Officer Workplan 2012-13

President – Arthur Hilliker

  • Perform the duties of President as outlined in the YUFA Constitution and By-laws.
  • Inform members of specific YUFA activities and facilitate participation in YUFA activities by members by meeting with units and other groups of YUFA members, as appropriate.
  • Serve on Senate as YUFA Senator.
  • Serve as Chief Fiduciary Officer of the Association.
  • Continue to lead the three-member YUFA team representing the Executive for discussion of possible Pension Plan changes with the Employer related to the Plan’s solvency. Work with our legal counsel and actuary and the other unions on pension issues and discussion of possible pension plan changes with the Employer.

VP Internal – Mary Kandiuk

As per the YUFA By-laws, the Vice-President Internal:

  • assists the President in ensuring YUFA’s internal operations are running smoothly and in accordance with the Constitution and By-laws,
  • recruits members to contribute to the Association,
  • chairs YUFA’s staff relations committee,
  • is a member of Executive and Stewards’ Council, and
  • develops and carries out priorities and projects as part of the Workplan.

In addition to the above-mentioned duties, the activities of the Vice-President Internal will focus on the following priorities in the coming year: Association Renewal / Building Participation in YUFA:

  • welcome, inform and reach out to new members,
  • work to develop a strategy for membership renewal, and
  • work to fill current and future vacancies on YUFA Committees.

Joint Task Force on Inclusivity & Diversity:

  • as Co-Chair of the Joint Task Force on Inclusivity & Diversity work with other members of the Task Force to complete the Inclusivity & Diversity Survey Final Report.

VP External – Livy Visano

Perform the duties of Vice-President External as outlined in the YUFA Constitution and By-laws (italicized):
— develop and carry out priorities and projects as part of the workplan
I believe that external development is integral to YUFA’s mission. As VP External, I will build continue to on our past accomplishments and further strengthen proactive advocacy, coalition-building and ongoing consultation with our various constituencies on and off campus; enhance YUFA’s external profile and presence; expand YUFA’s engagements with community based groups / organizations; promote greater inclusivity with respect to CAUT, NUCAUT, Toronto and York Region Labour Council, and OCUFA; and, facilitate more strategic and operational partnerships among inter and intra-University unions. The above activities reflect three interrelated themes that characterize external relations: relationship building, representation, and recognition (3 Rs).

 

In addition to the above, specifically I will seek to promote the research activities of our members by i) facilitating links between the respective research interests in social justice and equity of our members and the various progressive community-based agencies / organizations; ii) facilitating research partnerships with charitable and non-profit organizations; and iii) recognizing and promoting research interests consistent with YUFA’s commitment to social justice.

 

Relationship building
— liaise with campus unions, student organisations, OCUFA, CAUT, NUCAUT, and other labour and education groups
Continue to nurture and expand the well-developed links with CUPE 3903, YUSA, Graduate Student Association (GSA) and York Students’ Federation (YSF). My first priority is to collaborate with CUPE 3903, YFS, and the GSA re immediate issues such as quality of education. A strengthening of YUFA’s links with all campus unions and student associations enables a more active, ongoing, mutual and progressive consultative process guided by a joint commitment to political engagement. This open, accountable and accessible set of relations in pulling together reflects an authentic spirit of community collaboration. The following will be implemented: promote an understanding of the interests of all campus unions and student associations; increase the flow of information; encourage proactive consultation; invite a wider degree of participation in the planning and development of various community projects. I will encourage a collaborative public education orientation (consciousness-raising) within York University (especially an outreach to the general student population) and the wider community regarding YUFA’s role and responsibilities as a union. I will be setting up regular consultations with YFS, CFS (Ontario), and OPSEU.

Off-Campus Activities:
I will liaise with appropriate provincial and national faculty associations as well as non-academic unions in terms of action and lobbying on such matters as labour relations, education, health and safety, retirement, transportation, and housing (e.g., OCUFA, CAUT, NUCAUT, OFL, METRAC, OCAP, OPIRG, Toronto and York Region Labour Council, Ontarians with Disabilities Alliance (AODA), Action Education Toronto, Ontario Health Coalition, and local teachers’ unions). I will be striking a working group of all Vice-Presidents External in the GTA (UofT, UOIT, Ryerson, OCAD).

Representation
I will seek to ensure i) YUFA’s active representation and recognition on provincial and national faculty associations and ii) YUFA’s representation of the external interests of its members. These interests inter alia include: responding to prevailing “market” pressures, government benchmarks / targets, workload, and erosion of union consciousness. As a leading unionized faculty association, YUFA’s active representation on these bodies is critical. Clearly, sustained communication beyond York University enhances YUFA’s profile, credibility and capacity to be effective.
— track external affairs pertinent to members’ interests and co-ordinate involvement in associated actions

Recognition
YUFA recognizes and promotes the commitment of its members to social justice. I will work towards supporting existing community projects and facilitate the development of community-related initiatives (the input from the wider community and YUFA’s outreach activities). Given my experience in working with a number of community-based organizations, I will further pursue YUFA’s tradition of supporting issues of social justice and equity. I will work with members in promoting YUFA’s role and responsibility vis-à-vis social justice – notably external political, economic, educational, social, and health issues.
— Member of Executive and Stewards’ Council,
— Member of Community Projects Committee,
— Co-Chair of All Campus Unions Committee
— Member of YUFA Staff Relations,
— Member of OCUFA Staff Relations,
— Alternate member, Senate.

Chief Stewards – Sheila Embleton & Penni Stewart

As the two Chief Stewards for YUFA, we work closely with the YUFA staff, especially Kristin Skinner. The work of the two Chief Stewards in the coming year will include:

Providing informal and formal advice to YUFA members in all contractually-related matters and representing members in meetings with the Employer.

Representing members in all stages of the grievance and arbitration process.

Alerting the YUFA Executive to potential policy grievances and carrying any such grievances forward.

Organizing and Chairing the meetings of the Stewards’ Council and Grievance Subcommittee. In the coming year, Penni Stewart will Chair the Stewards’ Council and Sheila Embleton will Chair the Grievance Subcommittee.

Participating in the work of the YUFA Executive, the Joint Committee on the Administration of the Agreement (JCOAA) and the subcommittees of JCOAA where appropriate. Both Chief Stewards attend Executive and this year, Sheila Embleton will attend JCOAA meetings.

Assisting units with all matters pertaining to the administration of the Collective Agreement from affirmative action to workload assignment.

Communicating regularly with stewards and YUFA members on matters relevant to the Collective Agreement or grievance work more generally.

Recruiting stewards and members of the Grievance Subcommittee, where needed. Working with Stewards on issues of interest to stewards and to provide stewards’ education and training.

Participating in the OCUFA Grievance Committee and in OCUFA and CAUT events involving grievance and collective agreements.

Communications Officer – Nicola Short

My highest priority in the coming year will be to focus on working with staff to redesign YUFA’s website, as per the platform on which I was elected to this position. That platform called for a site with the following features:

Accessible information on how YUFA functions in practice, demystifying its work for members unfamiliar with its specific procedures.

Greater access to information on matters of concern to members in a clearer, issue-based format (e.g., pensions, teaching stream, workload). Such a resource would assemble materials from a breadth of relevant sources, including YUFA itself, York and all its constituent elements, as well as other universities and academic organizations as comprehensively as possible.

A means for members to follow discussions of these issues in YUFA and at York more broadly, with timely updates from relevant bodies of the Association (Executive, its subcommittees, Stewards’ Council), the Joint Committee on the Administration of the Agreement (JCOAA), Senate, the various Faculty Councils, etc.

A space for members to communicate interactively with each other and with the elected leadership of the Association. A secure, moderated, online forum for members to report or discuss work-related concerns could help draw attention to challenges we face in ensuring the full implementation of our collective agreement.

This redesign will involve, inter alia: research into the best hosts for the website that, as interactivity increases, might include more potentially sensitive communication; the design and construction of a new site; and writing some new content as per necessary given the above. I will also continue my predecessor’s practice of compiling Executive Summaries.

Treasurer – Danielle Beausoleil

The Treasurer’s regular responsibilities include preparing YUFA’s annual budget and financial reports on the state of Association’s finances, monitoring YUFA’s financial position, providing financial advice on spending and investment matters and participating in the work of the Executive Committee and Stewards’ Council. In addition, for the 2012-13 year, I intend to work under the guidance of the auditor’s recommendations arising from the YUFA Financial Statements of the previous year.

Equity Officers – Ida Ferrara & Rose Steele

The ongoing work of Equity Officers involves regular attendance at the Executive Committee and Stewards’ Council meetings where we will maintain a watching brief on equity issues of the Collective Agreement and equity issues which arise out of YUFA business. Equity Officers also will liaise regularly with equity-seeking constituencies, such as Access York.

We will work with respective constituencies in order to advance equity, especially with regard to the intersectionality of equity issues. Building relations continues to be important and we will meet as needed with various equity-related offices on campus (e.g., Human Rights, Affirmative Action Officer, etc.). Our involvement with the Caucuses will be appropriate to that desired by each Caucus, though we welcome increased invitations to Caucus meetings.

Equity Officers will meet with the Equity Subcommittee at least once in the fall term and again in the winter term and will bring forward concerns from the Equity Subcommittee to the Executive Committee. In conjunction with the Equity Subcommittee, we will explore potential activities within the University that would allow Equity Officers to hear from various interested constituencies regarding concerns that could be taken up in the future. We will host an Equity forum on November 15th, 2012 and look forward to engagement with the YUFA membership.

This year, Ida Ferrara will remain a member of the Joint Committee on the Administration of the Agreement (JCOAA).

The Equity Officers will continue to investigate the relevant equity clauses from other Canadian universities, as well as from suggestions from CAUT that YUFA may wish to consider for future Agreements.

Recording Secretary – Heather Campbell

In keeping with By-law 14 h, I will take the minutes for the Executive Committee, General Meetings, and those of the Stewards’ Council.