Grievance Web Page

QUFA’s Grievance Web site contains a wealth of information for the use of QUFA Members. I have been so busy with arbitration preparations and hearings this summer and autumn that I’ve not had the opportunity to write a substantial “Grievance Corner” for this issue of QUFA Voices. So, I decided → Learn More

Welcome; Reasonable Apprehension of Bias

Welcome to the fall term! The fall term brings with it committee work encompassing all sorts of personnel processes. These include RTP, appointments, and reappointments.  In addition to conflict of interest, the collective agreement now articulates another situation that must be taken into account when making decisions, and that is → Learn More

The Agony of De-Feet

Great West Life and the “orthotics case fee”- Who knew? I thought I would share my tale of woe regarding orthotics. I am now that person who looks for shoes that these rafts will fit into because I want to walk comfortably for as long as I possibly can. Oh, → Learn More

Medical Documents – Prognosis vs Diagnosis

As I wrote in January, short term illnesses such as flu or strep throat do not trigger the Sick Leave provision in the Collective Agreement; they are considered incidental illnesses. Sick Leave in the CA is an employer-paid short term disability (STD) leave that could lead to long term disability → Learn More

Officially Reducing your Academic Responsibilities

There are three methods of reducing your academic responsibilities in the Collective Agreement, whether by reduced teaching alone (Article 37) or by a customized reduction of job responsibilities (Articles 26 and 32). The purpose and implication for each is slightly different, so it is worthwhile exploring what makes most sense → Learn More

A new term and a new CA

Thanks to committed and productive bargaining over the spring and summer, we have a new Collective Agreement. You can find a link to the penultimate version of the CA on the Faculty Relations website directly or via It is currently being edited for accuracy by the parties (employer and → Learn More

Annual Performance Review, Article 28

Every year during the annual review exercise we are asked how to protest or question or explain an assessment. Some people believe that not returning the form, or not signing it even if returning it, is an act of protest. It might be, but it could also be acceptance of → Learn More

Pension Plan Update – April 2007

At the end of November 2006, the senior administration convened a meeting with representatives of all the employee groups on campus. The University’s actuarial consultant reviewed the various strategies and proposed changes to the Plan that have been considered over the past two years. The slides from that presentation are → Learn More

Urgent Bulletin for Pension Plan meeting December 5, 2007

Dear QUFA Members, As you may have heard by now, Bill Cannon, the Chair of the existing Pension Committee recently submitted his letter of his intent to resign that position. In his letter, Bill cited proposed changes to the governance of the pension plan as a primary reason for his → Learn More

Update from QUFA on the Governance of the Pension Plan

March 15, 2008 A meeting was held on March 6, 2008 between representatives of the employee groups (CUPE, QUFA and QUSA) and the Administration to continue discussion of issues pertaining to the Queen’s University Pension Plan. This was the first such meeting held since late November 2007. At that time, → Learn More