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Announcements: President’s Message #6, April 9, 2020

Dear Colleagues, I hope all of you survived the end of term, such as it was, and more importantly, that you and yours continue in health. (It’s a bit weird, that archaic formulation, suitable for a letter from Jane Austen to her sister Cassandra, is so acutely of the moment.) → Learn More

Announcements: QUFA President’s Message #4, March 27, 2020

Dear Colleagues, I hope all of you have survived the first week of remote teaching without calamity, that you and your families are well, and that those who were travelling have been able to get home safely.   Here’s an update on matters affecting QUFA members that have emerged over this → Learn More

Announcements: QUFA President’s Message #3, March 20, 2020

The first matter I raised with the Principal was the fact that, given that the campus was open, some Members (and of course other Queen’s staff) still had to report to work.  Therefore, the appropriate cleaning of the campus was imperative, and our Members were informing us that such cleaning → Learn More

Announcements: QUFA President Message #2, March 13, 2020

Dear QUFA Members, The Principal’s message today clarifies the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We wish to address some matters specific to our Members. All face to face teaching, including graduate teaching and labs, must be delivered in alternative, i.e. online, formats.  Moreover, all assessments, including final summative ones—i.e. → Learn More

Announcements: QUFA President Message #1, March 9, 2020

In light of the rapidly evolving and highly concerning situation with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic, we wish to observe that the University has a legal obligation to ensure all its employees a safe workplace. This includes ensuring the cleaning of all potentially contaminated spaces and surfaces and the provision → Learn More

QUFA Digest Emails: March 2020

QUFA Event: Freedom of Speech – Please join us on April 2 at 2pm, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, to hear Michael Lynk speak.  Save the date!  More information to follow by email. QUFA Open Council Meeting – Ann Tierney and Stephanie Simpson will join us on April 15 between 3-5pm, → Learn More

Announcements: New provider selected for employee benefits plan

Queen’s employees will soon have a new benefits provider as well as an enhanced benefits plan. Following a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) process through the spring and summer 2019, Manulife has been selected as the new employee and retiree benefits provider for Queen’s University. In late 2016, the university asked all → Learn More

QUFA Digest Emails: February 2020

1. Nominations are now open for some Executive Committee positions. As well, the Nominations Committee is looking for 2 members who are not on QUFA Council or Executive to serve on the committee and help with contacting potential QUFA volunteers. Please contact Jordan Morelli (VP) at morelli@queensu.ca or Leslie Jermyn → Learn More

Announcements: Solidarity Pickets for Ontario Teachers February 21

Dear QUFA Members, Ontario’s four major teachers’ unions are all presently engaged in job action. This includes work-to-rule campaigns and rotating or province-wide strike actions. In order to put pressure on the provincial government to return to the bargaining table, all four unions will engage in a province-wide strike this → Learn More

Announcements: QUFA Tuition Support Deadline is February 28

Dear QUFA Members, The deadline to apply for the Tuition Support Plan is February 28. The application is now available on-line. Please contact your Human Resources Advisor, not QUFA, if you have any questions about this benefit. Deadlines are strict, so please make sure you mark your calendars and submit → Learn More

QUFA Digest Emails: January 2020

1. QUFA Annual Lecture: Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaigns – Lessons from the University of California. Save the date and join us on January 30 from 3-5:30 pm in the George Teves Room at the University Club. For more information please see https://www.qufa.ca/event/divestment-queens-and-climate-change-reducing-the-carbon-footprint-at-queens/  All are welcome to attend this free event! → Learn More