All Members are welcome to attend. There are two Orders of the Day. The first is a review of the recommendations of the Benefit Review Committee with regard to modifying our supplementary medical package with Great West Life. The second is an update on the University Pension Plan with special → Learn More
1. QUFA Annual Lecture with Ira Wells on April 6th at 2pm: Professor Wells (University of Toronto) will be joining us to talk about the hot-button issue of free speech on university campuses. His talk is titled “Virtue Signals: Anti-Intellectualism and the Weaponization of Free Speech on Campus” and will → Learn More
Download March 2018 Voices here
Dear QUFA Members, Please find attached an information bulletin about the University Pension Plan project that QUFA has been involved in for a few years now. This is the first official communication from those who have been working on establishing a new, jointly-sponsored pension plan for the university sector (the → Learn More
Stevenson Fergus and the 2018 QUFA Nominations Committee welcome nominations and inquiries from all members who are interested to serve on QUFA committees or who would like more information about how to get involved. Please see here for more information.
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives released a report about precarious work in Ontario’s postsecondary education sector. It is available here: https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/no-temporary-solution.
In response to growing Member concern about the workings and ramifications of the “New” or “Activity-Base” budget model introduced by former Provost Alan Harrison, QUFA commissioned Professor Emeritus John Holmes (Queen’s, Geography) to prepare a review and critique of how this kind of budgeting works in general and how it → Learn More
To read Elizabeth Hanson’s (QUFA JCAA Co-Chair) comment on how “merit” works and what has changed with a biennial model (attached) click here.
Dear Colleagues, QUFA and the University administration have reached an agreement about the use of the software tool, Faculty180, for the use of filing biennial and annual reports in 2017. Members may use the Faculty180 tool in lieu of the current forms on a strictly voluntary basis. QUFA sought voluntary → Learn More
All Members are welcome to attend. Our Order of the Day is a discussion with Rob Hickey about what is happening with the Benefits Review process and a review of responses to the benefits survey. Please invite newer QUFA colleagues to attend with you. View Agenda here
Fair Copyright event with Paul Jones of the Canadian Association of University Teachers is today at 2pm at the University Club. This will be followed, at 3:30, by a Quaff with QUFA – first drink on us – to mark the end of classes and continue the conversation. All Members → Learn More
Dear QUFA Members, See below for an urgent appeal from the Canadian Association of University Teachers to support justice for Dr. Hassan Diab by petitioning Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tomorrow to intervene directly with the President of France to secure Diab’s release from prison. There are three ways you can → Learn More
Download November QUFA Voices here.
Dear QUFA Members, In anticipation of a strong “No” vote, rejecting the College Employers’ offer, faculty at St. Lawrence College will be holding a solidarity rally at their picket site, 100 Portsmouth Avenue (main entrance) on Friday, November 17th. at 11:00 am Please come out to show your support throughout the → Learn More
QUFA Event: Fair Copyright: Paul Jones from the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) will join us on Friday, December 1 at 2pm at the University Club to tell us what is happening with the current review of the Canadian Copyright Act and what it means for Queen’s Librarians and → Learn More
Dear QUFA Members, This Friday at noon there will be a rally at St. Lawrence College in support of striking faculty (see attached poster for details). The strike, now in its third week, is about the unsustainable reliance on part-time contract faculty who make up 75% of instructors on college → Learn More
Download October 2017 QUFA Voices here. Note: If you have difficulty viewing the graphs on p. 2 of this issue of QUFA Voices, please use a browser other than Safari. We recommend Firefox.
In fewer than 2 business days, 110 QUFA members chose to opt out of the Copibec lawsuit against Laval University (and its faculty employees) for copyright infringement! Laval, like many other Canadian post-secondary institutions, already pays high fees to use published work and should not have to pay more to → Learn More
Dear QUFA Members, Copibec is suing Université Laval in our names. We have the right to say no. Much like Access Copyright, Copibec licenses and collects copyright fees for reproduction of works. And in much the same way that Access Copyright has taken York University to court over fair dealing → Learn More