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October 27, 2011
  • Letter of Support. Carolin Rekar Munro, President, Royal Roads University Faculty Association

    Dear Members of BUFA Executive,

    We just heard the news that BUFA is on strike and wish to express our support in what appears to be a tough battle ahead. Your colleagues and friends at RRUFA send their best wishes in hopes that you will stay strong and reach a settlement that preserves the integrity and spirit of bargaining.

    Best wishes to you and your members.

    In solidarity,

    Carolin Rekar Munro
    President,
    Royal Roads University Faculty Association



  • Letter of Support. Françoise Kenny, Acting Chair, University of Regina Faculty Association

    Dear BUFA Members,

    The University of Regina Faculty Association encourages you to remain firm in your position to resist the appalling agressive anti-union actions of your employer. We stand in solidarity with you as you fight for fairness in the workplace. We wish you all continued strength and all the best in this fight for fair contracts for everyone.

    In solidarity

    Françoise Kenny
    Acting Chair
    University of Regina Faculty Association



  • Letter of Support. Luc Tremblay, VP University and External Affairs, University of Toronto Faculty Association

    The Executive Committee of the University of Toronto Faculty Association (UTFA) supports the Brandon University Faculty Association in their strike action. UTFA will sends a $3,000 cheque in solidarity.

    We wish the very best to BUFA in their efforts to reach a fair settlement.

    Sincerely,

    Luc Tremblay
    VP University and External Affairs, University of Toronto Faculty Association (UTFA)
    www.utfa.org



  • Letter of Support. Leslee Francis Pelton, President, UVICFA

    The Executive Committee of the University of Victoria Faculty Association (UVICFA) supports the Brandon University Faculty Association in their strike action. UVICFA will send a $1,000 cheque in solidarity.

    We wish the very best to BUFA in their efforts to reach a fair settlement.

    Sincerely,

    Leslee Francis Pelton, President
    UVICFA



  • Letter of Support. Judy Bates, President, WLUFA

    Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association sent a cheque in the amount of $2000 in support of Brandon University Faculty Association in their fight for a fair settlement in the current negotiations.

    Judy Bates
    President, WLUFA

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    Judy Bates, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
    Wilfrid Laurier University
    75 University Avenue West
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
    N2L 3C5

    E-mail: [email protected]
    Voice: 519 884-0710 X 2387
    Fax: 519 725-1342



October 26, 2011
  • Summary of BUFA's Bargaining Position.

    The Union's bargaining position focuses on Quality of Learning, Job Security for Sessionals, a Respectful Environment, and No Clawbacks. BUFA continues to be concerned about misinformation circulating about our bargaining position, particularly in reference to exaggerations of our financial position. According BUFA's most recent concession on salary, members would see a scale increase over a proposed 4 year contract totalling 10.1% (down from 16.7% in our opening offer for a 3 year contract). Readers are referred to the following information, which presents our position and related arguments.


    We have provided an offer-by-offer summary of the salary positions of the two parties. We note that in year one of the proposal, our request is already 2% below the current level of inflation for Manitoba.

    The bargaining team has provided a summary of the importance of a fair salary offer.

    A document explaining how academic salaries are structured differently from those in most other careers helps dispel some myths perpetuated by the Employer when they present inflated estimations of the costs of BUFA's reasonable salary request.

    Salary is just one of many issues BUFA is bargaining for to ensure the quality of education students will receive at Brandon University. In short, the Employer is attempting a reckless overhaul of virtually every element of the collective agreement that governs the working conditions of BUFA members. We are working to keep what has been established over 30+ years of bargaining between BUFA and the Employer.



  • List of BUFA Members with Special Consideration.

    This is a partial list of BUFA members who have been issued picket passes (in addition to those listed in the strike protocol) or who have otherwise been released from picket duty.

    These are BUFA members who have been approved by BUFA either to cross the picket line or who have been released from picket duty for valid reasons.  They have all expressed a wish that their names be posted.

    Susan Roddy
    Janet Koprivnikar
    Michelle Magnusson
    Sandy McMaster


October 25, 2011
  • Letter of Support. Anthony Stewart, President, Dalhousie Faculty Association

    The Dalhousie Faculty Association (DFA) supports the striking members of the Brandon University Faculty Association in their quest for fair compensation and improved working conditions.

    The DFA also condemns the aggressive anti-union stand of the Brandon University Administration in contacting BUFA members and urging them to cross the picket line.

    On October 21st our CAUT Defence Fund Trustee, Elizabeth Kay-Raining Bird, participated in the flying picket in support of the BUFA.

    Good luck in your continued negotiations, and stay strong and united in seeking a fair agreement with your administration. As a token of our solidarity, we will be sending a cheque for $1000 to the BUFA strike fund.

    Regards,

    Anthony Stewart
    President

    Dalhousie Faculty Association
    6280 South Street
    Halifax, NS B3H 1T8

    Telephone: (902) 494-3722
    Facsimile: (902) 494-6740
    Email: [email protected]




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