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YUFA Annual General Meeting, April 11, 2016

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend YUFA’s Annual General Meeting. All members are strongly encouraged to attend. Date: April 11, 2016. Time: 11:00 am to 1:30 pm Location: Founders Assembly Hall Coffee, tea, and muffins will be available. Agenda | Materials The Annual General Meeting of the YUFA Trust and YUFA Foundation to immediately follow (this portion of the meeting begins …

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Annual Meetings of the YUFA Trust and YUFA Foundation

A reminder that all members are encouraged to attend the YUFA Trust and YUFA Foundation meetings immediately following the YUFA Annual General Meeting in the same venue. Agenda packages (including nomination forms for YUFA Trust Trustees and YUFA Foundation Directors), minutes from the previous AGMs, and the Annual Report and Financial Statements are available on the YUFA Trust and Foundation …

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Pension and Retirement Issues

Retiree Benefits after the 2015 Bargaining Round

Robert Drummond, President, Association of Retired Faculty and Librarians As both active members and retirees will now be aware, YUFA recently ratified a tentative settlement with the Employer for new three-year Collective Agreement. While the settlement is a reasonably good one, and probably the best that could be achieved in the present circumstances, it is not very good for retirees. Indeed …

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York Refuses Pension Transfer Option

Richard Wellen, YUFA President YUFA members may remember from a previous report that the employer has unilaterally adopted a new policy--in contravention of the York University Pension Plan text--to no longer allow members to transfer the “commuted value” (monetary equivalent) of one’s pension entitlement out of the plan upon retirement after the age of 65. This change in retirement options was based on …

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Beyond YUFA

YUFA Stewards' Council endorses Fossil Free York campaign

At the Stewards’ Council meeting of April 1, 2016, and following a presentation by Walter Whiteley and Jennifer Mills of Fossil Free York and YUFA Steward Laurence Green, the members of Council approved the following motion by a margin of 24 to 2 (with two abstentions): Be it resolved that York University to: Freeze new fossil fuel investments in the endowment fund …

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York University Faculty Association Endorses Weapons Divestment Campaign

Toronto--March 7, 2016 On Friday March 4 the Stewards’ Council of the York University Faculty Association (YUFA) passed a motion that endorses a broadly supported campus petition calling on York’s Board of Governors to permanently divest from weapons manufacturers. The YUDivest petition has already been endorsed by 76 groups on campus including the York Federation of Students, the Graduate Students …

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OCUFA Prioritizes Precarity, University Governance, and Pensions

Craig Heron, YUFA VP External The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) brings together faculty, both tenure-stream and contract, from all the Ontario universities. Its staff and officers are active year round producing research on post-secondary education, working with member associations on a variety of issues (collective bargaining, university finance, pensions, status of women, governance, and much more), and …

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YUFA Approves Levy to Fund Refugee Student Bursaries

On January 20, 2016, YUFA members approved a proposed levy to support two existing bursaries that support York students who are refugees, with 64.3% voting in favour. As detailed in a previous post, this twelve-month levy is expected to raise approximately $90,000, which will provide an infusion to the CRS Bursary for Refugee Students and the UNHCR/CRS Refugee Student Bursary, both administered …

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Events and Calls for Involvement

Call for Nominations:

Joint Committee on Affirmative Action

YUFA is seeking one member for the Joint Implementation Committee on Affirmative Action for Faculty and Librarians (Article 12.22). The mandate of this subcommittee is to ensure that units conform to the Article 12.21 criteria for selecting candidates and to ensure that units actively seek out and give fair consideration in their selection processes to candidates designated in the affirmative action …

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Roundtable Discussion on Immigration and Disability Discrimination

The family of FES faculty and YUFA member Felipe Montoya was recently deemed inadmissible for permanent residency because 13-year-old Nico, who has Down syndrome, might pose an "excessive demand" on Canadian social services. Does this decision go against the Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms that guards against the discrimination of any person based on physical or mental disability? Historically, ideas …

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Beyond the competition fetish: Higher education for global wellbeing

Professor Rajani Naidoo Chair in Higher Education Management and Director International Centre for Higher Education Management, University of Bath, U.K. This is a free public event but advance registration is required (go to event website) Reception to follow Universities everywhere have a competition fetish. There is a modern-day magical belief that competition will provide the solutions to all of the unsolved problems of …

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Increasing Your Persuasiveness: An Interactive Workshop for Academic Women

OCUFA's Status of Women Committee is hosting a workshop on April 29, 2016 entitled Increasing Your Persuasiveness: An Interactive Workshop for Academic Women. This workshop is the latest in a series intended to build the leadership skills of academic women. Led by Shari Graydon, this small, interactive workshop will focus on developing the ability to convince others. From OCUFA's website: …

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Toronto & York Region Labour Council Aboriginal & Workers of Colour Conference

On Saturday May 14th, the Toronto & York Region Labour Council will hold its annual AWOC Conference at the Toronto Don Valley Hotel. The conference title is “Developing Leaders – for Today’s Issues and Tomorrow’s Struggles”. Registration is $60 and includes lunch and parking. YUFA will pay the registration fee for those members who attend and submit a report on the conference proceedings, as …

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