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March 2021

General Membership Meeting March 24th

March 24, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Dear Colleagues, We have scheduled our Spring General Membership Meeting (GMM) to begin at 9:00 am on Wednesday, March 24th. The meeting will be held virtually and members will be able to participate using the Zoom link sent to members by email.  The Executive Committee has decided to use this meeting as an opportunity to provide a comprehensive briefing on developments at Trent and across the sector.  Although we have all been understandably preoccupied by the pandemic and Trent’s adjustments…

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April 2021

Anti-Racism Workshop – Tuesday April 6th (4:00 pm to 6:00 pm)

April 6, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Anti-Racism Workshop – Tuesday April 6th (4:00 pm to 6:00 pm) This free workshop organized by CUPE 3908 and co-sponsored by TUFA is designed to inspire and guide participating members on ways to incorporate the fight against racism and discrimination into their academic work. The workshop, led by Future Ancestors Services, will interrogate identity and its impact on our worldview before exploring racism, what whiteness means, and how this is all ingrained in present-day academia. Click here to register.

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LTA Caucus meeting – April 9

April 9, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Following-up on several very productive meetings with LTA members last semester, we have scheduled the last Town Hall for this semester. Zoom details have been sent to members, if you haven’t received this email please contact the TUFA office. LTA CAUCUS - April 9 beginning at 11:00 am ET

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GMM Continuance – Wednesday April 21 (10:00 am – Noon).

April 21, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

It was decided at last week’s General Membership Meeting to schedule a continuance meeting in April to conclude the agenda.  We will send updated meeting information nearer to the date, but for now would ask that members note the morning of the 21st in their calendars. Since this meeting will be yet another shared on Zoom, we would also draw your attention to some common-sense research and advice from Stanford on Zoom fatigue.

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November 2021

LTA Caucus meeting

November 19, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Colleagues, We have scheduled a caucus meeting for our members on limited term contracts for this coming Friday (November 19th) from 2:00 to 3:30 pm.  As Michael Classens has left the institution, Robin Quantick volunteered to take over the duties of the Member-at-Large (LTA) and will be chairing the meeting. The meeting is open to all currently employed LTAs and does not require advance registration. Among other things, the meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss the progress of the…

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November 26, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Dear TUFA Members, It's time to dig your winter gear out of storage and get ready to bundle up for TUFA's Chilly Chili Social! On Friday, November 26, 12-1pm, we are hosting an outdoor lunch in the general area of the Champlain College firepit. We will have Seasoned Spoon vegetarian chili, campfire s'mores and other sweets, hot chocolate, hot cider, and coffee. There will be outdoor picnic tables, and socially distanced boulder seating around the firepit. When distancing around the…

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December 2021

General Membership Meeting

December 3, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Dear Colleagues, We have scheduled our Fall General Membership Meeting (GMM) to begin at 1:00 pm on Friday, December 3rd. The meeting will be held virtually and members will be able to participate by Zoom. Attached in your GMM notice email, are the Tentative Agenda and Unapproved Minutes from our last GMM (March 24th) and its continuation (April 21st). Alternative formats available on request. The zoom link and additional documents, including the audited financial statements, will be sent out next…

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January 2022

Pension Plan information session

January 18 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

On January 1, 2022, TUFA members’ pension converted from The Contributory Pension Plan for TUFA Employees of Trent University (the “TUFA Plan”) to the University Pension Plan Ontario (“UPP”). An interactive education session has been scheduled for January 18, 2022 (3:30 pm to 5:30 pm) to discuss the impact of this change on you and your retirement goals. The first part of the session will provide an overview of UPP’s plan provisions and outlines what is changing from the TUFA…

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Pre-bargaining consultations with the Membership

January 21 @ 10:15 am - 12:00 pm

TUFA’s current collective agreement expires on June 30, 2022, and the Executive Committee has begun planning for the upcoming round of negotiations. To this end, we have scheduled a virtual town hall for Friday January 21st (10:15 am to noon) to provide members with a briefing on the bargaining process, how our terms and conditions of employment stack up against those of our comparator institutions, projected changes to the TUFA bargaining unit, and recent developments across the sector.  This meeting…

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LTA Caucus meeting

January 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

LTA Caucus meeting – hold the date Members on Limited Term Appointments are invited to a meeting of the LTA Caucus scheduled for January 28th (10:00 am to 11:30 am). A reminder of this meeting and Zoom link will be sent to LTA members next week.

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