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Mark Rosenfeld, Ph.D
Executive Director
Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations
83 Yonge Street, Suite 300
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5C 1S8
Tel: 416-979-2117 x229
Fax: 416-593-5607
E-mail: mrosenfeld@ocufa.on.ca

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

September 11th, 2012

Dear Colleagues;

Today, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives released a paper exploring the relative affordability of higher education across Canada. Not surprisingly, it finds that Ontario’s high tuition fees makes it one of least affordable provinces to go to school. The complete report can be found at: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/eduflation-and-high-cost-learning

The paper was commissioned by the Ontario University and College Coalition, representing students, staff, and faculty, chaired by OCUFA. Attached, please find OCUFA’s press release concerning the CCPA research.

If you have any questions or comments, please let me know.

Best Regards,
Graeme

Graeme Stewart
Communications Manager
Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations
300-83 Yonge St. | Toronto, ON | M5C 1S8
416 979 2117 x232 | gstewart@ocufa.on.ca
www.ocufa.on.ca | @OCUFA | www.facebook.com/OCUFA


 

Subject:  PSAC “We are all affected” September 15 National Day of Action and Save Library & Archives Canada

 

Dear members,

 

On Saturday, September 15, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) is inviting people across Canada to join them in demonstrating support for public services and sharing stories about the impact of federal cuts on our communities.

 

Events are being organized in communities in numerous regions across Canada. You can find out more about the National Day of Action, “We are all affected”, and local events at the PSAC website (http://www.psac-afpc.com/federal-government-layoffs/index-e.shtml).

 

Please consider joining PSAC members and allies in your communities to show your support for strong public services.

 

One important issue to highlight on September 15 is the systematic dismantling of Library and Archives Canada (LAC). CAUT has been working with PSAC to highlight layoffs and restrictions on public access to at LAC . CAUT’s “Save Library and Archives Canada” campaign has been an important public resource for all of those concerned about Canada’s ability to preserve, maintain, and make publicly accessible Canada’s documentary heritage.

 

Materials are available, including a poster that you can print out to bring to “We are all affected” events in your region at the campaign website http://www.savelibraryarchives.ca/downloads.aspx. A PDF of the Save Library and Archives Canada poster is also attached to this email.

 

Regards,

 

Rosa E. Barker

Professional Officer / Agente professionnelle

Canadian Association of University Teachers / Association canadienne des professeures et professeurs d’université

2705 promenade Queensview Drive

Ottawa ON, K2B 8K2

Tel / tél  613-726-5166

Fax/ télé 613-820-7244

barker@caut.ca

Labour Day activities

August 28th, 2012

TO: Presidents and Administrative Officers

Local and Federated Associations

FROM: James L. Turk, Executive Director

RE: Labour Day – September 3, 2012

Across the country, labour rights are under attack, as are social justice, environmental protections, equity, and democratic practices.

This September 3rd on Canada’s 139th Labour Day, CAUT member associations are called upon to unite with students, general staff and others in your community and the broader labour movement to celebrate labour’s achievements and to renew our commitment work for labour rights and social justice.

We encourage your association to participate in local or regional Labour Day activities organized by other local unions, your community’s labour council or your provincial federation of labour. You may also want to consider issuing your own statement on Labour Day. Finally, if your association has not considered membership in the National Union of CAUT (NUCAUT), this September would be a good time to do so.

Attached you will find a copy of the CAUT Statement on Labour Day which is posted on our website at: http://www.caut.ca/pages.asp?page=1099&lang=1&txtSearch=&nid.

It is important to remember on Labour Day, that our ability to have one of the best post-secondary education systems in the world is partially a result of academic staff having one of the highest rates of unionization in the country, Strong faculty associations a vital guarantor of good working conditions for the staff and good learning conditions for our students.

Beginning of Fall Term Party – Laurier Brantford

August 28th, 2012

Beginning of Fall Term Party – Waterloo Campus

August 28th, 2012

Eyes on IPRM

August 1st, 2012

Update:

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…

Collective Agreement for Full-time Faculty and Professional Librarians

July 31st, 2012

The Full-time Collective Agreement has been posted for you to view or download:

Full-time Collective Agreement for Full-time Faculty and Professional Librarians July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2014