Week 8 – We Are UPEI

We are UPEI

UPEI Faculty Association members are teachers, researchers, nurses, emergency vets, and librarians. We take pride in our work, and we are committed to teaching and research excellence. We work hard to provide the best possible post-secondary experience for our students. The work of UPEI is the work we do every day. We are UPEI.

Over the last 12 weeks, we have shared with you the concerns and priorities of FA Members across our campus. Together, what we have learned is that:

  • despite the recent exponential growth in scope and enrolment at UPEI, the number of permanent full-time faculty has remained stagnant.
  • an increasing over-reliance on contract academic staff is affecting workloads for full-time faculty, while simultaneously exploiting the people who are stuck in dead-end contracts teaching for poverty-level wages.
  • the under-resourcing of our Library is creating impossible working conditions for our Librarian members, and having a negative impact on access to research.
  • high teaching loads, downloading of administrative tasks, and a lack of resources is creating a challenging environment for FA members to develop and maintain productive research programs. 
  • increasing responsibilities and workloads combined with decreased discretion in decision-making is making the job of Chairs difficult, and disincentivizing members who might otherwise take on these important roles.
  • many of us are concerned that we are increasingly being sidelined in academic decisions that affect our work and the institution as a whole. 

The result of all of this: FA members are often burned out and disheartened; it is becoming increasingly difficult to retain faculty; there are significant challenges in maintaining programs; our research capacity is diminishing which is having an impact on our academic and research standards.

Our working conditions are students’ learning conditions.

When we don’t have the resources needed to do our work well, students’ learning conditions suffer. An investment in teaching and in supporting faculty is an important investment in our students, now and into the future.

You Are UPEI

As we prepare to negotiate a new Collective Agreement with UPEI – our first since 2016 – we have a unique opportunity to improve our working conditions. Working together, we can change the outlook for ourselves, our colleagues, our students, and our community. But it will take all of us, together, to make this change happen.

Here’s are four important actions you can take to help right now:

  • Register and attend the online FA AGM on Friday April 8 (Noon-2:00p), and join the discussion about how we can build a better UPEI: Click here to register
  • Give us your personal (non-UPEI) email address so that you can be sure to receive all updates on bargaining:       click here
  • Show your support by downloading and using our downloadable logos, and download and print our logos and put them on your office door to demonstrate your solidarity with your colleagues and your support for your UPEIFA bargaining team.
  • Follow us on social media by clicking the icons below, and join the public conversation by commenting on and sharing posts.

Together, We Are UPEI.

Other news

  • CBC – “Faculty Association says COVID-19 case linked to UPEI not properly communicated”

    CBC – “Faculty Association says COVID-19 case linked to UPEI not properly communicated”

    Case was announced Saturday, link to UPEI only confirmed publicly on Tuesday. CBC News · Posted: Sep 28, 2021 8:27 PM AT | Last Updated: September 28 The UPEI Faculty Association says staff members are concerned about the lack of information from the university about a recent COVID-19 case connected to the school.  Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison confirmed Tuesday that a COVID-19 case has been linked to the university. She said that the school’s administration was notified […]

  • UPEIFA Secures Off-Campus Office for Headquarters

    The University of Prince Edward Island Faculty Association, or UPEIFA, has established an off-campus office to serve as the association’s headquarters in the event that job action is necessary. The Charlottetown office, located at 92 Capital Dr. Unit 5 (formerly Combat Computers), will serve as the association’s headquarters to facilitate the daily activities of conducting job action, such as picket line organization. The Faculty Association’s office on UPEI’s campus will be closed during any job […]

  • Register for Mediation & Negotiations Meeting – Feb 10, 2023, 2-4:00p

    Minister Bloyce Thompson has notified the UPEI Board of Governors and the UPEI Faculty Association that government mediation has come to an end. The Minister’s letter is available here and the mediator’s report is available here. To discuss the next steps in collective bargaining, we have scheduled an online FA Negotiations Update for Friday, February 10 (2:00p-4:00p). Registration is required. To register for the meeting, please click here

  • Student Awards Event: February 3, 2023

    Friday, February 3, 2023Fox and Crow4:00pmAwards will begin at 4:15pm Join us in Celebrating our Incredible Student Award Recipients!There will be complimentary appetizers and drinks. We cannot wait to celebrate with you!