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YUFA urges the employer to adopt additional measures to mitigate COVID-19 transmission

After the Ford government lifted the province’s vaccination and mask mandates in March 2021, a sixth and seventh wave of the pandemic surged in April and July respectively, putting strain on an already overburdened healthcare system in crisis. With students returning to school from the summer break, people returning to...

YUFA urges the employer to expedite backlogged T&P files

Since July, members have been contacting YUFA with reports of delays in tenure and/or promotion (T&P) files across units and faculties. While there have been delays in expediting T&P files over the years, the lengthy and distressing delays members are currently experiencing are unprecedented. Upon investigation, YUFA discovered that the...

YUFA is seeking nominations for the Joint Subcommittee on Benefits

The Joint Subcommittee on Benefits has representatives from YUFA and the Employer and is tasked with addressing benefits issues. There are various important matters on its agenda, but there are vacancies on the YUFA side of the Subcommittee. We are calling on members to submit their nominations for this committee....

Employer and SunLife unilaterally restrict coverage of medical marijuana

The new SunLife benefit booklet has restrictions on accessing medical marijuana that YUFA never agreed to and that we are currently addressing with Faculty Relations. The inappropriate restrictions in the benefits booklet include a pre-approval process and the ability for SunLife to determine which conditions they will cover.Benefits identified in...

It's time for McMaster University to agree to a fair contract. Solidarity with CUPE 3906

The York University Faculty Association expresses its solidarity with members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 3906. The union, representing over 300 contract faculty members who deliver frontline instruction at McMaster University, is seeking improvements to job security, training, wages, and retirement security. After a year of contract...

Employer delays prevent YUFA members from accessing research funds

On September 20th, 2021, YUFA won a landmark arbitration over the loss of Graduate Assistant (GA) support. Arbitrator Michelle Flaherty concluded that York University’s decision to unilaterally alter its approach to graduate student funding adversely impacted YUFA members and their ability to carry out their research and work. The arbitrator...