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Study Leave Town Hall Meetings

Your Feedback is Needed

With the Study Leave Working Group releasing their report soon ULFA has organized two town hall meetings to gather your feedback on the Study Leave report as well gather feedback on what you would like to see come about from negotiations regarding Study Leaves.

 Town Hall #1: Wednesday, January 21, 2014  Town Hall #2: Thursday, January 22, 2014
         Room: L1060          Room: AH176
         Time: 2:00 - 4:00pm          Time: 3:05 - 5:00pm

For those who are unable to attend the town halls you can still offer your feedback in two different ways.

1) Attend the meeting virtually via Adobe Connect, please contact Derrick Antson for more details and

2) Reviewing the material posted to the ULFA website and submitting your questions via email.

It is not a requirement to RSVP; however, it would be greatly appreciated.

To RSVP your attendance, please contact Derrick via phone (2578) or by email ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Study Leave Relocation Fund

Hello Faculty Association Members,
For those of you that have been approved for a Study Leave for 2015-2016 academci year Congratulations!

I would like to let you know that the Faculty Association has a Study Leave Relocation Fund that you may be eligible for during your leave. The fund is intended to assist you in relocating during your study leave should your research require a change of residence for a minimum of four months.

Please find attached the key documents pertaining to this fund. Within the document you will find the application that needs to be completed and submitted to the Study Leave Relocation Committee in order to be considered for relocation funds as well as  an information package to aid you in creating a successful application.

Study Leave Relocation Fund applications are due on Friday, February 13, 2014 at 4pm. Please send your application and all supporting documents to me at the ULFA office (D620).

If you have any questions or concerns I am happy to help help. Please feel free to contact me by phone (ext. 2578) or by email ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Once more, congratulations on your study leave!

ULFA January/February Newsletter

Hello Faculty Associaiton Members,

Here is the link to the ULFA Janaury/February Newsletter

This issue's highlights include: 
-Updates from ULFA's standing committees
-Update from the Universities Academic Pension Plan (UAPP)-Information on upcoming Workshops & Events
-Update on Annabree Fairweather's Baby

Before Signing a Contract

The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) has prepared a new handbook for prospective faculty to assist them in negotiating a starting salary. This is especially important because starting salary is a major determinant of lifetime earnings. Before signing on the dotted line, CAUT suggests that you ask 10 important questions.

Before signing you should ask:

  • What is negotiable?
  • Is the employer's salary offer fair?
  • Can I negotiated moving costs?
  • Are rank and tenure negotiable?
  • What are the processes for contract renewal and tenure?
  • What support can I obtain for research and creative activity?
  • What about teaching workload?
  • What about committee work and service?
  • What benefits and leaves are covered?
  • Should I worry about retirement and pensions?

The complete booklet may be viewed on the CAUT in PDF format or on their website here.

Mental Health Conference

ULFA's Repersentative on the Joint Work Site Health & Safety Committee would like to bring your attention to an up coming conference on Meantal Health.

This year’s conference theme is In the Eye of the Storm: Lessons from the Front Line. Newly-elected BC Federation of Labour President Irene Lanzinger will provide opening comments.  Minister Leitch will also address the participants along with the International Champion of Human Rights Lt. Gen Roméo Dallaire.
The conference goal is to hear the stories of workers on the front line and discuss ways organizations can emerge from the storm to better protect the psychological health of their workers.  To learn more about the conference, visit the link: www.bottomlineconference.ca.
This year, to maximize union participation, Bottom Line has agreed to extend the super saver rate ($425) for the plenary (February 24) to all union members until the registration deadline (February 6, 2015). This is a $125 savings. To take advantage of this special rate, please register by contacting Rose Chen: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 604 688-3234 (x248)
Workshop registrations on day two of the conference (Feb 25) are still available at a cost of $210 per workshop.