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Media Release, February 13, 2017 - NUFA Statement on Racism and Islamophobia

Media Release, November 8, 2016 regarding the SPECIAL GOVERNANCE COMMISSION REPORT

Media Release, Monday, October 24, 2016 regarding FAIR EMPLOYMENT WEEK

 

 

Media Release 

October 8, 2015  

For Immediate Release

  

FACULTY NEGOTIATIONS BREAK DOWN 

After two days of conciliation, the Nipissing University Faculty Association (NUFA) regrets that talks have broken down. “We are very disappointed in the Employer’s lack of vision for the future of the university. Our faculty would rather be in the classroom teaching than walking a picket line,” says NUFA President Susan Srigley. 

However, NUFA decided there was no option at this point other than to submit a request for a “No Board” report to the Ministry of Labour. The Association will be in a legal strike position seventeen days after the Ministry issues the report.  

The current negotiations with the full-time faculty bargaining unit (FASBU), which represents the 173 full-time faculty Members, began in March of this year and after five months have failed to make significant progress on major issues. 

“We are passionate about our University and we are committed to protecting and improving the quality of education that our students receive,” says Srigley.  “We remain hopeful that a deal can be reached before our strike deadline”.

 

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Media Release

October 7, 2015 

“World Day for Decent Work (WDDW)”

Wednesday October 7 is “World Day for Decent Work,” to raiseglobal awareness about the need to fight for fair working conditions and reasonable pay.  Locally, October 7 is alsothe first day of conciliation in contract negotiations between theNipissing University Faculty Association and Nipissing University.  “We are very conscious of the important economic role faculty, and other university employees, play in our community,” says NUFA President Susan Srigley, “and in our contract negotiations NUFA has been fighting for good jobs in North Bay and fairness for faculty.”  The Faculty Association and the University have been in negotiations for a new collective agreement since March. The contract expired on April 30.

It is widely accepted these days that in order to get a good job, students need a good education. NUFA wants to spread the word that the working conditions for university employees are also the learning conditions for students. “Good faculty jobs make for a great education for students, it’s as simple as that,” says Srigley.  Graduates have long recognized the dedication and interaction of faculty with students as the leading source of their satisfaction with their education at Nipissing University.

The city has been hit hard by lay-offs over the last few years, and NUFA has been working with community partners on a wider range of projects to advocate for good, secure jobs for everyone in the near north.  As Srigley explained, “we live here, we shop here, we go to the doctor here, and we are committed to helping to keep North Bay the great community it is.”

For more information on “World Day for Decent Work” go to http://2015.wddw.org/

For more information on the Nipissing University Faculty Association, go to www.nufa.ca

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MEDIA RELEASE - April 13, 2015  "Where have all the good jobs gone?"

On Tuesday, April 14, the Nipissing University Faculty Association, in conjunction with the North Bay and District Labour Council, is hosting a panel on the subject of precarious labour from 7-10 p.m. at the North Bay Museum on Oak St. at Ferguson. 

Precarious labour refers to insecure and unstable labour where employees do not have any guarantee of stable, continuous employment. Precarious workers often fill a permanent labour need, but do so without the benefits of permanent employment. Awareness about precarious labour in the education sector is on the rise following the recent strikes at universities in Toronto; however, precarious labour is a widespread problem that affects employment in a number of different sectors and is of particular concern to residents of the north.

The panel will feature Nicole Beaulieu, from the Sudbury Workers’ Advocacy Centre, Dr. Mark Crane, chief negotiator for the Contract Academic Staff Bargaining Unit at Nipissing University, Rhiannon Don, contract faculty member at Nipissing University, and Henri Giroux, president of the North Bay and District Labour Council. The panel hopes to generate a broader discussion, with the goal of creating strategies to address the precarious labour problem in North Bay. A reception and cash bar will follow the discussion.

Everyone is welcome at this event. (Click here for details.)

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Media contact:  Gyllian Phillips, gyllianp@nipissingu.ca or (705) 474-3450 x4334

 

NUSU and NUFA "Appreciation Day" for Limited Term Faculty, Administrative Staff, and Support Staff Cut at Nipissing University - March 31, 2015

On Wednesday, April 1, the Nipissing University Student Union (NUSU) and the Nipissing University Faculty Association (NUFA) are co-sponsoring an “Appreciation Day” for all limited term faculty, administrative staff, and support staff whose positions have been terminated.  The event will take place at The Wall beginning at 4:30 pm.

On February 4, the Faculty Association learned that 22 faculty positions had been cut for 2015-2016.   The Association was profoundly saddened and dismayed by this news: our faculty colleagues are extremely well-established research scholars as well as accomplished and beloved teachers and the loss of their knowledge, commitment to students, and skills will be devastating to the University community as well as the wider North Bay community which has been their home.  To lose so many of our friends all at once, some of whom have been here for over 10 years, is very difficult to accept.  Nipissing students are also extremely concerned over the loss of well-respected faculty and the loss of critical courses as a result.

In addition the University has terminated 16 administrative positions, largely middle management, and has notified the support staff union OPSEU that 12 of their members will be let go.

To recognize the contributions of support staff, administrative staff, and faculty who have been part of the University community for many years, but who have been let go, and as a gesture of support to all precarious labour at Nipissing, NUSU and NUFA have invited all staff, students, and faculty to this day of appreciation.

 

NUSU and NUFA Open Letter to the Board of Governors of Nipissing University - March 5, 2015

Today, Chris Burke, VP External of NUSU and Rob Breton, President of NUFA, delivered a open letter to the Board of Governors of Nipissing University.  The letter was released by NUSU through social media this afternoon.  Here is the content of that letter: 

March 3, 2015 

To the Board of Governors of Nipissing University,

The Nipissing University Student Union and the Nipissing University Faculty Association write this open letter to you, the Board of Governors, to express concern and frustration over recent decisions made by the administration to reduce the faculty complement by approximately 13%.  Morale among faculty and students is reaching an all-time low.  Students don’t know if the professor currently in front of them has been targeted for no-return and as a result, classroom dynamics are altering.  The 22 faculty slated for non-renewal will not be able to commit to the long-term development of their students.  We are concerned that with the loss of approximately 135 face-to-face courses, the educational experience at Nipissing University will be compromised. 

The University needs to discontinue its reliance on contract academic staff but also provide job security for all faculty.  In the current year, more than 50% of classes are being taught by non-tenure stream faculty and the precarious nature of their employment has never been so obvious.  Since the Board of Governors is concerned with the long-term interests of the University and the city, please begin to realize that only job security and more tenure-stream positions will ensure that Nipissing can continue to be the great University we all want it to be.

The cuts came without faculty, student, or Senate consultation. Was there consideration of the implications on students currently enrolled in programs?  Chairs of academic units have already indicated that they will be forced to cancel courses and change their programs. Reducing the number of course offerings creates long-term difficulties for academic units: a department that offers fewer and fewer courses will be less and less attractive to students, resulting in even fewer students, classes, and faculty.  Please consider the long-term interests of the University and reinstate at least some of the lost Limited Term Appointments but as tenure-stream positions. 

Sincerely,

Chris Burke, VP External, on behalf of NUSU Board of Directors  

Rob Breton, President, NUFA                        

 

 

Media Release - February 24, 2015

Nipissing Faculty to stand in solidarity with precarious faculty in the US

On Wednesday 25 February contract faculty at Nipissing University will stand in solidarity with their colleagues south of the border to bring attention to the precarious nature of academic work in North America.

From Louisville to Buffalo and Berkeley to Ohio State, contract faculty in the United States are answering a grassroots call to insist on fair wages and better working conditions. Adjuncts, as contract faculty are commonly labeled in the US, have been working on a campaign to bring attention to their plight since the fall, which will culminate in National Adjunct Walkout Day on Wednesday 25 February.

Nipissing faculty join several other faculty members on campuses across the province and country, both to show support for their US counterparts, and to raise awareness about the increasingly precarious position of academic workers in Canada.

The reliance of Ontario universities on precarious workers has been rising over the last decade. On many campuses, contract faculty do over fifty per cent of the teaching, but have little to no job security, benefits or opportunity for advancement in their careers. “It’s the Walmart-ization of post-secondary education,” said Mark Crane, a contract instructor in History. “Instead of offering highly qualified teachers a secure job with a fair wage, universities are choosing increasingly to rely on contract workers. Is this the model that they want students to see – a world where the investment of time and money that they put into getting a university education leads only to poorly paid, precarious jobs?”

Faculty members will be staffing an information table to raise awareness about these issues all day on Wednesday 25 February, in the Main Cafeteria of Nipissing University.

 

Media Release - February 5, 2015

Unprecedented Cuts at Nipissing University

On Wednesday, February 4, the Nipissing University Faculty Association learned that the Employer, Nipissing University, will not be renewing 22 faculty appointments for the 2015-2016 academic year. 

We are profoundly saddened and dismayed by this news: many of our faculty colleagues are extremely well-established research scholars as well as accomplished and beloved teachers and the loss of their knowledge, commitment to students and skills will be devastating to the University community as well as the wider North Bay community which has been their home.  To lose so many of our friends all at once, some of whom have been here for over 10 years, is very difficult to accept.

The loss of 22 faculty members represents approximately 132 fewer courses for our students.  It represents 13% reduction of our faculty complement.  It will most likely result in significant programmatic changes including some of the remaining faculty being made to teach outside of their area of expertise.  It will also be yet another blow to the North Bay economy.  Given the University’s recent Press Release celebrating a massive increase in student applications, over 15%, the Nipissing University Faculty Association condemns this short-sighted, draconian act and calls upon the Board of Governors to explain how they could approve huge increases to the Administrative Salary Grid in the last two years while reducing the number of courses we can offer our students. 

Nipissing University Faculty Association Executive

 

Media Release - March 16, 2011
Nipissing University Faculty Association supports respect for process
 
NORTH BAY, March 16, 2011 – The Nipissing University Faculty Association (NUFA) supports the right of Academic Senate to both “establish the educational policies of the University” and “make recommendations on academic matters” as outlined in the Nipissing University Act, 1992. NUFA also supports a respect for process as well as the right of all academic constituencies, including faculty, to participate in academic governance.
 
On March 11, 2011, the Academic Senate of Nipissing University passed a motion of non-confidence in the university President, Lesley Lovett-Doust. Nipissing University has publicly characterized this as an “expression of concerns”. NUFA views such a motion as something more than this. Indeed, a vote of non-confidence is the most significant course of action a group of peers can take outside of dismissal from the chamber for cause. This action is unprecedented at Nipissing University and as such must be considered noteworthy, demanding attention and consideration.
 
Members of the Nipissing University Senate include: the President; both Vice-Presidents; the Dean of each faculty; the Registrar; Assistant Vice-President Students & International; Executive Director, Library Services; 41 elected members of the teaching staff; and seven student Senators as well as representatives from the Alumni Association, Board of Governors and the Aboriginal Council on Education.
 
In a call to affirm the need for all constituents in the Nipissing community to respect the duly established processes and procedures that shape governance, NUFA supports the subsequent motion passed at the Friday Senate session to have the results of the non-confidence motion communicated to the Board of Governors. Further, NUFA encourages members of the Board to seriously consider the bases that led to such an extraordinary expression of sentiment.
 
NUFA represents 346 full-time faculty and part-time faculty members at Nipissing University.


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