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February 22, 2021

Collective Agreement Extension



Dear UGFA Members:

As you aware, the UGFA recently held a vote on a one-year roll-over of our collective agreement. We would like to inform you that the membership has approved the roll-over by an overwhelming majority. We will now inform the University Administration of this fact so that they may confirm their approval to the Board of Governors. On behalf of the entire UGFA Executive, we would like to thank those of you who took the time to participate in the vote.


We would also like to bring to your attention a memo just posted on the University's Human Resource page. This memo contains information about deducting expenses related to working from home when filing 2020 income tax returns, with or without a T2200. The Administration's memo can be found here:


2020 T2200S (Declaration of Conditions of Employment) Process1

With best wishes,
Mary DeCoste, UGFA President
Herb Kunze, UGFA Vice-President


POSTED BY: Denise Sanderson

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February 22, 2021

UGFA Chief Negotiator



Dear UGFA Members:

As you aware, the UGFA recently held a vote on a one-year roll-over of our collective agreement. We would like to inform you that the membership has approved the roll-over by an overwhelming majority. We will now inform the University Administration of this fact so that they may confirm their approval to the Board of Governors. On behalf of the entire UGFA Executive, we would like to thank those of you who took the time to participate in the vote.


We would also like to bring to your attention a memo just posted on the University's Human Resource page. This memo contains information about deducting expenses related to working from home when filing 2020 income tax returns, with or without a T2200. The Administration's memo can be found here:


2020 T2200S (Declaration of Conditions of Employment) Process1

With best wishes,
Mary DeCoste, UGFA President
Herb Kunze, UGFA Vice-President


POSTED BY: Denise Sanderson

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March 28, 2019

UGFA Financial Analysis 2019


Please follow this link to the 2019 UGFA Financial Analysis of the University of Guelph 2018 Audited Statement.


POSTED BY: Faculty Association

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January 26, 2017

Executive Compensation Framework


What the Executive Compensation Framework means for universities

 

Background

Since 2012, following amendments to the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act, compensation for executives at broader public sector institutions have been “frozen”. In September 2016, the new Executive Compensation Framework Regulation came into effect, lifting the freeze. The Framework allows broader public sector institutions to increase compensation for executives, but puts in place requirements designed to improve the accountability and transparency of the process by which compensation is determined. At postsecondary institutions, this framework applies to university and college presidents, vice-presidents, as well as certain other senior positions.

 

Framework details

The framework requires university boards of governors to justify proposed increases in executive compensation by:

Developing a philosophy that explains how their compensation program is designed to support the university in achieving its operating goals and strategic objectives; 
Conducting an analysis of the compensation currently provided to executives at comparable institutions, with the understanding that comparator institutions should fulfill a similar purpose, have similar student enrolment, be located in similar regions, and that the positions compared should have similar responsibilities; and 
Detailing the total compensation and performance-related pay proposed for each position based on comparable positions and salaries. 

 

The details of how executive compensation will be set at each institution have to be posted on the university’s website for 30 days to allow for members of the university community and general public to be informed about the proposed changes. The university is also responsible for developing a process by which public feedback is collected, evaluated, and retained for evaluation by the government.

 

All public sector institutions, including universities, are required to post this completed package of information to their website by September 5, 2017.

 

Recent developments

Ontario’s colleges have released their proposals for executive compensation in the college sector, and the numbers were astounding. Colleges are proposing that they should be able to increase the already high salaries of their presidents by an average of 32 per cent (in many cases, a raise of over $100,000 per year).

How did this happen? As the Executive Compensation Framework currently exists, there are few restrictions on how governing boards select comparable positions, so they are able to cherry-pick comparators to maximize executive salaries. For instance, Seneca College chose the University of Guelph and York University as comparators while Algonquin College chose several large hospitals, the LCBO, and Toronto Pearson International Airport.

 

OCUFA’s position

OCUFA has been concerned about the excessive compensation that some senior university executives receive and the often opaque processes by which these compensation packages have been determined in the past. While this new Executive Compensation Framework may increase the transparency of the process, OCUFA is alarmed by the amount by which Ontario’s colleges are proposing to increase their presidents’ salaries and the precedent that might set for university executives. It raises serious concerns about the effectiveness of the Framework for ensuring reasonable salaries for Ontario’s university executives.

 

It will be important for faculty associations to pay close attention to the executive compensation proposals brought forward by their universities and actively engage in the consultations. The additional transparency required by the new framework is a good first step. However, meaningful community consultation that sees governing boards take action on issues of executive compensation and executive hiring practices, will also be critical to ensuring good governance of the province’s postsecondary institutions.

 

The guide for the Executive Compensation Framework is available online.


POSTED BY: Faculty Association

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October 6, 2015

Wellness Friday Lunches


OCTOBER IS HEALTHY WORKPLACE MONTH...

 

Occupational Health & Wellness, along with Learning and Development, Human Resources Presents:

 

Free October 2015 Wellness Friday Lunch Sessions

 

Rm 168 Alexander Hall

 

12:00AM—1:00PM

 

Get Real: How to be Authentic - October 2, 2015

 

Beyond Stigma: Increasing Our Understanding Of Mental Health in the Workplace - October 9, 2015

 

Negotiating Respectful Interpersonal Boundaries - October 16, 2015

 

Handle with Care—Conflict Resolution In the Workplace, October 23, 2015 

 

To register on line follow this link— https://www.uoguelph.ca/learningmatters/eventreg/ Or call Heather at #52647 (Spaces are limited) 


POSTED BY: Faculty Association

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September 21, 2015

Harassment at the University of Toronto


Dear Member;

 

As a new academic year begins, we are reminded that while many good things are going to happen, some unpleasant events may also take place.

 

The University of Guelph Faculty Association deplores the episode of harassment and distribution of hate literature recently directed against feminist faculty and students at the University of Toronto. UGFA and the University of Guelph take such threats very seriously.  The safety and the academic freedom of the members of the campus community are jeopardized by such threats. 

 

Although the University of Toronto community was notified by their Administration of "some threats", the specific targets and nature of the threats was not disclosed.  This makes it difficult for the individuals who might be at risk to take appropriate action in response. 

 

We hope that our Administration would behave differently should any similar communications be directed at faculty, students, or staff at the University of Guelph.

 

UGFA strongly encourages Members to notify us, if you ever receive such threats, so that we can ensure that actions are taken to protect you and your students, staff and colleagues.

 

Please feel free to contact me if you have concerns in this regard.

 

Kelly Meckling

President - University of Guelph Faculty Association


POSTED BY: Faculty Association

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May 21, 2015

OCUFA’s 146th Board of Directors meeting focuses on the funding formula review


On May 9, 2015, OCUFA held its 146th Board of Directors meeting. For the third and final meeting of the 2014-15 academic year, OCUFA representatives turned their attention to the University Funding Formula Review currently underway in Ontario alongside the organization’s ongoing priorities.

 

As a special order-of-the-day, Sue Herbert, executive lead of the funding formula review process, made a presentation on her mandate, the structure of the stakeholder consultations, and some initial thoughts on OCUFA’s funding principles. It was an excellent chance for OCUFA’s directors to get a sense of the government’s objectives, while providing an opportunity to ask question and raise some important points for consideration. OCUFA plans to fully engage with the funding formula review, and we will be providing updates and analysis to our members throughout the summer and into the fall.

 

OCUFA Directors also discussed the latest developments with Ontario Online, the province’s new online learning consortium. Despite letters from OCUFA and faculty associations across Ontario as well as from a number of MPPs, front-line faculty representatives have been excluded to date from Ontario Online’s governing board. At the meeting, it was decided that OCUFA should continue to press for an ex officio seat on the Board, and will be seeking support from student groups and other sector stakeholders to secure this important goal. Online learning remains a key priority for OCUFA, and proper representation at Ontario Online is an important part of this wider focus.

 

The Board meeting was also an opportunity to recognize some exceptional graduate students and faculty leaders. The Henry Mandelbaum Graduate Fellowship was awarded to Angela Underhill, from the University of Guelph, and Abena Kwatemaa Offeh-Gyimah, from McMaster University. The fellowship is awarded to students who have demonstrated academic excellence, shows exceptional academic promise, and has provided significant community service in their university career. OCUFA also awarded its 2015 Service Award to Wilfrid Laurier’s Bill Salatka and the University of Ottawa’s Micheline Lessard, for their exceptional contributions to OCUFA and its member faculty associations.

 

Finally, the 146th Board Meeting was a time to welcome new leadership to OCUFA and to say thank you those who are departing. Current OCUFA President, Kate Lawson, will end her term on June 30th. Judy Bates will take over as the new president on July 1, 2015. The OCUFA Board of Directors expressed their gratitude to Kate for her outstanding leadership of the organization during a turbulent time for faculty in Ontario. She will be missed. 

 

The Board also elected members to the 2015-16 Executive Committee. The Executive comprises Judy Bates (Wilfrid Laurier University), President, Gyllie Phillips (Nipissing), Vice-President; Glen Copplestone (Kings), Treasurer; Brian E. Brown (Windsor), Chair of Board; Glenna Knutson (Lakehead), Rob Kristofferson (Wilfrid Laurier) and Mike Attridge (St. Michaels/University of Toronto), Members-at-Large.

 

Over the summer, OCUFA will be working hard on the funding formula review, Ontario Online, the university pension project, and issues around faculty complement/contract faculty. The next Board of Directors meeting will be held on October 24-25, 2015.


POSTED BY: Faculty Association

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May 21, 2015

eCV and supplemental material


The Office of the Provost issued a memorandum on May 20, 2015,
regarding the eCV. The memo, which includes various information
regarding the process of confirming your eCV, including timelines,
information about templates, and support options, is to be provided to
all faculty members seeking tenure and/or promotion, all tenure-track
faculty members, and all contractually-limited faculty members.

We are writing to remind faculty members that in addition to
information in the memo, they should be aware of Article 21.26.1 of
the Collective Agreement (not mentioned in the memo), which reads:

===
21.26.1 If, despite the good faith efforts of the Member, eCV cannot
appropriately capture the Member’s contributions for the review period
and the Member is therefore concerned that he/she may be disadvantaged
through the Tenure and/or Promotion Processes, a Member may, in
addition to the eCV, attach supplemental materials. In the
supplemental materials, the Member shall include only those components
of the Member’s contributions that are not able to be appropriately
captured in the eCV.
===

If you are a faculty member who feels that you have put good faith
efforts into using the eCV system and feel that you wish to use the
provisions of this article, we encourage you to contact the UGFA at
any time during the summer.


POSTED BY: Susan Hubers

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April 21, 2015

UGFA Financial Analysis


Dear Member,

 

UGFA Executive has approved, for distribution, the new Analysis of University Finances document produced by the Financial Advisory Committee.

 

The document was sent to the Acting Provost one week ago for his information and feedback (none received, other than a thank you).

 

UGFA Executive


POSTED BY: Faculty Association

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January 28, 2015

Universities Must Move to the Forefront of Digital Innovation


NOTE:  This does not necessarily reflect the views of the UGFA but is the view of one of our members to stimulate dialogue amongst academics.

 

Universities Must Move to the Forefront of Digital Innovation!

Contemporary philosophy recognizes the increasing digitalization of our universe, and the consequent and inevitable rise of the trans-human. It is the responsibility of our post-secondary institutions to stand at the forefront of modern knowledge. And yet they have not kept pace with the latest technological advances in digital learning. It’s time for universities to step up to the plate and enter the modern world.
        Recent years have seen qualitative advances in academic awareness.  Sure, libraries and archives are increasingly to be found on line. Students no longer require living teachers; in fact that the old-fashioned ‘lecturer’ – standing behind a lectern and pontificating – has become an anachronism. With interactive interface technologies, students are provided with the opportunity to communicate with virtual instructors — that is, to participate in a traditional Socratic dialogue -- on ‘skype’ or through chat. Most understand that universities of the future will not require attendance to ‘classes’ (now a somewhat antique term) — but instead, will be accessible to everyone, online, 24 hours a day.
        However, we’re only halfway there.
        The focus in recent years has been on coming to terms with the demise of the traditional notion of ‘professor.’ But the future requires a significant re-imagining of the presently outmoded concept of ‘student.’ So what will the universities of the future look like? In the past, students were assumed to be living breathing human beings. It is become increasingly clear that -- in the 21st century -- students will be replaced by machines. To speak quite frankly, post-secondary education will consist of computers teaching other computers.
        This will be a difficult notion for many to accept. Older academics may still feel nostalgic for the dusty domain of textbooks and libraries, where grey haired professors shook their heads, and stretched their gnarled fingers to ‘make a point’ with eager, breathing undergraduates. But those days are over. The future of education will not only see the eradication of professors but the eradication of students as well.
        Think about it.
Humans learn more slowly and less efficiently than machines. It is quite simply old-fashioned to imagine that humans can be entrusted with a commodity as priceless as knowledge.  In addition, it’s important to remember that  in the future most of us will need more time  to complete our arduous shopping and purchasing tasks -- and also more time to consume the massive amounts of digital entertainment that are available to us through various platforms such as itunes, Amazon and Netflix. We are online 24 hours a day anyway -- shopping, flirting, chatting, being entertained and entertaining others -- and ‘de-stressing’ from our complex 21st century lives.  We routinely rely on computers to store, analyze and distribute knowledge, anyway.  Isn’t it time that computers, rather than people, went to school?
        There’s no turning back. The time has come for universities replace students with computers and be at the very forefront of digital innovation.


POSTED BY: Susan Hubers

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