The Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests, and related anti-racism protests, remind us of the long path still ahead towards the achievement of equity and dignity for all. ULFA stands in solidarity with this cause and affirms its continued commitment to contribute to a fairer institution and society. Racist and intersectional discriminatory practices are experienced by our Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC) members, often recurrently, including on campus. In the face of the recent events and their aftermath, ULFA reiterates its commitment to support the right of every member to “a safe workplace free from unfair discrimination, harassment, or abuse of authority” (U of L Academic Staff Collective Agreement, Article 11.02.2) and to the realization of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action. It is time that we all learn from the experiences of those around us and give our time and energy to the fulfillment of changes, big and small, to create an institution and society free from racism and colonialism.
In the near future, you will be receiving a telephone call from a fellow ULFA member asking how you’re faring in the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, along with pointers to information that can help you cope in these trying times. A number of those resources are provided below. Please email email@example.com with additional resources you would like to share with our members.
The call will ask you a number of questions, and your answers will be used to inform ULFA of your concerns. In providing answers, you can expect a reasonable amount of confidentiality; but, your responses may be shared in the legitimate conduct of union business.
Having said that, I do hope you elect to engage with the fellow ULFA member calling you as part of our efforts to reach out.
Please keep yourself well,
Employee and Family Assistance Program:
UofL COVID-19 Employee FAQ
Alberta Right to Refuse Unsafe Work
WCB Fact Sheet on COVID-19
AB Family Violence Info Line
Lethbridge Victim Services 24/7 Domestic Violence Hotline: Crisis Line 24/7
Lethbridge Legal Aid
Facebook – Lethbridge Support Circle
Chinook Sexual Assault Centre