OCUFA Report - In a first, UOITFA wins consolidation of bargaining units

August 16, 2018

On August 7, the Ontario Labour Relations Board agreed to consolidate the three bargaining units represented by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology Faculty Association (UOITFA) into a single unit, covered by one collective agreement.

UWOFA welcomes new Board of Directors members

August 9, 2018

On July 1, the UWOFA Board of Directors welcomed seven new members for the 2018-2019 academic year.

OCUFA planning Queen's Park Advocacy Day for November

August 7, 2018

In an effort to build stronger relationships with new and re-elected MPPs, OCUFA will be holding its annual Advocacy Day in the fall rather than the spring this year. On November 13, professors and academic librarians from across Ontario will converge on Queen's Park to share their priorities for the province's universities.

OCUFA Report - Statement on back-to-work legislation tabled by Ontario government

July 30, 2018

The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) strongly condemns the tabling of back-to-work legislation by the new Ontario government aimed at the striking members of Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3903 (CUPE 3903). We firmly support the rights of all academic workers to fair negotiations and good-faith collective bargaining, and are concerned with any attempts by government to interfere with the bargaining process.

UWOFA to march in London Pride Parade

July 20, 2018

The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) is proud to show its support for LGBT+ rights by marching in the London Pride Parade again this year.

OCUFA Report - Significant arbitration decision on use of student questionnaires for teaching evaluation

July 16, 2018

A recent arbitration award between the Ryerson Faculty Association and Ryerson University has established an important precedent for faculty associations, and lends support to others who have been arguing that student questionnaires are deeply problematic instruments for the purpose of evaluating faculty members' teaching effectiveness.

Contract faculty fund recipient developing Indigenous astronomy course

Vanessa Brown

July 9, 2018

For Robert Cockcroft, now is the time to develop a course that blends western and Indigenous astronomy. And that project - to build a course that combines the science of the stars with the folklore of Canada's first people - got a boost this summer from UWOFA. Cockcroft is a recipient of the UWOFA Contract Faculty Research and Professional Development Fund.

Arbitrator makes significant ruling on student questionnaires on courses and teaching

July 6, 2018

An arbitrator has ruled that student questionnaires on courses and teaching cannot be used to measure teaching effectiveness in promotion and tenure decisions at Ryerson University. The decision could set a strong precedent for other faculty associations working to discontinue the inappropriate use of student questionnaires.

UWOFA welcomes new president Dan Belliveau

July 4, 2018

On July 1, UWOFA welcomed Dan Belliveau as president for a one-year term. Belliveau, an associate professor in the School of Health Studies, has been active within UWOFA for a number of years. He served as vice-president in 2017-2018, chair of the Benefits Committee from 2009-2016, has sat on two faculty negotiating teams and has been a member of the Board of Directors. He strongly believes the faculty association plays an advocacy role on behalf of faculty, librarian and archivist members.