Announcements: Advisory on Outfitting Home Offices

Dear Members, There have been a number of questions raised with QUFA around purchasing equipment for home offices in light of COVID-19 and remote working. There are a number of options available to you to pay for the purchase of equipment for a home office and to manage remote teaching. → Learn More

Announcements: QUFA Message About Remote Teaching

Dear QUFA Members, As we approach the beginning of Fall 2020, it is clear that everyone is working hard to make a remote term successful. Given the number of novelties and uncertainties in moving to remote delivery of courses, we have become aware of many, sometimes conflicting or confusing, communications → Learn More

QUFA Summer Hours

Please note that the QUFA office will be closed on Fridays, June 26 – August 28 inclusive. We will also be short-staffed from time to time to accommodate staff vacations and appreciate your patience during this period.  

QUFA Infosheet on Intellectual Property & Remote Delivery

Dear QUFA Members, Michael White, QUFA Co-Chair of the Joint Committee to Administer the (Collective) Agreement (JCAA), has prepared this infosheet on intellectual property and remote delivery of courses. It contains some good advice and links to excellent resources that we hope will help you as you prepare for Fall → Learn More

QUFA Executive Statement on Racism

Dear QUFA Members, Since a Minneapolis Police Officer murdered George Floyd on May 25th, a wave of justified anger and recognition of the simple, elegantly stated truth that Black Lives Matter has swept the world. That George Floyd stands for and among innumerable men and women who have suffered racist → Learn More

QUFA COVID-19 Letter of Understanding

Dear Members, Please find attached an introduction and explanation for the agreement recently signed between QUFA and Queen’s to govern certain aspects of work while the COVID emergency prevails. The actual agreements can be found on the QUFA website here: QUFA COVID-19 Information We recommend that you read the brief → Learn More

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

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: 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

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