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YUFA successfully negotiated changes to our Long Term Disability Plan

One of the most important benefits programs provided to YUFA members is our Long Term Disability (LTD) Plan which provides income insurance to cover members during times of extended medical or disability leave. In the last round of bargaining YUFA signed a memorandum of agreement - ratified by members -...

YUFA alarmed by new government of Ontario health and safety exemptions for PSE Institutions

At the very last minute and a week before the start of an in-person return to campus, the Ontario government, Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU), introduced new guidelines today exempting postsecondary education institutions from capacity limits and physical distancing measures on campuses. As we face a fourth-wave of the pandemic,...

Council of Ontario Universities calls for "greater flexibility" to loosen health and safety standards

The Council of Ontario Universities (COU), which represents the administrations of Ontario’s universities, has issued a call for the Ford government to support “a Safe In-Person Reopening for Students, Staff and Faculty.” In its statement the COU calls for a provincial vaccine certification system to support mandatory vaccination policies. It also urges the government...

YUFA update on the return to campus and upcoming SGMM

With less than two weeks before the start of classes, reports of escalating COVID-19 infections in Ontario during this 4th wave of the pandemic have faculty members concerned about their health and safety, as well as the health and safety of family members, students, staff and the York University community. ...

Important YUFA Updates on COVID-19 and Fall 2021-Winter 2022 Planning

Since our July 26th, 2021 communiqué on YUFA Guidelines for Fall-Winter 2021-2022 Return Plans, the York University administration provided responses by email to some of the questions raised by YUFA. We wish to share 

YUFA Guidelines for Fall-Winter 2021-2022 Return Plans

As the fall term approaches, and with the continued uncertainty about the impact on University’s operations due to the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, we wish to provide some clarity to members about the York University Faculty Association’s position with respect to the rights of members over the mode...

Health & Safety Checklist for University Re-Opening

To access the full document compiled by public health experts at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health who serve on the University of Toronto Faculty Association (UTFA) side of the U of T Central Health and Safety Committee