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Contract Faculty: What if negotiations end in a job action?

Many of you have been asking questions about the “what happens” if our negotiations end in job-action. Below you will find answers to many of the most-asked questions. Please look this document over carefully and keep it as a reference. If you have any questions, please direct them to Kimberly Ellis-Hale at kimberly@ellis-hale.com. WLUFA Strike[…]

Contract Faculty: Don’t forget to submit your accessible syllabi.

Posted on behalf of Kimberly Ellis-Hale, Contract Faculty Liaison. As a follow-up to the syllabus addition suggestion posted on the 7th, please note that according to our Collective Agreement (see below), Contract Faculty are required to submit a copy of their syllabi to their departments during the first week of class. And while our Collective[…]

Preparing for potential job action: Headquarters found!

With things heating up at the negotiating table, the Strike Action Committee has been beating the bushes for Strike Headquarters in Waterloo and Brantford. We are pleased to report that locations have been secured in both cities. In Waterloo, Strike Headquarters will be located in the 65 University Avenue East Plaza, just an eight minute[…]

A conciliator has been appointed

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has appointed Greg Long as a conciliator to assist your Negotiating Team and the Administration in reaching a settlement. This is a consequence of the Administration filing for conciliation. Conciliation is scheduled for December 14th, with the possibility of additional dates depending on progress. Negotiations are continuing in the meantime.[…]

Want to know what happened at the UFC meeting on the 14th?

A faculty member who attended wrote this about the University Faculty Council meeting held on Monday, 11 November, 2016: Dear Colleagues, I’m writing with a report on the University Faculty Council meeting held earlier this week. Because fewer than 70 faculty members and librarians attended, we did not make quorum and thus could not advance[…]

Laurier admin has filed for conciliation and WLUFA’s letter to other associations

(Posted on behalf of Michele Kramer, WLUFA President.) Dear Colleagues, The message below has been circulated to faculty associations across the country. It offers an overview of the state of our current Contract Faculty negotiations and the issues that are keeping the Parties apart at the table. Please note that, since this message was sent[…]

December is the month of parties!

Party for the kids… All full-time and part-time faculty members and librarians and their children are invited to the WLUFA Seasonal Kids’ Party, held on Saturday, December 3rd at Major Ballachey Public School, at 105 Rawdon Street in Brantford!  From 10:30 AM until 1 PM, there will be snacks and lunch provided, crafts, cookie decorating,[…]

Support for Contract Faculty

While many of us may be tired from working at the various Contract Faculty information tables over the last month, we have been fortified! We have spoken with students, staff and faculty on both campuses that support Contract Faculty in their fight for fair compensation, access to benefits and job security. Here are just a[…]

Read “Life in academic poverty as an underpaid university teacher: ‘They just don’t want to pay'”

Read the September 2016 article about contract or adjunct faculty in American higher education: As an adjunct, Wangerin is employed on a casual basis and earns somewhere between half and one-third of what a tenure-track professor would make for teaching the same courses. That is significant, because non-tenure track teaching staff – commonly referred to[…]

Read the “New report on sessional faculty in Ontario universities”

Released in July 2016, “A Survey of Sessional Faculty in Ontario Publicly-Funded Universities” by Field and Jones “…takes a step towards addressing the lack of evidence to guide debate on the quickly growing population of university instructors who work on short-term contracts.” Go to the August CIHE blog entry summarizing and linking to the report: https://ciheblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/15/new-report-on-sessional-faculty-in-ontario-universities/[…]

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