Message from the ULFA President
The ULFA Executive spent time this summer assessing the organizational structure of ULFA along with operational processes, and membership engagement. We’ve identified a number of areas where we need to make improvements (i.e. communication with the membership and local community, adding a third staff member to assist with grievances, etc.). We’ve met with three public relation (PR) firms to explore possibilities for developing a formal communications strategy. In addition, we are undertaking some longer-term strategic planning and working to solidify foundational elements that will help to guide the Association going forward. Some of the committees continued their work over the summer (e.g. Grievance Committee, Bargaining Resource Committee, etc.). Please refer to the specific Committee Reports provided in this newsletter.
ULFA Fall 2020 Newsletter
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.