Grievance Web Page

QUFA’s Grievance Web site contains a wealth of information for the use of QUFA Members. I have been so busy with arbitration preparations and hearings this summer and autumn that I’ve not had the opportunity to write a substantial “Grievance Corner” for this issue of QUFA Voices. So, I decided → Learn More

Welcome; Reasonable Apprehension of Bias

Welcome to the fall term! The fall term brings with it committee work encompassing all sorts of personnel processes. These include RTP, appointments, and reappointments.  In addition to conflict of interest, the collective agreement now articulates another situation that must be taken into account when making decisions, and that is → Learn More

The Agony of De-Feet

Great West Life and the “orthotics case fee”- Who knew? I thought I would share my tale of woe regarding orthotics. I am now that person who looks for shoes that these rafts will fit into because I want to walk comfortably for as long as I possibly can. Oh, → Learn More

Medical Documents – Prognosis vs Diagnosis

As I wrote in January, short term illnesses such as flu or strep throat do not trigger the Sick Leave provision in the Collective Agreement; they are considered incidental illnesses. Sick Leave in the CA is an employer-paid short term disability (STD) leave that could lead to long term disability → Learn More

Officially Reducing your Academic Responsibilities

There are three methods of reducing your academic responsibilities in the Collective Agreement, whether by reduced teaching alone (Article 37) or by a customized reduction of job responsibilities (Articles 26 and 32). The purpose and implication for each is slightly different, so it is worthwhile exploring what makes most sense → Learn More

A new term and a new CA

Thanks to committed and productive bargaining over the spring and summer, we have a new Collective Agreement. You can find a link to the penultimate version of the CA on the Faculty Relations website directly or via It is currently being edited for accuracy by the parties (employer and → Learn More

Annual Performance Review, Article 28

Every year during the annual review exercise we are asked how to protest or question or explain an assessment. Some people believe that not returning the form, or not signing it even if returning it, is an act of protest. It might be, but it could also be acceptance of → Learn More


A large part of the work QUFA does is to try to resolve conflict and misunderstanding between its members and the Queen’s administration. If this work is about interpretation of collective agreement provisions for the membership as a whole, it is dealt with by the Joint Committee to Administer the → Learn More

Who Ya Gonna Call?

The job of QUFA member services staff is never dull. We are used to helping with the meat of the CA, but sometimes we must deal with issues that are on the fringes. Here are two examples. Students have various avenues for complaint that involve their professors. The most common → Learn More

Assessment and Evaluation of Teaching

There are many ways to assess and evaluate your teaching above and beyond the USAT. Last month I wrote about grade appeals, but before that you have to have taught the course! For some reason, most QUFA Members forget that there are various ways to assess teaching. Sure, there is → Learn More