BUFA Announcements & Press Releases

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May 04, 2017
  • BUFA Spring General Meeting Motions.

    At BUFA's Spring General Meeting on April 27, 2017, the membership voted to support three motions. They are as follows, including follow-up information:

    Ad hoc Committee on Member Services Coordinator Position

    “That the BUFA membershipauthorizethe BUFA Executiveto forman ad-hoc committee (including three executive Members and two non-executive BUFA Members appointed by the Executive) to explorethe possibility of establishing a new BUFA position of Member Services Coordinator,witha reportincluding recommendations and position description, if appropriate, to be presented to the Membership at the October 2017 General Meeting.”

    • In the coming weeks, this committee will begin its work. Preliminary research of other faculty associations in Canada indicates two possible directions beyond the status quo: 1) a paid position, either part- or full-time or, 2) a new table officer position. The committee will also consult CAUT.

    NUCAUT and BDLC Membership

    “That the BUFA membership supports joining NUCAUT and the BDLC at an approximate cost to BUFA of $3400 per year.”

    • We have already begun the membership paperwork with the National Union of CAUT (NUCAUT) and the Brandon and Area District Labour Council (BDLC). Both organizations are very pleased to have us join. Certainly, the arguments made to the BDLC that we work with them and teach their kids struck a chord. We feel this is another step forward in BUFA becoming more of a force in the larger community.

    Banners and Signs

    “That the membership supports the expenditure (maximum $1,000) to purchase signage for the new BUFA Office, and a banner and signs for use at public events.”

    • Related to the first two motions, we are trying to increase our present at events on- and off-campus. This includes banners signs for use at events and rallies and improved signage for our new office on-campus.

March 29, 2017
  • BUFA spring meeting.

    The spring general meeting of BUFA will be held on Thursday April 27, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. In Brodie Building Theatre B. Reception to follow.

February 02, 2017
  • A Message from the BUFA Executive.

    In response to the hate-filled attack on the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec, the Brandon University Faculty Association (BUFA) extends its condolences to the families and the victims of this horrific crime, including the loss of Dr. Khaled Belkacemi, a Professor at Laval University. We want to express our solidarity with the Muslim community in Québec and across Canada. In Brandon, we express our support and solidarity for our Muslim faculty, staff, and students on campus, and for all people of Muslim faith in our community. BUFA condemns Islamophobia and xenophobia, hateful prejudices to which university campuses are worryingly not immune. BUFA will continue to work individually and with other unions and faculty associations to fight for equity and equality for all. We will continue to be strong in our stands against such hatred in our society.

September 06, 2016
April 21, 2016
April 15, 2015
  • Four-Year Deal at Brandon University. Joint press release from the Brandon University Faculty Association and Brandon University

    Bargaining Committees

    Back row (left to right): Dr. Derek Brown, Dr. Steve Robinson, Dr. Doug Ramsey, Dr. Gervan Fearon, Dr. Heather Duncan, Professor Heather Gillander, Mr. Tom Brophy; Front Row (left to right): Dr. Meir Serfaty, Ms. Sharon Hooper, Ms. Kristen Fisher, Dr. Dion Wiseman.

    In a demonstration of commitment to students, faculty, staff and the community, the Brandon University Faculty Association (BUFA) and Brandon University (BU) have reached a four-year Agreement for the period of April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2019. The Agreement will take effect immediately, having been ratified by both the BUFA membership and the University’s Board of Governors.

    BUFA Membership voted 95% in favour of the Agreement. “The overwhelming support we’ve received in ratification is a clear indication that all of BUFA’s many constituent units are happy with the agreement,” says Dr. Meir Serfaty, President of BUFA. “We are proud as a Union that our negotiating team was able to achieve several important gains including enhancements in program stability and in working conditions, both of which will foster the pursuit of research, teaching and service to the community. The outcome will benefit not only our Members but also the students and the University as a whole.”

    The negotiating teams reached a tentative agreement prior to the March 31, 2015, expiry date of the last Collective Agreement; a move that is unprecedented in the University’s recent history. “The fact that it was accomplished in record time following hard and intensive work on both sides is proof that our objectives in negotiations were fair and reasonable, and helped both sides reach an agreement through discussion and often vigorous debate” says Dr. Serfaty.

    “Brandon University is an excellent institution for post-secondary education with many accomplishments,” says BU’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Gervan Fearon. “The strong support for the Collective Agreement affirms the future that we are building together in support of student success, teaching and learning excellence, and research innovation. I am very proud of this accomplishment, which reflects a concerted effort to improve faculty and staff relations at the University.”

    “The Collective Agreement emerged from the hard work of the BUFA and University negotiating teams who had frank discussions aimed at resolving issues and exploring opportunities for the mutual benefit of all parties. We will continue to work together to make Brandon University an outstanding university for students, faculty, staff, and the communities we serve. We are all very optimistic about the future of Brandon University,” says Dr. Fearon.

    Dr. Fearon and Dr. Serfaty agree that “this four-year deal is a springboard to stability, growth, and continued excellence at Brandon University.”

    The Agreement provides salary increases of two percent in each of the first three years and two and one-half percent in the final year.

    BUFA is the bargaining agent for all full-time and part-time teaching staff, sessional contract workers, as well as professional, instructional and administrative associates that include librarians, counsellors, and laboratory instructors.

    The BUFA negotiating team included Dr. Derek Brown (Chief Negotiator), Professor Heather Gillander, Dr. Doug Ramsey, Dr. Meir Serfaty, and Dr. Dion Wiseman. The University’s negotiating team included Ms. Sharon Hooper (Chief Negotiator), Mr. Tom Brophy, Dr. Heather Duncan, Ms. Kristen Fisher, and Dr. Steven Robinson.

    Brandon University, founded in 1899, promotes excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship; educating students so that they can make a meaningful difference as engaged citizens and leaders.

April 30, 2013
November 20, 2012
  • Tribute to Errol Black in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly. Drew Caldwell

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012
    Members' Statements
    Errol Black

    Mr. Drew Caldwell (Brandon East): Mr. Speaker, I rise to pay tribute to Errol Black, a principled politician, outstanding trade unionist and advocate for social justice. Errol passed away this month after a lengthy battle with ALS.

    Errol grew up in the east end of Brandon and was always a fixture in the neighbourhood, particularly at the East End Community Centre where he played as a child and where he was a community steward as an adult. Errol spent his career supporting the rights of workers. During 30 years at Brandon University, he was respected across Canada as a labour economist and wrote about everything from the trade union movement to the minimum wage to gender parity in Manitoba politics, to name just a few. He was also an active member of both the university's faculty association and the Brandon and District Labour Council.

    Errol's passion for improving the lives of people in Brandon and beyond showed in his lifelong political activism. He was a founding member of the Manitoba office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, an institution that conducts collaborative social and economic research. An NDP supporter and candidate, he signed me as a party member when I was a teenager and taught me the values of independent thought, integrity, principle and speaking truth to power.

    I was privileged to sit for a time with Errol on Brandon City Council where he advocated on behalf of his constituents in Riverview ward for 12 years, always with a view towards making the entire community a better place to live. His work was instrumental in the creation of the Brandon General Museum and Archives, the continued construction of the eastern access route and the development of the Assiniboine Community College campus on Brandon's North Hill. His initiative to ban public smoking in Brandon ultimately resulted in provincial legislation that made Manitoba an anti-smoking leader in Canada.

    Errol was not only unflagging in his commitment to the less powerful, throughout his life he was also an inspiration, mentor and friend to all. To me, he was all of these and more. He was like my father and I loved him dearly.

    Mr. Speaker, it is a rare person who works so tirelessly their whole life to build a better world. I ask all members to join me in remembering Errol Black and in offering condolences to his wife Margaret, his sons Sean, Dennis and Thomas, and the entire Black family. We will not see a man like Errol Black again.

    Thank you.

    Hansard, November 20, 2012

November 09, 2012
  • Man of action. Brandon Sun Editorial

    “A man of integrity, sound in his thinking, clear in his values and willing to act on them.”

    Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger said of the late Errol Black

    The funeral of former Brandon councillor and Brandon University professor Errol Black drew a large number of mourners to the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium on Thursday afternoon.

    Among the hundreds of people who came to celebrate the life of one of Brandon's most renowned citizens were Greg Selinger and several former and current NDP MLAs, Brandon Mayor Shari Decter Hirst and most of Brandon's councillors, several Brandon School Division trustees, a large number of union and labour activists, and many friends, peers and acquaintances from across the province.

    There was much to say about the long-serving political and social activist. His friend Len Evans noted that following his 12 years on council, Errol was still writing and mentally engaged in his community until the end of his life.

    Another longtime friend of Errol's, Brandon and District Labour Council president Jan Chaboyer, noted that “Errol's commitment and legacy to the city will never be forgotten.”

    And Jim Silver, who was his friend, associate and co-author for nearly 25 years, called Errol a “man of the left,” who would be dearly missed by the community and the province.

    All of these public facts about Errol Black rang true, of course, whether you agreed or disagreed with his politics. But what was most poignant about the service, in our opinion, was the private facts that the family offered to the litany of folks who were there to share their grief.

    He was a dedicated East Ender who fought bullies, not only those he perceived in politics, but those more immediate threats to his friends, his community and his family.

    He dearly loved those closest to him, which was made very clear through the video presentation of his life.

    And through the speechs of two of his sons, Thomas Black and Dennis Black, and his granddaughter Kyla Shoemaker, we learned more about his humour, his courage, and the dignity and grace with which he faced his death from ALS.

    It was remarked that he even did a little Irish jig upon his return home from the hospital last weekend.

    We will long remember Errol Black as a humble scrapper from Brandon's East End who offered this community his best and expected better from the rest of us.

    Whatever our lot in life may be, may we do the same.

    Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition November 9, 2012

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