What is the USFA?

 

The University of Saskatchewan Faculty Association (USFA) is a certified trade union. It is the legally recognized bargaining agent for approximately 1100 full-time academic employees of the University of Saskatchewan. It negotiates terms and conditions of employment with the university, including salary, benefits, and collegial processes. The USFA also represents and advises members when disputes arise about the interpretation of our Collective Agreement.

The USFA was founded in 1952 to negotiate faculty salaries and other benefits with the Board of Governors of the University of Saskatchewan. On January 26, 1977, the USFA was certified under the Trade Union Act. The first Collective Agreement was signed December 15, 1978. Negotiations have just been completed on a new collective agreement that will expire June 30, 2022.

What the USFA does for Members

The USFA represents and assists all of its members through the following activities:

  • it negotiates the Collective Agreement
  • it provides education on matters such as collegial processes
  • it assists members in grievance
  • it seeks to improve benefits
  • it seeks to ensure that members’ rights are protected

The USFA administers agreement protections through a series of internally organized committees made up of faculty members and assisted by it’s own staff members. It is governed by a 13 member Executive Committee, 12 of whom are elected and the Senior Grievance Officer who is appointed. Three employees work full time for the USFA. Other important committees carrying out the work of the USFA are the Joint Grievance Committee (JGC), the Joint Committee for the Management of the Agreement (JCMA) and the Joint Benefits Committee.

If you have any questions regarding the Collective Agreement, members’ rights, collegial processes or any other concern, please contact our office.

About your dues:

Union dues are based on a member’s salary and the mil rate, currently 8.5. Dues amount to $8.50 for every $1,000 of salary. For example, for an annual salary of $70,000, dues would be $595.00 per year. Union dues are tax deductible.

Dues represent approximately 99% of USFA revenue. Other revenue can be attributed to investments such as interest from savings accounts and term deposits. Member dues are used for membership development, to pay legal fees, to employ staff, and for a host of other things that have members’ interests in mind.