The Fall 2014 issue of Academic Matters is now live at academicmatters.ca . The latest issue of OCUFA’s flagship publication commemorates the 50th anniversary of OCUFA and looks at the future of faculty associations in Ontario and beyond. The issue features articles by Herbert Pimlott on building solidarity with contract faculty ; Trish Hennessey on the staying power of unions ; and Larry Savage and […]
Posts from November 2014
OCUFA and its member associations are saddened by the recent passing of Nelson Heapy.Nelson was a long-time member of OCUFA’s Board of Directors, and was an active and valued member of the organization. He will be greatly missed. In addition to his work at OCUFA, Nelson was a Professor of Psychology at Huron for 30 […]
OCUFA is pleased to release its Policy Statement of University Differentiation in Ontario and its Strategic Mandate Agreements 2014-17: Summary of Observations document. These reports were designed to assist our members in understanding and responding to the Government of Ontario’s “Differentiation Framework” and Strategic Mandate Agreements (SMAs) with university administrations. The reports have been available to our members for some time, but this is the first time they have […]
A recent report from the Conference Board of Canada argues that postsecondary education in Canada is a “growth industry”. It indicates that every dollar spent on postsecondary education delivers $1.36 for the Canadian economy. As a result, colleges and universities generate over $55 billion in economic activity once their $40 billion in direct spending and its multiplier effect is considered. According to the […]
OCUFA has been granted intervener status to participate in an Ontario Human Rights Tribunal case pertaining to a secondary school teacher who has been denied benefits by his employer because he is over the age of 65. Following the elimination of mandatory retirement in Ontario in 2006, the protection of benefits for employees who are […]
The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association’s negotiating team has reached a tentative new faculty collective agreement with the university administration. The tentative deal was reached on Wednesday, November 12 after five days of conciliation. The ratification vote will take place this week. Details of the deal will be published here and at the UWOFA website when available.
The latest release of research and development (R&D) statistics from Statistics Canada is further confirmation that business and federal government spending continues to decline. The data should raise some alarm bells in light of Rivka Carmi’s and Martha Crago’s timely op-ed about the importance of university-based basic research to the innovation agenda proposed by business and government. […]