On October 26, UMFA Members joined students from the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba at the Rally Against Tuition Hikes. We believe in high quality, post-secondary education for all, and the current government’s plans to raise tuition rates will have a detrimental impact on Manitobans pursuing higher education.
Bill 31 proposes that universities be able to increase tuition by the consumer price index plus 5%. There is no question that this will impair the affordability and access to post-secondary education for many students across the province.
UMFA President, Janet Morrill spoke before the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday to condemn these tuition hikes and to remind the current government that precarious funding to universities fundamentally decreases the value of post-secondary education and makes it impossible for overworked, underpaid professors, instructors, and librarians to offer high quality education to their students.
To read her statement, click here.
Fundamental Science Review Presentation
Dr. David Naylor, Chair of the Advisory Panel for the Review of Federal Support for Fundamental Science, was in Winnipeg at the Ft. Garry Hotel on Dec. 6, 2017 to deliver a public presentation on the Fundamental Science Review and its recommendations.
The Advisory Panel was initiated by the federal government and has recommended $1.3B of increased funding over the next four years for research across disciplines, from basic science through the humanities.
Canadian universities conduct a larger proportion of Canadian R&D than is the case in most other countries. This money has come, in part, from increases to tuition fees and larger undergraduate class sizes. However, this has had adverse impacts on the student experience at universities. In Naylor’s opinion, it has created “an environment that undermines excellence in both research and education,” so that “Institutions of higher learning are absorbing these F&A costs by using tuition dollars and provincial grants that should be dedicated to their teaching and learning mission.”
The implementation of the Advisory Panel’s recommendations could significantly improve research capacity and competitiveness at Manitoba’s post-secondary institutions, leading to important discovery, economic growth, and job creation in our province.
The event was co-sponsored by the Manitoba Organization of Faculty Associations (MOFA) and the University of Manitoba. Approximately 200 professors, librarians, administrators, students, and members of the community attended the presentation and the Q & A that followed.
Leading up to the event, MOFA and the University of Manitoba had the following to say in a statement published in the Winnipeg Free Press:
"It is the public sector that is often responsible for the largest gains in Research and Development (R&D)," explains Dr. Robert Chernomas, professor of economics at the University of Manitoba and president of the Manitoba Organization of Faculty Associations.
"Much of this funding has been channelled through research departments in universities. Limited private sector R&D in Canada makes the government role especially important. It is Canadian public sector funding that led to the discoveries of world changing innovations such as stem cells, insulin, the cell battery, the Canadarm and canola."
"The Fundamental Science Review describes an invigorated Canadian research environment and a direction for moving forward," says Dr. Barnard. "Whether we are thinking about Canada’s future economic growth, our ability to positively impact health outcomes, to cultivate future generations of thought leaders, or to generate improvements in quality of life both at home and around the world, we need to encourage a national commitment to investment like that envisaged by the advisory panel.”
MOFA will continue to mobilize political support to encourage the federal government to commit to funding the recommendations of the Naylor Panel.
News You Can Use: Bill 28
Bill 28, the Public Services Sustainability Act was introduced by the Pallister government earlier in the Spring of 2017. This legislation will freeze the wages of 120,000 public-sector workers for two years and cap their pay for another two years. UMFA submitted a letter to the Standing Committee on Bill 28, which can be found here, and also appeared at the hearings on May 8.
The Partnership to Defend Public Services (PDPS) is a group of unions representing over 100,000 workers in Manitoba. The group was formed to challenge the Pallister government's Public Services Sustainability Act, and to defend public services and their employees. Since entering office, the Pallister government has been unwilling to consider suggestions from Manitoba unions on ways to reduce spending and has instead chosen to move forward with legislation that inherently undermines the bargaining rights laid out in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
July 4, 2017
The PSPD filed for an injunction against the Act. See statement of claim below (click on the image to access the entire document), as well as a press release issued by the Manitoba Federation of Labour on behalf of the Partnership.
October 20, 2017
The PDPS officially filed an injunction against the PSSA along with evidence that the Act will infringe on the bargaining rights of Manitobans. An expert’s opinion on the damage caused by the legislation was also submitted. To read the press release, click here.
STATEMENT OF CLAIM filed in the Court of Queen's Bench on July 4
UMFA 2016 Strike Archive
- UMFA Members Approve Fair Deal - November 21, 2016
- UMFA to Propose Workload-Protection Solution Today - November 16, 2016
- Grad Students Endorse UMFA - November 15, 2016
- Barnard Keeps Strike Going by Refusing to Negotiate Protections Most Canadian Universities Already Have - November 15, 2016
- UMFA to Barnard: Quit Sulking and Get Back to Bargaining - November 14, 2016
- Striking Faculty Standing Up Against Barnard’s Neglect of Indigenous Scholarship - November 14, 2016
- Barnard Plays Bait-and-Switch - November 13, 2016
- Manitoba's Largest Students' Association Endorses UMFA - November 12, 2016
- More and More Students Supporting UMFA’s Strike for Better Learning, Working Conditions - November 9, 2016
- UMFA Releases Details on Workload Protection Proposals - November 8, 2016
- Proposal Shows Administration Out of Touch with Working and Learning Conditions at UM - November 7, 2016
- UM Management Causes Mediation to Fail by Refusing to Address Main Issues - October 31, 2016
- UMFA Members Approve Fair Deal - November 21, 2016
- Evening update: Bargaining Resumes - November 16, 2016
- Midday update from Strike HQ: New Proposal to be Presented to Admin Today - November 16, 2016
- Strike Update: November 15, 2016
- Update from Strike HQ: UMFA Calls Admin to Return to the Bargaining Table - November 14, 2016
- Bargaining update - November 13, 2016
- Bargaining update - November 11, 2016
- Update from Strike HQ: Clarification on Bargaining Proposals - November 10, 2016
- Update from Strike HQ: Picketing, Tweeting and Socializing - November 9, 2016 (p.m.)
- Update from Strike HQ: November 9 Morning Update - November 9, 2016
- Important Bargaining Update: UMFA Responds to Latest Offer - November 7, 2016
- Strike Update - Sunday, November 6, 2016
- News from the Line - Strike Day 4 Update: November 4, 2016
- Strike day 3 update - November 3, 2016
- Strike day 2 Update - November 2, 2016
- Strike day 1: Message from UMFA President Mark Hudson - November 1, 2016
- Bargaining update #16: UM Administration Fails to Address Members' Main Issues - Strike to Begin Tomorrow - October 31, 2016
- Bargaining update #15: Day 3 Mediation Update #2 - October 30, 2016
- Bargaining update #14: Mediation Update - Day 3 - October 30, 2016
- Bargaining update #13: Mediation Continues Today - October 29, 2016
- Bargaining update #12: Mediation update - October 28, 2016
- Bargaining update #11: Keep the Pressure on - October 26, 2016
- Bargaining update #10: Administration Refuses to Make Real Movement - Strike Deadline Looms - October 24, 2016
- Bargaining update #9: Administration Stalls Again - October 21, 2016
- Bargaining update #8: Executive Council Passes Motion to Set Strike Date - October 19, 2016
- Bargaining update #7: Strike Vote Results - October 13, 2016
- Bargaining update #6: Member Priorities in Bargaining - September 23, 2016
- The results are in! UMFA Members Keep our University Working - September 15, 2016
- Bargaining update #5: Bargaining resumes - August 30, 2016
- Bargaining update #4: Want to Teach in a Different Classroom? Ad Astra & Collective Bargaining - August 5, 2016
- Bargaining update #3: Hiatus - August 4, 2016
- Bargaining update #2: July 7, 2016
- Bargaining update #1: May 30, 2016