QUFA Digest Emails: February 2016

1. Budget Review with the Provost: We’re opening the next QUFA Council to Members interested to talk with Provost Alan Harrison about the Budget Model now in operation and currently under review. Please join us at 1:00pm on February 22 in MacDonald Hall, Room 4.

2. QUFA Executive Committee Nominations are Open: The following Executive Committee positions are open for election in 2016: Treasurer, Secretary, Grievance Chair, JCAA Co-Chair, Equity Representative, Continuing Adjunct Representative, one Member at Large and QULA Representative (elected by QULA). If you would like to stand for election for any of the first 7 or know of a QUFA Member who would be interested in serving, please email Kayll Lake, Chair of the Nominations Committee.

3. New Pension FAQ Page: Please bookmark this page on the QUFA website to learn about the University Sector Pension Plan under development. If you have questions that are not answered in the FAQ, please contact Leslie Jermyn.

4. Reminder – Senate Election: An online election is currently running for one faculty/librarian/archivist position on the Senate. VOTE HERE (your “authentication key” is your Queen’s employee number). The last day to cast your vote is February 15, 2016 and polls will close at 4:00 p.m.

5. Important Deadline in February: The deadline for the Tuition Support Benefit is February 28. Late or incomplete applications are not accepted so please do not leave these to the last minute.

6. OCUFA 2016 Conference – Confronting Precarious Work: will be held in Toronto on February 11-12. The conference will examine the realities and impact of precarious academic work on our universities and consider solutions now and for the future. More information here.

7. CAUT & Harry Crowe Foundation 2016 Conference – Academic Freedom in the Managed University: will be held in Toronto on February 26-27. The focus of the conference is the extension of managerial reach and how it threatens academic freedom. More information here.

8. QUFA Meetings: Next Council Meeting is 22 February. See here for all QUFA and related events. Save the Date on 4 April for the 2016 QUFA Academic Freedom Event! More information to follow.

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Leslie Jermyn
Executive Director
jermynl@queensu.ca