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Provincial consultations leave faculty dissatisfied as pension changes loom

In 2009, the mandatory retirement age was eliminated in Canada on the basis of age discrimination. Ten years later, some senior post-secondary faculty might be forced out anyway.Continue...

Cartoon: For senior faculty, Ford crashes the party

Once Ontario’s 2019 budget bill is passed at Queen’s Park, senior faculty across the province’s post-secondary sector could soon face a choice between retirement and a decreased salary. Under the new law, the province will have the authority to reduce—including reduce to zero—salaries of post-secondary faculty, once they begin receiving pension payments. The choice between receiving pension payments and retiring won’t be an option for faculty because citizens must legally begin taking their pension at age 71 in Canada.Continue...

University to compensate for “anomalously low” faculty salaries

This month, Queen’s will be adjusting the salaries of roughly 200 faculty members currently employed at the University.Continue...

Shirkhanzadeh firing won’t proceed to further arbitration

On Sept. 12, seated around a boardroom table at the Four Points Sheraton, representatives from Queen’s administration, it’s faculty union, and recently-fired professor Morteza Shirkhanzadeh went into a closed session mediation.Continue...

Putting USATs back on the table a good sign

Queen’s revision of the student feedback process is a welcome step, but it won’t mean anything if USAT results aren’t taken seriously.Continue...

Teaching profs deserve an equal pedestal

A growing trend across Canadian universities is the “teaching class”, university instructors who are hired on short contracts to teach classes on an hourly basis and for lower pay than more ‘elite’ professors who spend their days researching.Continue...

“Get Science Right” campaign comes to Queen’s

“There is a war on science in Canada,” Professor John Smol said, as he addressed a packed room of over 100 local researchers, professors and graduate students at Botterell Hall, Thursday afternoon.Continue...

University and faculty association reach agreement for new contract

With the announcement of a firm collective agreement between Queen’s and its faculty, students can anticipate a review of both professor evaluations and teaching methods at Queen’s.Continue...

Faculty strike off table following tentative agreement

Uncertainty surrounding a potential strike vote has been eased with the announcement of significant progress in collective bargaining between Queen’s and its faculty association.Continue...

Faculty strike possible following conciliation request

A strike vote has been placed on the bargaining table by the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA) after difficulties coming to a new collective agreement with the University.Continue...

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