2014 « WLUFA

RE: St Michael’s Faculty Support Strike Action

December 18th, 2014

Dear Colleagues;


I know you are used to receiving updates like this from Donna and Kimiko, but I am taking the holiday shift while they get some much-needed R&R. Attached, please find a press release (UTFA-USMC-Release-StrikeVote-20121217) from the unionized faculty and librarians at St. Michael’s College (represented by UTFA) outlining their successful strike vote (100% in favour) on December 9, 2014. Please distribute to you networks accordingly.


All the best,



Graeme Stewart

Communications Manager

Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations

17 Isabella Street | Toronto, ON | M4Y 1M7
416 979 2117 x232 | gstewart@ocufa.on.ca
www.ocufa.on.ca | @OCUFA | www.facebook.com/OCUFA

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December 16th, 2014

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WLUFA Advocate

December 9th, 2014

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Henry Mandelbaum Graduate Fellowship Application packages 2015 – NOTE: New Masters level award established. Please review carefully.

December 4th, 2014

Dear Faculty Association Colleagues:

I am pleased to attach this year’s application packages (Doctoral 2015, Masters2015) for the Henry Mandelbaum Graduate Fellowship for Excellence in Social Sciences, Humanities, or Arts. Please note that the deadline for applications is March 6, 2015. An important change has been made to the Fellowships starting this year. OCUFA’s Board of Directors has approved the establishment of a separate award for students at the Masters’ level with an award of $2500. This is in addition to an award at the Doctoral level with a value of $5000. The doctoral level recipient will be expected to deliver a paper to OCUFA’s Board in May of the year following the award. If you have any questions or require further information, please contact me directly. Thank you for your assistance in bringing this to the attention of relevant departments and students at your institution.

Karen Wheeler
Senior Policy Analyst
416-979-2117 x226
17 Isabella Street
Toronto, ON
M4Y 1M7

Ontario Online Learning Consortium

December 3rd, 2014

The following is an update from OCUFA President Kate Lawson regarding faculty representation on the Ontario Online Learning Consortium and related issues.


Dear Colleagues,


I am writing to provide an update regarding faculty representation on the Governing Board of the Ontario Online Learning Consortium (OOLC). OOLC is the online learning initiative directed by the Council of Ontario Universities/Colleges Ontario and funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.


Those of you who were at the October 25 Board meeting will recall the lively discussion about the need for faculty representation on the governing body of OOLC. The Board requested that we provide a template letter for member associations to send to government asking for such representation. However, as I outline below, we seem to have been successful in our quest to have a faculty nominee on the Board of OOLC and thus the template letter does not seem to be required at this time.


I detail our current understanding of the structure of OOLC below, but I want to assure you that I will contact you again should we need to revive the letter-writing campaign. I also want to stress that we will advocate vigorously for faculty representation on other relevant committees that the OOLC may create in the future.


On November 6, I received a letter from Rhonda Lenton, the co-chair of the Ontario Online Steering Committee, that asked that “OCUFA provide a short list of individuals who would have expertise to help guide the new consortium as a director.”  I have notified Dr. Lenton that we will be pleased to participate in the nomination process and will be submitting names of faculty with experience in online education as nominees.


The OOLC Steering Committee has been tasked with getting the new entity up and running, including soliciting membership from Ontario universities and colleges and overseeing a process for the appointment of the first Governing Board. My understanding is that college and university OOLC members will elect the majority of the Board, made up of senior administrators from both colleges and universities. These Board members will then be asked to develop a process for election of other Directors or be delegated the authority to appoint other Directors, including students, members of the general public, and academic experts in online learning.


In other online learning news, let me remind you of the upcoming OCUFA workshop on e-learning to be held on March 20. I hope that you or a representative will be able to attend.


In addition, we continue to work on both expanding of the membership of the OCUFA ad hoc Committee on Online Learning and on developing a website and a checklist for faculty considering online courses/programs. With regard to the former, please contact me if you would like to suggest the names of faculty members or academic librarians who have expertise in this area and who would be interested in joining the ad hoc committee.



Kate Lawson

President, OCUFA


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November 11th, 2014

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Full-time Negotiations Newsletter Issue 1

November 6th, 2014

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Urgent Action Appeal: Protest the abduction and assassination of Mexican students

November 4th, 2014



Urgent Action Appeal: Protest the abduction and assassination of Mexican students

The Canadian Association of University Teachers is urging members to sign an open letter protesting the kidnapping and assassination of college students by police in Guerrero, Mexico.

“The Federal Attorney General of Mexico must launch a prompt, full and impartial investigation into the brutal killing and abduction of students,” said CAUT executive director David Robinson. “Given the allegations of possible links between criminal groups and the Guerrero State Attorney General’s office, it is essential that the Federal office take responsibility for the investigation.”

According to Amnesty International, on September 26 police patrols from the Municipality of Iguala fired upon and attacked a group of students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teacher Training College, killing at least 6 and wounding up to 20. Forty-three others are missing.

On October 5, officials found six unmarked mass graves near Iguala. At least 28 bodies have been exhumed, but it is not yet clear if the bodies of those are of the abducted students.

The open letter to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and interim Guerrero State Governor Rogelio Ortega urges authorities to take immediate measures to locate the missing students and to bring those responsible for the killings and kidnappings to justice.

Click here to sign the open letter.


Angela Regnier
Communications Officer/
Agente des communications
Canadian Association of University Teachers/
Association canadienne des professeures et professeurs d’université
2705 promenade Queensview Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
tel/tél: +1.613.726.5186
cell/mobile : +1.613.601.6304
fax/téléc: +1.613.820.7244
twitter: @CAUT_ACPPU

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OCUFA SMA analysis

November 4th, 2014

Hello all Faculty Association Presidents and Board Directors:

Find attached a copy of OCUFA’s analysis (7)c)i) OCUFA Policy Statement on Differentiation 20140216 and 7)d) Analysis of SMA documents – October 2014) of the Strategic Mandate Agreements (SMAs), which was distributed at the October 25-26 board meeting. It is also accompanied by OCUFA’s May 2014 policy statement on differentiation.

We encourage each faculty association to take a look at their own institution’s SMA and to be in touch with Russell Janzen (RJanzen@ocufa.on.ca) about any concerns that it may raise.


Brynne Sinclair-Waters
Policy Analyst, Community and Government Relations
Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA)
Telephone: 416 979 2117 x230
Email: bsinclair-waters@ocufa.on.ca


Nominations for OCUFA’s 2014 Lorimer Distinguished Service Award for Bargaining – deadline December 15, 2014

November 4th, 2014

Importance: High


Dear Colleagues:


Nominations are now open for OCUFA’s  2014 Lorimer Award. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to improving the terms and conditions of employment of Ontario university faculty through bargaining. It was created by OCUFA in 2009 in honor of Doug and Joyce Lorimer.

Attached to this email, please find promotional flyers in English and French which you can print and share with your Association. Additional information, nomination forms and guidelines can be found at http://ocufa.on.ca/ocufa-awards/ The nomination deadline is December 15, 2014.

The 2014 Lorimer Award will be presented at the February 7, 2014  Lorimer and Status of Women Awards lunch at the Westin Habour Castle Hotel in Toronto.

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

Best regards,

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
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