The Osgoode Hall Faculty Association (OHFA) represents about 50 faculty members at Osgoode Hall Law School.
OHFA is the sole and exclusive bargaining agent for all persons employed by York University in the Province of Ontario holding appointments as full-time faculty members of Osgoode Hall Law School, and/or holding full-time contractually limited term academic appointments and/or holding full-time non-tenured or non-tenure track continuing appointments as faculty members of Osgoode Hall Law School, save and except those listed in Article 1 (1-8) of the Collective Agreement.
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.