The Brock University Staff Association was founded in 1965, just one year after the university itself was established.
It was only in December 1996 that the Brock University Faculty Association became a union, certified under the Labour Relations Act of the Province of Ontario, representing all faculty and professional librarians at Brock University.
In the summer of 1998, we signed a three-year contract, retroactive to July 1, 1997 and remaining in effect until June 30, 2000. This contract specified terms and conditions of employment, as well as salaries and benefits, for faculty and professional librarians. BUFA ‘s present collective agreement (2011-2014) expires on June 30, 2014.
1. Advice for members in the event that they have a dispute with the University, investigates complaints against the University, acts on members’ behalf in resolving grievances.
2. Appointment of members conjointly with the University to committees which influence conditions of employment, including promotion, tenure, sabbaticals and research grants.
3. Establishment of committees from its own members to work for improvements in salaries and benefits, pensions, terms of employment and working conditions, public relations, equity, and other areas of concern.
4. Representation of faculty and academic librarian interests through participation in the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) and the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA). All members receive copies of their publications, CAUT Bulletin and OCUFA publications which address issues of interest to faculty members and academic librarians at the federal and provincial levels. In May 2006 BUFA also became a member of the National Union of Canadian Association of University Teachers (NUCAUT) which enabled BUFA to become an affiliate to the Niagara Regional Labour Council and member of the Canadian Labour Congress.
5. Preparation and distribution of the BUFA Voice – News and Views, which informs the membership about local issues that could affect faculty and professional librarians directly (see the most recent issue on this website).