QUFA Digest Emails: September 2017

    1. A New Year Begins: Welcome to all new Queen’s University Faculty Association Members and welcome back to returning Members. Each month during the academic year, we’ll send you a QUFA Digest email like this with brief announcements about important events and documents relevant to QUFA, to higher education and to Queen’s faculty, librarians and archivists. Archived Digests can be found on our website here.
    2. QUFA has a New Executive Committee: Kayll Lake (Physics) and Steve Fergus (Kinesiology and Health Studies) began their terms as President and Vice President. For a full list of QUFA Executive Committee members, please visit the QUFA website here.    
    3. QUFA Report on Queen’s ‘New Budget Model’: In response to Member concerns about the workings and ramifications of the “New” or “Activity-Base” budget model implemented at Queen’s, QUFA commissioned Professor Emeritus John Holmes to prepare a review and critique of it. That report is available on our website here. Professor Holmes will be joining QUFA’s Council on October 19, 1pm, Chernoff #213, to talk to us about his findings and their implications and all are welcome to attend the public portion of the meeting.
    4. Preparing for Bargaining in 2019: QUFA will bargain a new collective agreement in 2019. The Executive Committee invites Members who are interested in getting involved in any aspect of bargaining to get in touch. Please contact Executive Director Leslie Jermyn if you wish to volunteer or if you have questions.
    5. CAUT Crown Copyright Petition: Crown copyright is the ownership claim made by the government in works created by civil servants, parliament, ministers and departments and agencies. In its current form it is hindering access to a wealth of government-generated public material. The simple solution is to abolish it. A House of Common E-petition asking for just this is in its final week of circulation. The Canadian Association of University Teachers urges you to sign: https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-1116
    6. CAUT Get Science Right Petition: We need to make sure the government acts on the recommendations of the Advisory Panel on Federal Support for Fundamental Science. It’s important the government hear from Canada’s academic research community. Please take a moment to sign the CAUT petition to Get Science Right.
    7. QUFA Meetings: Each month till May, QUFA convenes a meeting of its Council which is composed of representatives from each unit or grouping of units. Unit representation can be found here. If your unit does not have a representative, please contact Leslie Jermyn for more information about how to become a QUFA Rep. The next Council meeting is September 21. See here for all QUFA and related events.

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Leslie Jermyn
Executive Director