The Post-secondary Learning Act of Alberta legislates that each provincial university shall have an academic staff association and that all members of the academic staff shall be members of this association. The University of Lethbridge’s Faculty Association (ULFA) comprises approximately 500 faculty, professional librarians, and academic assistants and 120 sessional lecturers. ULFA has the exclusive authority to negotiate with the Board of Governors and to enter into an agreement on behalf of its Members.
The ULFA/Board Academic Staff Collective Agreement (ASCA) merges the two previous Handbooks (one governing Faculty, Professional Librarians and Instructors/Academic Assistants; the other governing Sessional Lecturers). This Collective Agreement governs many aspects of academic work including terms for probation, tenure, promotion, increments, and merit. It also contains information about salary scales and other benefits such as Professional Supplement and the Tuition benefit. The Collective Agreement may be found at the following: ULFA Collective Agreement
ULFA policies and procedures are recommended by the Executive to the Membership for ratification and are implemented by the Executive. Two general meetings of all ULFA Members are held each year on the first working day following the last day of classes in April and December. The ULFA Bylaws are available here: https://www.ulfa.ca/bylaws/
ULFA is affiliated with the Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations (CAFA) and the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT). By virtue of the fact that you are members of ULFA, you are also automatically members of both CAFA and CAUT. CAFA’s objectives are to promote the quality of education in the province and to promote the well-being of Alberta universities and their academic staff. The CAUT objectives are similar in nature, but at the national level.
With the current COVID-19 pandemic ULFA is attempting to limit all non-essential interactions. The ULFA office is now closed indefinitely. However, ULFA staff remain working and available by email.
ULFA acknowledges that the land on which we typically gather is the traditional territory of the Siksikaitsitapi (Blackfoot).