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OCUFA Report - What the 2018 election results mean for Ontario's professors and academic librarians

June 20, 2018

On June 7, the Ontario voters elected a Progressive Conservative majority government led by Doug Ford. This election outcome has a number of important implications for professors and academic librarians in the province and will pose several challenges and opportunities for the university sector over the next four years.

UWOFA past presidents remain involved in the academic labour movement

June 15, 2018

Several UWOFA past presidents continue their work in the academic labour movement. There are currently four former presidents who hold positions with the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) and the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT). Both organizations support local faculty associations throughout collective bargaining and advocate for the professional interests of faculty members and academic librarians and archivists. Here's what Ann Bigelow, James Compton, and Jeff Tennant have to say about their work beyond the Western campus.

Answering the Call to Serve

Vanessa Brown

June 8, 2018

It seems like they have been working together for years. In fact, barely 10 minutes into a conversation about negotiations last fall, I had already forgotten that Jeff Tennant and Johanna Weststar are about to enter just their first round of negotiations for UWOFA working together as chief negotiator and deputy chief negotiator, respectively. Both Tennant and Weststar fluidly pick up where the other ends, and they speak with ease and conviction about deeply held principles including collegial governance, grassroots mobilizing, and academic freedom. Both also see themselves as a proxy for their faculty colleagues during collective bargaining.

Age discrimination in employee benefits plans unconstitutional: Ontario Human Rights Tribunal

June 7, 2018

The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) was an intervenor in an Ontario human rights case involving age discrimination in employment benefits for those who are 65 years and older.

OCUFA launches provincial election webpage

May 28, 2018

The Ontario provincial election on June 7, 2018 is fast approaching. OCUFA's election campaign webpage is designed to keep you informed about how postsecondary issues are being approached throughout the campaign.

UWOFA outreach initiatives

May 25, 2018

The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) participates in several important initiatives each year. Many are open events and UWOFA encourages interested members to take part.

Announcing recipients of UWOFA Contract Faculty Research and Professional Development Fund

May 18, 2018

The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Contract Faculty Research and Professional Development funding for 2018.

Former UWOFA president elected OCUFA treasurer

May 16, 2018

Ann Bigelow, past president of UWOFA, has been elected treasurer of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA).

The slow march toward equity in the academy

May 9, 2018

Post-secondary institutions have claimed for decades that they are committed to equity and diversity, but their principled stand still falls short. There is progress for women, and more Aboriginal and racialized academics are working in our universities and colleges, but institutions are progressing slowly: too slowly according to a new Education Review released by CAUT.