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

Grievance Committee Terms of Reference

Approved by QUFA Executive March 2003 Amended and approved by QUFA Council November 2010 Amended and approved by Grievance Committee October2013 Approved by QUFA Executive December 2013 Approved by QUFA Council December 2013 The Grievance Committee 1. The Grievance Committee shall consist of a minimum of five (5) Members of → Learn More

Policy for Step 2 Grievances

Approved by QUFA Council September 2010 Amended and approved by QUFA Executive February 2014 Amended and approved by QUFA Council March 2014 The exercise of our right to proceed to arbitration is normally reserved for the most serious of cases because of cost, limited nature of remedies and uncertainty of → Learn More

Who Ya Gonna Call?

The job of QUFA member services staff is never dull. We are used to helping with the meat of the CA, but sometimes we must deal with issues that are on the fringes. Here are two examples. Students have various avenues for complaint that involve their professors. The most common → Learn More

Assessment and Evaluation of Teaching

There are many ways to assess and evaluate your teaching above and beyond the USAT. Last month I wrote about grade appeals, but before that you have to have taught the course! For some reason, most QUFA Members forget that there are various ways to assess teaching. Sure, there is → Learn More