2024 VIUFA AGM & Call for Nominations

Please join us at the Annual General Meeting of the Vancouver Island University Faculty Association, to be held on: Wednesday, April 24, 2024 10:00 a.m. Building 200, Room 203 Elections for all VIUFA Executive Positions will be held at the Annual General Meeting, beginning at 1:00pm. Nominations can be submitted in writing to staff@viufa.ca or to any of the three Nomination Committee Members by Wednesday, April 17th at 3:00pm. Nominations will also be [...]

2024-04-16T15:09:49-07:00March 26th, 2024|Uncategorized, Front Page, Member News|

Virtual Event: Making a Place for Dialogue in Times of Conflict, 2024 March 26

VIUFA HRISC with FPSE and the FPSE Human Rights & International Solidarity Committee are proud to present a virtual event: Making a Place for Dialogue in Times of Conflict Tuesday, March 26th, 1pm PST REGISTER: https://bit.ly/3wtXzyR Featuring: Joanna Ashworth / Wosk Centre for Dialogue Jennie Barron / Mir Centre for Peace Kent Highnam / Centre for Conflict Resolution Crystena Parker-Shandal / University of Waterloo Mandy Penney / U of A Centre for Teaching [...]

International Women’s Day 2024 at VIU

All are welcome to attend this year’s International Women’s Day at VIU. On Friday, March 8 from 11:30am-2:30pm our campus and Nanaimo community members are invited to join us in the Royal Arbutus Room, upstairs in bldg. 300, the upper cafeteria. Drop by for all or part of our scheduled activities, which feature: info tables and light refreshments from 11:30-12pm, 12-12:30pm guest speakers, 12:30-2pm facilitated workshop on Healthy Relationships, and then more mingling [...]

Professional and Scholarly Development Call for Proposals: Due March 28, 2024

The VIUFA Professional and Scholarly Development Committee invites VIUFA members to apply for funds that would sponsor activities which shall be of professional interest to the general faculty. The deadline for applications is March 28 at 4 pm. The detailed Call for Project Proposals and the Application Form are linked below. PSD-project-funding-call-2024 PSD-project-proposal-form-2024

2024-02-29T14:23:10-08:00February 29th, 2024|Professional & Scholarly Development, Member News|

CAUT, FPSE and CUFA BC called for B.C. Minister’s resignation over political interference

Please note recent releases below from CAUT, FPSE, and CUFA BC. While the matter of concern related to Ministerial overreach has been overtaken by more recent events pertaining to the Minister, these statements have provided context to some media coverage. FPSE Statement on Resignation of Selina Robinson B.C. premier says Selina Robinson stepping down as cabinet minister over comments on Middle East | CBC News CAUT Media Release: https://www.caut.ca/latest/2024/02/caut-calls-bc-ministers-resignation-over-political-interference CAUT Letter to Premier [...]

2024-02-07T10:04:39-08:00February 7th, 2024|Front Page, FPSE, Member News, News Releases|

Ratification Announcement on behalf of VIUFA and Vancouver Island University

To all employees on behalf of VIUFA and Vancouver Island University  We are pleased to announce that the Vancouver Island University Faculty Association (VIUFA) and the VIU Board of Governors and the Post-Secondary Employers Association Board of Directors have ratified a new collective agreement. This agreement aligns with the provincial government’s 2022 Shared Recovery Mandate and VIU’s People Plan commitments to wellness and equity. The ratified agreement covers the period of April 1, 2022 – [...]

2024-02-07T09:57:47-08:00February 7th, 2024|Front Page, Member News, Bargaining Bulletins|

VIUFA Community Engagement Award: Nominations now open

The time has come once again to nominate a student for the annual VIUFA Community Engagement Award. This award will be given to two outstanding students ($1,000 each) who demonstrate exceptional citizenship within the University community.  It is disbursed annually by the VIUFA Executive (through the VIU Foundation office) following deliberations on candidates nominated by faculty. Nominations for students who fit the criteria are now open.  Please see the linked document for more [...]

2024-02-01T10:26:22-08:00February 1st, 2024|Front Page, Member News|

VIUFA supports the FPSE Statement on the War in Gaza

VIUFA supports the FPSE Statement on the War in GazaVIUFA and the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators (FPSE) are deeply saddened by the events of the past few weeks, and we demand a ceasefire. The escalating conflict across the Middle East region in Israel, Palestine, and Gaza is having deep impacts within our community and the world. We unequivocally condemn the attacks against innocent civilians. Our students, faculty, and staff, many with ties to [...]

2023-12-13T14:09:57-08:00December 8th, 2023|Front Page, Member News, Social activism, HRISC Resources|

Vancouver Island University’s deficit woes are not because of tuition revenues, says Faculty Association

October 15, 2023 3:00 pm  Media Release   Vancouver Island University’s deficit woes are not because of tuition revenues, says Faculty Association Vancouver Island University is anticipating a budgetary deficit of $16M for the 2023-24 year, according to the University’s Deficit Mitigation Plan, published on the University’s website, and employees have been told to expect that it will likely be a $20M deficit when the second quarter finances are reported.  This follows three [...]

2023-10-17T10:12:36-07:00October 17th, 2023|Front Page, Member News, News Releases|

VIUFA Assisted Leave Intent to Apply – Deadline May 31, 2023

TO ALL VIUFA BARGAINING UNIT MEMBERS:  Please note the following process if you intend to apply for an Assisted Leave (Professional Development Leave of Absence) during the 2024/2025 year in accordance with Article 12.4 of the Collective Agreement, which reads as follows: Article 12.4.9.1, “In order to be eligible for a half-year or full-year P.D. leave, a faculty member must: have a regular appointment and at least three FTE years of VIUFA seniority [...]

2023-05-02T10:26:00-07:00May 2nd, 2023|Front Page, Member News|

Faculty Self-Directed Formative Evaluation

Dear Colleague, This is a reminder that faculty members are expected to undertake self-directed formative evaluation every five years, or more frequently if desired, and have a responsibility to report to their supervisor that the evaluation is completed.  The results of the evaluation stay with the faculty member, or may be shared at their discretion.  Please review Article 7.5 of the Collective Agreement, Faculty Self-Directed Formative Evaluation.  Note that members who are planning to [...]

2023-05-02T10:15:32-07:00May 2nd, 2023|Front Page, Member News|

2023 VIUFA AGM & Call for Nominations

Please join us at the Annual General Meeting of the Vancouver Island University Faculty Association, to be held on: Wednesday, April 26, 2023 10:00 a.m. Via Zoom Elections for all VIUFA Executive Positions will be held at the Annual General Meeting, beginning at 1:00pm. Nominations can be submitted in writing to staff@viufa.ca or to any of the three Nomination Committee Members by Wednesday, April 19th at 3:00pm. Nominations will also be accepted from [...]

2023-04-26T10:43:21-07:00March 30th, 2023|Front Page, Member News|

Notice of General Meeting Wednesday, Nov 9

Dear VIUFA Members, VIUFA will hold a General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, November 9. At the meeting, the bargaining team will present our proposals for the current round of bargaining for ratification by the members. Please find the Notice of Meeting here. The meeting will be from 1:00 to 4:00 and will be held simultaneously in person at the Nanaimo, Cowichan and Powell River campuses, with Zoom links between the three locations. The Nanaimo meeting will [...]

2022-11-02T09:29:45-07:00November 2nd, 2022|Front Page, Member News|

VIUFA’s Committee on Human Rights and International Solidarity Unveils Resource Database

A resource is now available to the VIU community, thanks to the work of Dr. Imogene Lim, Chair of the Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee (HRISC). The HRISC database brings attention to local and global events, issues, and resources for educators and students—from racism, climate change, Indigenous rights, inequality and more. The listing has been curated by Dr. Imogene Lim, with numerous suggestions offered by colleagues. Thanks to Kathryn (Katy) Rosnau, GLST [...]

2022-10-18T09:29:44-07:00October 5th, 2022|Front Page, Member Resources, Member News, Uncategorized|

VIUFA Executive Members, 2022-2023

Elections for VIUFA Executive positions were held at the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, April 27th. The following members were elected: President: Gara Pruesse Vice-President: Kathleen Bortolin Secretary-Treasurer: Johnny Blakeborough Chief Personnel Steward: Clay Armstrong Chair, Contract Negotiating Committee: Jane Wodlinger Associate Bargainer: Bonita Davidson Chair, Professional and Scholarly Development: Dan Baker Chair, Human Rights and International Solidarity: Imogene Lim Chair, Status of Women: Eliza Gardiner Chair, Decolonization, Reconciliation, and Indigenization Standing Committee: [...]

2022-09-27T09:53:59-07:00May 4th, 2022|Front Page, Member News|

VIUFA Annual General Meeting – Wednesday, April 27, 2022

2022 AGM & Call for Nominations Please join us at the Annual General Meeting of the Vancouver Island University Faculty Association, to be held on: Wednesday, April 27, 2022 10:00 a.m. Via Zoom Elections for all executive positions will follow at 1:00pm. Elections for all VIUFA Executive Positions will be held at the Annual General Meeting. Nominations can be submitted in writing to staff@viufa.ca or to any of the three Nomination Committee Members [...]

2022-04-27T09:35:55-07:00April 5th, 2022|Front Page, Member News|

VIUFA SWC and Positive Space Alliance Host Trans Day of Visibility: March 31, 11 am-1 pm

Dear Colleagues, VIUFA’s Status of Women Committee is collaborating with VIU’s Positive Space Alliance to honour Trans Day of Visibility on March 31. Please join us, if you can, for speakers, info booths, and activities. We are proud to have SWAG students supporting some of the activities, and we are very grateful to VIUFA’s Decolonization, Reconciliation, and Indigenization Committee for generous financial support. What: Trans Day of Visibility When: March 31, 11 am-1 [...]

2022-03-31T11:51:05-07:00March 23rd, 2022|Front Page, Women’s and Gender Equity, Member News|

Notice of VIUFA Annual General Meeting

NOTICE OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Vancouver Island University Faculty Association will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 10:00 a.m. Via Zoom Meeting ID 812 1740 0142 Password: VIUFA The 2022 VIUFA AGM will be held electronically via Zoom, beginning at 10:00 am on Wednesday, April 27th. You must sign into Zoom using your real name, and using password VIUFA. All [...]

2022-03-15T12:30:45-07:00March 16th, 2022|Front Page, Member News|

Notice of VIUFA Elections – Wednesday, April 27, 2022

TO:                         All Members of VIU Faculty Association FROM:                   VIUFA Elections Committee: Guy LeMasurier, Bradley Martin, Brad Reimer DATE:                    February 17, 2022 RE:                          NOMINATIONS FOR 2022/23 EXECUTIVE MEMBERS                                                                             As per VIUFA’s Constitution and Bylaws, an Elections Committee has been appointed by the Executive to receive nominations for officers for the term May 1, 2022 to April 30, 2023. Election of officers will take place at the Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) on Wednesday, April [...]

2022-03-15T12:27:56-07:00March 15th, 2022|Front Page, Member News|

VIUFA Members Meeting, March 10

NOTICE OF VIUFA GENERAL MEETING Notice is hereby given that Vancouver Island University Faculty Association will hold a General Members’ Meeting on: Thursday, March 10, 2022 1:00pm Via Zoom   Topics include: ·        Presentation of the Review Engagement and Financial Statements from Robbins and Company ·        Presentation of the Draft Budget for 2022-2023     [Agenda and draft Minutes of previous meetings to follow]

2022-03-15T12:22:39-07:00February 11th, 2022|Front Page, Member News|

VIUFA Status of Women: Feb. 14 Women’s Memorial March Event (Nanaimo Campus)

Dear Colleagues, Please join VIUFA’s Status of Women Committee on Monday, February 14, from 12 pm-1:30 pm, to honour Indigenous Women and Girls for a campus-based Women’s Memorial March. We are grateful to Naomi Bailey, Acting Manager of Indigenous Protocol at VIU and a member of VIUFA's Status of Women Committee, for her leadership to guide this event. We also thank Shq’apthut and Community Cousins for welcoming us to gather, and to VIUSU [...]

2022-02-09T09:46:51-08:00February 9th, 2022|Front Page, Women’s and Gender Equity, Member News|

Call for Time Awards applications

The VIUFA Assisted Leave Committee is pleased to announce a call for Time Awards for Fall 2022 / Spring 2023. time-award-fall-2022-spring-2023 These section releases/reassignments are available to VIUFA faculty with scholarly, creative, and research projects that are focused in scope. Interested VIUFA faculty members can apply for up to 2 sections of release/reassignment to pursue these projects. The releases cannot be banked or taken as overload. There are four (4) releases to be [...]

2021-12-02T09:51:54-08:00December 2nd, 2021|Front Page, Committee News, Member News|

Status of Women Committee: Dec. 6, 10 am Campus Event for The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Dear Colleagues. The VIUFA Status of Women Committee is honoured to host an event in recognition of The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, as part of our ongoing work to support 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. The event will take place at 10 am on December 6 in the Malaspina Theatre lobby. We are honoured to have Elder Geraldine Manson and Elder Stella Johnson offer opening [...]

2021-11-30T15:26:32-08:00November 30th, 2021|Member News, Front Page, Women’s and Gender Equity|

VIUFA Members Meeting Wednesday, Sep 29

NOTICE OF VIUFA GENERAL MEETING Notice is hereby given that Vancouver Island University Faculty Association will hold a General Members’ Meeting on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 1:00pm Via Zoom   Topics include: ·      Review Engagement from Robbins & Company ·      Confirmation of Associate Bargainer [Agenda and draft Minutes of previous meetings to follow]

2021-09-08T15:15:04-07:00September 8th, 2021|Front Page, Member News|

VIUFA Member Update Regarding Covid-19

Dear VIUFA Members, Welcome back to the earliest days of the new academic year.   I hope everyone was able to make the most of a summer break that seemed to be unrelenting in throwing challenges and uncertainties our way. In particular, the Covid-19 Delta variant appears to be quickly upending what seemed to be a well understood return to our typical ways of working.  In our sector, there are growing calls for mask [...]

2021-08-18T10:03:49-07:00August 18th, 2021|Front Page, Member News|

VIUFA Annual General Meeting – Wednesday, April 28, 2021

2021 AGM & Call for Nominations Please join us at the Annual General Meeting of the Vancouver Island University Faculty Association, to be held on: Wednesday, April 28, 2021 10:00 a.m. Via Zoom Elections for all executive positions will follow at 12:30pm. Elections for all VIUFA Executive Positions will be held at the Annual General Meeting. Nominations can be submitted in writing to staff@viufa.ca or to any of the three Nomination Committee Members [...]

2021-04-28T16:22:25-07:00April 8th, 2021|Front Page, Member News|

Notice of VIUFA Elections

TO:                        All Members of VIU Faculty Association FROM:                 VIUFA Elections Committee: Jeff Egan, Don Alexander, Don Bowden DATE:                   Wednesday, March 10, 2021 RE:                        NOMINATIONS FOR 2021/22 EXECUTIVE MEMBERS As per VIUFA’s Constitution and Bylaws, an Elections Committee has been appointed by the Executive to receive nominations for officers for the term May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022.  Election of officers will take place at the Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) on Wednesday, April [...]

2021-03-30T11:28:02-07:00March 23rd, 2021|Uncategorized, Front Page, Member News|

VIUFA Annual General Meeting – Wednesday, April 28, 2021

NOTICE OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Vancouver Island University Faculty Association will be held on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 10:00 a.m. Via Zoom The 2021 VIUFA AGM will be held electronically via Zoom, beginning at 10:00 am on Wednesday, April 28th. You must sign into Zoom using your real name. Zoom details will be sent to the VIUFA members email list. All [...]

2021-03-30T11:27:36-07:00March 16th, 2021|Uncategorized, Front Page, Member News|

Zoom In: Women Making Impacts

Zoom In: Women Making Impacts is a new, video interview series featuring women from all paths of life on Vancouver Island. The series is intended to amplify women’s voices, ideas, passions, projects, labours, and visions, especially as they serve the interest of building a more just and equitable society. Founder: This series was created by Melissa Stephens in Fall 2020. She is the Chair for the Vancouver Island University Faculty Association's Status of [...]

2021-03-11T13:57:40-08:00December 8th, 2020|Front Page, Women’s and Gender Equity, Member News|

Unite! Participate in 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

November 9, 2020   Dear Friends and Colleagues, The UN reports of a “Shadow pandemic,” where all forms of gender-based violence have intensified as a result of Covid-19 lockdown and social distancing measures. Our current reality places women and gender minorities at further risk of violence with the loss or reduction of face-to-face support systems. Teaming Up The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW Nanaimo) and the VIU Faculty Association’s (VIUFA) Status of [...]

2020-11-18T09:58:16-08:00November 18th, 2020|Front Page, Women’s and Gender Equity, Member News|

VIUFA Fall Membership Meeting

NOTICE OF VIUFA GENERAL MEETING   Notice is hereby given that Vancouver Island University Faculty Association will hold a General Members’ Meeting on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 1:00pm via Zoom Topics include: ·       Report on Completion of Bargaining ·       Mid-Term Forum: A chance for members to share with VIUFA how they are faring [Agenda and draft Minutes of previous meetings to follow]      

2020-10-02T14:10:27-07:00October 2nd, 2020|Front Page, Member News|

VIUFA Non-Regular Faculty Members Meeting

The VIUFA Executive have scheduled a meeting of all Non-Regular Faculty members as follows: Date: Friday, October 2, 2020 Time: 10:00am via Zoom Agenda: Welcome new and returning members to VIUFA – your certified trade union for instructional, non-instructional, and technical faculty at VIU; Discussion of views and needs of Non-Regular Faculty members, including the right of first refusal; Election of Non-Regular Faculty representative on the VIUFA Executive Committee Members of our Executive [...]

2020-09-24T13:03:55-07:00September 24th, 2020|Non Regular Faculty Committee, Member News, Front Page|

HRISC Resources for #BLM, Fighting Hate and Racism

Imogene Lim, VIUFA’s Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee Chair, has been gathering anti-racism resources over the summer.  These can be found in your VIU inbox under the heading, “HRISC Potpourri of Resources”. Here are some of the resources shared in early June: Resistance and Resurgence: Confronting Anti-Black Racism in Canada Recorded Webinar from June 8, 2020. This conversation will be centering Black voices. We ask non-Black people to witness and decentre themselves, [...]

Update on VIUFA Retroactive Pay

As promised in our email of July 29, 2020, we are providing updates on retro payments and pay scale changes as they become available. Payroll updated the VIUFA payscales on August 1st, 2020. The goal is that your biweekly pay on August 21st should reflect the change. Note that the August 21st pay may include time worked before August 1st so the first biweekly pay period that reflects the full change should be September 4th. If all [...]

2020-08-12T16:11:49-07:00August 12th, 2020|Front Page, Member News, Bargaining Bulletins|

VIUFA Tentative Settlement and Ratification Meeting

Dear VIUFA members, The Bargaining Team is pleased to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement with the Employer. We have prepared a document entitled “Tentative Settlement Information Package” that is available on the VIUFA website. It is password protected; VIUFA members should have received an email with the password. We endeavoured to provide information that is thorough but also user-friendly, and with sufficient detail and explanatory notes that members will have [...]

2020-06-04T09:22:02-07:00June 4th, 2020|Front Page, Member News, Bargaining Bulletins|

Notice of VIUFA General Meeting, Feb 26 2020

Notice is hereby given that Vancouver Island University Faculty Association will hold a General Members’ Meeting on: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 10:00am Building 200 / Room 203 Topics include: Review of the 2020-2021 proposed budget Executive appointments and call for volunteers Guest Speaker: Dr. Deborah Saucier (11:30am) Refreshments will be provided.

2020-02-04T10:38:31-08:00February 4th, 2020|Front Page, Member News|

Notice of VIUFA General Meeting (September 19)

Notice is hereby given that Vancouver Island University Faculty Association will hold a General Members’ Meeting on: Thursday, September 19, 2019 9:00 - 11:30am Building 300 / Room 401 Topics include: Guest Speaker: Weldon Cowan, Chair of the Board Buy testosterone enanthate in USA of Directors for the College Pension Plan Bargaining and Provincial Climate Update Refreshments will be provided.

2021-02-25T02:03:22-08:00August 22nd, 2019|Front Page, Member News|

2019 AGM & Call for Nominations

Please join us at the Annual General Meeting of the Vancouver Island University Faculty Association, to be held on: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Building 355, Room 203 Buffet lunch will be provided at 11:45am. Elections for all executive positions will follow at 12:30pm. Elections for all VIUFA Executive Positions will be held at the Annual General Meeting. Nominations can be submitted in writing at the VIUFA office (B360/R108) [...]

2021-04-08T14:03:27-07:00March 14th, 2019|Front Page, Member News|

Notice of VIUFA General Meeting (March 6)

Notice is hereby given that Vancouver Island University Faculty Association will hold a General Members’ Meeting on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 1:15 – 3:45pm Building 356 / Room 109 Topics include: Review of 2019-2020 Proposed Budget Refreshments will be provided. Please see agenda here.

2019-02-19T15:29:40-08:00February 19th, 2019|Front Page, Member News|

MEMBER MEETING UPDATE: February 14th meeting rescheduled to February 27th

Due to the snow closures this week, there is a scheduling change for the two upcoming General Members’ Meetings. Our February 14th meeting is cancelled, and the ratification of bargaining proposals will take place at the February 27th meeting. We will reschedule the review of the proposed 2019-2020 budget for early March - details to follow.

2019-02-13T13:13:59-08:00February 13th, 2019|Front Page, Member News, Bargaining Bulletins|

Notice of VIUFA General Meeting (February 27)

Notice is hereby given that Vancouver Island University Faculty Association will hold a General Members’ Meeting on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 1:00 – 3:30pm Building Pornographie-Induzierte Erektile Dysfunktion 180 / Room 134 Topics include: Guest speaker: Dr. Ralph Nilson Ratification of VIUFA’s bargaining proposals Refreshments will be provided. Please see agenda here.

2021-02-24T09:34:06-08:00January 31st, 2019|Front Page, Member News, Bargaining Bulletins|

Bargaining Preparations

VIUFA's current Collective Agreement will expire on March 31, 2019, and preparations for bargaining have begun. Our Contract Negotiating Chair, Laura Suski, along with President Chris Jaeger, has put together the following presentation, "Introduction to Bargaining". Click on the image below to view the presentation. The presentation is password-protected with our usual password. If you don’t have the password, please contact the VIUFA Office Manager. The Contract Negotiating Committee members are: Laura Suski [...]

2018-12-12T15:09:19-08:00December 12th, 2018|Front Page, Member News|

December 6th Vigil

Please join VIU and Nanaimo community members for the December 6th Vigil: A National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. We will meet at 1 pm at the Clothesline Project (located just outside the main cafeteria), and then march to Jardin de Quatorze for a period of reflection. Sheila Malcolmson, Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP and Critic for Women’s Equality, has confirmed that she will be joining us to share news [...]

2021-02-24T09:34:20-08:00December 5th, 2018|Front Page, Women’s and Gender Equity, Member News|

Notice of VIUFA General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that Vancouver Island University Faculty Association will hold a General Members’ Meeting on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 10:00 – 12:30pm Building 355 Anaesthesulf Bei Erektile Dysfunktion / Room 203 Topics include: General business Executive reports Update on bargaining preparations Refreshments will be provided. See agenda here.

2021-02-24T09:35:02-08:00November 29th, 2018|Front Page, Member News|

Rise Up! An Evening of Art, Activism, and Education Monday Dec 3rd

Join us for an uprising at The View Gallery on VIU's Nanaimo campus Mon Dec 3rd 7-9pm featuring 12 inspiring literary performers, some well-established in the world of fiction, some performance poets and musicians, some emerging voices exploring other genres from feisty anti-bullying children's books to defiant stories that run the gamut from contemplative to humorous, angry to motivational. This is a community-building event nearing the end of the 16 Days of Activism [...]

Fair Employment Week October 22-26, 2018

              MAKE IT FAIR FOR ACADEMIC STAFF Opportunity. Security. Respect. An  increasing number of teachers at Canada’s colleges and universities are  trapped in precarious contract and part-time work. Contract and  part-time work has quietly gone from a short-term stepping stone to a  career-long condition. Many earn less than a living wage. Thousands of professors are denied the opportunity each year to participate in (and be paid for) all aspects [...]

2018-10-16T14:57:52-07:00October 16th, 2018|Front Page, Non Regular Faculty Committee, Member News|

Intro to Bargaining Breakfast Wednesday October 10

As we look ahead to contract negotiations in 2019, VIUFA is conducting a series of educational events and consultations with our members. Join Chief Bargainer Laura Suski and other members of the VIUFA Executive for an introduction to the local bargaining process over breakfast. Topics covered include an overview of the process to get a new contract, how we work with other BC post-secondary institutions and the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators (FPSE), an update on the current [...]

2018-09-18T13:38:56-07:00September 18th, 2018|Front Page, Member News|

Non-Regular Faculty Members Meeting on Thurs, Sep. 6

The VIUFA Executive have scheduled a meeting of all Non-Regular Faculty members as follows: Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018 Time: 3:30pm Place: Building 180, Room 138 Agenda: - Welcome new and returning members to VIUFA – your certified trade union for instructional, non-instructional, and technical faculty at VIU; - Discussion of views and needs of Non-Regular Faculty members, including the right of first refusal; - Election of Non-Regular Faculty representative on the VIUFA [...]

2018-08-03T14:43:36-07:00August 3rd, 2018|Front Page, Member News|

2018 AGM & Call for Nominations

Please join us at the Annual General Meeting of the Vancouver Island University Faculty Association, to be held on: Friday, April 27, 2018 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Building 355, Room 203 Buffet lunch will be provided at 11:45am. Elections for all executive positions will follow at 1:30pm. Elections for all VIUFA Executive Positions will be held at the Annual General Meeting. Nominations can be submitted in writing at the VIUFA office (B360/R108) [...]

2018-05-09T14:34:06-07:00April 17th, 2018|Front Page, Member News|

Notice of 2018 Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Vancouver Island University Faculty Association will be held on Friday, April 27, 2018 10:00 a.m. Building 355 / Room 203 Lunch will be provided at 11:45 a.m. Elections and remaining Agenda items will follow at 1:00 p.m.  

2018-03-29T10:54:44-07:00March 29th, 2018|Front Page, Member News|

UPDATE re 2018 VIUFA Community Engagement Award

To all VIUFA Members: We have extended the deadline for submitting nominations from March 1st to Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.   An updated application is attached. 2018 Comm. Engage. Award ============================================= The time has come once again to nominate a student for the fifth annual Community Engagement Award. As you may recall, members approved the 2017/18 budget at last year's AGM which included an increase from $1,000 to $2,000 for this [...]

2018-03-01T13:48:29-08:00February 2nd, 2018|Front Page, Member News|

Position Statement re: Sexual Harassment on Campus

Several members of the Vancouver Island University Faculty Association (VIUFA) experienced sexual harassment by a student for more than a year. Harassment in the workplace, the Vancouver Island University (VIU) community, is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.   Upon review of the facts, in consultation with the victims and upon review of portions of the investigator’s report, VIUFA takes the position that actions taken by VIU were neither reasonable nor appropriate. VIU focused [...]

2017-12-19T18:03:21-08:00December 19th, 2017|Front Page, Member News|

Play: Be a Man – Sept 30/Oct 1

An original play by Kismet Theatre Collective. Real stories of what it is like to grow up with society's ideas of what manhood should be. All proceeds go to Haven Society's Men Choose Respect Program. September 30/Oct 1st. Tix 20$/adults 15$/students and seniors. Available at Kismet Theatre Academy, Haven Society, and the Romper Room. Co-sponsored by the VIU Status of Women committee.

2017-09-22T11:51:45-07:00September 22nd, 2017|Front Page, Women’s and Gender Equity, Member News|

“The Stairs” Screening – Oct. 3

The Stairs documentary follows current and past drug users in Toronto's Regent Park. Free public Buy Testosterone propionate in USA screening Tue Oct 3 7pm VIU Theatre 310. Director Hugh Gibson will address the audience and answer questions. Made over five years, the film is being hailed for its humanistic, real, and non-judgmental treatment of addiction. Its release is timely given discussions about harm reduction policies and programs in our community. Sponsored by [...]

Dr. Stefanie Falz – 6 Months in South Sudan

Join VIUFA's Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee, Reaching Out Assisting Refugees, VIU World University Service of Canada, and the VIU Positive Space Alliance for a presentation by Dr. Stefanie Falz on her experiences in South Sudan and a short presentation on the current situation of LGBT refugees and what can be done about it. Open to all, free (but donations to ROAR gratefully accepted). Friday, September 22nd, 7-9pm VIU Nanaimo Campus, Building [...]

VIUFA PD Show & Tell and Welcome Back BBQ

Date:    Tuesday, August 29, 2017 Time:    3:00 to 6:00 p.m. (BBQ at 4:30) Location:   300/401 - Royal Arbutus Room (and outside deck, weather permitting) Agenda: Professional Development (PD) Show & Tell:  Did you have an interesting PD experience this past year?  Tell your colleagues about it in a maximum 8 minutes.  Bring an object, use a slide deck, or just talk.  A computer and projector will be available, but there’s no [...]

2017-08-21T19:17:49-07:00August 21st, 2017|Member News, Front Page|

2017 VIUFA Community Engagement Award

  The time has come once again, VIUFA members, to nominate a student for the fourth annual Community Engagement Award. As you know, the $1,000 award honours students who have made a positive contribution to Vancouver Island University campus life through activism and community engagement. The award will be given to an outstanding student (or two Ratiopharm Erektile Dysfunktion students depending on the number of applicants) who demonstrate(s) exceptional citizenship within the University [...]

2021-02-24T09:34:48-08:00January 27th, 2017|Front Page, Member News|

C.I.E.L. Posting

You may or may not have seen a current Posting [#17-4006] for the position of "Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Specialist" in the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning. It is posted as a temporary full-time position to run from August 1, 2017 to July 31, 2019. If you are interested after reviewing the posting description and the required qualifications, please note the following statement in the Duties' section: "The Centre is seeking [...]

2021-02-24T09:33:18-08:00January 26th, 2017|Front Page, Member News|

31-Aug-2016 Welcome BBQ and Meeting

TO ALL NEW AND RETURNING VIUFA MEMBERS: REMINDER of our meeting and BBQ as follows: Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 Time: 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Location: Bldg. 300 – Royal Arbutus Room and outside deck Agenda: Brief general meeting to ratify appointment of Disability Management & Rehabilitation rep. Professional Development (PD) Slam – Did you have an interesting PD experience this year? Tell your colleagues about it in 3 minutes. Bring an object, [...]

2016-07-29T13:59:10-07:00July 29th, 2016|Front Page, Member News|

VIUFA 2016 Annual General Meeting

TO ALL VIUFA MEMBERS: Please be sure to mark your calendars for the 2016 Annual General Meeting set for Wednesday, April 13, 2016 from 10 AM to 2 PM in Bldg 355, Lecture Theatre (203). Lunch will be served across the hall in the Lounge (Room 211) from 11:45 to 12:45. Elections will follow the lunch break. The Notice of Meeting is attached and a 3-page memo from the Elections Committee which includes [...]

2016-03-16T09:33:41-07:00March 16th, 2016|Front Page, Member News|

Clarification of Changes to Benefits

VIUFA members, Please see the following notice and attached document from Colleen Price, VIUFA's Chief Steward, that was emailed to regular VIUFA members on Feb. 16, 2016: In response to several inquiries, please review this e-mail and the attached document. Visits to paramedicals (physio, chiropractors, massage therapy, etc.) are counted on a calendar year basis and so each January 1, a new claim period starts. Note the co-pay (deductible) is now $50 for [...]

2016-02-17T09:22:01-08:00February 17th, 2016|Front Page, Member News|

VIUFA Community Engagement Award (2016)

The time has come again, VIUFA members, to nominate a student for the third annual Community Engagement Award. As you know, the $1,000 award honours students who have made a positive contribution to Vancouver Island University campus life through activism and community engagement. The award will be given to an outstanding student who demonstrates exceptional citizenship within the University community.  It is disbursed annually by the VIUFA Executive (through the VIU Foundation office) [...]

2021-02-24T09:33:38-08:00January 7th, 2016|Member News, Front Page|

VIUFA to Sponsor a Syrian Refugee Student

The Executive is pleased to announce that the following motion was carried unanimously by VIUFA members who attended the October 28, 2015 General Meeting: "That VIUFA support a Syrian student at VIU through the WUSC program for 1 year with the intent of continuing for 3 more years, and with an initial donation of $10,000 by VIUFA." The cost for 1 student for 1 year is $25,000 to cover transportation, tuition, housing, meals, [...]

2015-11-05T14:07:33-08:00November 4th, 2015|Front Page, Member News|

VIUFA 2015 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

TO ALL VIUFA MEMBERS: Please be sure to mark your calendars for the 2015 Annual General Meeting set for Tuesday, April 28, 2015 from 10 AM to 2 PM in Bldg 355, Lecture Theatre (203).  Lunch will be served across the hall in the Lounge (Room 211) from 11:45 to 12:45. Elections will follow the lunch break.  The Notice of Meeting is attached and a 3-page memo from the Elections Committee which includes [...]

2015-04-06T16:38:56-07:00April 6th, 2015|Front Page, Member News|
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