QUFA:Letters of support and solidarity

The following are letters of support and solidarity:


  • April 28. 2017 National Day of Mourning: Remember Westray – Enforce the Law 11:30 am-1:00 pm 824 John Counter Blvd. Light lunch will be provided.
  • April 11, 2017 Equal Pay Day Join us in front of Stauffer Library on the corner of University Avenue and Union Street, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11 as we draw attention to the Gender Wage Gap.In Ontario, the average hourly wage earned by women is 87.4% of that earned by men1. This wage gap is considerably worse for traditionally disadvantaged groups. For example, aboriginal women earn only 64% of that earned by non-aboriginal men2, and women with disabilities earn only 52% of that earned by men without disabilities3.More information about the Gender Wage Gap in Ontario can be found on the Ontario Equal Pay Coalition website ( will be free doughnut-holes (for the women) and doughnuts (for the men), along with buttons to show your solidarity with women and other disadvantaged groups in relation to the Wage Gap. Everyone is encouraged to wear red, because the Wage Gap keeps women ‘in the red’. Federal NDP leadership candidate Charlie Angus will be on location from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.The Equal Pay Day Rally is being organized/sponsored by a collection of groups on Queen’s University campus, including: PSAC 901, Queen’s University Equity Office, Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA), USW 2010, Alma Mater Society (AMS).For further information: Jordan Morelli, 613-533-6000 ext. 74808 (office), 613-876-5169 (cell),, Dept. of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy, Queen’s University, 64 Bader Lane, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6
  • February 15, 2017 QUFA Academic Freedom Lecture Agnes Etherington Atrium 3:00 pm
  • Academic Freedom Poster 2017

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    • November 29, 2016 Fight for 15 & Fairness Kingston Social & Fundraiser Grad Club (2nd Floor) 8 pm, hosted by Kingston Fight for $15 campaign


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    • October 11, 2016  World Day for Decent Work – Co-sponsored campus only event with PSAC, USW and CUPE,  lunchtime rally that will take place outside of Richardson Hall  11:30-1:00. Come out and show your support!
    • October 6, 2016 Free Screening of Salt of the Earth



    • September 5, 2016 KDLC Labour Day in the Park

    Labour Day parade down Princess St. Jordan Morelli (PACC Chair) and Lynne Hanson (QUFA President) Labour Day in the Park Parade 2016 Labour Day in the Park - Darko Matovic - Sept 6. 2016 Labour Day in the Park 2016 - President Lynne Hanson with ladies from USW Photo of Jordan Morelli and Darko Matovic at Labour Day in the Park - Sept 6, 2016

    • May 19, 2016 – Information picket at the Royal Military College held by the union representing the Commissionaires. They have been without a contract since 2014 and their primary roadblock to reaching one is their employer’s refusal to provide them with paid sick days. More information on this event can be found on the CKWS website. I will be joining the Commissionaires and other labour groups supporting them on Thursday morning at the information picket on behalf of QUFA. I will be carrying the QUFA flag and would welcome any interested QUFA members to join me. I plan to be there for 8:30am. The media is scheduled to be on site around 9:00am so it would be great if there was a large turnout in support of the Commissionaires. Map of RMC location:
    • May 11, 2016 – QUFA Distinguished Service Award – University Club, George Teve Dining Room 12pm-3pm
    • May 1, 2016May Day March – Free BBQ at noon in Skeleton Park, March at 1:00 pm
    • April 28, 2016 – The Kingston and District Labour Council invites you to a Day of Mourning Ceremony at City Hall, Memorial Hall on April 28th from 11:30 am to 1pm. Guest Speaker will be Nancy Hutchison from the United Steel Workers. A light lunch will be available.
    • April 19, 2016 – USW  Equal Pay Day – Join USW 2010, the Alma Mater Society, PSAC 901, and the Queen’s Faculty Association for an outdoor event at the corner of Union and University (in front of Stauffer Library). We will have a tent, refreshments, music, and Equal Pay Coalition bags and buttons. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wear red to show how far women, and especially racialized and Aboriginal women, are “in the red” with their paycheques!

    Monika Holzschuh Sator Equal Pay Day event volunteers Equal Pay Day Volunteers Equal Pay Day Volunteers

    • April 18, 2016 – KDLC Meeting- OSSTF office @735C Arlington Park Place 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • March 21, 2016 – KDLC Meeting- OSSTF office @735C Arlington Park Place 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • March 10, 2016 – Evening Remembering Prison for Women Solidarity, Robert Sutherland Hall, 138 Union St, Rm 202 (main floor, accessible) 4pm -8pm.  Dr. Bonita Lawrence, Indigenous scholar/activist, will speak on “Honouring the Sisterhood: P4W and Beyond”, a light supper will follow.  All are welcome.  Come listen, share your stories of solidarity, and continue the work for prison justice.
    • February 16, 2016 – KDLC Meeting- OSSTF office @735C Arlington Park Place 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • February 8, 2016 – Unity Council Meeting – QUFA Boardroom 9 St. Lawrence Ave 12pm-1pm
    • January 11, 2016 – Unity Council Meeting – QUFA Boardroom  9 St. Lawrence Ave 12pm-1pm
    • November 20, 2015 – Oliver Doyle Activism and Recognition Banquet
    • September 24, 2015 – Get Science Right – 3:00-5:00 Botterell Hall, Room B143


  • Stand Against the Ban: The Canadian Association of University Teachers is urging all members to sign the American Association of University Professors petition opposing Donald Trump’s unconstitutional and discriminatory ban on entry into the United States for people from some Muslim-majority countries. The petition can be found here.
  • As you may know we have had one day of conciliation with the employer. The session ended early, however, and we have scheduled strike mandate votes for Oct 13, 14 and 17th (see below).Negotiations have come to a halt due to these key issues:*   We are asking for an increase to the minimum salary for postdocs, currently at $32,174., which does not reflect living expenses in Kingston – we have members going to the foodbank. This is clearly not productive and should not happen. We are not asking for a “25% increase” of salary for all postdocs as stated by Queen’s Faculty Relations to the media.*   We are asking for childcare benefits comparable to those enjoyed by other Queen’s employees. Childcare is key in helping postdoc parents be productive researchers and everyone benefits. The employee’s offer on the table is not comparable to other employee groups, as stated by the Queen’s Faculty Relations to the media.We continue to stand by QUFA members and stress that the employer needs to assist supervisors whose funds pay for postdoctoral scholars. It is not acceptable that this should solely fall on the principal investigators who do their very best to ensure their postdocs are compensated properly and fairly. On our members’ behalf PSAC 901 thanks postdoc supervisors and QUFA for their continued support.Thank you,
    Craig Berggold
    PSAC Local 901
  • Petition for Fair Wages for Academic Assistants – USW Local 2010 & 2010-01
  • Make it Fair Local Union Resolution
  • At the request of Sessional Instructors at First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv), the University of Regina Faculty Association (URFA) announced its commitment to supporting a campaign to attain workplace representation and collective bargaining rights through certification under The Saskatchewan Employment Act. Representation with URFA would allow Sessional Instructors at FNUniv to collectively determine the workplace issues important to them, and to work in concert with their employer to negotiate fair and equitable working conditions.Please let Sessional Instructors at FNUniv and URFA know that you support their unionization efforts by April 8, 2016. Information about the campaign can be found on-line at and on Twitter (@ fncampaign #FairnessForFNUniv). We also ask that you help the campaign by signing our petition here
  • 11 Feb. is OCUFA day of action on precarious academic work

    Queen’s term adjuncts stand in solidarity for fair employment

    Queen’s term adjuncts stand in solidarity for fair employment