DFA Letter of Support for NSGEU

NSGEU Locals 77 and 99 representing employees at Dalhousie are in bargaining with Dalhousie Administration.  DFA President Dave Westwood sent the following letter of support to NSGEU President Jason MacLean on March 23, 2021. Conciliation talks broke down, the NSGEU members voted in favour of a strike.

As your bargaining committee prepares to head into conciliation with the Dalhousie Board, I wanted to send our support for your efforts. The Dalhousie Faculty Association (DFA) recognizes and appreciates NSGEU’s long-standing and extraordinary efforts in representing our fellow workers at Dalhousie University.

The DFA understands the importance of the Dalhousie Pension Plan to all eligible Dalhousie employees and retirees. Although our unions represent workers with different jobs and working conditions, the pension is something we have in common. For many years, we have fought hard to protect pension benefits, and we will continue to do so in the future. We know that you feel the same way.

Through this letter of solidarity, we want our colleagues in the NSGEU 77 and 99 locals to know that the DFA stands with you in the fight to protect pension benefits for your members.


Dave Westwood, DFA President 2020-2021

DFA condemns anti-Asian discrimination

Statement from DFA President David Westwood (March 22, 2021): The DFA condemns anti-Asian discrimination, including racially-driven behaviour and recent attacks on the Asian community.  The DFA values inclusion as integral to delivering on Dalhousie's academic mission, helping to create a vibrant academic community in which diversity can flourish.

Anomalies Fund Deadlines Extended

The Association-Board Committee has agreed to extend the deadlines for applications to the 2020-2021 Anomalies Fund. The deadline for applications is June 30, 2021. Information on the application process will be available closer to the date. The Committee’s decision will be communicated in writing to the Member no later than September 30, 2021. Any anomalies fund salary adjustments will be retroactive to July 1, 2021.

Collective Agreement between DFA and the Board of Governors formally ratified

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(February 17, 2021) – Both the DFA and the Dalhousie Board of Governors have now formally ratified the tentative agreement reached in January. The DFA membership voted in favour of the agreement last month, with 96% of voting members accepting the agreement. Last week, the Board of Governors ratified the agreement.  The new Collective Agreement will be in effect from July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2022.  Click here for more details. 

CAUT's April Bulletin Online

The CAUT April 2021 Bulletin is now available.  This issue highlights research by Jennifer Davis, a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Career Scholar, showing how COVID-19
pandemic is hampering career progress for women and racialized faculty.   There is also data from Statistics Canada comparing the year-over-year growth in full-time student enrolment and growth in faculty at universities in Canada, 2019-2020 to 2020-2021.