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YUFA guidance on Senate Policy

In a recent communication, the Senate Executive affirmed Senate Policy that individual faculty members are best positioned to determine how academic integrity will be preserved in their courses during a “short disruption,” as defined by the Senate Policy.  On the eve of the CUPE 3903 strike, some YUFA members received...

Employer inserts banners in eClass course pages

YUFA members teaching courses and using eClass will have noticed that the Employer has inserted banners in eClass course pages such as this one: This intervention by the Employer in eClass – of which YUFA members were not alerted – calls into question the use of eClass as a teaching...

Statement on the cancellation of classes by individual faculty members

Deans/Principal have requested notification from faculty members about decisions to suspend a class in the context of the current CUPE 3903 strike. This has caused some members to question what they should do. The decision about whether to suspend classes to preserve the academic integrity of a course rests exclusively...

Support CUPE 3903 rally on Monday, Feb.26 @ 11:00am

You are invited to join a rally on Monday, February 26, at 11:00am outside the York University subway station. The rally is to support CUPE 3903 in its efforts to negotiate a new collective agreement that addresses affordability and equity. Professor Patrick Phillips, YUFA Vice President External, will be giving...

Resolution for Employer LTD premium deduction errors

YUFA has recently resolved a dispute with the Employer on historic long-term disability (LTD) premium deduction errors experienced by members on Reduced Load and Irrevocable Reduced Load. As part of the resolution we have secured a small fund to be distributed among members who come forward with LTD premium deduction...

Potential strike by CUPE 3903

CUPE 3903 will be in a legal strike position as soon as February 22, 2024 should negotiations with the Employer fail to reach a new collective agreement. CUPE 3903 represents approximately 3,700 contract faculty, teaching assistants, graduate assistants, and research assistants at York University. The purpose of this document is...

Uploading grades to eClass

On February 12, 2024, YUFA learned that Deans and Associate-Deans in various faculties have asked YUFA members to upload grades from their current course (winter, or year-long) to eClass, and do so prior to the start of the reading week (Feb. 17-23, 2024). It is alleged the request stems from...

Bill 124 again found unconstitutional

On February 12, 2024, the Court of Appeal for Ontario, released its decision on Bill 124 – legislation that capped wages for unionized public sector employees, including YUFA members, at 1% per year for three years.  The court in a majority ruling upheld the lower court decision that the legislation...

YUFA continues to improve health benefits for retired members

Last year, due to the settlement of a 2021 grievance, retired YUFA members saw significant improvements to health and dental benefits. This was after considerable obstruction from the employer. One of these new benefits is an annual Health Spending Account (HSA). This is an individual account with a fixed dollar...