News You Can Use
News You Can Use, DFA's monthly e-bulletin is back in production. Click here for our April 2017 issue.
2017 Collective Bargaining Set to Begin This Spring
This spring, DFA will begin negotiating a new Collective Agreement for our members. This year's bargaining team includes: DFA members Tim Juckes, Shelley McKibbon, Deborah Mellish, and Julia Wright; DFA staff members Barbara MacLennan and Lynn Purves; and Chief Negotiator Ray Larkin. After consultation with our members, the bargaining team prepared a comprehensive suite of proposals addressing your main concerns. These were presented to the DFA Executive Committee and general membership on March 29. Over the coming weeks, the bargaining team will fine-tune our proposals and continue preparing for negotiations. Stay tuned for bargaining updates.
Academic Freedom Working Group Prepares White Paper for Senate
Dalhousie's Senate mandated a working group to prepare a white paper on academic freedom. The aim of the white paper is two-fold: 1) to crystalize and affirm a precise definition of academic freedom which merits broad support from Senate as well as the larger Dalhousie community and 2) to stimulate further conversations about academic freedom and institutional mechanisms that are necessary to support it. The working group drafted a white paper and submitted it to the Senate Planning and Governance Committee in February. DFA and the Canadian Association of Universty Teachers (CAUT) have since provided input to the working group that will be incorporated into the next draft of the white paper. Once the draft has been finalized, it will go before Senate for review and approval.