Preventing Sexual Violence* at the UM:
A Forum for UMFA Members

Next week President David Barnard will make public a report commissioned to help guide the University as it addresses sexual violence on campus.

On October 1, UMFA wants to hear your thoughts on the report and related concerns. The Association’s Gender Solidarity Working Group will facilitate a discussion in the Senate Chambers. Details are below.

The working group’s mandate includes identifying concerns with and alternatives to the U of M’s Respectful Work and Learning Environment and Sexual Assault (RWLE/SA) Policies and Procedures, as well as recommending improvements to the Collective Agreement related to issues of sexual violence. Your views will inform the recommendations the Working Group makes to UMFA’s Executive Council and Board of Representatives.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019

Time: 3:00 to 4:30pm**

Location: Senate Chamber (E3-262 EITC)***

RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A summary of the report to facilitate the discussion will be distributed by e-mail to participants the week prior to the forum.

If you are experiencing sexual harassment, sexual violence, discrimination, or other workplace issues contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make an individual appointment with a Member of the UMFA staff.

* The Province of Manitoba defines sexual violence as “any violence - physical, emotional or psychological - thought to be of a sexual nature, which is unwanted and takes place without consent, permission or understanding….Sexual violence can take many forms and includes a range of harmful attitudes and behaviours. It can include gender stereotypes, sexist jokes, sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic abuse, stalking, indecent or sexualized exposure, degrading sexual pictures or drawings, voyeurism, sexual trafficking and sexual exploitation.” (

** UMFA will reimburse Members for childcare expenses related to meeting attendance. Submit receipts to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

*** The Senate Chambers are accessible. The accessibility entrance to the engineering complex is via the exterior metal door under the awning at the North-West entrance.

For more information on the Gender Solidarity Working Group, visit

The University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA) will make an annual contribution to recognize students who are interested in advancing the rights of organized labour. The award will be valued at $2,500 each year for a three year term to offer the UMFA Scholarship for the Advancement of Labour Rights.Beginning in 2019-2020 and ending in 2021-2022, one scholarship will be offered each year to an undergraduate student who:

(1) is enrolled part-time or full-time (minimum 80% course load) in any year of study in any faculty, college, or school at the University of Manitoba;

(2) has achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 2.5; and

(3) is interested in advancing the rights of organized labour in Manitoba, Canada, and internationally.

In order to demonstrate how they meet criterion (3), candidates are required to submit to the Financial Aid and Awards office an essay, maximum 2,500 words, which includes (a) the student’s area of study, and (b) the importance of advancing labour rights in the province of Manitoba, Canada, and internationally. Adherence to normal academic standards, including those regarding plagiarism, is expected.

If in any given year the selection committee decides that there are no suitable applications, the scholarship will be extended by one year.

Recipients may be invited to publish the essay on UMFA’s website, newsletter, or in other public formats, but this will be done only with the permission of the author.

The Director of Financial Aid & Awards (or designate) will name the selection committee of the award, which will include the Coordinator of the Labour Studies program (or designate) and the Executive Director of the University of Manitoba Faculty Association (or designate).

Biographical Information
Over the past two years the University of Manitoba Faculty Association has thrice sought remedy for violations of the Manitoba Labour Relations Act with the Manitoba Labour Board. Several of those violations resulted in orders from the Board that fines be paid to the Association. UMFA now offers those funds to students of all disciplines who are interested in advancing the rights of organized labour in Manitoba, Canada, and internationally.

For more information, and to apply, visit:

From Peter Blunden, Chair, Joint Anomalies Committee

The Joint University/UMFA Anomalies Committee will consider applications to correct anomalies in base salaries of UMFA Members.  The University/UMFA collective agreement establishes a fund of $100,000 to correct anomalies in base salaries for each contract year. In this round, the joint committee will consider applications for the 2019-20 contract year. Members of UMFA as of March 31, 2019 are eligible to apply. Salary adjustments will normally be made retroactive to April 1, 2019.

A salary anomaly is interpreted to mean a salary that is at variance with normal salary ranges of department, faculty/school, or library colleagues having comparable experience, rank, and qualifications. Anomaly adjustments are not intended to deal with merit, general market conditions in a discipline, retention issues, altering past decisions about denial of satisfactory performance increments, or slower progress in promotion than a peer.

The joint committee will consider applications from individual UMFA Members. The committee will also consider applications sent on behalf of Members by their Department Head or Dean/Director. The Member’s Dean/Director will be asked to comment on the application, and to provide any further information the committee may require, such as the names of comparable peers, details of any inequity at hiring, or relevant prior experience. In arriving at a final decision, the committee considers the information contained in the application, the comments of the Dean/Director, as well as its own independent analysis of salaries within a unit. The decisions of the committee are final and binding.

The committee reserves the right to award adjustments where anomalies are identified through the work of the committee. However, the committee will not be undertaking a comprehensive review of all UMFA salaries.

Salary data on UMFA Members, including rank, years in rank, department, and other relevant criteria, can be reviewed in the UMFA office between the dates of August 12 and September 13, 2019. Please call UMFA at 204-474-8562, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make an appointment.

Further Information and application forms can be found at:

The deadline for receipt of applications is 4:00 p.m., Monday, September 16, 2019.

If you have questions, please call Mariette Beaudry at 204-474-7491, or send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

It is anticipated that decisions regarding anomalies adjustments will be announced in December, 2019.

Dr. Peter Blunden, Chair
Joint University/UMFA Anomalies Committee

Have questions about the Anomalies Process? Read our Anomalies FAQ, below:


Anomalies fund F A Q


Here are some essential facts about the Collective Agreement for new members.  Read more in the UMFA New Hires Fact Sheet.

New Hires Fact Sheet 1

UMFA compiles a daily list of articles featuring labour and education issues in the news. 

To see the latest, click here: