3 ULFA Town Halls on Collective Bargaining

Mark your calendars and make your voices heard!

ULFA is hosting three town halls as part of building a mandate for the next round of collective bargaining in 2020.

Two of the town halls will be about the AB 2019 Budget. The purpose of these town halls will be to organize our response in the face of cutbacks and government imposed mandates to roll back salaries.

The other town hall is regarding the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Report released by ULFA.

Light refreshments will be provided at each town hall.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Town Hall
Tuesday, November 5th
10 A.M—11:30 A.M in W646
PLEASE NOTE THE ROOM CHANGE to W646

Budget & Bargaining ULFA Town Hall #1
Tuesday, November 5th
2 P.M.—4 P.M. in TH 204

Budget & Bargaining  ULFA Town Hall #2
Friday, November 8th
10 A.M.—12P.M. in E690

Art NOW Series: Aruna D’Souza – Co-sponsored by ULFA

Art NOW Series: Aruna D’Souza
Killmonger at the Museum: What a Hollywood Blockbuster Can Tell Us About Institutions These Days
Noon, November 1, 2019
University Recital Hall
Free admission, everyone welcome!

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Museums around the world have been challenged by protesters in recent years to account for who and what they show and who is footing the bill. While the questions aren’t new, the expectations about how museums function as public entities are, especially in the U.S. Starting with a key scene from Black Panther, this talk will explore the ways institutions are being asked to transform themselves as formerly excluded groups are staking their claims.

Aruna D’Souza writes about modern and contemporary art; intersectional feminisms and other forms of politics; and how museums shape our views of each other and the world.  Her most recent book Whitewalling: Art, Race, and Protest in 3 Acts(Badlands Unlimited) was named one of the best art books of 2018 by the New York Times. Her work appears regularly in 4Columns.org, where she is a member of the editorial advisory board, and has also been published in The Wall Street Journal, CNN.com, Art News, Garage, Bookforum, Momus, Art in America, and Art Practical, among other places. She is currently editing two forthcoming volumes, Making It Modern: A Linda Nochlin Reader, and Lorraine O’Grady: Writing in Space 1973-2018.

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Presented by the University of Lethbridge Faculty Association, Women Scholars’ Speaker Series (WSSS), and Faculty of Fine Arts. WSSS is funded by the President’s Office; co-chaired by Dr. Elizabeth Galway and Dr. Louise Barrett.

We wish to acknowledge the following sponsors for their support and collaboration in making Aruna D’Souza’s visit and presentation possible: Canada Council for the Arts, Department of Art, SAAG, SACPA, ULFA’s Gender, Equity and Diversity Committee, WSSS. 

New Member Social

Join us for a joyous afternoon filled with welcoming new and returning faces! Appetizers and drinks will be provided.  Programing will begin around 2:00 p.m. Have a new member in your department? Ask them to join you to assure their attendance. RSVP to eva.cool@uleth.ca or just pop in for a few minutes if you can!

When: October 3, 2019 at 2pm
Where: SA7008 (Science Commons Atrium)

Essential Services Agreement Negotiations Ongoing

Negotiations to establish an Essential Services Agreement resumed Tuesday 18 June. The Board’s team (Chris Hosgood, Scott Harling, Carolin Cattoi-Demkiw) presented to ULFA’s team (Kelly Williams-Witt, Aaron Chubb, Rob Sutherland) its response to ULFA’s 13 February ESA proposal. There is good progress on key points; only a couple of issues remain unresolved. We are optimistic that an agreement will be in place in a timely manner.

ULFA membership ratifies 2018-2020 Collective Agreement

In a strong expression of support for its executive and bargaining team, the membership of the University of Lethbridge Faculty Association voted to ratify the 2018-2020 Collective Agreement between the Association and Board of Governors.

The electronic ballot opened with a special general meeting on June 11 and closed at midnight on June 18. 249 members, or approximately 55% of the Association Membership, participated in the election. 223 ballots (90.8%) were cast in favour of the executive’s motion to approve the agreement. 23 ballots (9.2%) opposed. Since the Board of Governors voted to approve the agreement on June 14, this vote of support in the executive by the ULFA membership means that the Agreement is now ratified.

“This was a difficult negotiation and a tough settlement for our members,” Chief Spokesperson Daniel Paul O’Donnell said. “While we made important gains in job security and conditions of employment, the lack of across the board financial increases will affect our competitiveness as an institution for years to come.”

“We are grateful for this vote of support,” he added. “This demonstration of solidarity can only help us as we prepare almost immediately for the next round of negotiations.”

ULFA President Jon Doan congratulated Association volunteers on the conclusion of the ratification. “I would like to extend another thanks to the thorough and thoughtful members of our bargaining team and our bargaining resource committee,” Doan said. “We will update our communication blog in the next couple of days with information on what this ratification means for Member salary and benefits  starting July 1 2019.”

Final copy will be posted to the University website after a technical review.