What is the USFA?

 

The University of Saskatchewan Faculty Association (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. The USFA is the legally recognized bargaining agent for more than 1,000 full time faculty members, professional librarians and research scientists.

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

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.