257 YUFA members and 6 retirees have signed an open letter to Senate Executive expressing extreme concern about the resumption of classes while the strike continues. The letter urges the University Administration to go back to the bargaining table and to make solid offers for a quick and fair settlement with CUPE Units 1 and 3.
Tuition indexation—first won by our local during bargaining in 1998—was
a historic achievement for accessible post-secondary education in this
country. Since 1998, the tuition indexation language in our collective
agreements has effectively kept tuition fees frozen for new graduate
student members. Tuition indexation has obliged the university, in every
year that it raised graduate tuition fees, to give graduate student
members of the union a dollar-for-dollar tuition rebate (Graduate
Financial Assistance). More…
On August 19, 2013 McMaster University Professor Henry Giroux spoke at the third Ontario Common Front General Assembly. ““I can’t think of a better way to defuse the possibility among young people of the radical imagination than to place them into so much debt that for the next 20 years, all they can basically think about is paying that debt back,” Giroux says early in the clip in a section called ‘Student Debt and Generational Welfare.'” Watch video here.
Oil and gas industry funding has corrupted research at the University of Calgary’s Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy (ISEEE), according to former head of the centre, climate scientist David Keith. More…
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. More…
Back to Bargaining: Critical Comments on the YUFA Tentative Settlement
This document, drafted collectively by a group of YUFA members, offers a discussion of the Tentative Settlement (proposed collective agreement) between YUFA and York University and explains our opposition to it. We will vote against its ratification in the electronic vote immediately following the YUFA information meetings on August 29-30, and we urge you to do the same. More…
I would like to echo Prof. Emeritus J..D. Wood’s comment on a previous post by adding a ‘bottom up’ perspective on governance and academic freedom. While the faculty has mobilized and raised its voice against the CGI deal, this deal is only the tip of the iceberg of academic governance and freedom. More…
The following email was sent to York faculty on April 3, 2012, following York’s announcement that the CIGI-York agreement had been terminated, to thank those who made it possible through a strong and courageous mobilization.