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Is there a Chair in the house?

Is there a Chair in the house?

If John Suk wanted any tips on being the Chair of Brock’s Board of Trustees, he was in the right place on Monday (July 14).
Suk was exactly two weeks into the job when he was joined by no fewer than five of his predecessors for a lunch meeting in downtown St Catharines. The group represented [...]

Collective bargaining updates

Collective bargaining updates

BUFA - After meeting on a number of occasions, the Parties have mutually agreed to pre-conciliation mediation. The first meeting with the mediator will be on Aug 6. The collective agreement expired on June 30.
IATSE - Bargaining committees for the University and IATSE have met twice. The parties plan to continue bargaining and are in [...]

Board approves year-end numbers and a new 2014-15 budget

Board approves year-end numbers and a new 2014-15 budget

Brock’s Board of Trustees, at its annual meeting June 26, approved the University’s audited financial statements for 2013-14, as well as the new operating budget for 2014-15.
The numbers for 2013-14 showed that months of cost-containment efforts aimed at restoring financial stability helped reduce the year’s structural cash deficit to $765,000, and that one-time events produced [...]

Howard Staff was a loyal friend to Brock

Howard Staff was a loyal friend to Brock

Many in the Brock community were shocked and saddened to learn of the death on June 27 of Howard Staff, a longtime friend of the University who was well known throughout the Niagara region as a community builder and an iconic figure in Ontario’s grape-growing industry.
Staff, who was 71, was the sixth generation to operate [...]

Brock advice on anti-spam legislation

Brock advice on anti-spam legislation

As private-sector companies gear up for the July 1 implementation of the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), in-boxes around Brock may be inundated with requests for consent from third parties seeking to continue to send you newsletters, deals and other commercial electronic communications (or CEMs, as they are termed by the legislation).
It may have got people [...]

University, BUFA bargaining update

University, BUFA bargaining update

The parties have been meeting in May and June and have agreed upon dates for bargaining during July and August.

These Congress delegates made good use of their Brock surroundings

These Congress delegates made good use of their Brock surroundings

When Congress 2014 came to Brock University during the final week of May, it brought thousands of people to a campus that’s located in a UNESCO-protected biosphere, with significant ties to the indigenous peoples of this territory.  Brock is a place where one can be in a Carolinian forest or on the Bruce Trail without [...]

Sexsmith hits high notes for convocation

Sexsmith hits high notes for convocation

How happy is Ron Sexsmith to be getting an honorary degree Tuesday morning (June 3) during a Brock University convocation in his hometown of St. Catharines?
Pleased enough that the internationally-renowned artist Tweeted out a caricature of himself wearing a graduation cap and gown - and playing the guitar. “This will be me tomorrow RS,” he wrote.
When [...]

Update regarding job losses at Brock

Update regarding job losses at Brock

As identified in the May 5 update regarding job losses at Brock, officials from OSSTF and the University met on a number of occasions to discuss opportunities to address bargaining unit staffing reductions through attrition and redeployment where possible, as well as other creative solutions that may limit the potential effects of bumping.
The University and [...]

Wellness Day is Aug 20

Wellness Day is Aug 20

Hold the date: The popular Wellness Day for Brock employees will be happening this year on Aug 20.
The award-winning annual exercise is organized by the department of Human Resources, and provides staff and faculty with a full day of life-improving workshops, activities and seminars.
In the coming weeks, watch the Brock News for details on sessions [...]

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