Bargaining update for June 4: More language exchanged, some provisional agreements, and discussion of economic context

The ULFA and Board bargaining teams met for a three-hour session on June 4.

The sides had agreed that they would discuss the economic context of negotiations in this meeting and exchange responses to each other’s proposals. (You can follow the status of individual articles here).

Board presentations

The Board side presented responses to the Preamble, Article 3 (Amendments), 7 (Annual meeting), 8 (Delegation) and 10 (Courses taught in addition to assigned teaching duties). They also introduced a new proposal on Article 25 (Supervision and Discipline).

In the case of Articles 7 and 8, the two sides were able to provisionally sign off on the proposed revisions. According to the ground rules we are using for these negotiations, articles that have been initialled are considered approved in principle; final approval, however, depends in each case on approval of the entire agreement.

ULFA presentations

ULFA prepared responses on Articles 1 (Interpretation–Combined with 22 Grievance), 4 (Applications and Exclusions), 5 (Recognition), 9 (Personal files), 22 (Grievance), 23 (Mediation), 27 (Holidays), 28 (Vacations). It presented its language on 27 and 28 before we took a break, halfway through our scheduled meeting time. At the break, ULFA proposed that presentation and discussion of the remainder of these articles be put off until our next meeting, so as to leave sufficient time for the two sides to present about the economic landscape for bargaining.

Discussion of economic contexts

The two sides devoted the second half of the meeting to presentations on the economic context for negotiations. In both cases, these made frequent reference to our main comparators: U of C, U of A, Regina, U of Saskatchewan, and Trent. Mount Royal and Athabasca were also occasionally referred to.

The topics covered by the two presentations included: relative cost of living (housing prices, consumer goods, utilities) in Lethbridge vs the cities of the comparator institutions; levels of University revenue (including tuition revenue and government grants); differences among the salaries paid at the U of L vs. its comparator institutions (including current salary levels by rank, the growth of salaries, and the percentage of the total budget that salaries represent); ratios of temporary (term) to continuing/tenured academic staff positions; and the breakdown and history of the University’s budget allocations. Both sides had questions that will require further research.

ULFA also informed the Board of the areas where members have indicated that improvements to health benefits are most critical, and is provisionally scheduled to make an opening proposal on language pertaining to economic matters (i.e. Schedules A and B) at our next meeting on June 8.

Annual General Meeting Notice: April 16, 2018 at 12pm

Final Agenda: AGM

You are cordially invited to the ULFA Annual General Meeting on Monday, April 16, 2018 at 12pm in room PE275. The final agenda for our meeting can be found  here. Lunch and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be provided.

Notice: All Candidates’ Forum

The Nominating Committee will present a recommendation for nominations to the Membership, including an election for the role of Vice-President/President Nominate. As a result of a contested election for a position on the ULFA Executive, an All Candidates’ Forum will take place immediately following the AGM on April 16 in room PE275.

The procedure for the All Candidates’ Forum will be organized according to ULFA policy. You are encouraged to familiarize yourself with this protocol. Questions for the candidates are welcome in accordance with the policy, which requires that questions be written down in advance of the start of the forum. The Executive has provided a list of questions to present to the Candidates that can be found in the link above. Candidates’ Bios are located for review here.

For those of you who are unable to attend the meeting in person, WebEx videoconferencing will be available, but please make arrangements with the ULFA office (antson@uleth.ca or 403-329-2578) before April 15, 2018 to ensure you receive the meeting invite.

ULFA’s STP Workshop for Applicants

Getting Ready for Salary, Tenure & Promotion (STP) Applications

ULFA cordially invites you to our STP Workshops where you will be provided with a variety of tips and information on the STP process. The presentation will cover the STP process as well as provide advice on putting together a teaching dossier, research materials, and the service component of your application. The presenters are Jon Doan, VP/President Nominate & Annabree Fairweather, Executive Director, ULFA

Choose one of the following workshops that works best for your schedule:

  • Calgary Workshop – Wednesday, March 21, 2018; 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.; Room: S6025 (Calgary Campus)
  • Workshop #1 – Tuesday, March 27, 2018; 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.; Room: TH241
  • UPDATE: Workshop #2 – Wednesday, April 4, 2018;1:00 – 2:50 p.m.; Room: TH241

To RSVP your attendance to Derrick (ext. 2578;antson@uleth.ca).

Men are Naturally Better Leaders? Canadians and Political Sexism – Dr. Melanee Thomas

ULFA’s Gender, Equity and Diversity Committee is proud to present Dr. Melanee Thomas, Assistant professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary (and former U of L student) on Friday, March 16 from 2-4 p.m. (AH176). Dr. Thomas will be presenting a talk entitled Men are Naturally Better Leaders: Canadians and Political Sexism.

Dr. Thomas was here in the fall where she discussed her book Mothers and Others: Understanding the Impact of Family Life on Politics. Her talk in March will focus on some of the new research she has been doing.

Dr. Thomas has also graciously agreed to come to any classes you may have on the Friday morning – see the attached poster for her bio and range of research interests. And please, let your students and anyone else you know who might be interested in coming to this talk – we’d like to have a good crowd for her. If you can post a copy of the attached poster in your areas, it would be much appreciated. The bookstore has also graciously agreed to sell her books at the talk.

ULFA Nominating Committee Call for Nominations

TO: ULFA MEMBERS

FROM: ULFA Nominating Committee

DATE: February 1, 2018

The ULFA Nominating Committee is now actively seeking interested individuals willing to fill vacancies on the Executive, standing and other committees for 2018-2019. Nominations are being sought for the following:

  • Executive:
    • President
    • Vice-President/President Nominate (2 nominees) Chair, Handbooks
    • Chair, Economic Benefits
    • Chair, Gender, Equity and Diversity
  • Handbooks Committee
  • Economic Benefits Committee
  • Grievance Committee
  • Gender, Equity and Diversity Committee
  • GFC Travel Committee
  • GFC Academic Quality Assurance Committee
  • Joint Work Site Health & Safety Committee

Additional information can be found on the ULFA website or by following this link:
https://ulfa.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/ULFA-Representatives-Expectation-Reference-Guide- 2015.pdf

The Nominating Committee will present its list of nominees at the Annual General Meeting on April 16 from 12-3pm. In addition, nominations will be open from the floor. In the event that there is more than one nominee for a single position, an election will take place by electronic ballot as soon after the AGM as is possible. In the event that there is more than one candidate seeking election to the Executive Committee, an All Candidates Forum will be organized prior to the election.

If you are interested in serving the Association in some way, or know of someone who might be willing or well-suited to fill one of these vacancies, please contact one of the Nominating Committee members listed below or contact Derrick Antson in the ULFA office at ext. 2578 or at antson@uleth.ca.

Nominating Committee Members:

  • Jason Laurendeau (A&S), Chair
  • Andrea Amelinckx (Prof. Faculty)
  • Jon Doan (A&S)
  • Kent Peacock (A&S)
  • Paula Cardozo (Library)
  • Carla Carnaghan (Prof. Faculty)
  • Beth Gerwin (A&S)
  • Artur Luczak (A&S)