The questions referred to in the QUFA letter can be found here
Dear QUFA Members, Welcome back. I hope that your term has gotten off to a great start. To help ease back into teaching, QUFA is hosting a free BBQ on Thursday (September 12) for QUFA members and their families. The BBQ runs from 4:30-6:00pm in Breakwater Park just across the → 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.
Dear Members, A few matters have arisen that we want to bring to your attention. University Pension Plan Consent: The phase for non-union members of the Queen’s Pension Plan to consent and for retirees to object to moving to the UPP has ended. Sufficient consent was received from pension plan → Learn More
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
Download May 2019 QUFA Voices here
Dear Colleagues, Another significant milestone has been achieved towards the creation of the University Pension Plan Ontario (UPP). We are extremely pleased to share that the required consent threshold has been surpassed at Queen’s University, enabling the conversion to the UPP to proceed. UPP consent thresholds were also met at → Learn More
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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
2019. May 13 “Doug Ford’s War on the Universities” 2019, April 24 “Sounding and Alarm” 2019, April 16 “From Scapegoating to Mandatory Retirement”
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.
(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
Dear QUFA Members, As you may have heard, QUFA has negotiated terms for a new Collective Agreement (2019-2022) and for transitioning from the Queen’s Pension Plan (QPP) to the University Pension Plan (UPP) in 2021. The features of these tentative agreements were shared with members at the Fall General Meeting → Learn More
Dear QUFA Members, Please be advised of the following deadline. The deadline for submitting an application for QUFA Tuition Support is February 28, 2019. More information and the application form may be found on the Human Resources website: http://www.queensu.ca/humanresources/wellness-accessibility/employee-benefits/tuition-support-plan Regards, Elizabeth Polnicky Office Administrator email@example.com 613-533-2151
Please find the fourth bargaining alert attached. We are in negotiations today and hope to bring you more substantive news before the QUFA Fall General Meeting on Wednesday, December 12 (1:15pm, Ellis Hall Auditorium). In the meantime, this alert reviews the timing of decisions. To read Bargaining Alert! 4: Where → Learn More
Dear QUFA Members, Apologies for the late email. QUFA met the University again today (Friday, December 7); the day proved much more productive than the last meeting. The University responded to QUFA’s rejection of the University’s initial proposals with a considerably more promising package. Their proposals included a monetary offset for increased → 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