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On Friday May 8th, at 6 pm, part-time faculty member Matthew Anderson will present the Montreal premiere of his documentary “Under the North Star”. In it he asks emigrants returning to their home country the question we all face: “Where is home?”. The beautiful landscape and people of Finland are interspersed with music and interviews in this 26 minute short documentary film. Following the documentary premiere, Simon Coleman from the University of Toronto will give a short talk on “Indigenizing Pilgrimage” and there will be a wine and cheese reception.
Date and location: Jesuit Centre, Loyola Campus, Friday May 8th at 6 pm.
For information and tickets: http://www.concordia.ca/
Part-time faculty member Francine Potvin opens her exhibition entitled “J’ouvre l’oeil de mon coeur/The heart of the matter” on May 9th in Dunham, Quebec. It runs until June 6, 2015. For more information regarding opening times, and location please download the invitation below. Invitation
Come join us on Friday May 1st to participate in the International Workers’ Day march, along with CUPFA members and the labour community at Concordia University. Add your voice to the support for recognition and rights of workers around the globe.
Meeting time and place: 5pm at the Norman Bethune Square (corner Guy and de Maisonneuve) facing Guy Concordia Metro station.
Your presence is important, to protest recent government cuts in education that are having an impact on CUPFA members and to show solidarity as we enter negotiations for the next CUPFA collective agreement.
St. Patrick’s Day this year took on a special significance, as CUPFA’s negotiating team, fellow executive members and University administrators gathered to sign into effect the 2012-2015 Collective Agreement. This ceremony marked the closing of another chapter in CUPFA’s history and sets us on a path to begin new negotiations when this CA expires, in the spring. In the meantime CUPFA will be focusing its efforts on the important task of implementing this new Collective Agreement.
The ongoing student actions to protest the Couillard government’s Austerity agenda enters a new phase this coming week, when a number of Concordia student groups initiate their plans to stage short-term strike actions. CUPFA has been asked by students and faculty what position we take with respect to this protest and what guidance we offer to our members. The following statement has therefore been issued. It also gives important information as to how CUPFA members should respond to the student protests, to safeguard themselves, the students, university property and to fulfill their contractual obligations. If you have any questions, or concerns please call the CUPFA office, or get in touch by email.
Download CUPFA’s response to student austerity protests
The CUPFA Annual General Meeting will take place in the Hall building, 1455 de Maisonneuve West, Room 763 at 4.30pm, on Thursday March 19, 2015. Concordia University President Alan Shepard and Provost Benoit-Antoine Bacon will both be present and address the assembly. We look forward to seeing you all for this important meeting.
The CUPFA Executive invites members in the Faculty of Fine Arts to join members of the Executive and our Negotiating Team to join in a rich, dynamic discussion at an informal Coffee House event on Wednesday March 4th, 2015. The Coffee House is a place to share your ideas and let us know what issues are important to you. Understanding your priorities will help us prepare for the start of negotiations of our next Collective Agreement. Please join us for coffee, tea and a light snack from 12:00 – 14:00 in the Hall building H-769. RSVP to Karen at CUPFA (email@example.com) by Monday March 2nd, 2015. If you are a member from another Faculty who missed previous Coffee Houses, please join us on the March 4th instead. We look forward to seeing everyone.
CUPFA stands in solidarity with the CUPE 3903 and CUPE 3902 strike of indentured members, who are without a contract at York University and the University of Toronto. A letter of support has been sent by Me. Patrice Blais, Vice President Collective Agreement, and Chief Negotiator.
Download CUPFA’s letter of support for CUPE 3903 and CUPE 3902
“The Concordia University Part-time Faculty Association (CUPFA) is dismayed that the administrators of York University and the University of Toronto continue to be intransigent in providing a fair collective agreement to the indentured members of CUPE 3903 and CUPE 3902.
The risk management your employers are not prepared to confront is their own. Your employers must bear the responsibility of what they have created – a guaranteed disruption of the services you normally provide; a strike that you wanted to avoid.
Seemingly the employers of York University and the University of Toronto have no intention to quickly settle a negotiated agreement any time soon. Faculty and teaching assistants across this country will not easily forget the last contract negotiations at York University and a strike that lasted a record 85 days.
Our union supports the proposals you have submitted and in particular an urgent need for stability and job security with a guaranteed floor of contracts, and at the very least, part-time contracts signed well before classes begin. CUPFA supports your non-contentious proposals for greater financial transparency, improved graduate funding and the integration of your members into the administrative governance of the institutions you serve.
Respect for the learning environment of the academy cannot be sustained without recognition of the value of academic members of CUPE 3903 and 3902. CUPFA endorses your strike initiative. We are with you in your struggle to obtain a new collective agreement soon.”
Me Patrice Blais
Vice President, CUPFA
Collective Agreement, Chief Negotiator