186 YUFA members sign “Back to the Table” statement Reply

We the undersigned members of YUFA urge our colleagues to vote against the proposed collective agreement for 2012-15. We thank YUFA’s collective bargaining team for its hard work and hard-fought accomplishments, but at this point in time we think the team should return to the bargaining table and work toward improving the proposed collective agreement.

Our most significant concerns focus on the following:

(1) The proposal does not adequately address the needs of YUFA faculty with special renewable contracts. (See Article 12.32)

(2) The proposal does not provide adequate course releases and in some cases significantly diminishes course releases for several categories of faculty with academic administrative positions, including graduate program directors, undergraduate program coordinators, and area coordinators. (See Appendix P)

(3) The proposal weakens the university’s commitment to universal progress-through-the-ranks faculty salary increases and raises the risk that these increases will become discretionary. (See Articles 16.01 and 22.07)

(4) The proposal introduces a problematic system of public course evaluations. (See Article 7.11)

(5) The proposal does not take substantial steps toward reducing faculty teaching loads to a level commensurate with our peer institutions. (See Article 18)

(6) The proposal offers a very modest research release program that will benefit only a small number of faculty, increase faculty administrative burdens, promote faculty competition, and damage faculty collegiality. (See Article 18.15)

(7) The proposal further entrenches the university’s reliance on a tiered system of instruction, with fewer regular faculty members, more teaching-stream faculty, and more contract faculty. (See, for example, Article 12.02.2)

(8) The proposal fails to include a clear and explicit acknowledgement that changes to the Pension Plan must be approved by the YUFA membership. (See Article 26.02)

Date: August 30, 2012

Signed:

Gamal Abdul-Shehid
Simone Abouchar
Anna Agathangelou
Greg Albo
Joan Allen
Vermonja Alston
Alison Bain
Himani Bannerji
Deborah Barndt
Ranu Basu
John Bell
Jody Berland
Georges Bérubé
Kean Birch
Katherine Bischoping
Philippe Bourdin
Rob Bowman
Kym Bird
Linda Briskin
Deborah Brock
Anne Bunting
Stephen Cain
Eduardo Canel
Jon Caulfield
Sheila Cavanagh
Chris Chapman
James Check
Matthew Clark
David Clipsham
Lewis Code
Diana Cooper-Clark
Marc Couroux
Alison Crosby
Lykke de la Cour
Isolde Daiski
Raju J. Das
Tania Das Gupta
Dorothy de Val
Susan Driver
Lisa Drummond
Peter Duerr
Rishma Dunlop
Lorna Erwin
Barbara Evans
Honor Ford-Smith
Jennifer Foster
Steven Flusty
Amber Gaszo
Sakis Gekas
Amanda Glasbeek
Luin Goldring
Luann Good Gingrich
Mark Goodman
Andil Gosine
Allison Griffith
Ricardo Grinspun
Alberto Guevara
Shubra Gururani
Ratiba Hadj-Moussa
Laam Hae
Eve Haque
Wilburn Hayden
Judith Hellman
Steve Hellman
Michael Helm
Barbara Heron
Phil Hofman
Teresa Holmes
Pablo Idahosa
Nuri Jazairi
Mary Ann Jenkins
William Jenkins
Cameron Johnston
Jan Kaine
Eva C. Karpinski
Ali Kazimi
Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston
Peggy Keall
Patricia Keeney
Roger Keil
Philip Kelly
Kamala Kempadoo
Gerald Kernerman
Stefan Kipfer
Ildiko Kovacs
Fuyuki Kurasawa
Robert Latham
Bonita Lawrence
Frances Latchford
Timothy Leduc
Ute Lehrer
Joel Lexchin
Ken Little
Jaime Llambias-Wolff
Lucia Lo
Brenda Longfellow
Allyson M. Lunny
Meg Luxton
Willem Maas
Marcia Macaulay
Maggie MacDonald
Janine Marchessault
Aryn Martin
Maura Matesic
John Mayberry
Patricia Mazepa
Carlota McAllister
Brenda McComb
Patricia McDermott
Wendy McGuire
Wendy McKeen
Scott McLaren
J.J. McMurtry
David McNab
David McNally
Rhadika Mongia
Esteve Morera
Arun Mukherjee
Nick Mulé
Carmela Murdocca
David Murray
Karen Murray
Natasha Myers
Nancy Nicol
Shobna Nijhawan
Michael Nijihawan
Jonathan Nitzan
Bobby Noble
Anne O’Connell
Andrea O’Reilly
Mona Oikawa
Hyun Ok Park
Deborah Orr
Viviana Patroni
Mark Peacock
Linda Peake
Elizabeth Pentland
Nalini Therese Persram
Carolyn Podruchny
Maurice Kwong-Lai Poon
Carol Poster
Anna Pratt
Valerie Preston
Norene Pupo
Fahimul Quadir
Indhu Rajagopal
Esther Raventós-Pons
Geoffrey Reaume
Darryl Reed
Ester Reiter
Karen Robson
Robin Roth
Stephanie Ross
Wade Rowland
Don Rubin
Nick Ruest
Anders Sandberg
Victor Shea
Hira Singh
David Skinner
Lisa Sloniowski
David Spring
Sharada Srinivasan
Marc Stein
Karen Swift
Yvette Szmidt
David Toews
Antonio Torres-Ruiz
Steven Tufts
Dorin Uritescu
Matt Vander Woude
Peter Vandergeest
Sundar Viswanathan
Leah Vosko
Colleen Wagner
Philip Walsh
Andy Weaver
Lorna Weir
Gerda Wekerle
Kimberley White
Walter Whiteley
Lesley Wood
Douglas Young
Lelia Young
Brent Zimmerman
Detlev Zwick

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