Bargaining Resource Committee Town Halls

ULFA’s Bargaining Resource Committee is organizing three town halls this September. These town halls are a chance to hear an update on the current round of collective bargaining, and will provide space to ask questions and provide feedback on the process thus far. All ULFA Members are welcome to attend one or all three of the scheduled town halls. The update for each town hall will be the same, but the conversation may differ.

Town Hall Dates:
Thursday September 3, 10 – 12
Friday September 11, 2 – 4
Tuesday September 15, 12 – 2

Please check your email for zoom details.

ULFA is back to the negotiating table September 22, 2020.

The Job Action Committee is Back at Work

The Job Action Committee (JAC) is back at work! As outlined in the ULFA Job Action Policy and Bylaws, we work during bargaining years to ensure ULFA members are prepared and organized should Job Action be required to ensure an equitable settlement.

We are committed to sharing information and building solidarity among ULFA members, and are excited to announce our 2020-2021 line-up: Chair Ran Barley (Chair, Biological Sciences), Kristine Alexander (History), Chad Povey (Physics), Aaron Taylor (Theatre & Drama), Sonya Von Heyking (Accounting), Mary Greenshields (Library), and Abigail McMeekin (Modern Languages & Linguistics). 

We are still looking for 3 additional committee members — from Education and the Calgary Campus — please get in touch if you want to join us! 

Over the coming months, our sub-committees – Communications, Finance, Materials & Supplies, and Picket Coordination – will be working together and with the Bargaining Resource Committee to ensure that we are fully prepared in case bargaining leads to a strike or lockout. 

It is difficult to think about these possibilities during the Covid-19 pandemic, and we are hopeful that the University of Lethbridge and ULFA will be able to negotiate a mutually acceptable collective agreement. At the same time, however, it is critically important that we be prepared in case a work stoppage is required.

For more information about job action and the work of the JAC, check out these Frequently Asked Questions about Job Action.

ULFA Committee Member Vacancies

ULFA has several vacancies on the Job Action Committee and Bargaining Resource Committee. These roles involve bi-weekly meetings and other duties, as you are able.

Two vacancies for Bargaining Resource Committee
1) A representative from a professional faculty (Ed, DSB, HS) for a term ending June 30, 2021.
2) An instructor/academic assistant representative for a term ending June 30, 2022.

Three vacancies for the Job Action Committee
1) A representative for Humanities and Social Sciences (term ends June 30, 2022)
2) A representative for Health Sciences (term ends June 30, 2022)
3) A representative for the Calgary Campus (term ends June 30, 2022)

Terms of reference for these committees can be found in Appendix A of the ULFA Bylaws
https://www.ulfa.ca/bylaws/

Note that as per the Collective Agreement, in Article 5.03.1:

A Member’s service to the Association shall be deemed Service to the University and Society in evaluation of performance.

If you are interested in one of these positions, or have questions, please contact ULFA Executive Officer, Aaron Chubb, officer@ulfa.ca; and cc the appropriate committee chair.
Job Action Committee Chair: Ran Barley JACchair@ulfa.ca
Bargaining Resource Committee Chair: Rob Sutherland BRCchair@ulfa.ca

Best,

Aaron Chubb
ULFA Executive Officer

Alberta 2030 Review’s Excessive Cost and Lack of Consultation

“Recent budget cuts have started a series of internal reviews and restructurings at Alberta
universities,” said Dr. Kevin Kane, president of CAFA and Professor of Medical Microbiology &
Immunology at the University of Alberta. “By proposing an external review, the UCP is setting up
our institutions to go through two rounds of restructuring within a single calendar year.”

Read the full CAFA news release here.

CAFA: PIA Letter

Dear Minister Nicolaides:

We, the undersigned, are writing to you to emphasize the critical contributions being made by Alberta post-secondary institutions in this time of crisis. While our schools have suffered under these extraordinary circumstances, our faculty, staff, and students have come together to give back to the community in managing the pandemic. There is no doubt to the crucial contributions post-secondary institutions are making for Albertans today.

Read Letter Here

COVID-19 Resources

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 officer@ulfa.ca 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,
David Kaminski

 

COVID-19 Resources

Employee and Family Assistance Program:
https://www.uleth.ca/hr/pension-and-benefits/employee-and-family-assistance-program-efap

UofL COVID-19 Employee FAQ
https://www.uleth.ca/covid-19/employee-faqs

Alberta Right to Refuse Unsafe Work
https://www.alberta.ca/refuse-dangerous-work.aspx

WCB Fact Sheet on COVID-19
https://www.uleth.ca/risk-and-safety-services/sites/risk-and-safety-services/files/WFS_COVID-19.pdf

AB Family Violence Info Line
(403) 310-1818

Lethbridge Victim Services 24/7 Domestic Violence Hotline: Crisis Line 24/7
403-393-8107

Lethbridge Legal Aid
https://www.lethbridgelegalguidance.ca/programs-services/dial-a-law/legal-aid/

Facebook – Lethbridge Support Circle
https://www.facebook.com/groups/lethbridgesupportcircle/

Chinook Sexual Assault Centre
https://csacleth.ca/#1