Fonds UA-27 - Dalhousie Faculty Association fonds

40 years of activism : working for a better Dalhousie  / Dalhousie Faculty Association

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Dalhousie Faculty Association fonds

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1.5 metres of textual records

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Administrative history

The Dalhousie Faculty Association (DFA) originated in 1951 as an informal alliance of professors primarily concerned with low salaries and their mistrust of the university’s senior administration. By the mid-1970s its officers represented senior faculty members from across the disciplines and the association had established the Dalhousie Faculty Club, in which it held its meetings.

In 1978 the DFA proposed that the Board of Governors grant the association the right to collective bargaining by voluntary recognition. Rejected by the Board, the DFA moved to apply for certification from the Nova Scotia Labour Relations Board under the Trade Union Act, and in November 1978 the DFA was officially certified as the union representing the interests of all Dalhousie professors and professional librarians in the matters of employer-employee relations.

The DFA is affiliated with the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT). Currently the union represents more than 900 faculty, professional librarians and counselors working at Dalhousie University in both Halifax and Truro, Nova Scotia.

Custodial history

Records in this fonds were donated to the Dalhousie University Archives in 1992 by R.S. Rodger, professor of psychology at Dalhousie University and president of the DFA from 1978-1979. Other records were transferred from Nova Scotia Archives and from the Dalhousie University Libraries fonds (UA-23).

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Fonds contains records of the Dalhousie Faculty Association, including administrative correspondence from the DFA's formative years and records documenting the negotiation of their first contract in 1978. There is also an incomplete series of DFA newsletters and committee records.

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Fonds was previously identified as MS-2-631.

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