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Canadian Union of Public Employees Campaign “Our Time to Act” / Campagne du syndicat canadien de la fonction publique « Il est temps d’agir

December 4th, 2018

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Memorandum 18:39

 

Date:  December 3, 2018

 

To:  Presidents and Administrative Officers; Local, Federated and Provincial Associations

 

From:  David Robinson, Executive Director

 

Re:  Canadian Union of Public Employees Campaign “Our Time to Act”

 

 

 

 

 

At the November CAUT Council meeting, delegates passed a resolution calling on CAUT to support and promote the Canadian Union of Public Employees’ “Our Time to Act” Post-Secondary Education campaign.

 

The campaign, consistent with CAUT’s policy objectives, is focussed on building support for an increase in federal transfers to the provinces in support of universities and colleges. Campaign materials include an on-line petition, an advocacy tool-kit, and a conversation guide on post-secondary education issues.

 

These materials and more information about the campaign are available on-line at: https://cupe.ca/our-time-act.

 

I encourage you to actively participate in the campaign and to share with your members.

 

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Note 18:39

 

Date :  Le 3 décembre 2018

 

Destinataires :  Présidents et agents administratifs; Associations locales, fédérées et provinciales

 

Expéditeur :  David Robinson, directeur général

 

Objet :  Campagne du syndicat canadien de la fonction publique « Il est temps d’agir »

 

 

 

 

 

Lors de l’assemblée de novembre du Conseil de l’ACPPU, les délégués ont adopté une résolution appelant l’ACPPU à accorder son appui à la campagne « Il est temps d’agir » du secteur de l’éducation postsecondaire représenté par le Syndicat canadien de la fonction publique, et à faire la promotion.

 

La campagne, qui est en harmonie avec les orientations de l’ACPPU, vise essentiellement à obtenir des appuis à une augmentation des transferts, du gouvernement fédéral aux provinces, destinés à financer les universités et les collèges. Le matériel créé pour cette campagne comprend une pétition en ligne, une trousse d’action politique et un guide de conversation sur les enjeux de l’éducation postsecondaire.

 

On trouvera ce matériel et d’autres informations sur la campagne à l’adresse électronique suivante : https://scfp.ca/il-est-temps-dagir.

 

Je vous encourage à participer activement à cette campagne et à en faire part à vos membres.

 

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OCUFA statement on the Ontario government’s cancellation of the French-language university

November 30th, 2018

Dear Colleagues:

 

Please find attached OCUFA’s statement (in English and French) regarding the Ontario government’s recent cancellation of the planned French-language university in the province.

 

Also, at the CAUT Council meeting last weekend, a motion was also passed condemning the Ontario government’s decision and a letter sent from CAUT to the Ontario Premier regarding the motion.

 

Best regards,

Mark

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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

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New Video!

November 30th, 2018

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New video on Equity

While post-secondary institutions are publicly committed to equity and diversity, progress has been slow in achieving employment and wage equity for academic staff. This is why we need to keep talking about it and help towards real and significant actions and improvements.

The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) recently published a report on the lack of diversity on our campuses. We’ve also produced a short video explaining why we need to use all the tools we have to change the academy.

Watch the video and,  most importantly, share it with your friends on Twitter and/or Facebook.

 

 

Investigation launched into alleged academic freedom violations at Thompson Rivers University

The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) has established an investigation into the case of Professor Derek Pyne at Thompson Rivers University to determine if his academic freedom was violated.

Dr. Mark Mac Lean (Mathematics) of the University of British Columbia will chair the investigatory committee. Carla Graebner (Librarian for Data Services and Government Information) of Simon Fraser University will also serve on the committee.

 

 

McGill violated academic freedom

 

An investigation into the controversial resignation of Dr. Andrew Potter from the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC) has found that not only did the University fail in its duty to protect Professor Potter’s academic freedom, but that its justification for his resignation has undermined the academic freedom of all academic staff at McGill.
The report, prepared for the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), is calling on the University to develop policy to give full protection of academic freedom to academic administrators.
“The central academic freedom issue in this case arose from the McGill administration’s claim that academic administrators do not enjoy the same protections as academics without administrative positions,” says CAUT executive director David Robinson. “It is well understood that universities have as their fundamental commitment the search for knowledge and understanding. This requires an environment free from institutional censorship against any academic.”
The CAUT investigation found no conclusive evidence that the McGill administration put pressure on Professor Potter to resign as Director of MISC, but concluded such pressure would not have been inconsistent with the University’s belief in the conditional academic freedom of academic administrators.

 

 

This month in the bulletin

Many professors dread anonymous student evaluations of teaching (SETs). For too many of them, whether female, on contract, a member of an equity group or, worst of all, all of the above, less than stellar reviews could mean the end of their employment or a serious roadblock on their career path.

Read the full story here.

 

 

 

Parliament Hill Day a huge success!

This year, CAUT’s Parliament Hill Day had a two-pronged focus on lobbying for a strong federal partner that will invest in core funding for PSE, along with achieving balanced copyright legislation.

Forty CAUT delegates, collectively representing all provinces and differing segments of the membership, held nearly 50 meetings with Cabinet Ministers and other Members of Parliament and political staff on November 22nd — a great effort that deserves a huge round of thanks!

High-profile meetings included Minister Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, and whose riding contains the Universities of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier; Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party, who was very receptive to our ideas; and Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.

Every single contact made by CAUT is extremely important in maximizing our presence and clout on the Hill, and delegates this year achieved new levels of relationship-building with important political figures, including meeting with several MPs who’d never previously done so with CAUT, and by revisiting old friends. On top of getting our messages across on funding and copyright, delegates identified several key influencers willing to champion our issues going forward.

Well done, and thanks again to all involved!

 

 

New profile

CAUT has a new information leaflet. Click here to for more information about the activities and services we offer.

 

 

Calendar

 

Forum for Senior Grievance Officers

Dec 7-8

Forum for Presidents

Jan 18-19

Executive Committee

Feb 15-16

 

 

 

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Support academic staff at Athabasca//Nos collègues d’Athabasca ont besoin de vous

November 29th, 2018
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Support academic staff at Athabasca University

Dear activist,

Colleagues with the Athabasca University Faculty Association (AUFA) are presently negotiating a new collective agreement, and their employer is demanding major concessions.

The administration is proposing a two-year wage freeze, and an aggressive set of language concessions. These concessions include a proposal to allow the administration to compel sick or disabled faculty members to submit to non-therapeutic medical examinations by company doctors if faculty members take “too much” sick leave or the administration does not believe the faculty member’s own doctor.

Please show your support for AUFA by tweeting directly to the employer with the message that we stand with our colleagues.
#AthabascaU president @NeilFassina board chair @vivianmanasc withdraw your company-doctor proposal for @AUFacultyAssoc #education #solidarity #abpse

 

 

Les collègues de l’Université Athabasca ont besoin de votre aide

 

Chère militante, cher militant,

Nos collègues de l’association académique de l’Université Athabasca, en Alberta, négocient présentement une nouvelle convention collective et leur employeur tente de leur imposer des concessions pernicieuses.

L’administration de l’Université veut imposer un gel des salaires durant deux ans et une longue liste de concessions majeures. Ces concessions incluent une demande de l’employeur qui souhaite obliger les employés qui sont malades ou qui souffrent d’un handicap à se soumettre à un examen d’un médecin corporatif si l’employeur juge que ces employés utilisent “trop” de congés de maladie ou s’ils ne croient pas le médecin traitant.

Veuillez s’il vous plaît démontrer votre appui à vos collègues de l’AUFA en envoyant un gazouillis directement à l’employeur.

Un gazouillis comme celui-ci ferait l’affaire:

M. le recteur @NeilFassina et Mme la présidente du CA @vivianmanasc de #AthabascaU retirez la proposition d’imposer des examens par un médecin corporatif aux membres de @AUFacultyAssoc #écucation #solidarité

 

 

 

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Important report on academic freedom at McGill// Rapport important sur la liberté académique à McGill

November 26th, 2018

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McGill violated academic freedom

Dear colleague,

The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) just released the report of an investigation into the controversial resignation of Dr. Andrew Potter from the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC).

Professor Potter found himself at the centre of controversy in March, 2017 after writing a blog post for Maclean’s Magazine in which he suggested the response to a snow storm in Montreal was reflective of a “pathologically alienated and low-trust society” in Quebec. He later resigned his position as director of the MISC, with speculation that he was forced out.

Our investigation, led by Dr. Mark Gabbert of the University of Manitoba, found that not only did the University fail in its duty to protect Professor Potter’s academic freedom, but that its justification for his resignation has undermined the academic freedom of all academic staff at McGill.

The central academic freedom issue in this case arose from the McGill administration’s claim that academic administrators do not enjoy the same protections as academics without administrative positions. It is well understood that universities have as their fundamental commitment the search for knowledge and understanding. This requires an environment free from institutional censorship against any academic.

The report, prepared for CAUT’s Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee, is calling on the University to develop policy to give full protection of academic freedom to academic administrators.

If the University fails to do so, it is recommended that CAUT invoke censure proceedings against McGill.

David Robinson,
CAUT Executive Director

 

 

November 2018                                        

McGill a enfreint la liberté académique

 

 

Chères collègues, cher collègues,
L’Association canadienne des professeures et professeurs d’université (ACPPU) vient de publier le rapport d’une enquête menée pour établir les circonstances entourant la démission controversée du professeur Andrew Potter de son poste à l’Institut d’études canadiennes de McGill (IECM).

Le professeur Potter s’est retrouvé au centre d’une controverse en mars 2017 à la suite de la publication d’une chronique d’opinion pour le magazine Maclean’s dans laquelle il soutenait que le cafouillis entourant la gestion d’une tempête de neige à Montréal était le reflet d’une « société pathologiquement aliénée et peu solidaire ». Il a par la suite démissionné de son poste de directeur de l’IECM et d’aucuns ont alors supposé qu’il y avait été contraint.

L’auteur de notre enquête, Mark Gabbert, professeur à l’Université du Manitoba, est arrivé à la conclusion que, non seulement l’Université McGill avait failli à son devoir de protéger la liberté académique du professeur Potter, mais que sa justification de la démission de ce dernier avait porté atteinte à la liberté académique de l’ensemble du personnel académique de l’Université.

La question de la liberté académique qui est au cœur de cette affaire s’est posée quand l’administration de l’Université McGill a affirmé que les administrateurs universitaires ne jouissaient pas des mêmes protections que le reste du personnel académique. Il est notoire que les universités ont pour mission première la quête du savoir. Pour la mener à bien, elles doivent créer un environnement exempt de toute censure institutionnelle à l’égard des universitaires.

Le rapport, préparé pour le Comité de la liberté académique et de la permanence de l’emploi de l’ACPPU, exhorte l’Université à élaborer une politique sur la protection pleine et entière de la liberté académique des administrateurs universitaires.

Si jamais l’Université McGill n’obtempérait pas, l’ACPPU pourrait, comme il y est recommandé, engager une procédure de blâme.
David Robinson
Directeur général de l’ACPPU

 

 

 

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CAUT Committee Vacancies / Postes vacants aux comités de l’ACPPU

November 15th, 2018

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Memorandum 18 : 34

 

Date:  November 13, 2018

 

To:  Presidents of Local, Federated and Provincial Associations; CAUT Executive Committee

 

From:   James Compton, President; Brenda Austin-Smith, Vice-President; Robin Vose, Past President; David Robinson, Executive Director

 

Re:  CAUT Committee Vacancies

 

We are asking member associations for assistance in identifying potential members for CAUT’s standing committees. We welcome names of CAUT individual affiliated or associate members you feel would be interested and who would bring expertise to the work of these committees. The composition, function, terms and procedures for selection of committee members can be found on the CAUT Website under each standing committee page. Committee vacancies will also be advertised in the CAUT Bulletin.

 

Nominators should include a completed copy of the Standing Committee Nomination Form.

 

The deadline for nominations for members of CAUT Standing Committees is February 1, 2019.

 

We welcome recommendations of members of marginalized groups. These groups include but are not limited to Aboriginal peoples; women; racialized academic staff; academic staff with disabilities; and lesbian, gay, trans, queer and two-spirited academic staff.

 

Committee Vacancies

 

Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee

[Vacancies – 2]

 

Members of the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee should have had considerable involvement in and knowledge about academic freedom. They must be sympathetic to, and have had experience in the defence of academic freedom and tenure, and they should be willing and available to dedicate considerable time to the work of the Committee between meetings, including promotion of academic freedom, drafting of documents, and other related activities.

 

Collective Bargaining and Economic Benefits Committee

[Vacancies: 3]

 

Members of the Collective Bargaining and Economic Benefits Committee should have demonstrated experience in collective bargaining.  They should be able to commit time between meetings to the work of the Committee, including drafting of model clauses, development of policy statements and other related activities.

 

Equity Committee

[Vacancies: 3 (1 member representing Aboriginal Academic Staff; 1 member representing Racialized Academic Staff; and 1 member representing Women Academic Staff]

 

The Equity Committee is composed of two members of the following groups: Aboriginal academic staff; academic staff with disabilities; lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans, queer and two-spirited academic staff; racialized academic staff; and women academic staff.  Members of the Equity Committee should have considerable experience in and commitment to the advancement of equity. Members should be willing and available to dedicate significant time between meetings to the work of the Committee, including drafting and editing policy documents, preparing advice for the Executive and Council, and other related activities.

 

Librarians’ and Archivists’ Committee

[Vacancies: 1]

 

Members of the Librarians’ and Archivists’ Committee should have considerable experience and knowledge of the professional interests and academic concerns of librarians and archivists at Canadian post-secondary institutions. They ought to be aware of policy matters pertaining to academic rights and working conditions of academic librarians and archivists.  Members should be willing and available to dedicate significant time between meetings to the work of the Committee, including the conference planning, drafting or editing documents, responding to enquiries and other related activities.

 

Contract Academic Staff Committee

[Vacancies: 2 (1 member representing a small-size association; 1 member representing a medium-size association]

 

Members of the Contract Academic Staff Committee should have considerable experience in and commitment to the advancement of the issues and working conditions of Contract Academic Staff. Members should be willing and available to dedicate significant time between meetings to the work of the Committee, including drafting and editing policy documents, preparing advice for the Executive and Council, and other related activities.

Six of the eight members of the Contract Academic Staff Committee are from the six CAUT member associations with the largest CAS membership. The other two members are appointed and ratified by Council to represent a small and a medium-size association. Both of those positions are vacant in 2019.

 

A list of the current members of CAUT standing committees is attached for your information.

 

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Note 18:34

 

Date :  Le 13 novembre 2018

 

Destinataires :  Président(e)s des associations locales, fédérées et provinciales; Membres du Comité de direction de l’ACPPU

 

Expéditeurs :  James Compton, président; Brenda Austin-Smith, vice-présidente; Robin Vose, président sortant; David Robinson, directeur général

 

Objet :  Postes vacants aux comités de l’ACPPU

 

 

 

 

Nous faisons appel aux associations membres pour nous aider à trouver des candidats et candidates qui pourraient devenir membres des comités permanents de l’ACPPU. Nous ferions bon accueil aux candidatures de membres affiliés ou associés de l’ACPPU qui, selon vous, seraient intéressés par une telle participation et qui contribueraient par leur expertise aux travaux de ces comités. La composition, le fonctionnement et le mandat des comités, ainsi que le processus de sélection de leurs membres, sont affichés sur la page d’accueil de chaque comité permanent du site web de l’ACPPU. Les postes à combler seront également annoncés dans le Bulletin de l’ACPPU.

 

Les dossiers de mise en candidature doivent comprendre une copie dûment remplie du formulaire de mise en candidature aux comités permanents.

 

La date limite des mises en candidature aux postes de membres des comités permanents de l’ACPPU est le 1er février 2019.

 

Nous encourageons les mises en candidature de membres de groupes marginalisés, entre autres les Autochtones, les femmes, le personnel académique racialisé, le personnel académique ayant une limitation fonctionnelle, ainsi que le personnel académique lesbien, gai, bisexuel, trans, allosexuel et bi-spirituel.

 

Postes à combler

 

Comité de la liberté académique et de la permanence de l’emploi

[2 postes vacants]

 

Les membres du Comité de la liberté académique et de la permanence de l’emploi doivent avoir joué un rôle considérable au chapitre de la liberté académique et bien connaître cet enjeu. Ils doivent être sympathiques à la défense de la liberté académique et de la permanence et avoir acquis de l’expérience en la matière. Ils doivent vouloir et pouvoir consacrer beaucoup de temps aux travaux du comité entre les réunions et participer notamment à la promotion de la liberté académique, à la rédaction de documents et à des activités connexes.

 

Comité de la négociation collective et des avantages économiques

[3 postes vacants]

 

Les membres du Comité de la négociation collective et des avantages économiques doivent avoir une expérience confirmée de la négociation collective. Ils doivent également pouvoir consacrer du temps aux travaux du comité entre les réunions et participer notamment à la rédaction de clauses modèles, à l’élaboration d’énoncés de principes et à des activités connexes.

 

Comité de l’équité

[3 postes vacants : 1 membre représentant le personnel académique autochtone; 1 membre représentant le personnel académique racialisé; 1 membre représentant le personnel académique féminin]

 

Le Comité de l’équité est composé de deux membres de chacun des groupes suivants : personnel académique autochtone, personnel académique ayant une limitation fonctionnelle; personnel académique lesbien, gai, bisexuel, trans, allosexuel et bi‑spirituel; personnel académique racialisé; personnel académique féminin. Les membres du Comité de l’équité doivent avoir une grande expérience de la promotion de l’équité et être pleinement engagés dans cet enjeu. Ils doivent vouloir et pouvoir consacrer beaucoup de temps aux travaux du comité entre les réunions, notamment en rédigeant et en révisant des documents de politique, en formulant des conseils et avis à l’intention du Comité de direction et du Conseil, et en participant à des activités connexes.

 

Comité des bibliothécaires et des archivistes

[1 poste vacant]

 

Les membres du Comité des bibliothécaires et des archivistes doivent avoir une expérience et une connaissance considérables des intérêts de la profession et des questions académiques qui concernent les bibliothécaires et les archivistes en poste dans les établissements postsecondaires canadiens. Ils doivent être au fait des questions de principe touchant les droits académiques et les conditions de travail des bibliothécaires et des archivistes de ces établissements. Les membres doivent vouloir et pouvoir consacrer beaucoup de temps aux travaux du comité entre les réunions, notamment en participant à la planification de conférences, à la rédaction ou à la révision de documents, en répondant à des demandes de renseignements et en prenant part à des activités connexes.

 

Comité du personnel académique contractuel

[2 postes vacants : 1 membre d’une association de petite taille; 1 membre d’une association de taille moyenne]

 

Les membres du Comité du personnel académique contractuel doivent avoir une grande expérience de la promotion des enjeux touchant le personnel académique contractuel et de l’avancement de leurs conditions de travail, et être pleinement engagés à ces égards. Les membres doivent vouloir et pouvoir consacrer beaucoup de temps aux travaux du comité entre les réunions, notamment en rédigeant et en révisant des documents de politique, en formulant des conseils et avis à l’intention du Comité de direction et du Conseil, et en participant à des activités connexes. Six des huit membres du Comité du personnel académique contractuel sont désignés par les six associations membres de l’ACPPU qui regroupent le plus grand nombre de membres contractuels. Les deux autres membres représentent respectivement une association de petite taille et une association de taille moyenne et sont désignés par le Conseil. Ces deux postes seront vacants en 2019.

 

Vous trouverez ci-jointe, à titre d’information, la liste des membres actuels des comités permanents de l’ACPPU.

 

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Nominations for OCUFA’s 2018 Lorimer Distinguished Service Award for Bargaining – deadline December 08, 2018 – Final Notice

November 9th, 2018

Dear Colleagues:

This is the final notice regarding nominations for OCUFA’s  2018 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 share with your association. Additional information, nomination forms and guidelines can be found at:

http://ocufa.on.ca/awards/lorimer-award-bargaining-award-2/   The nomination deadline is December 7, 2018.

The 2018 Lorimer Award will be presented at the February 9, 2019 awards lunch during the OCUFA Board meeting at the Westin Habour Castle Hotel in Toronto.

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

Best regards,
Mark

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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
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Kids’ Holiday Party 2018

November 8th, 2018

If you are a faculty member, you will have received this invitation to your inbox. There is a link in the email for you to RSVP.  If you did not receive this invitation by email, but are a member, please contact the WLUFA Office at x3721.

Holiday Dinner 2018

November 8th, 2018

If you are a faculty member, you will have received this invitation to your inbox. There is a link in the email for you to RSVP.  If you did not receive this invitation by email, but are a member, please contact the WLUFA Office at x3721.

 

Ontario Universities and College Coalition Calls for Withdrawal of Bill 47

November 5th, 2018

The OUCC, which represents almost 60,000 college and university educators, held a press conference today at Queen’s Park. The event was presided over by Chris Glover, NDP MPP.

The press conference was held in order to draw attention to the ways in which the Ford government’s claw-backs on Bill 148 — the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act — as well as the proposed implementation of Bill 47, will not only create set-backs for the many  precariously-employed faculty in both the college and university sectors, but will also jeopardize many students’ ability to access education and to thrive once that education is completed.

Kimberly Ellis-Hale, a long-serving Contract Faculty member at Laurier, also spoke at the media event. Ellis-Hale serves as the Chair for OCUFA’s Contract Faculty Compliment Committee.

See the CBC coverage of the event here.