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.

Jun 192017
 

Effective May 1, 2017, the University contracted a private corporation called Lifemark Health Group to manage our short-term disability benefit.

Part of our Salary Continuance Plan provides that the employer will pay faculty members their full salary for the first 90 days of an illness or disability. Members who remain ill or disabled beyond this 90-day period can  apply to Sun Life for long-term disability benefits.

Up until May 1, Wellness Resources, a service unit within HR, assisted and managed the 90-day salary continuance plan. The USFA had previously negotiated with the Employer the type of information collected to ensure that requests for private medical information complied with applicable legal privacy considerations and arbitral authority concerning what could legally be collected by employers.

On June 7, the USFA filed a grievance disputing the medical disclosure requirements that Lifemark, acting as agent of the employer, is attempting to collect from our members to substantiate claims for short term disability benefits.  A copy of the grievance filed can viewed on the USFA website. It is our position that Lifemark’s demands for detailed medical information are off-side current privacy laws and arbitral authority governing the scope of private medical information that can be collected.

Until this disputed matter is resolved by mutual agreement or by arbitration, any faculty member who is disqualified from the receipt of short-term disability benefits or who has any other concerns with correspondence from Lifemark should immediately contact the Association at 966-5611.

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 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 […]

Feb 072017
 

Going into negotiations we have to consider that the largest source of revenue for the university is the operating grant from the Government of Saskatchewan. With this year’s provincial deficit now projected to be $1.2B and growing, and where “everything is on the table,” what  will this mean for our university? Will the U of […]

Feb 032017
 

Claims for reimbursement for any expenses from any of the benefit plans must be submitted to Sun Life within 90 days of the end of the calendar year in which the expense is incurred. This deadline applies to 2016 claims made under the Dental Plan, Health Plan or Flexible Spending Program (Health Spending Account or […]