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 is delivered to let our government know that maintaining investment in health, education and social services is necessary and important to our students, to us, to our communities and to our future.

Funding cuts will hurt anyone relying on provincial funding to deliver services – municipalities, school boards, health care and universities, and anyone receiving these services. What will front line health care be like with 4,900 fewer workers? What will our province be like with layoffs in education and reduced services to vulnerable people? What will our universities be like with continued underfunding?

There is an expectation that public sector workers, which includes us, should sacrifice to balance the budget even though public employees have not been a major contributor to rising government expenditures. (Government to blame for the deficit crisis, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Feb. 13, 2017)

We need you to attend the rally, we need you to bring your family and friends, and we need you to encourage your colleagues and your students to attend. Our government needs to see the people who will be impacted by the way it is choosing to cut, and that includes those of us in the U of S community.

To help us with transportation plans, please let us know before Friday (Feb 17) how many seats you will need.




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 to make a nomination

  • Nominations must be made by a USFA member or USFA committee.


  • Send a letter of less than 1,000 words explaining how the nominee is deserving of the award, along with the nominee’s written acceptance of the nomination.
  • Nominations may be submitted by email to usfa@usaskfaculty.ca .  Be sure to reference the award in the subject line.
  • The deadline for nominations is on February 24.

Past recipients, current USFA Executive Committee members, members of the Selection Committee and USFA Staff are not eligible.

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 […]

Feb 012017

To our Muslim co-workers, to our Muslim students, to our whole community, the USFA joins with Canadians across the country in extending our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed and injured in the attack in Quebec City on Sunday. As scholars, teachers, and citizens we deplore the emboldening of racists and […]

Jan 312017

Our employer has expressed a commitment to spousal hiring to support the recruitment and retention of faculty, but in recent conversations with new members, the university’s support for spousal and partner hiring (whether academic or otherwise) has been flagged as a problem for families relocating to Saskatoon. We invite you to contact the USFA office […]

Jan 262017

Nominations are now open for the Peter C. Dooley Legacy Award and the Peter T. Millard Award. In April we will be presenting these awards at a celebration dinner and we encourage you to submit nominations. Nominations for these Awards can be made by any current USFA member or by any USFA committee. The nomination […]

Jan 182017

The USFA Executive Committee is looking for volunteers to draft a Strike Policy for the membership’s consideration at the spring general meeting on April 21, 2017. The USFA is now a member of the CAUT Strike Defence Fund. In the event of a strike lasting more than 2 days, we will receive daily strike benefits […]

Jan 112017

USFA members are invited to submit an application to the Executive Committee for reimbursement of attendance at a conference/workshop/meeting related to the USFA including, but not limited to, labour relations, academic freedom, employment equity, and workplace health and safety. In the Spring of 2016, the USFA Executive Committee replaced the USFA Policy for Association Spending […]

Nov 292016

Last year we heard from members who were asked to provide an accounting of their planned achievements, including desired research output, number of publications, and grant applications, and were told that this plan would be considered when awarding merit. This year some units are considering whether to incorporate achievement plans into Guidelines for the Assignment […]

Nov 242016

It has come to our attention that the reporting requirements of the salary review process are not being met. The Collective Agreement requires that Department and College Salary Committees report their rankings, decisions, and reasons to members of their unit. These reports are an important part of ensuring a fair, inclusive, and transparent process. They […]

Nov 012016

The USFA Executive has voted to endorse the Canadian Federation of Students’ National Day of Action calling for a national, universal, tuition-free system of public, post-secondary education. Students, workers, community members are uniting to mobilize for a cross-country Day of Action on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016. Join others in the Bowl from 1:00pm to 3:00pm […]

Nov 012016

If you are required to maintain a certification or license in order to perform your academic duties, you may be eligible for reimbursement of some or all of your licensing or certification fees (Article 22.12.2). Claims for reimbursement must be submitted between November 1 and December 1, 2016. What you need to know: Claim forms […]

Oct 192016

As a member of the USFA, you are eligible for housing assistance to aid in the purchase of a new principal residence. The University’s website states that people in term positions must be in the term position for a minimum of three (3) years in length from the date of application to be eligible. However, […]

Oct 182016

The University of Manitoba Faculty Association has voted 86% per cent in favour of strike action, and is seeking a one-year deal with an average salary increase of 6.9 per cent. UMFA is demanding a raise that would lift its members from the bottom of the salary scale seen in the U15 group of universities. […]

Oct 182016

Learn why you might not be reimbursed for the entire cost of a prescription by not using your Sun Life drug card: The Importance of Using Your Direct-Pay Drug Card Find out how to obtain drug coverage beyond the 34 and 100 day limits normally applied to prescriptions: Obtaining Prescriptions for Extended Leaves Get some […]

Oct 132016

2:30 p.m. Arts 241, Neatby Timlin Theatre The meeting package has been distributed to members. A limited number of hard copies will be available at the meeting. Members wishing to reserve a copy should confirm their attendance by email to usfa@usaskfaculty.ca. The agenda will include: Elections Committee vote Grievance Committee update Association financial report Negotiations […]

Oct 122016

Please take note of the following important changes regarding reimbursement of professional fees (Article 22.12.2): reimbursement can now be applied to your APEF reimbursement will no longer be applied to research accounts The next claim period is November 1 to December 1, 2016, for fees paid between December 1, 2015, and November 30, 2016. Following […]

Oct 112016

The USFA is seeking members interested in being elected to the newly restructured Elections Committee. Recent changes to the USFA Constitution include a restructured Elections Committee. This Committee is responsible for directing Executive Committee elections. It consists of five regular members of the Association elected annually by the membership. Current Executive Committee members and anyone […]

Sep 072016

The USFA invites all members in the first few years of their appointment at the U of S to join us for lunch at the University Club. Come to meet colleagues from across campus, find out more about the Collective Agreement and get to know some of the people who negotiate with the employer on […]