UTFA Council approves new ad hoc steering committee to investigate the gender salary gap issue at the University of Toronto.
Steering committee members are as follows: Lisa Austin, Kathy Bickmore, Claude Evans, Roy Gillis, Azita Hojatollah-Taleghani, Ken MacDonald, Cynthia Messenger (chair), Katharine Rankin, Kathleen Scheaffer, Vicki Skelton, Judith Taylor, and Terezia Zoric. This committee will report to UTFA Council this fall with the results of their examination of the evidence of a gap.
This fall, UTFA will host a town hall to discuss the future of the University of Toronto Pension Plan (UTPP). Discussions will focus on the pros and cons of pursuing conversion from the current single sponsor plan to some form of a Jointly Sponsored Pension Plan (JSPP).
On July 1, 2016, UTFA’s new President and Executive Committee members took office. Cynthia Messenger is the 17th president of UTFA and the third woman to be elected President. More information about Cynthia can be found on the UTFA President page; contact information for all new Executive Committee members can be found on the Executive Committee page.
At its December 14th meeting, UTFA Council voted unanimously to ratify the recent settlement, most of the terms of which were agreed upon in mediation with Mr. Kevin Burkett and Mr. William Kaplan. The new, mediated agreement has been approved by the Business Board on behalf of the Governing Council.
Since November 2013, UTFA has been expressing concerns about the possible privacy, ownership, and academic freedom implications of migrating University of Toronto faculty and staff e-communications to a third-party provider.