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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:





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

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 Neill
Associate Professor, Economics

Urgent Appeal from UWOFA

September 17th, 2019

Hi all,


Please see below for an appeal for action from our colleagues at UWOFA on behalf of the Librarians and Archivists bargaining Unit:


Help Western University Librarians and Archivists Avoid a Strike


Western’s librarians and archivists bargaining unit requested a No Board on Friday, September 13th, and will be in a legal strike position in less than two weeks.


UWOFA key bargaining demands include:


Fair Workload so our librarians and archivists can maintain high quality service to the university community.


Professional autonomy and collegial governance so that our librarians and archivists can have a meaningful voice in how the Western libraries system is run.


Fair compensation and benefits in line with those negotiated with other employee groups on campus.


Please circulate the following link to your members and allies, asking them to join on online letter campaign to put pressure on the employer:




Thank you for your support.



Michael Conlon, 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: mconlon@ocufa.on.ca
Web: www.ocufa.on.ca

Fair Employment Week, October 7-11, 2019 / Semaine de l’équité d’emploi, 7-11 octobre 2019

September 3rd, 2019

Memorandum 19:26


Date:  September 3, 2019


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


From:  Pam Foster, Director of Research and Political Action


Re:  Fair Employment Week, October 7-11, 2019



Fair Employment Week (FEW) is taking place October 7-11, 2019. FEW is CAUT’s annual campaign to build national support for contract academic staff.


This year, FEW will be part of the For Our Future federal election campaign and serve as a key moment in our efforts to raise the profile of precarious work as a key issue facing post-secondary education in Canada.


October 7th is also World Day for Decent Work, an annual mobilizing moment for unions and labour organizations around the world to call on governments to take concrete action for decent work.


FEW is an opportunity to:

  • Raise awareness about the rise of precarious employment on campus and the unfair working conditions of one-third of academic staff in Canada; and,
  • Highlight the contributions made by contract academic staff, under difficult employment conditions.


To help you achieve these goals and enhance your local activities and events, CAUT offers the following:


Posters +

CAUT has created Make it Fair branded tee shirts and buttons, as well as posters on precarity to help raise the visibility of your campaign and FEW events. Please complete the material order form and submit it to CAUT’s Membership Engagement Officer, Christina Muehlberger at muehlberger@caut.ca.


Local Event and Activities Tips and Tools

As you finalize the details of your FEW event(s), share them on the CAUT FEW Events web page. This digital map provides a visual of the national support for fairness for contract academic staff.


Activities which have proven successful in previous years include:


  • Hold a reception or luncheon for your contract academic staff members.
  • Hold an information picket on your campus, using FEW flyers or material targeted to your situation.
  • Set up an information table in a high-traffic area of your campus where students, faculty and staff can find out about the campaign, sign a petition or express their support through a creative action, such as a photo booth.
  • Hold a Local Hearing where decision-makers and the public can hear testimony from contingent faculty, students and others on the challenges they face.
  • Bring resolutions about your issues forward for debate and consideration by your institution’s decision-making bodies.
  • Write op-ed pieces for your campus and community newspapers, radio stations and other media outlets. Invite the media to take part in FEW events.
  • Encourage your contract academic staff members to share their stories on social media with the hashtag #makeitfair and #elxn43.


Please consult our Election Toolkit for ideas on actions to undertake during FEW.


Please keep Christina Muehlberger informed of your plans. If you have any questions, please contact Christina by email at muehlberger@caut.ca or call 613-820-2270 x182.




Note 19:26


Date :  3 septembre 2019


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


Expéditrice :  Pam Foster, directrice, Recherche et action politique


Objet :  Semaine de l’équité d’emploi, 7-11 octobre 2019



La Semaine de l’équité d’emploi (SEE) aura lieu du 7 au 11 octobre 2019. La SEE est la campagne annuelle de l’ACPPU pour rallier la population canadienne à la cause du personnel académique contractuel.


Cette année, la SEE s’inscrit dans notre campagne Pour notre avenir en prévision des élections fédérales et se veut un moment clé de nos efforts pour faire connaître le travail précaire omniprésent dans le secteur de l’éducation postsecondaire au Canada.


En outre, le 7 octobre est la Journée mondiale pour le travail décent, où les syndicats s’unissent pour réclamer aux gouvernements partout dans le monde des actions concrètes pour des emplois décents.


La SEE a pour objectifs de :

  • faire connaître l’augmentation des emplois précaires sur les campus et les conditions de travail inéquitables du tiers du personnel académique au Canada;
  • souligner l’apport du personnel académique contractuel en dépit de conditions d’emploi difficiles.


Afin de vous aider à réaliser ces objectifs et à rehausser le profil de vos activités et événements locaux, l’ACPPU met à votre disposition :



L’ACPPU a créé non seulement des affiches, mais aussi des t-shirts et des épinglettes portant le slogan « Justice pour tous » qui pourront vous aider à accroître la visibilité de votre campagne

et de vos événements de la SEE. Veuillez remplir le formulaire de commande d’articles et le faire parvenir à l’agente de la mobilisation des membres de l’ACPPU, Christina Muehlberger à muehlberger@caut.ca.


Conseils et ressources pour vos activités et événements locaux

Alors que vous mettez sur pied vos activités pour la SEE, n’hésitez pas à les publier sur la page Web Événements de la SEE de l’ACPPU. La carte numérique offre un aperçu visuel du soutien national pour l’équité d’emploi du personnel académique contractuel.


Les activités suivantes ont connu du succès au fil des ans :

  • Réception ou dîner pour vos membres du personnel académique contractuel.
  • Piquetage d’information sur le campus, avec distribution de feuillets de la SEE ou d’autre matériel adapté à votre situation.
  • Table d’information dans un lieu achalandé du campus où les étudiants, professeurs et autres membres du personnel peuvent prendre connaissance de la campagne, signer une pétition ou exprimer leur soutien par une action créative, comme une cabine photographique.
  • Audience publique où les décideurs et le public peuvent entendre le témoignage de membres du personnel académique, d’étudiants et d’autres personnes quant aux difficultés auxquelles ils sont confrontés.
  • Dépôt de résolutions sur vos enjeux auprès des organes de décision de votre établissement pour discussion et examen.
  • Rédaction de textes d’opinion pour les journaux du campus ou de la communauté, les stations de radio et d’autres médias; invitation aux médias à prendre part aux événements de la SEE.
  • Diffusion des histoires de membres du personnel académique contractuel sur les médias sociaux avec les mots-clics #justicepourtous et #elxn43.


Veuillez consulter notre Trousse électorale pour des idées d’actions à réaliser durant la SEE.


Veuillez tenir Christina Muehlberger au courant de vos plans et n’hésitez pas à communiquer avec elle par courriel à muehlberger@caut.ca ou par téléphone au 613-820-2270, poste 182, pour toute question.


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
CAUT.ca \ //Facebook.com/caut.acppu \ AcademicWork.ca


Join the Power of Many campaign Peel Region Rapid Response Network Meeting this coming Thursday, May 30

May 27th, 2019

Wilfrid Laurier University,

Join the Power of Many campaign Peel Region Rapid Response Network Meeting this coming Thursday, May 30th.

The Ford government is low in the polls. A full 75% of Ontarians do not support Ford’s attacks on our families and communities. Our movement is growing!

Come out on Thursday, May 30 at 5:30pm to keep building the resistance!

Peel Rapid Response Network Meeting
Location: CUPE Local 831 Hall, 19 John Street, Brampton
Time: 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Date: Thursday, May 30th, 2019

We’ll be:

  • Doing a Marshal Training and a banner making session and a run down on the action
  • Locking down our plans and agenda for June 7th rally and march to resist ford cuts
  • Reporting how turnout is going and what groups we can outreach to that we haven’t already
  • You’ll get materials to outreach to groups

RSVP here.

Share this event on Facebook here.

Let your co-workers, friends and allies know about the June 7th Day of Action by downloading our flyer here. Share the event by clicking here!

Please encourage your members to attend and we hope to hear from the great work you’ve been doing to bring out your members to the June 7th day of action!

Ontario Federation of Labour

Join the Power of Many campaign Rapid Response Network Meeting THIS Monday

May 24th, 2019

Wilfrid Laurier University,

Join the Power of Many campaign Rapid Response Network Meeting THIS Monday in Waterloo.

The Ford government is low in the polls. A full 75% of Ontarians do not support Ford’s attacks on our families and communities. Our movement is growing!

Come out on Monday, May 27 at 6pm to keep building the resistance!

We’ll be:

  • Locking down our plans for June 7th day of action to resist ford cuts
  • Reporting how turnout is going and what groups we can outreach to that we haven’t already
  • You’ll get materials to outreach to groups
  • Lay out an agenda for June 7th
  • Schedule a phone bank
  • Overviewing different training opportunities for this summer on canvassing, phone banking, actions in local PC MPP ridings

RSVP here.

Let your co-workers, friends and allies know about the June 7th Day of Action by downloading our flyer here. Share the event by clicking here!

We look forward to seeing you and building the resistance!

* Light snacks provided, children welcome


Ontario Federation of Labour