Contract negotiations resume between faculty-staff union and UFV

The meeting, in which the faculty-staff association (FSA) submitted a proposal, beginning a new round of negotiations, is the first following last summer’s vote to not ratify a tentative agreement. Faculty and staff have been working under the terms of their previous contract since it expired at the end of March 2014.

Letter to the Editor: Tenure clarification

As you also noted, the specific details of the FSA proposal cannot be publicized as we enter into bargaining, but a small correction seems to us in order.

Rank, tenure and why it matters to students

As the Faculty and Staff Association (FSA) begin their bargaining process with university administration, ideas of how to implement rank and tenure at our institution are at the forefront of many instructors’ minds. However, it’s important for students to pay attention as well.

Budget cuts through the eyes of UFV’s chief financial officer

Jackie Hogan is the chief financial officer at UFV and shared her unique perspective on how the developments of collective bargaining and budget changes could affect our institution and what changes are already in the works.

Faculty and staff take a look at funding as they enter bargaining

The Faculty and Staff Association (FSA) recently held an Extraordinary General Meeting to discuss upcoming collective bargaining with the administration. Virginia Cooke, FSA president, and Vicki Grieves, FSA chief negotiator, shared some of their thoughts surrounding the issues of funding, services and salary freezes.

Post-secondary strike action could spread to UFV

The issue at hand that has UBC, SFU, UVic, TRU, and UNBC currently striking is that the Collective Agreement for all university staff across the province expired in 2010. Because of this, workers universities have spent two years without discussions surrounding issues such as wage and working conditions.

Human rights and the “War on Terror”

The Faculty and Staff Association (Human Rights & International Solidarity) and the Race & Antiracism Network (RAN) sponsored the lecture “Human Rights and the ‘War on Terror’” January 30 at UFV’s Abbotsford campus. Presenter, Dr. Sunera Thobani, Associate Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies at UBC spoke on the topic of “Imperialism, Feminism and the ‘War on Terror’.” Ron Dart, a faculty member in UFV’s department of Political Science presented on the topic of “Human Rights, Terrorism and the American Empire: The Double Hook.”

Dr. Cheryl Suzack comes to UFV

Last week, UFV guest lecturer Dr. Cheryl Suzack from the University of Toronto addressed questions like these during her talk “Trapped in one of the oldest ways: Indigenous women, literature and the law.”