The Osgoode Hall Faculty Association (OHFA) represents about 50 faculty members at Osgoode Hall Law School.
The Osgoode faculty decided, by a vote of 29 to 1, to certify OHFA as their formal representative and bargaining agent in 2012. Among the benefits of certification:
- an organized and resourced faculty association
- legal protection for members and their representatives and stronger safeguards of academic freedom
- formalized channels for communication and consultation with the Osgoode and York administrations
- access to arbitration in the event of disputes, such as over termination of a faculty member or unilateral changes to our terms of employment
- more capacity to defend core academic principles in the aftermath of, for example, the proposed CIGI-Osgoode funding arrangement (discussed here and here) in 2011-2012 and the conference on statehood and peace in Israel and Palestine (the subject of a CAUT academic freedom inquiry) in 2008-2009
- more capacity to support faculty governance processes under the York University Act
We are a small faculty union administered by a three-person executive. Members usually serve for one or two-year terms. We also have a three-person bargaining team in bargaining years. Members take on ad hoc roles as the need arises.