2019 « WLUFA

Laurier’s Milton campus plans: update

December 6th, 2019

Following up to the Administration’s presentation at Senate Oct 22, 2019 about plans for a Laurier Milton campus, the Interim Provost and VP:Academic, Maureen Mancuso, gave an updated presentation at a Town Hall Dec. 5, 2019.  The Milton presentations can be found here:

 

 

 

 

Undergraduate researcher team releases report on racism at Laurier

December 3rd, 2019

Undergraduate researcher team releases report on racism at Laurier

 

WLUFA SPECIAL EVENT: Interrogating the Laurier Budget

November 25th, 2019

Date: Nov 19, 2019 11:20 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Meeting Recording – Password Protected (see email from WLUFA)

Laurier Budget Presentation – Powerpoint Presentation

 

Health Coalition Protest – this Saturday!

November 7th, 2019

Sent on behalf of Kimberly Ellis-Hale, Waterloo Contract Faculty Liaison Officer:

 

WLUFA has been asked to publicize an opportunity for our members to oppose the Ford Government cuts to health care and to show their support for the Ontario Health Coalition. Please see their message below.

 

“We are working flat out to build the biggest possible events to levy political pressure on the Ford government to stop the elimination of local Public Health Units and ambulance/paramedic services; stop the cuts to long-term care, public health and our public hospitals; and stop health care privatization. 

 

“We know that people from all walks of life, no matter their political party, do not support these cuts. But we have to get the word out broadly that they are happening and we need to provide a way to make the widespread opposition to the cuts visible and impossible to ignore.

 

“The government has appointed a “facilitator” to put a kinder more consultative face on the cuts, but they are still trying to force through the cuts. We believe we can stop them if we can build the resistance.”

 

There is a rally this Saturday in Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto. Details are below.

 

Toronto: Saturday November 9, 11:30 a.m. at Nathan Phillips Square

For more information, please go to the Ontario Health Coalition’s website (www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca) or contact them directly (ohc@sympatico.ca or 416-441-2502).

 

Milton discussion

November 7th, 2019

WLUFA’s Governance Committee invited faculty and librarians last week (Oct 30) to discuss the University Administration’s plan to establish a satellite campus in Milton although government funding was removed, the University reports it is facing a deficit of $18 million, and Departments are being asked to make further cutbacks.

 

The Administration gave a presentation at the Oct 22, 2019 meeting of Senate (see https://lauriercloud.sharepoint.com/news/Pages/lauriers-presence-in-milton-next-steps.aspx and  https://lauriercloud.sharepoint.com/sites/governance/senate/Documents/Senate%20Presentation%20-%20Milton%20.pdf#search=milton, or search “Milton” on Connect, and click on “Laurier’s presence in Milton: Next steps” and “Senate Presentation – Milton”).

 

From the discussion, it was clear that WLUFA members have many questions, such as:  What is the business plan?  Why are we proceeding given there are programs that are suffering at the Waterloo and Brantford campuses?  Why are we proceeding given the withdrawal of government funding?  How will a Milton campus help the Waterloo and Brantford campuses?  What programs will be at Milton?  Where is the evidence that the population in Milton will support a 3,000 student campus, especially given the intensity of competition from neighboring universities?

 

WLUFA’s Governance Committee is working toward getting answers to these and other questions about Milton.

Meeting with MPP Glover

November 7th, 2019

Chris Glover, the NDP Critic for Colleges and Universities, has asked to meet with Faculty Members, on November 13th.  They will be on campus to discuss recent funding changes and other challenges and opportunities at the University. This is a challenging time for Ontario’s post-secondary sector and Chris looks forward to the opportunity to learn more about what the recent tuition, funding and free speech changes will mean for class sizes, programs offered, services available to students and class availability.

Date:  Wednesday, November 13th

Time:  11:00 a.m.

Place:  Hawk’s Nest – Top Floor Fred Nichols Building

Call for Nominations for CAUT Equity Award / Appel de candidatures pour le Prix de l’ACPPU pour l’équité

October 28th, 2019

** La version française suit **

 

Memorandum 19:37

 

Date:  October 24, 2019

 

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

 

From:  David Robinson, Executive Director

 

Re:  Call for Nominations for CAUT Equity Award

 

 

CAUT is soliciting nominations for the CAUT Equity Award. The Award was established in 2010 to recognize post-secondary academic staff who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to challenging exclusionary behaviours and practices such as racism and homophobia and by so doing have made post-secondary education in Canada more inclusive.

 

Criteria

 

  • The candidate must be an academic staff member at a Canadian post-secondary institution.
  • The candidate’s contribution must have had regional or national implications although it may have been focused locally (in a single university or college), provincially, regionally, nationally or a combination of these.
  • The candidate’s contribution may derive from the result of a single project or activity, or the accumulation of efforts through consistent involvement over a long period of time.

 

Nominations for the award may be submitted by academic staff associations or any other interested parties or individuals. The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2020.

 

The nomination form and procedures are available on the CAUT website. Nominations will be reviewed by CAUT’s Equity Committee and recommendations will be forwarded to CAUT Council. The number and frequency of awards will be as the Committee and CAUT Council deem appropriate.

 

____________________

 

Note 19:37

 

Date :  Le 24 octobre 2019

 

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

 

Expéditeur :  David Robinson, directeur général

 

Objet :  Appel de candidatures pour le Prix de l’ACPPU pour l’équité

 

 

L’ACPPU sollicite actuellement des candidatures pour le Prix pour l’équité qu’elle a créé en 2010 dans le but de récompenser les réalisations des membres du personnel académique qui ont manifesté un engagement exceptionnel à contester les comportements et les pratiques d’exclusion tels que le racisme et l’homophobie, renforçant ainsi le caractère inclusif des établissements postsecondaires au Canada.

 

Critères

 

  • Le candidat ou la candidate doit être membre du personnel académique dans un établissement d’enseignement postsecondaire au Canada.
  • La contribution du candidat ou de la candidate doit avoir eu des retombées régionales ou nationales, bien qu’elle puisse n’avoir qu’une portée locale (dans une seule université ou un seul collège), régionale, provinciale ou nationale, ou une combinaison de celles-ci.
  • La contribution du candidat ou de la candidate peut être le résultat d’un projet ou d’une activité unique ou le fruit d’années d’efforts et d’engagement continu.

 

Les associations de personnel académique ou d’autres parties ou personnes intéressées peuvent soumettre des candidatures. La date limite pour le dépôt des mises en candidature est le 1er février 2020.

 

Celles-ci seront examinées par le Comité de l’équité de l’ACPPU, qui transmettra ses recommandations au Conseil de l’ACPPU. Le nombre et la fréquence des prix remis seront déterminés selon que le comité et le Conseil de l’ACPPU le jugeront utile. Le formulaire et les conditions de mise en candidature se trouvent sur le site internet de l’ACPPU.

 

Canadian Association of University Teachers
Association canadienne des professeures et professeurs d’université
2705, promenade Queensview Drive, Ottawa (Ontario) K2B 8K2
Tel \ Tél. (613) 820-2270 | Fax \ Téléc. (613) 820-7244
CAUT.ca \ //Facebook.com/caut.acppu \ @caut_acppu

Call for Nominations for Bernice Schrank Award / Appel de candidatures pour le Prix Bernice-Schrank

October 28th, 2019

** La version française suit **

 

Memorandum 19:38

 

Date:  October 24, 2019

 

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

 

From:  David Robinson, Executive Director

 

Re:  Call for Nominations for Bernice Schrank Award

 

 

CAUT is soliciting nominations for the Bernice Schrank Award. The Award was established in 2013 to recognize outstanding contributions to the enforcement of academic staff workplace rights through grievance/arbitration.

 

Criteria

 

Eligible candidates must be or have been academic staff, at a Canadian post-secondary institution.

 

The candidate’s achievement(s) must include:

 

  • a demonstrable history of consistent and active defense of collective agreement provisions through the grievance process over a long period of time;
  • leadership within their association; and
  • educational initiatives associated with the transmission of grievance handling knowledge and skills.

 

The candidates’ contributions, although they may have been focused locally in a single university or college, must have had regional or national implications.

 

Nominations for the award may be submitted by academic staff associations, grievance committees, or any other interested parties or individuals. The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2020.

 

The nomination form and procedures are available on the CAUT website. Nominations will be reviewed by CAUT’s Executive Committee and recommendations will be forwarded to CAUT Council. The number and frequency of awards will be as the Executive Committee and CAUT Council deem appropriate.

____________________

 

Note 19:38

 

Date :  Le 24 octobre 2019

 

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

 

Expéditeur :  David Robinson, directeur général

 

Objet :  Appel de candidatures pour le Prix Bernice-Schrank

 

 

L’ACPPU sollicite actuellement des candidatures pour le Prix Bernice-Schrank qu’elle a créé en 2013 pour récompenser l’engagement et la contribution remarquables d’une personne à la protection et à l’application des droits du personnel académique en milieu de travail au moyen des procédures de grief et d’arbitrage.

 

Critères

La candidate ou le candidat doit être, ou avoir été, membre du personnel académique, d’un établissement postsecondaire au Canada.

 

Au nombre des compétences et réalisations de la candidate ou du candidat devront figurer :

  • une expérience confirmée et s’échelonnant sur une longue période de la défense active et soutenue des clauses de conventions collectives au moyen de la procédure de règlement des griefs;
  • un potentiel de leadership au sein de son association;
  • l’engagement dans des projets et initiatives pédagogiques associés à la transmission du savoir et des compétences en matière de règlement des griefs.

 

La contribution de la candidate ou du candidat, bien qu’elle puisse avoir une portée locale dans une seule université ou un seul collège, doit avoir des retombées régionales ou nationales.

 

Les associations de personnel académique, les comités responsables des griefs, toutes les autres parties ou personnes intéressées peuvent soumettre des candidatures. La date limite pour le dépôt des mises en candidature est le 1er février 2020.

 

Celles-ci seront examinées par le Comité de direction de l’ACPPU, qui transmettra ses recommandations au Conseil de l’ACPPU. Le nombre et la fréquence des prix remis seront déterminés selon que le Comité de direction et le Conseil de l’ACPPU le jugeront utile. Le formulaire et les conditions de mise en candidature se trouvent sur le site internet de l’ACPPU.

 

Canadian Association of University Teachers
Association canadienne des professeures et professeurs d’université
2705, promenade Queensview Drive, Ottawa (Ontario) K2B 8K2
Tel \ Tél. (613) 820-2270 | Fax \ Téléc. (613) 820-7244
CAUT.ca \ //Facebook.com/caut.acppu \ @caut_acppu

Waterloo Women’s Faculty Colleague

October 15th, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

 

As your Waterloo Women’s Faculty Colleague, my role includes providing opportunities for women-identified faculty to get together in the spirit of collegiality and learning.

 

I have been holding regular drop in times at Byte75 on Mondays from 9am-10am.  This has been both fun and informative, but perhaps unsurprisingly most of the people attending have been from the Lazaridis School, most of whom I already know.  So it’s time to branch out.

 

After a hiatus due to the Thanksgiving holiday, I will move the drop in to Veritas – same time, Monday mornings, 9am-10am.  Hopefully this means I’ll get to meet some new people – or at the very least some people I don’t get to see very often.  If you want to stop by for a chat, but are worried about not recognizing me, I’ll be the one with my knitting.

And a quick Hold the Date: October 31, roughly 3-5pm for a kick off meet and greet with refreshments provided.  Details to follow.

In the meantime, please feel free to send me an email if you have any questions, issues you want raised, or ideas for learning opportunities or activities for the year ahead.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Best wishes,

Christine

Christine Neill
Associate Professor, Economics

Ontario Universities and Colleges Coalition Issues Press Release vs Performance-Based Funding

September 24th, 2019

The OUCC, which represents over 435,000 Ontario PSE faculty, staff and students, recently issued a press release in opposition to the Ford government’s performance-based funding model for PSE.

Among the criticisms laid out in the press release are that not only has the government failed to lay out clearly how a number of the metrics are to be measured, but that some of the metrics (experiential learning, for example) are also, in fact, not measurable at all.

The press release also clearly lays out the ways in which the Ford government’s version of performance-based funding will further marginalize various student groups already marginalized by the PSE system.

To read the entire article, click here.