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Bargaining 2015

Bargaining Update #7:

YUFA Develops Revised Package of Proposals; Employer Still Says No

Negotiations with our Employer have entered their sixth month. As outlined in previous bargaining updates, YUFA is seeking progress on several longstanding high priority issues, including (1) achieving competitive teaching loads; (2) reversing the erosion of collegial process; (3) improving equity in hiring; and (4) re-building the faculty complement. We have pursued these goals in the context of trying to …

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For a summary of the status of a wider range of our proposals, click here.

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Member Advisories

YUFA Workshop on Tenure and Promotion, October 23, 2015

YUFA will be holding an information session on Tenure and Promotion (T&P) on October 23, 2015 from 1:00-3:00pm in York Lanes 280N. This workshop is designed especially for YUFA members in the pre-candidacy phase to provide general information on the York T&P process and timelines, answer questions and provide clarity concerning how YUFA can support members through this process. If you …

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JCOAA Report

Normally, the Joint Committee on the Administration of the Agreement (JCOAA) does not hold full meetings with the Employer during bargaining. However, the JCOAA Co-Chair and the Employer's Co-Chair have continued to meet in recent months. Most recently, agreements have been reached on the following issues:

• Use of Teaching Evaluations from Strike-Affected Semesters in Tenure and Promotion

• Protocols for the Appointment of Canada Research Chairs

• Audiotaping of classes for the purposes of student accommodation, including a revised letter to be used by Counselling and Disability Services

• Informing faculty about the process for requesting accommodation for delivery of materials from SMIL

Read the full report.

Pension News:

Employer agrees to temporary extension of deadline for retiring members wanting to transfer out their pension

As we have outlined in a previous newsletter, the employer has unilaterally imposed new administrative rules changing the portability provisions of the York University Pension Plan. In particular, the new rules prohibit Plan members from transferring the value of their pension entitlement to a “locked-in” registered retirement savings plan or life income fund if they retire after attaining the age …

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Beyond YUFA

McMaster Librarians Vote to Strike in Face of Astonishing Demands for Concessions

On October 9, 2015, the McMaster University Academic Librarians' Association (MUALA) voted unanimously in favour of a strike mandate in the face of major concessions demanded by their employer. These concessions would severely reduce the scope of collegial decision-making in the library and would result in the employer having "almost complete discretion to hire, to assign merit pay, to evaluation performance, and to promote." (MUALA Bargaining Update #3)

YUFA's Library Chapter has issues a strong statement of support for their colleagues at McMaster.

YUFA Community Projects

Success Beyond Limits: Another Successful Summer

This summer 100 grade 9 students from the Jane and Finch neighbourhood graduated from SBL summer program. The program was started with the support of YUFA CP and is designed to address low graduation rates in the Jane Finch community by helping student’s transition into high school while earning high school credits. SBL positions students for success by providing much …

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Calls for Involvement

Call for Nominations: YUFA Returning Officer

YUFA is seeking one member to serve as Returning Officer until May 31, 2016. The Returning Officer shall ensure that all Association elections during this period, including Officer elections, by-elections, elections to Stewards’ Council, and ratification votes, conform with the Constitution and By-laws. The deadline for nominations is October 22, 2015. YUFA members who wish to nominate colleagues (with their consent), or …

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YUFA General Membership Meeting, November 3, 2015

The next General Membership Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 3, 2015 from 3:30-5:30pm in Founders 152. The official draft agenda will soon be distributed on YUFA-M, but topics will include:

• Bargaining

• Faculty Club planning

• Election of Trustees

CAUT Forum for Aboriginal Academic Staff, November 6-7, 2015

The Canadian Association of University Teachers will be holding its 5th Forum for Aboriginal Academic Staff on November 6-7, 2015 at the Radisson Hotel Downtown in Winnipeg, Manitoba. From the CAUT's website: "In light of the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Report, this year's forum will allow participants to collectively consider: The implications of austerity measures on Aboriginal academic staff …

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YUFA Retirees' 16th Annual Showcase and Sale, November 10, 2015

The Association of Retired Faculty and Librarians of York University is holding their 16th annual showcase and sale on November 10, 2015, 9:00am-3:00pm in the East Bear Pit of Central Square. The sale features a wide range of crafts, jewellery, painting and photography, and baked goods. All proceeds from the Bake Table and the Attic Treasures Table will be donated …

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Ontario Federation of Labour Convention, November 23-27, 2015

Along with our Vice-President External, YUFA is sending up to three delegates to the Ontario Federation of Labour's upcoming biennial convention, being held November 23-27, 2015 at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto. The convention theme for 2015 is "The Ontario We Want". This is an important opportunity to meet with other workers in the university sector in Ontario, as well as …

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