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Staff cuts feared as uCalgary faces $22-million shortfall read more …

Tasked with bringing in a balanced budget for 2011-12, the University of Calgary, which is facing a $21.7-million deficit, is spending $30 million on an ongoing administrative review, and the institution is in the midst of labour negotiations with support staff, while a round of talks with faculty is set to begin early next year.

Ontario ignoring ILO ruling on part-time college employees read more …

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union states the Ontario government has snubbed the International Labour Organization (ILO) by refusing to respond to the union's allegations regarding the rights of part-time college workers to unionize.

TAs and CIs at Carleton University reach tentative settlements read more …

OTTAWA, ON Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Contact Instructors (CIs) at Carleton University, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 4600, have reached tentative settlements with the administration, averting a strike. Last week, an agreement was also reached for Carleton University support staff, members of CUPE 2424.

CUPE locals to present 1,400 signatures requesting Carleton avoid a strike read more …

Carleton University office and professional staff, teaching assistants, contract instructors and faculty will be attending the University's Board of Governors meeting October 25 to pressure the University into reaching a fair settlement with its three largest Unions.

SEIU Local 2 at McMaster ratifies tentative agreement read more …

SEIU Local 2 at McMaster has ratified the tentative settlement reached last week by a vote of 60% in favour of ratification.

Striking NOSM staff reject tentative deal read more …

Striking administrative, clerical, and technical workers at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine have voted 76.8% against a tentative contract deal reached earlier this month.

uWindsor support staff set strike deadline read more …

In a vote over the weekend, members from 4 groups of support staff at the University of Windsor voted 96% in favour of setting a strike deadline of October 21.

Ruling gives U of T profs 4.5 per cent over two years read more …

A labour arbitrator, saying he will not be a "minion of government" and bend to Queen's Park's call for a public sector wage freeze, has granted professors and librarians at the University of Toronto a 4.5 per cent raise over two years.

Part-time faculty at MSVU in Halifax ratify new contract read more …

HALIFAX, NS The part-time faculty at Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) has ratified their new union contract with the university.

Carleton faculty approve strike mandate read more …

Carleton University's academic staff association voted 88.5% in favour of giving its bargaining team a strike mandate.

UWOSA votes 95% in favour of strike action read more …

720 UWOSA members turned out to vote and delivered the negotiation team a 95% Strike Mandate.

Tentative deal reached in NOSM strike read more …

A tentative agreement has been reached between the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and more than 150 striking office, administrative and technical staff represented by OPSEU Local 677.

Results of OCUFA's Faculty Survey read more …
CFS, CAUT object to proposed Access Copyright tariff applied to PSE read more …

Like Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA), the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) and Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) have sent a joint statement of objection to the Copyright Board regarding the recently proposed Access Copyright royalty rates specific to post-secondary institutions.

Report Reveals Gender Gap in university professor salaries read more …

Male professors at Canadian universities on average earn higher salaries than their female colleagues - with the discrepancy reaching more than $20,000 at some institutions, according to numbers released Tuesday by Statistics Canada.

Ontario needs to provide more answers on proposed wage freeze, says OCUFA president read more …

The Ontario government still needs to answer some hard questions about its proposed compensation restraint, writes Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations president Mark Langer in a column published in Monday's Toronto Star.

Federal Government Reviewing Equity Law read more …

The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) is expressing alarm about the federal government's review of employment equity and its impact on hiring in universities and colleges.

UWOFA says farewell read more …

UWOFA says farewell to Mike Carroll and Paul Handford. Mike Carroll has accepted a position at Wilfrid Laurier as the new dean of the Faculty of Arts and Paul Handford has retired, sorta.

Staff cuts begin at uWindsor read more …

As part of a bid to cut $27.5 million from the University of Windsor's annual budget, 3 non-teaching employees were laid off last week, which has union leaders worried about more layoffs.

UBC faculty association appeals court decision on academic governance read more …

The University of British Columbia's faculty association has appealed the BC Court of Appeal's recent decision on a case concerning a collective agreement.

Student, Faculty groups criticize copyright legislation read more …

Legislation tabled June 2nd to amend the Copyright Act will undermine the ability of students and instructors to access and make use of copyrighted works, argue the CFS and CAUT.

Laurentian faculty criticize classroom rental to train replacement Vale Inco workers read more …

In a letter to Laurentian University's president, the school's faculty association criticizes the university for renting classroom space to Vale Inco to train replacement workers.

CAUT may censure uManitoba over professor's dismissal read more …

At a recent meeting of the Canadian Association of University Teachers council, delegates voted unanimously to begin the process of censuring the University of Manitoba and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority after an ad-hoc committee concluded that the university and the WRHA dismissed Dr. Larry Reynolds, a tenured professor of medicine at uManitoba, without just cause or due process.

BC court ruling touches on bicameral nature of universities read more …

University Affairs' Leo Charbonneau notes on his "Margin Notes" blog that some observers consider a recent ruling from the BC Court of Appeal important because it touches on the bicameral nature of universities.

Strike at uMontréal ends read more …

Université de Montréal lecturers voted April 11 to accept a contract offer and end a labour dispute that began in mid-February.

McMaster University Librarians Unionize read more …

The McMaster University academic librarians have formed a new association, the McMaster University Academic Librarians Association (MUALA), and decided to unionize under the Ontario Labour Relations Act.

Job cuts feared at uManitoba read more …

"Morale at the university in all levels is at an all-time low," says the president of the union representing several support service positions at the University of Manitoba. His comments follow the release of a report suggesting uManitoba could save up to $30 million by trimming non-teaching expenses.

Unofficial voting results show narrow approval of Ontario college faculty contract read more …

According to unofficial results of Ontario college faculty's vote yesterday on management's last contract offer, more than 77% of faculty voted 51.25% in favour of the offer, a margin of 210 votes. The official final vote will be determined following a review of all ballots, including segregated and mail-in ballots, by the Ontario Labour Relations Board.

CAUT to Launch Important Workload Study read more …

The work of faculty is only poorly understood by those outside of the profession and there is little hard national data describing the breadth of faculty activities. Following on its study of "Occupational Stress Among Canadian University Academic Staff," the CAUT is poised to launch a new survey to assess and measure faculty workload and work experiences across the country.

uWinnipeg ordered to pay nearly $9 million to pension plan members read more …

A Manitoba pension commission has ruled that the University of Winnipeg must pay $8.8 million to over 600 current and retired staff over the next few months.

The Canadian Research Integrity Committee (CRIC) is releasing a report entitled: The State of Research Integrity and Misconduct Policies in Canada read more …

The Report provides a comprehensive discussion of the status of current policies and procedures on research integrity in Canada and in some other countries including, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Germany. It also examines how research integrity is promoted and how allegations of misconduct are addressed and resolved. It is anticipated that the Report will help to inform future efforts to strengthen Canada's research integrity system.

Ontario college faculty approve strike action read more …

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union reports that faculty at 18 of 24 colleges in Ontario voted to give their bargaining team a mandate to call a strike should negotiations be unsuccessful.

Lakehead faculty hold rally to protest school closure read more …

On December 21, members of the Lakehead University Faculty Association, along with representatives from faculty associations across Canada, gathered in front of the Thunder Bay institution to protest the 4-day closure of the school before Christmas.

Council Confers Milner Award on 16 Heroes read more …

Fifty-one years ago, 16 academic staff at United College in Winnipeg sacrificed themselves to defend the academic freedom of a colleague who had been fired for writing a letter critical of the president of the institution.

The dismissal of historian Harry Crowe in 1958 became CAUT's first academic freedom case. It served to define for CAUT the centrality of academic freedom to its mission and created the model for investigating allegations of violations of academic freedom that CAUT has used since.

Ontario college faculty to hold strike vote read more …

On January 13, full-time faculty at Ontario's 24 colleges will vote on whether or not they favour a strike. The Ontario Public Services Employees' Union, which represents 9,000 faculty members, says management's decision to break off negotiations has left the union with no choice but to organize a strike vote. "Their refusal to bargain is forcing a needless disruption of the students' studies."

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