After many years of proudly serving the QUFA Membership, Ramneek decided it was time to move on to seek new opportunities.
Download May 2019 QUFA Voices here
In the meantime, please stay tuned to QUFA communications over the summer. We are also watching closely to see if the government will be imposing wage caps on the sector (which could affect our next Collective Agreement even if this one is safe) and on the tying of university funding → Learn More
Please note that the QUFA office will be closed on Fridays, June 28- August 30 inclusive. We will also be short-staffed from time to time to accommodate staff vacations and appreciate your patience during this period.
Michael Conlon, OCUFA Executive Director to speak at QUFA Council Meeting on May 16, 2019 on “Universities Under Ford: Current Challenges, Looming Threats” from 1:30-3:00, presentation open to all members, To view presentation click here.
Dear Members, Please note that the new QUFA-Queen’s University Collective Agreement begins on May 1st, 2019. Due to the unique nature of bargaining in December, as a result of the UPP consent process, MOAs were signed with the intention to update the relevant articles of the Collective Agreement in the → Learn More
2019. May 13 “Doug Ford’s War on the Universities” 2019, April 24 “Sounding and Alarm” 2019, April 16 “From Scapegoating to Mandatory Retirement”
(Letter from Michael Conlon, Executive Director OCUFA (April 15, 2019) Dear colleagues, Following our review of the budget document on Friday, we have been further looking into the details of the different provisions and changes in the Ontario budget bill. We have identified a new amendment to the Ministry of → Learn More
Dear QUFA Members, You recently received a notice package explaining your current pension status and comparing the Queen’s plan with the University Pension Plan under development. Many people have inquired about the difference in the value of their pension reported in these packages with the value projected in our annual → Learn More
QUFA Annual Event: This year, instead of a lecture, QUFA is hosting a workshop on “Illness and Disability: Know Your Rights, Protect Your Future” on April 16, 2-3:30pm, University Club. There is more information on the topics and presenters here. Please RSVP to Elizabeth Polnicky at firstname.lastname@example.org. QUFA Spring General → Learn More
We are very pleased to announce that 96% of QUFA members of the Queen’s Pension Plan who voted said yes to convert the pension and renew the collective agreement. This represents 75% of all Queen’s Pension Plan Members in QUFA. This is a clear mandate to move forward and build → Learn More
QUFA and Queen’s, along with United Steelworkers on campus, and the folks at the University of Toronto and Guelph University, have designed a new, jointly sponsored pension plan called the University Pension Plan. QUFA supports joining this plan and negotiated terms for pension conversion with Queen’s in late 2018. QUFA → Learn More
Dear QUFA Members, If you have followed recent communications from QUFA and Queen’s, you know we are in the process of discussing conversion to a new pension for Queen’s employees. This new pension plan, the University Pension Plan, has been developed by unions and employers at Queen’s, Guelph and the → Learn More
Please be advised that the QUFA office will be closed between December 21 and January 1 inclusive and will reopen on January 2.
Dear Members, Please take a moment to read the attached update from your Chief Negotiators, Elizabeth Hanson and Rob Hickey. The full bargaining team includes Michael White, Melissa Houghtaling, Paul Young and from QUFA staff, Micheline Waring and me. Also, mark your calendars to attend the QUFA Fall General Meeting → Learn More
“A crisis in science literacy and communication: Does reluctance to engage the public make academic scientists complicit?” published online 22 November 2018. To read John’s editorial click here.
Download November 2018 Voices here
Dear QUFA Members, Attached is the first Bargaining Bulletin with important information for the upcoming collective agreement negotiations outlining the context for pension conversion negotiations, offsets, terms for a new collective agreement and timelines. We encourage you to read this let us let us know if you have questions or → Learn More
QUFA Lunches and Learns in November: All Welcome! The next workplace L&L is “Having Difficult Conversations” on Nov. 16 and the next financial planning L&L is “Reaping Harvest: Late Career Financial Planning” on Nov. 27 (both 12-1pm, University Club). More information here: http://qufa.ca/events/. As a light lunch is provided, please → Learn More
Good afternoon, Queen’s University, University of Guelph and The University of Toronto, together with their faculty associations, the United Steelworkers (USW) and representatives of the non-unionized employees at the three universities (through the Ontario Association of Non-Unionized University Employees) are working diligently to develop a new pension plan that would → Learn More
Download October 2018 Voices here
Brothers, Sisters, and Fellow Workers, I’m reaching out to implore you to join us this Thursday, October 25th from 6-7pm at the Princess/MacDonnell Tim Hortons as we rally against Doug Ford’s repeal of Bill 148. Today, Doug Ford has at last moved beyond rumours and informal statements. Legislation has been → Learn More