Political Action (Federal) / TUFA town hall

Dear Colleagues, 

There are several campaigns related to the upcoming federal election that we are urging TUFA members to support.  As well, we would appreciate your feedback in advance of Friday’s town hall meeting.

1. CAUT: “For our Future” campaign

CAUT has set up an easy to use page allowing you to send a message to all candidates in your federal riding alerting them to crucial issues in our sector, including: decades of underfunding, soaring tuition fees, insufficient research funding, and job insecurity for contingent academic staff. All the issues raised in CAUT’s letter have been exacerbated by COVID-19, but can be addressed by decisive federal action and so we urge you to take the two minutes needed to visit the site and add your voice to the campaign.  

2. OCUFA: CCAA/BIA reform

In the wake of the shocking misuse of bancruptcy legislation to restructure Laurentian University, OCUFA put together a campaign to exclude public institutions from federal legislation designed for privately owned corporations. OCUFA’s site (like CAUT’s above) uses your postal code to route a statement in support of the campaign to the federal candidates in your riding. In this case, candidates will be asked for their commitment, if elected, to amend the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (BIA) and the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) to exclude public institutions that receive transfer payments and government operating grants.

3. Election Day: Student participation

The decision by Elections Canada to do away with its on-campus voting initiative as a result of COVID-19 will make it more difficult for Trent students to cast a ballot in the federal election this Monday.  TUFA’s Executive Committee, therefore, hopes that members will support students in exercising their right to vote, and that those of us teaching Monday classes not inadvertently penalize students who take some time from campus to cast their ballots. If students have questions about where they can vote, what ID they need to present, etc., you should direct them to the Student information page  on Election Canada’s website.

4. Preparation for TUFA town hall meeting

As announced last week, all members are invited to participate in our town hall meeting this Friday afternoon (3:00 to 5:00 pm).  To help us manage the discussion, it would be helpful to get a better sense of members’ experiences in the classroom and with teaching generally.  Are students complying with masking protocols and/or food and drink restrictions in the classroom? Have you adjusted to teaching with/through PPE?  What has been your experience with ancillary campus activities?  Do you have new or heightened health and safety concerns?  Are you more anxious, or perhaps relieved, by the way the first week is rolling out? Are you aware of any student accommodations in your classes related to COVID-19? Are you using technology differently in the classroom as a result of the past 18 months? Do you feel that students’ experiences in your classes will be compromised or diminished in any way as a result of the adjustments you have made?  We don’t need to hear from everyone before Friday, but if your experiences could be relevant to others, we would appreciate hearing from you.

Time: September 17, 2021 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Zoom details have been sent to TUFA members.

In Solidarity,

Moira and Marcus

 

Moira Howes,

President

Marcus Harvey,

Executive Director