Mar 272019

Nominees for the Executive committee are as follows:

Category A (Instructor, Lecturer, Special Lecturer, Assistant Librarian or Assistant Professor)

Category B (Associate Professor or Associate Librarian)
Geraldine Balzer, Curriculum Studies, College of Education
Lenaic Couedel, Physics and Engineering Physics, College of Arts and Science

Category C (Professor or Librarian)
Doug Chivers, Biology, College of Arts and Science
John Gjevre, Medicine, College of Medicine
Eric Neufeld, Computer Science, College of Arts and Science

Dec 202018

On Thursday, December 20th SK Federation of Labour (SFL) will be walking the picket line with UFCW 1400 members at the Saskatoon Coop Westview (33rd St W and Ave P N) from 5 pm to 7 pm. The SFL has invited affiliated unions, their locals, Saskatoon Coop members, and others to join them in walking the picket line.

This is a difficult time of year to be fighting for a fair collective agreement and these workers have been on strike since November 1, 2018. Take some time on Thursday between 5:00 and 7:00 to walk with striking UFCW members. Joining them, even for a short time, helps lift spirits and brighten days.

The USFA continues to hope the parties will reach a negotiated settlement.


Oct 312017

Our collective agreement expired June 30, 2017 and we have begun negotiations with the employer. We do not anticipate this being an easy, or a quick, round of negotiations. While our theme for negotiations planning has been “equity and stability” including issues of scope and rank for academic clinicians in the College of Medicine (see […]

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, […]

Feb 292016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 29, 2016 Two pre-election forums on the issue of post-secondary education in Saskatchewan are being hosted by the Saskatchewan Association of University Teachers (SAUT) in conjunction with the University of Regina Faculty Association, St. Thomas More Faculty Union and the University of Saskatchewan Faculty Association. Saskatoon: Regina: Tuesday, March 1 Thursday, […]

Sep 292015

(Saskatoon – September 28, 2015) Leading up to the October 19 federal election, scientists and researchers are meeting across Canada to discuss the need to address the crisis of research and science policy and funding in Canada. The University of Saskatchewan Faculty Association (USFA) is hosting two discussion events in Saskatoon: Louis’ Loft (on campus): […]

Dec 112013

Don’t forget that on Tuesday, December 17th at 4:00, we have a member social planned.  Stop by the Windows Room on the main floor of the University Club for some holiday cheer. It will be a chance to connect with other USFA members from across campus and to speak with Executive members about the TransformUS […]

Dec 092013

Please join us for our next social in the Windows Room on the main floor of the University Club on Tuesday, December 17th at 4:00 PM.  Stop by for some holiday cheer and a chance to chat with other USFA members from across campus.  All USFA members are welcome to attend. Please contact Tammy Stieb […]

Oct 222013

USFA members who have a combined age and years of service equal to or greater than 85 are eligible to apply for the Incentive Plan for Retirement (IPR). The application deadline is October 31, 2013. See for application form and additional information. Members are reminded that they may withdraw an application for the IPR […]

Feb 222013

Dear members: Today, the Negotiating Teams for the USFA and Employer signed off on a tentative agreement for the period July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 (attached).  The agreement  provides for an extension to the terms of the current collective agreement with a 1% scale increase to all salaries and salary scales, plus the […]

Sep 212012

Preparations for the next round of bargaining are well under way. The current collective agreement expires on June 30, 2013. Through preliminary discussions with the Employer, we expect to begin bargaining early in the new year with the goal of having a new agreement ratified before the expiry of the current one. The Executive of […]

Sep 212012

Each fall for the last half dozen years the USFA Executive has hosted lunches for relatively new USFA members who are still in the first few years of their appointment. That tradition continues and invitations have gone out. For many new faculty, their appointment here is the first of their career and it is their […]

Sep 212012

In 2010-2011 the USFA Executive created the Member Development Committee. The purpose of this committee is to create initiatives to increase the participation of USFA members in the work of the USFA. Last year, the Committee held monthly member socials to create a regular opportunity for USFA members to connect with each other, with Executive […]

Sep 212012

The 2012-2013 academic year is starting out as a busy one for the Association Grievance Committee (AGC). Two arbitrations are scheduled for the fall. One concerns the assignment of duties in the Library and the other is a continuation of the legal issues raised when the former President overturned a decision of a Renewal and […]

Sep 212012

The 2012–2013 year is already shaping up to be an interesting one. The recent special meeting of the General Academic Assembly was history-making and those of you who attended should give yourselves a pat on the back for being a part of it. Your participation in University governance is important to ensuring a vibrant institution. […]

Mar 272012

The USFA Scholarship was established in 2004. Each year scholarship awards are made to eligible students of USFA Faculty members. The University of Saskatchewan makes an annual contribution to the fund of $250,000. In 2010/2011 a record number of 208 applications were received. Of these applicants, 196 students were eligible for partial tuition reimbursement. For […]

Mar 272012

For the 9th year in a row, VGLI members will receive a contribution holiday. The duration of this year’s holiday is four months. The VGLI premiums for the months of March, April, May and June, 2012 will be paid for by the USFA VGLI Trust Fund. The USFA is the sponsor of the VGLI plan […]

Mar 272012

Our first experience with the new salary review provisions in the Collective Agreement is nearing completion.  Departments and Colleges have awarded their portions of the merit pool and the President’s Review Committee is in the final stages of its deliberations.  The USFA has received an enormous amount of feedback regarding the new salary review process, […]

Mar 272012

Our current collective agreement expires on June 30, 2013.  Both the USFA and Employer are committed to settling the next agreement prior to expiry of the present one, so it is likely that we will be at the table in early 2013.  As a consequence, preparation for the next round of bargaining by the USFA […]