Sep 142017
 

The University has contracted with a third party to communicate information about benefits with faculty without notice or explanation to the USFA.  Access to the “My Total Rewards” program is available through the employee tab on PAWS.

The Association is concerned about the scope of rights members are being asked to waive to gain access to the My Total Rewards program and is investigating whether a grievance should be filed. On its face, the waiver appears to be an unreasonable, and perhaps unlawful, intrusion into members’ rights to privacy and expectations of the protection of confidential information by employers. The Association is advising members not to consent to waiving their rights to the privacy of their salary and benefit information.

We recommend that members who have waived their rights, contact Connection Point and rescind their consent.  Further information will be provided as our investigation continues.

 

Jun 212017
 

The memo that went out to USFA members from Human Resources yesterday about the MRARP contains several errors.

The Detailed Plan Information page linked from the memo references an “Application Process” and provides a link to an “Application” form, which specifies that “your Dean will provide decisions (approvals and deferrals) to you no later than Sept. 30, 2018.” In fact, we agreed there would be no application and approval process. All who are eligible simply notify their Deans that they will be taking the MRARP.

The form also stipulates that “Employees will receive a written response by Sept. 30, 2017, which will indicate what the reduced duties will consist of.” This is incorrect. The MRARP states that duties will be a proportional reduction of previously assigned duties unless mutually agreed to by employer and employee.

More explicitly, according to Article 11.1 of the Collective Agreement, your duties should have been approved by April 30, 2017.

The process of assignment of duties shall be completed by Department Heads by March 31, and approved by Deans by April 30  for the next academic year.

If you take the MRARP, these assigned duties will be proportionally reduced unless you and your Department Head and/or Dean agree otherwise.

May 192017
 

The USFA Scholarship Program is open to students who are immediate family members of USFA members. Immediate family includes spouse/partner, sons, daughters or children whom USFA members have served as legal guardians. The application form for the 2016-2017 USFA Scholarship Fund Program is now available exclusively online at: paws.usask.ca/go/awards. Students can apply online through their […]

May 082017
 

We are delighted to welcome newly elected members to the USFA Executive Committee: Erika Dyck (History), Mark Meyers (History), Anne Springer (Nursing), and Jesse Stewart (Linguistics). We welcome back for another term Doug Chivers (Biology), and Eric Neufeld (Computer Science).  We thank our outgoing members, Patricia Farnese (Law), Len Findlay (English), and John Moraros (Public […]

May 012017
 

The USFA Scholarship Program is open to students who are immediate family members of USFA members. Immediate family includes spouse/partner, sons, daughters or children whom USFA members have served as legal guardians. The application form for the 2016-2017 USFA Scholarship Fund Program is now available exclusively online at: paws.usask.ca/go/awards. Students can apply online through their […]

Apr 262017
 

In our previous e-letter we requested feedback, both to University Council and to the Board of Governors, about new policies and procedures proposed by the College of Medicine which would result in the academic ranks of Assistant, Associate, and full Professor being awarded to ca. 1500 clinicians who currently practice medicine in the province of […]

Apr 192017
 

University Council and the Board of Governors need to hear from you and from your Council representatives. If new policies and procedures proposed by the College of Medicine are approved, the academic ranks of Assistant, Associate, and full Professor will no longer be awarded only to academic employees of the University of Saskatchewan. Submitted to […]

Apr 122017
 

With pleasure, we announce the 2017 recipients of the Peter T. Millard Award and the Peter C. Dooley Legacy Award. The 2017 Peter Millard Award goes to Dr. Lee Murray from the College of Nursing. Through her involvement as the Faculty Association Representative (FAR) in the College of Nursing, Lee Murray has assisted and supported […]

Mar 292017
 

Saskatoon – The recently announced provincial budget will have substantial negative consequences on post-secondary education in Saskatchewan. The dramatic reduction in operating funds after multiple years of provincial government cut backs and claw backs is jeopardizing the quality, affordability and accessibility of advanced education in Saskatchewan. Our Universities and post-secondary institutions serve the public good, […]

Mar 282017
 

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. March 29 Room 50.12 Murray Library As part of Open Education Week, USFA member DeDe Dawson, one of the creators of the library’s LibGuide on predatory publishers, is giving a presentation next week on “Publishing and the New Tri-Agency Policy.” This talk will include information about how to find legitimate journals […]

Mar 222017
 

Representatives of the Saskatchewan Association of University Teachers will be in attendance at the Legislature today to hear firsthand how much financial support from the Provincial Government will be provided to Saskatchewan Universities for 2017-18. Saskatchewan is home to world renowned scholars and high quality degree programs because our universities are more than simply institutions […]

Mar 202017
 

In light of the government directive to constrain salaries of university employees, it is important to remember that the funding it provides is not only a sound investment in the Saskatchewan economy, but also one that will shape the province’s future for better or worse. We have been building for years to attract the “best […]

Mar 162017
 

The Faculty Association has filed a grievance against the employer for surreptitiously audio-recording collegial committee meetings and deliberations. The recording was done without the knowledge and/or the consent of the members of the collegial committee, which did not have written procedures in place regarding the recording of deliberations. The surreptitious nature of the recording is […]

Mar 142017
 

The USFA Scholarship Program is open to students who are immediate family members of USFA members. Immediate family includes spouse/partner, sons, daughters or children whom USFA members have served as legal guardians. The application form for the 2016-2017 USFA Scholarship Fund Program is now available exclusively online at: paws.usask.ca/go/awards. Students can apply online through their […]

Mar 062017
 

Like all publicly funded institutions in this province, our university faces a directive from the Government of Saskatchewan to constrain the total cost of employee compensation so that it is no greater than what it was in 2016–17. The government suggests that the Board of Governors achieve this goal by entering into negotiations immediately and […]

Mar 022017
 

Faculty members getting ready for tenure and promotion are under pressure to publish their research and scholarly work. According to the University Standards, candidates for tenure and promotion are required to demonstrate, through publications in reputable, peer reviewed outlets that the results of their research have made a contribution to the field of specialization, sufficient […]

Feb 152017
 

On March 8 at noon there will be a rally at the Provincial Legislature. We need you to attend. The USFA is willing to help transport members and members of our university community to Regina for the rally. This rally is an opportunity for people from across the province to come together before the budget […]

Feb 092017
 

Consider nominating someone you know for the USFA’s Dooley Award or Millard Award. The Dooley Award recognizes people or organizations that have been champions of collegial self-governance in Canada. The Millard Award recognizes USFA members who have assisted and/or supported a USFA member or members, or faculty generally, through their involvement with the Association. How […]