2016 - 2017

2016-2017 ANNOUNCEMENTS


April 25, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Please be advised of the following:

1. New Executive Committee

We are pleased to announce that, as a result of the work of our Nominating and Elections Committee, we have finalized TUFA’s Executive Committee for the coming year. We would like to thank departing Executive Committee members Joanna Freeland, Helen Haines, and James Watson for their service to the Association.  Thanks also to theNominating and Elections Committee (David Newhouse, Nadine Changfoot, Sally Chivers,and James Watson) for their work.  With a single candidate nominated for each open elected office, the nominated members have been declared elected by acclamation (per Article VII.2 of the TUFA Constitution). The Nominating and Elections Committee also made recommendations to the Executive for each of the open appointed positions in the coming year and the 2016/17 Executive formalized those appointments yesterday during its last regular meeting of the year. The new Executive takes office on May 1st.  Your 2017/18 Executive (showing primary departmental affiliation) comprises the following:

President                    - Jocelyn Williams (ANTH)
Vice President          - Dirk Wallschlaeger (TSE)
Treasurer                    - Jaime Morales (ADMN)
Secretary                     - Ray Dart (ADMN)
Member-@-Large   - Ingrid Brenner (NURS)
Member-@-Large   - Paul Elliott (EDUC)
Member-@-Large   - Byron Stoyles (PHIL)
Grievance Officer    - David Newhouse (INDG)
Chief Negotiator      - Susan Wurtele (TSE)
M@L (Durham)        - Fergal O’Hagan (PSYC)
M@L (Equity)            - Susan Hillock (SWRK)
M@L (LTAs)                - Dwayne Collins (LIBR)
Past President          - Geoff Navara (PSYC)


2. Call for Advisory Subcommittee – recording in the classroom

Following discussion at the General Membership Meeting on April 11th, the Executive Committee is calling for volunteers to serve on a subcommittee to advise the Executive on issues relating to recording in the classroom. Interested members should contact the TUFA office. It is expected that the subcommittee’s work will be completed by June.


3. LTAs, Severance Pay, and access to services

Many LTA contracts expire at the end of the month. Those LTAs who do not secure continuing employment at Trent (in any capacity), but who have been employed at the University for a total of 60 or more months (not necessarily consecutive) may have a right to severance pay and should contact the TUFA office for additional information.  All LTAs are reminded of their continuing membership status in the union for a period following the termination of employment by the Employer. See TUFA Constitution Article IV, Section 5:

. . . Members with limited term appointments shall continue as members of the Association for one year from the start date of their most recent employment contract with the University, or six months from the expiration of a multi-year appointment, or upon the expiration of any seniority rights that may have accrued, whichever comes last.

Current LTA members’ access to Trent’s library and email services should continue through September 30th, 2017. Please advise the TUFA office if you experience any interruption in these services.
 


March 28, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

We have scheduled the Spring General Membership Meeting (GMM) to begin at 12:30 pm on Tuesday, April 11th (Bata Library, Room 103 / Room 116 at the Durham campus). Lunch will be provided at both locations. Attached please find the tentative agenda and unapproved minutes from our last GMM (alternative formats available on request).  Please note: we have set aside time on the agenda for an open discussion of several overarching issues (Complement and Workload, University Governance, and the Changing Campus) on which we would like member feedback to inform our future advocacy. We have also left time for a Q&A session on the restructured collective agreement.

Additional documents (including those pertaining to the Treasurer’s Report and Budget) will follow.

Per the Association’s “Policy on Payment for Care of Dependants,” individual members anticipating such expenses related to attendance at this meeting should contact the TUFA office to arrange for reimbursement.

In Solidarity,
Marcus


March 27 2017

Please note: The exhaustive process of finalizing revisions to the restructured collective agreement is almost concluded and we expect to have the full-text available electronically and in hard copy shortly.  Meantime, however, an important operational question relating to new language in the collective agreement has arisen and TUFA’s Chief Negotiator has prepared the following member advisory.  (Marcus Harvey, Executive Director)


Dear Colleagues,

In the latest round of bargaining, TUFA negotiated a new clause in the CA (full text below) that outlines a mechanism for considering incumbent LTAs for a subsequent LTA position without undertaking a full job search. The intent behind the new language, as communicated in the ratification documents shared with the membership, was to establish “a fast-track process for departments wishing to renew current LTAs.”  At the bargaining table, we were clear with the Employer that we did not want this mechanism to preclude or disqualify members from consideration for any position (hence the last sentence affirming the right of incumbents to apply for posted positions regardless of whether they were recommended by their department for extension of their contract). In the context of the language of the Collective Agreement, TUFA is of the following view:

In order to consider the suitability of an incumbent, where it feels such information is necessary, the personnel committee may ask the incumbent for evidence including, for example, a current CV and evidence of their teaching effectiveness (note: the new CA affirms that student evaluations alone do not constitute an adequate evaluation of teaching performance).

Should there be multiple current LTAs in a department, TUFA and the Employer have agreed that the default will be to advertise the position(s) and conduct an open search. Exceptions to this may arise in the event that there is an exact match between the incumbents and the number and nature of positions to be filled, and the positions are of the same duration. The intent of this new "fast-track" provision was not to circumvent fair process, nor to provide a "right of first refusal" type of mechanism, rather it was to designed to address requests made by Departments to rehire without external searches when a qualified incumbent exists.

When an LTA position has been provided for in the department's staffing plan, and there exists an incumbent LTA who is interested in the position, the department’s personnel committee must make a recommendation to the Dean that is either (a) a positive recommendation of the incumbent for the position (this recommendation will be accompanied by acknowledgement that the committee turned their mind to the suitability of the incumbent for the position including, for example, reference to supporting evidence) or (b) an indication that the committee prefers an open search. If the personnel committee indicates that they prefer an open search this will not be interpreted as a negative recommendation against an incumbent, and should not be held against the incumbent in any subsequent search to fill the position. In other words, a department must turn their mind to the suitability of an incumbent, but may, without further rationale, decide they prefer to conduct an open search.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Interpreting the language in this way ensures that this mechanism to expedite the renewal of individual LTA members does not restrict departments from holding competitive searches where a personnel committee believes that to be appropriate but at the same time, protects an incumbent's right to fair consideration in an open search. It is also consistent with the provision elsewhere in the Collective Agreement that: “No limited term appointment shall carry any presumption of an additional appointment.” Put another way, the Department retains broad latitude to not make positive recommendations for subsequent contracts if the personnel committee believes that an open search is warranted.  In working with the Employer through Joint Committee to put this language into effect, TUFA signed a Memorandum of Understanding to exempt decisions made under this article from the grievance procedure. This reflects, our common understanding that LTAs do not have an enforceable right to be renewed, as well as our recognition that we must protect the rights of incumbent LTAs to seek re-employment through the application process itself.

Full text from new CA: “Where a Department is authorized to fill a limited term position the Department Personnel Committee shall first consider the suitability for the position of any limited term appointee(s) currently holding an appointment in the Department. The Department Personnel Committee shall make a recommendation to the Dean concerning the suitability of any such incumbent members for the authorized position. If a positive recommendation is made, the Dean shall either extend the incumbent member’s contract to fill the position or direct the Department to begin an open search in which all incumbents are eligible to apply.”

We appreciate your patience as we work through the implementation of this new language. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact TUFA.

In solidarity,
Sue Wurtele
Chief Negotiator


February 28 2017

Dear Members,

The 2016/17 Nominating and Elections Committee is pleased to open nominations for elected positions on the Executive Committee in accordance with Article VIII of TUFA's Constitution.  Any contested positions will be decided by election with a mailing date of Wednesday, March 15th. Completed nomination forms must be received by the Association's Secretary on or before the 1st of March.

Nominations are to be made for specific positions on the Executive and require two signatures (nominator and candidate). The positions open this year are for the Treasurer, Secretary, and one member-at-large. All positions are for two-year terms. Completed nomination forms should be returned to the attention of the Secretary c/o theTUFA office (Champlain College - Room E3) or they may be scanned and emailed to the TUFA Office.

Members interested in standing for election are encouraged to ask members of the Nominating and Elections Committee for additional information. This year's Committee members are David Newhouse (Chair), James Watson, Nadine Changfoot, and Sally Chivers.

On behalf of the Nominating and Elections Committee,
David
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David Newhouse,
Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee


 February 9 2017

Following on previous successful Socials, we have scheduled the next TUFA Women’s Social for Thursday, February 23rd (7:30pm start) at Le Petit Bar. As before, there will be no agenda and no formal business to conduct. Spread the word and bring a female colleague! To help us with planning, please RSVP to tufa@trentu.ca

Women’s Social

Thursday, February 23     ---7:30 pm start

Le Petit Bar


January 13, 2017

Dear Members,

The 2016/17 Nominating and Elections Committee is pleased to open nominations for elected positions on the Executive Committee in accordance with Article VIII of TUFA's Constitution.  Any contested positions will be decided by election with a mailing date of Wednesday, March 15th. Completed nomination forms must be received by the Association's Secretary on or before the 1st of March.

Nominations are to be made for specific positions on the Executive and require two signatures (nominator and candidate). The positions open this year are for the Treasurer, Secretary, and one member-at-large. All positions are for two-year terms. Completed nomination forms should be returned to the attention of the Secretary c/o theTUFA office (Champlain College - Room E3) or they may be scanned and emailed to the TUFA Office.

Members interested in standing for election are encouraged to ask members of the Nominating and Elections Committee for additional information. This year's Committee members are David Newhouse (Chair), James Watson, Nadine Changfoot, and Sally Chivers.

On behalf of the Nominating and Elections Committee,

David Newhouse, 

Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee


December 12, 2016

Colleagues,

TUFA is supporting Trent’s United Way campaign by providing matching grants to the United Way when TUFA members sign up for payroll deduction for the coming year, or make a lump-sum donation.  Specifically, TUFA will give $100 when a member’s donations/commitments total between $250 and $599, and we give $250 when a member commits to total contributions of $600 or more.  Attached is the United Way pledge sheet: completed forms must be received by the 1st week of January to ensure processing of payroll deductions for the full 12-months in 2017 (the maximum period permitted by Trent Payroll). 

TUFA’s Executive Committee has committed up to $3,000 for this campaign, but we need your help to reach this target.

Completed pledges must be signed and can be sent via campus mail to “United Way,” or we can arrange to have a TUFA officer pick up the form from your office if that would be more convenient.

Members not returning to campus before the break can mail their pledge forms to:

 

Attention: Alison Scholl,

Community Relations
Trent University

Best wishes for the holidays

Sue and Marcus


December 9, 2016

TUFA Announcement 


November 22 2016

Dear Colleagues,

The Trent University Faculty Association warmly welcomes you to join us at the John Fekete Award reception honouring this year’s recipient, Janice Millard, for her enormous contribution to TUFA and its members during her career at Trent. This presentation of the John Fekete Award will take place at the Peterborough Golf and Country Club on Thursday December 1st, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

TUFA's Executive Committee is pleased to provide appetizers and refreshments for the occasion.

If you are sure of attending, please RSVP so that we can arrange sufficient quantities of food and drink for the event. If you are not sure of attending, let a colleague talk you into it.

RSVP tufa@trentu.ca

Presentation of the 2016 John Fekete Awards and Seasonal Social

Established in 2012, the John Fekete Award recognizes outstanding service to the Trent University Faculty Association, its members, or the academic profession generally. The award honours Professor John Fekete whose 36-year career as a member of the Trent University faculty was marked by extraordinary leadership, lasting achievements, and extensive service to the Union and its affiliates.

Join us on December 1st as we celebrate TUFA’s history and recognize a former member’s contributions to the Association and its members.

Janice Millard

December 1st, 2016

5:30 pm  to  7:30 pm

The Peterborough Golf and Country Club

1030 Armour Road, Peterborough

RSVP tufa@trentu.ca

705-748-1011 ext 7334

 

November 18,  2016 

Dear Colleagues,

Events unfolding in the United States are alarming and troubling, in particular, the apparent spike in acts of hatred and violence directed towards individuals from certain sectors of our population. We are not isolated from these events; there have been incidents on our campus and in our community. TUFA stands with our students, other unions, our friends, and our community in rejecting discrimination and violence towards any individual or groups. At this time we need to come together in solidarity to protect and defend individuals and groups but also the principles of equity and freedom that are at the core of our community.    

In Solidarity, 

 

Jocelyn


November 02,  2016 

Dear Colleagues,

You are encouraged to attend the Special General Membership Meeting (GMM) called to conduct a ratification vote on the tentative agreement reached between TUFA and the Employer. The meeting will take place Thursday, November 3rd in Champlain College, Room 307 (7:00 pm to 9:00 pm).

Members will be voting on the following motion: “Moved that the 2016-2019 Tentative Agreement, the details of which have been circulated to the TUFA membership, be ratified.”  Members may only vote to accept or reject the motion and may not amend, substitute, or table the proposed motion which comes to the body as a recommendation from the Executive Committee.

Attached for your convenience are the documents circulated with the meeting call on October 28th: 1) a summary of the negotiated changes, 2) the full text of the changes showing departures from current language using bold (additions) and strikethrough (deletions), 3) meeting Agenda, and 4) unapproved Minutes from the last GMM.  

Refreshments will be provided.  Per the Association’s “Policy on Payment for Care of Dependants,” individual members anticipating such expenses related to their attendance at the GMM should contact the TUFA office to arrange for reimbursement. Oshawa-based members driving to Peterborough may claim mileage.  Alternative document formats available on request.


October 31st,  2016 

Dear Colleagues,

We have arranged two consultation sessions in advance of our ratification vote this Thursday. Members with questions about the tentative agreement are invited to attend either session as convenient for them. These will be informal drop-in meetings that will not be at all disrupted by members arriving late or departing early.                                                                                                                                                                                

Durham Campus – Room 160

Tuesday, November  1st

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

 

Symons Campus – LEC, Senior Common Room

Wednesday, November 2nd

10:00 am to 12:00 noon


October 31st,  2016 

Dear Colleague,

By now, you should have received a pdf copy of the tentative agreement we reached with the employer last week. A key component of this agreement is a process for converting our longest serving LTA members into teaching-intensive positions (details can be found on pg 3 of the Guide to the Tentative Agreement, and on pages 11-18 of the Full Text  document). We are writing to let you know that you are one of our 15 members who has met the 60-month bar for LTA service at Trent and will thereby qualify for an offer of conversion to Senior Lecturer.

Here are the important details as they pertain to your situation.

   - Future Senior Lecturer appointments will have a 3+2 year probationary period leading to permanency; however, you and the other members converting under the proposed arrangement will be offered a 4-year probationary contract with consideration for permanency in the third year. 

   - You will be eligible for continued progression on the faculty salary scale. 

   - Senior Lecturers will be expected to teach up to 150% of the normal teaching load in their department/program including summer teaching, if assigned.

   - Senior Lecturers must be afforded vacation time and may not be assigned teaching duties in all four academic sessions of the year.

   - Senior Lecturers will have teaching, research, and service among their responsibilities.

   - Senior Lecturers will be expected to conduct discipline-related pedagogical research. What this means in practice is yet to be seen, but Senior Lecturers should consult with their Dean (and TUFA as warranted) in deciding how best to focus their research activities during their probationary period. Recognizing that they must meet a new standard at Trent, converted member will be required to meet a lower bar for permanency with respect to discipline-related pedagogical research than will individuals hired into these positions subsequently.  For Senior Lecturers who achieve their appointment via conversion, the bar for permanency will be as follows:  candidates must be judged to have demonstrated high quality in teaching and satisfactory progression towards high quality discipline-related pedagogical research.

   - Senior Lecturers will be entitled to a 6-month paid leave for professional development after each 5 years of service as a senior lecturer. Past service as an LTA will not be credited in this calculation.

   - Senior Lecturers will be full members of the faculty, eligible for Merit increases, service as Department Chair, etc. Once granted  permanency, members holding these positions will enjoy the same job protections as tenured faculty.

 These appointments will only take place if the tentative agreement is ratified by the membership.  We realize that these teaching-intensive positions may not suit everyone -- our goal was to secure the option of conversion to tenure-stream positions, but alas we were not successful on that front. We have, however, ensured that you will not lose eligibility for future LTA employment if you decline a position as Senior Lecturer. Conversely, you will not lose eligibility to apply for regular tenure-track positions at Trent if you hold a Senior Lecturer position.

Notwithstanding the direct implications of all this for your future employment at Trent, it is entirely appropriate for you to participate in, and vote at, the ratification meeting on Nov 3 @7pm. 

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me (jocelynwilliams@trentu.ca ext7441), Sue Wurtele (swurtele@trentu.ca ext. 7454) or Marcus Harvey (tufa@trentu.ca, ext. 7123), should you have any questions.


October 28th,  2016 

Dear Colleagues,

TUFA’s Executive Committee has called a Special General Membership Meeting (GMM) per Article XIV.3 of the TUFA Constitution to explain the terms of the tentative agreement reached with the Employer and to conduct a ratification vote. The meeting and vote will take place in Champlain College, Room 307 on Thursday, November 3rd (7:00 pm to 9:00 pm).

Attached are 1) a summary of the negotiated changes, 2) the full text of the changes showing departures from current language using bold (additions) and strikethrough (deletions), 3) meeting Agenda, 4) unapproved Minutes from the last GMM.  Alternative document formats available on request.

Refreshments will be provided.

Per the Association’s “Policy on Payment for Care of Dependants,” individual members anticipating such expenses related to their attendance at this meeting should contact the TUFA office to arrange for reimbursement. Oshawa-based members driving to Peterborough may claim mileage.


October 17th,  2016 

Colleagues,

The events unfolding in the US and within the RCMP this past week continue to demonstrate that sexual harassment is a pervasive issue within our society and within our workplaces. Sexual harassment of any kind cannot be accepted or normalized in our society or our workplace.   All TUFA members should be aware of the: definition of sexual harassment, university policy on harassment and discrimination, steps to report sexual harassment and the confidentiality that surrounds this process. In addition, it is important to remember that we all play a role in ensuring a safe and respectful workspace for all individuals.

Harassment and discrimination policy

https://www.trentu.ca/administration/pdfs/DiscriminationandHarassmentPolicyfinalfall2013.pdf

Flowchart outlining process for reporting incident of sexual harassment (in addition to other forms of harassment and discrimination)

http://www.trentu.ca/ohrea/humanrights/documents/flowchart.pdf

Recent Globe and Mail article outlining how employers (and colleagues) can create a safe workspace

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/rob-commentary/rcmp-harrassment-lawsuit-six-lessons-for-employers/article32315329/

Sexual harassment is a form of harassment involving comment or conduct of a sexual nature that is known, or ought to be known, to be unwelcome where:

·        submission to such comment / conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment, academic status, or academic accreditation; or

·        submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment, or for academic performance, status or accreditation decisions affecting such individual; or

·        such conduct interferes with an individual's work or academic performance; or

·        such conduct creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or academic environment.

 

Sexual harassment can include but is not limited to: sexual assault or threats of a sexual nature; unwelcome sexual advances, invitations or requests; demands for sexual favours; innuendos, taunting or degrading words about a person's body, appearance or gender/sexual orientation; leering; sexually derogatory or offensive remarks about an individual; inquiries or comments about a person’s sex life; and displays of degrading or offensive sexual material including sexual jokes.


October 13th,  2016 

Dear Colleagues

We invite all recent TUFA hires (LTA and tenure stream) to attend an evening of socializing at Le Petit Bar on Tuesday, Oct 25th from 7-10PM. We’ll supply appetizers and the first drink, you supply the conversation. This is not a union meeting and there is no union business to attend to, it is purely a social gathering. 

We hope you will join us,

please RSVP by October 17th.


September 13th,  2016 

Dear Colleagues,
 
All TUFA members are invited to attend a buffet lunch (with vegan options) at the Ceilie to mark the beginning of the academic year and welcome new members to campus. Don’t miss this opportunity to catch up with your colleagues.
 
What: September Social (Peterborough)
Date: Thursday September 15th
Time: Noon – 2:00 pm
Where: Ceilie Pub, Chaplain College
 
 
We are also pleased to announce a TUFA-sponsored BBQ/Potluck on the east Atrium patio of the Durham campus. All TUFA, CUPE 3908, and TDSA members welcome.
 
What: September Social (Durham)
Date: Tuesday September 20th
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm  
Where: East Atrium Patio
 
In Solidarity,
Marcus

September 1st,  2016 

Dear Colleagues,

As we prepare ourselves for the academic year ahead, there remain some fragments of summer to enjoy. To that end, TUFA members are invited to attend a September Social picnic on Thursday September 15th at the Ceilie in Champlain College. The September Social will run from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. 
 
To facilitate the ordering of food, please rsvp to TUFA and let us know if you have any special dietary needs.
 
This year TUFA welcomes 10 new tenure track , 27 new and 42 returning Limited Term Appointments; TUFA members are asked to encourage new members in their departments to attend.

 

In Solidarity,
Jocelyn Williams,
President,
Trent University Faculty Association

August 5th,  2016 

TUFA Bulletin #6 July 23, 2016

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

April 25th, 2017