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.

Board of Governors ratify Proposed ULFA/University of Lethbridge 2018-2020 Collective Agreement

On Friday afternoon, Vice President (FInance and Administration) Nancy Walker informed the ULFA executive that the Board of Governors has voted to ratify the proposed ULFA/University of Lethbridge 2018-2020 collective agreement.

ULFA are currently voting electronically on ratification of this same agreement. The ballot closes June 18. All current members of ULFA should have received an invitation to vote. Please contact Aaron Chubb (aaron.chubb@uleth.ca) if you have not received a notification of the ballot.


You can read more about the details of the proposed agreement here. A marked up draft showing the proposed changes is available here. An unofficial HTML version of the final version of the proposed agreement is available here.

Electronic Voting on 2018-2020 Academic Staff Collective Agreement Open to June 18th

Electronic Voting on the 2018-2020 Academic Staff Collective Agreement is open until June 18th

An electronic ballot has been sent to all active ULFA Member Uleth email accounts.


You can read more about the details of the proposed agreement here. A marked up draft showing the proposed changes is available here. An unofficial HTML version of the final version of the proposed agreement is available here.

Collective Agreement Town Halls and Ratification Meeting

A special meeting, required by our bylaws in order to put ratification of the proposed collective agreement to a vote, will be held on June 11 at 1pm in PE250 (Calgary members can join via video conference from room S6025 on the Calgary Campus; Members who are unable to join in person or on the Calgary campus should contact Aaron Chubb (aaron.chubb@uleth.ca) for access information).

To give Members an opportunity to discuss the pros and cons of the proposed Collective Agreement, members of the Bargaining Team also will be hosting four town hall style meetings in the next two weeks.


Town Halls

  • Tuesday, May 28 at 2pm in PE250
  • Friday, May 31 at 10am in E690
  • Monday, June 3 at 2pm in S6031 (Calgary Campus)
  • Friday, June 7 at 10am in PE250

Ratification Meeting
Tuesday, June 11 at 1pm in PE 250

Calgary Campus Members can join via video conference from our large board room in Bow Valley College, S6025. Members outside of Calgary and Lethbridge can email aaron.chubb@uleth.ca for access to the meeting via Web-X.

 

ULFA executive votes to recommend proposed agreement to membership for ratification

The ULFA executive has voted to recommend the proposed 2018-2020 Collective Agreement (CA) to its membership for ratification. We will be hosting a series of Town Halls for discussion of the CA culminating in a ratification meeting on June 11, 2019. Following the ratification meeting the CA will be voted on electronically by the ULFA Membership.

You can read a detailed summary of the proposed agreement here.

Town Halls

  • Tuesday, May 28 at 2pm in PE250
  • Friday, May 31 at 10am in E690
  • Monday, June 3 at 2pm in S6031 (Calgary Campus)
  • Friday, June 7 at 10am in PE250

Ratification Meeting
June 11 at 1pm in PE 250
Calgary Campus Members can join via video conference from our large board room in Bow Valley College, S6025. Members outside of Calgary and Lethbridge can email aaron.chubb@uleth.ca for access to the meeting via Web-X.

Voting
Electronic Voting will commence following the June 11 meeting and will be open until June 18.