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Dec. 5: General Membership Meeting 12-2pm

The General Membership meeting will take place on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 12-2 p.m. in the International Room, ILC. Please let the RFA office know if you require any accessibility accommodations.

Also, the Ryerson Faculty Association’s 2017 Season/Holiday Party, will be held later that afternoon starting at 5:00 p.m. and runs until 10:00 p.m. at Oakham House. Please RSVP for the party at http://www.rfanet.ca/holiday-party/

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Dec 5: RFA Holiday Party

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You are invited to the Ryerson Faculty Association’s

2017 Season/Holiday Party

On December 5th
from 5:00-10:00 pm at Oakham House
Registration will be located in the Courtyard outside
The Tecumseh Auditorium (SCC-115).

Please RSVP by noon December 5th if you would like to join the celebration.

If you have any questions, please contact the RFA Office at rfa@ryerson.ca or at ext. 4529

RSVP

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Nov. 28: Fostering Collegial and Satisfying Relationships in Academia

Fostering Collegial and Satisfying Relationships in Academia

When: Tuesday, November 28th from 12-2
Where: International Living and Learning Centre’s Paris/London room
Facilitator: Dr. Jesmen Menoza

Dr. Jesmen Menoza is a clinical psychologist, the Centre for Student Development and Counseling, and Vice Chair of the RFA Grievance Committee.

Workshop description: Collegiality is a cornerstone of intellectual discourse and governance in academia. Fostering authentic, reciprocal, supportive and influential qualities in collegial relationships can not only benefit in better working environments, but in a greater sense of engagement and deep connection to your academic community. This workshop will explore the elements of satisfying collegial relationships, how to promote their development and how to navigate the differences, tensions and conflicts that naturally arise in academic settings.

Lunch will be provided.

Hosted by The RFA’s Professional Affairs Committee

Please RSVP below.

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Letter of Support for Striking OPSEU College Faculty

To The Members of the College Employer Council,

The Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) is writing to express its strongest support to the striking OPSEU members. More than 12,000 Ontario public college faculty are on the picket line rather than in their classrooms after the College Employer Council has rejected to negotiate a fair collective agreement with OPSEU.

J.P Hornick, Chair of the Union Bargaining team (OPSEU) has stated that: “On October 14, we presented Council with a streamlined offer that represented what faculty consider to be the bare minimum we need to ensure quality education for students and treat contract faculty fairly”. The RFA fully supports the Union’s offer that is built around three critical proposals to improve education quality for students and treat faculty fairly:

  • a 50:50 ratio of full-time to contract faculty, which currently sits at over 70% contract faculty;
  • increased job security for partial-load faculty, who currently work on one-semester contracts; and
  • academic freedom to give faculty a stronger voice in academic decision-making.

The RFA endorses Hornick’s position that: “This is a fair and reasonable offer that addresses the top concerns of faculty across the province while taking into account the employer’s concerns about costs.” “Unfortunately, Council refused to agree on even the no-cost items, such as longer contracts for contract faculty and academic freedom,” she said. And “this leaves us (OPSEU) with no choice but to withdraw our services until such time as our employer is ready to negotiate seriously.” Hornick added that the Council is committed to a “Walmart model of education” based on reducing the role of full-time faculty and exploiting underpaid contract workers who have no job security beyond one semester. OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas called the current impasse “regrettable.”

OPSEU represents professors, instructors, counsellors, and librarians working at 24 public colleges across Ontario. It is regrettable that the Council has forced such an outcome, which is adversely affecting both students and faculty. The Council’s heavy-handed approach undermines the principles of collective bargaining process that is the foundation of labour relations across Canada. We strongly urge you to return to the bargaining table to reach a negotiated settlement with OPSEU.

Sincerely,

Peter Danziger, RFA President
Rahul Sapra, RFA Vice President (External)

Cc:
Peter McKeracher, College Employer Council
Sonia Del Missier, College Employer Council
Hon. Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development
Hon. Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour
MPP Peggy Sattler, NDP Critic for Advanced Education, Skills and Development
MPP Lorne Coe, PC Critic for Post-Secondary Education
Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

RM Kennedy, Chair of Ontario College Faculty Division, and JP Hornick, Chair of Ontario College Faculty Bargaining Team

Gyllian Phillips, OCUFA President

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