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Brescia faculty hold successful strike vote

In a vote held on September 7, 2016, members of the Brescia Faculty Association (BFA) authorized its Executive Committee to initiate a strike action if a fair and reasonable settlement is not reached during the collective bargaining process.
 

A closer look at the StatCan tuition data reveals some worrying trends

On September 7, 2016, Statistics Canada released its tuition fee data for 2016-17. OCUFA researchers have taken a deeper dive into the datasets, and the results are concerning.
 

Chair of OCUFA Board wins Charles E. Brooks Award

OCUFA and the Windsor University Faculty Association (WUFA) congratulates Professor Brian E. Brown on being awarded the Charles E. Brooks Labour Community Service Award.

Brescia faculty hold successful strike vote

In a vote held on September 7, 2016, members of the Brescia Faculty Association (BFA) authorized its Executive Committee to initiate a strike action if a fair and reasonable settlement is not reached during the collective bargaining process. Members voted 94 per cent in favour of a strike mandate.

“Today’s vote sends a strong message that Brescia faculty are united in their call for a fair and equitable collective agreement,” said Melissa Jean, president of the BFA. “With our members behind us, we’re looking forward to getting back to the bargaining table to address the important issues still on the table.”

A strike mandate vote is not a vote to go on strike. Rather, it sends a message to the employer that BFA members support the negotiating team and the mandate it has developed through member consultation and feedback over the past year. The vote allows the Executive Committee to call for a strike at some point in the future if that action is necessary to secure a fair deal. As always, the BFA is committed to securing an equitable agreement at the bargaining table.

The collective agreement between the BFA and Brescia University College expired on June 30, 2016. Outstanding issues include equal pay for equal work, reasonable workloads, tuition benefits for dependents, course release for BFA Executive Members, and a faculty complement large enough to ensure a quality education for students.

According to the latest Ontario Council of Academic Vice-Presidents data, the average salary of BFA members is the second lowest in the province, ranking 21st out of 22 institutions. This figure is particularly troubling given that Brescia is Canada’s only women’s university and the BFA faculty complement is 72% women, the highest proportion of women academics of any university in Canada. The BFA is seeking equal pay for equal work to faculty at its peer institutions.

All signs point to Brescia’s strong financial health. Over the past five years, Brescia’s former Principal received two payouts in lieu of leave in excess of $350,000 and the institution has awarded double-digit raises to senior administrators.

“Brescia’s mission is to educate women,” said Jean. “So it must set a better example for its students and for society at large by paying its professors a fair and equal salary.”

A closer look at the StatCan tuition data reveals some worrying trends

On September 7, 2016, Statistics Canada released its tuition fee data for 2016-17. You can read the StatCan highlights here. OCUFA researchers have taken a deeper dive into the datasets, and the results are concerning.

Ontario’s domestic undergraduate fees are 74 per cent higher than the average in the rest of Canada. Since 2010, they have increased by 10 per cent compared to four per cent in the rest of Canada. Graduate tuition is even worse: 96 per cent higher than the rest of Canada, having increased by 13 per cent since 2010, compared to six per cent in the RoC.

International fees tell a similar tale: undergraduate tuition fees are 54 per cent higher than the rest of Canada, and graduate fees are 66 per cent higher. But the rate of increase in international fees is the alarming bit: since 2010, international undergrad fees have increased by 31 per cent, while graduate fees have gone up by 20 per cent (compared to 13 per cent and one per cent in the RoC).

All of these numbers are based on weighted average tuition fees (weighted by enrolment in program of study) and are corrected for inflation. What they show is that Ontario continues to shift the cost of higher education onto students and their families. And if those students come from outside Canada, the shift is occurring at a very brisk pace indeed. 

Chair of OCUFA Board wins Charles E. Brooks Award

OCUFA and the Windsor University Faculty Association (WUFA) congratulates Professor Brian E. Brown on being awarded the Charles E. Brooks Labour Community Service Award, presented by the Windsor District Labour Council in recognition of outstanding contributions in the area of volunteer community service.

Prof. Brown, who is a past president of WUFA and the current Chair of OCUFA’s Board of Directors, has “gone above and beyond to make a difference in Windsor and Essex County.” He will be presented with a unique gold signet ring and an award plaque during the Charles Brooks Labour Appreciation Dinner, which will be held at the Caboto Club on Friday, November 18 at 6:00pm. 

The award was created to honour Charles E. Brooks, an outstanding Trade Union Leader who recognized the need for total involvement in the community, lending his influence and support to many worthwhile community projects.  Charlie was a strong supporter of United Way, by personal example helping raise labour participation to a level unmatched elsewhere in the country.

On behalf of OCUFA and all of our members, congratulations Brian on this well-deserved honour.


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