As well as representing our members in bargaining, AUFA provides several important services for our members.
Association Grievance Committee
The Association Grievance Committee (AGC) is a four-member standing committee of AUFA mandated by Article XI.1(vii) of the AUFA Constitution to administer the sections of the collective agreement related to grievance. It is the duty of the AGC to investigate and assess potential grievances fairly, without discrimination, and in a non-arbitrary fashion. The AGC also offers support to faculty members seeking to understand the language of the collective agreement. It is appropriate for any faculty member who has questions about contract language, who becomes aware of a possible violation of the collective agreement, or who feels that the way something is handled on campus may be a violation of her/his rights to contact the Senior Grievance Officer (SGO).
Senior Grievance Officer: Janice Best (585-1535)
Junior Grievance Officer: Alice Cohen (585-1126)
Junior Grievance Officer: Maggie Nielson (585-1718)
Junior Grievance Officer: Inna Viriasova (585-1258)
Records Officer: Holger Teismann (585-1900)
Who has a right to representation by the AGC?
Who can file a grievance?
What kinds of grievance can be filed by the AGC?
Can the AGC file a grievance on behalf of one faculty member against another faculty member?
Where can I find out more about the grievance process?
Follow this link to read more about the process of bringing a complaint to the AGC.
Can I appeal the decision of the AGC?
Richard Karsten – Chair
Andrew Biro – Alternate
Marc Ramsay – Alternate
Dossier workshop – AUFA’s dossier workshops assist those members applying for renewal, tenure or promotion. Key to any successful application is a strong dossier, and this workshop will guide applicants in the technical and stylistic elements of preparing their dossiers. Recent successful dossiers at the renewal, tenure, associate and full professor levels will be used as models to help applicants put their own dossiers together.
Equity training – As part of its long-standing and on-going commitment to equity in the workplace, AUFA secured annual workshops on departmental/library/university review committee procedures and equity training (12.01(b)). These workshops are jointly presented by the Board and AUFA and are required for anyone sitting on a DRC/LRC/URC or selection committee for the life of the collective agreement.
New Faculty Orientation
AUFA participates in the New Faculty Orientation organized by Human Resources every summer. We also hold a new faculty workshop every August specifically devoted to issues covered by the Collective Agreement. This hour-long workshop covers key topics such as:
- leaves of all kinds (sabbatical, parental, compassionate, sick, doctoral study, etc.)
- applying for renewal, tenure and promotion
- grievance and dispute resolution
- professional development, travel and internal research funds
All faculty, new or not, are welcome to attend. All members are also invited to a wine-and-cheese gathering at the University Club immediately after the workshop to welcome our new faculty.