In mid-September, the DFA conducted a workload survey. Over 71% of our Membership (630 of 967) responded to the survey, a response rate which demonstrates the importance of workload issues to DFA Members. More than 85% of respondents reported higher/substantially higher levels of stress when compared to last year. They also reported feeling overworked and anxious. In addition to quantitative results, the comments strongly reflect a common theme among our Members - feeling disrespected by the Board’s demands for serious economic concessions at a time when they are working harder than ever to deliver the academic mission of the institution. On Tuesday, September 22, DFA President Dave Westwood sent the results to Dalhousie President Deep Saini and copied all Deans, expressing DFA's concerns about the health and well-being of our Members. You can see the full quantitative results and brief summary of the comments here.
On Tuesday, September 22, the DFA filed for a provincially-appointed conciliator to assist in talks with Dalhousie’s Board of Governors for a new Collective Agreement. The current Collective Agreement expired June 30, 2020. Since mid-July, the two sides have met seven times to exchange and discuss proposals. “We remain far apart on several issues and believe that the best course of action at this point is to see if a conciliator can bring us closer together,” says DFA President David Westwood.
The DFA office has received many enquiries about issues related to copyright, particularly in the context of on-line teaching. I thought it would be helpful to summarize the key points, and recommendations, that arise from our Collective Agreement. For reference, Article 23 addresses issues related to Copyrights, Patents and Author's Rights.
As always, please reach out to the DFA Office for support (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have concerns about your working conditions.
Dave Westwood, DFA President 2020-2021
Members of the 2020 DFA Bargaining Team have been working diligently on behalf of our Members since late 2019. Please take a few moments to learn a little about the people representing you at the bargaining table