Committees

Executive Council
Board of Representatives
Constitution and Standing Rules Committee
Collective Agreement Committee
Communications Standing Committee
Reserve Fund
Equity and Diversity Committee
UMFA Representatives to the University Staff Benefits Committee
Workplace Health and Safety
Ad Hoc Stop the Cuts Committee

BENEFITS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF MEMBERSHIP ON THE UMFA BOARD OF REPRESENTATIVES

The UMFA Board of Representatives manages the affairs of the Association subject to the direction or approval of general meetings of the Association and in accordance with the By-Laws and Standing Rules of the Association. The duties and powers of the Board of Representatives are described in Section 4 of the UMFA Constitution, which is available on the UMFA website. Board Representatives are elected for three-year terms.

Benefits
1.Giving your constituency representation on the UMFA Board and help ensure that UMFA's activities are meeting the needs of members of your constituency.

2. Giving you a voice in how UMFA is managed and in decisions affecting all Members. This is especially important during a year of contract negotiations.

3. Providing you with an opportunity to learn more about members' rights and university governance.

4. Meeting members from other constituencies and learning about their concerns.

5. Service as a member of the UMFA Board of Representatives is considered service to the university community, and consequently counts towards your service responsibilities (Article 36.2 of the Collective Agreement).

Responsibilities
1. Attending meetings of the Board of Representatives. An "alternate" member of your constituency can attend in your place if you are not available. The Board of Representatives meets once a month, usually in the UMFA boardroom, for about 90 minutes. Coffee, juice, and cookies are provided at each meeting. Total time commitment including meeting-related reading and "travel time" would be 2-3 hours per month. There aren't usually any Board meetings over the summer.

2. Reporting on the concerns of your constituents at a meeting of the Board of Representatives once during the academic year.

3. Organizing constituency meetings as required. Normally, a constituency meeting is held prior to a round of bargaining, but a representative might wish to organize constituency meetings at other times.

4. Communicating with members of the constituency regarding UMFA business. Some representatives send e-mail summaries of meetings of the Board of Representatives to their constituents. Others communicate with their constituents about specific UMFA issues via e- mail. Some communicate informally with their constituents.

5. Advising the Association of possible violations of the collective agreement, for example, possible violations of evaluation processes, or hiring, tenure or promotion procedures.

6. Advising Members who have questions or concerns pertaining to the UMFA Collective Agreement to contact the Contract Administrator through the Association office at 474-8272. More serious concerns should be directed to UMFA Professional Officers Jason Gisser at 474-9871 or Barbara Yapps at 474-6034 or the Executive Director Greg Flemming at 474-8282.

Executive Council

The Executive Council manages the affairs of the Association between meetings of the Board.

2016-2017 Executive Council

PositionRepresentativeAffiliationOffice Phone
President Mark Hudson Sociology 1655
Past President Thomas Kucera Mathematics 6921
Vice-President Janet Morrill Accounting & Finance 6854
Treasurer Michael Shaw Biology 9732
Executive Secretary Esyllt Jones (on R/S leave) History 8522
Grievance Officers James Hare Biological Sciences 6379
  Mark Gabbert History 8840
Members at Large Vanessa Swain Dentistry 789-3734
  Orvie Dingwall Libraries 977-5660
  Brenda Austin-Smith English 9127
Executive Director Greg Flemming   8282


Board of Representatives

The Board of Representatives shall manage the affairs of the Association subject to the direction or approval of general meetings of the Association and in accordance with the By-Laws and Standing Rules of the Association.

If your constituency is not listed below, please contact the UMFA Office (474-8272) for information about becoming a representative. If you wish to arrange a constituency meeting with an UMFA representative, please contact the office.

Download the full BoR list here: pdfUMFA_BoR_2016-2017.pdf

Constitution and Standing Rules Committee

2016-2017 Constitution and Standing Rules Committee:
Tommy Kucera (Mathematics), Chair
Terry Andres (Computer Science)
Mike Shaw (Biological Sciences)
Sheryl Zelenitsky (Pharmacy)
Executive Director (Ex-Officio)
Jason Gisser (Professional Officer)

Collective Agreement Committee

Mark Gabbert (History), Chair
Brenda Austin-Smith (English, Film & Theatre)
Peter Blunden (Physics & Astronomy)
Tom Booth (Biological Sciences)
Alison Calder (English, Film & Theatre)
Robert Chernomas (Economics), Chief Negotiator
Orvie Dingwall (Health Sciences Libraries)
James Gilchrist (Oral Biology)
Julie Guard (Labour Studies/History
Nancy Hansen (Disability Studies)
James Hare (Biological Sciences)
Mark Hudson (Sociology)
Tommy Kucera (Mathematics)
Eveline Milliken (Social Work)
Cam Morrill (Accounting & Finance)
Janet Morrill (Accounting & Finance)
Caterina Reitano (French, Spanish & Italian)
Kevin Scott (Biological Sciences)
Michael Shaw (Biological Sciences)
Vanessa Swain (Restorative Dentistry)
Barb Yapps (Professional Officer)
Greg Flemming (Executive Director) (Ex-Officio)

Communications Standing Committee

Alison Calder (English, Film and Theatre), Chair
Mark Hudson (Sociology)
Alison Calder (English, Film & Theatre)
Norma Godavari (Engineering Library)
Tania Gottschalk (Health Sciences Libraries)
Julie Guard (Labour Studies/History)
Darja Kalajdzievska (Mathematics)
Ruby Warren (Libraries)
Jocelyn Thorpe (Women’s & Gender Studies)
Greg Flemming (Executive Director) (Ex-Officio)
Candace Weselowski (Communications Officer)

Reserve Fund

Mike Shaw (Biological Sciences), Chair
Peter Blunden (Physics & Astronomy)
Tom Booth (Biological Sciences)
Caterina Reitano (French, Spanish & Italian)
Mark Hudson (UMFA President) (Ex-Officio)
Greg Flemming (Executive Director) (Ex-Officio)
Debbie Abraham (Administrative Assistant, Financial)

Equity and Diversity Committee

Jan Morrill, Chair
Brenda Gunn (Law)
Deana Halonen (Social Work)
Kevin Kelly (School of Art)
Kari Kumar (Access & Aboriginal Focus)
Yi Li (Education – CTL)
Kendra Nixon (Social Work)
Susan Prentice (Sociology)
Laura Taylor (Social Work)
Executive Director (Ex-Officio)

UMFA Representatives to the University Staff Benefits Committee

Jay Goldstein (Retired Members)
Cam Morrill (Accounting & Finance)
Janet Morrill (Accounting & Finance)
Wenxia Ge (Accounting & Finance)
Greg Flemming, Executive Director, UMFA
Orvie Dingwall (Health Sciences Library), Alternate

Workplace Health and Safety

Bill Poluha (Sciences & Technology Library)

Ad Hoc Stop the Cuts Committee

Tom Booth - Biological Sciences
David Camfield - Labour Studies
Fernando de Toro - English, Film & Theatre
Nancy Hansen - Disability Studies
Mark Hudson - Sociology
Richard Iwabuchi - English Language Centre
Janet Morrill - Accounting & Finance
Asako Yoshida - Dafoe Library

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