Reminder that the Fall General Meeting on Friday, December 6 at 3pm in room B660. Please find attached the final agenda for our meeting. Snacks and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be provided for free to all attendees.
Videoconference services will be available for our Members on the Calgary and Edmonton campuses. Please RSVP your attendance with our Administrative Assistant Derrick by emailing him at
or by calling him at ext. 2578.
The Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations (CAFA) has launched a campaign in support of Alberta universities. Check out the Not One More campaign for more information and send a letter to your MLA and provincial government representatives.
"The Not One More campaign is our way of reminding Albertans that Alberta universities support everything, and that re-investment in our universities should be a priority for the government." ~NotOneMore.ca
Message from the President
Representatives of the University of Lethbridge Faculty Association (ULFA) and the Board of Governors of the University of Lethbridge recently came to a mediated contract agreement for the period July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014 with the ULFA membership ratifying this agreement on September 26, 2013.
In broad terms, the settlement reached saw all academic staff members take a 1% rollback in their salaries and give up a 1.05% cost of living adjustment already agreed to for the coming year. Career progress and merit increments were retained.
This substantial loss to academic staff salaries was precipitated by this year's deliberate reduction in government funding to post-secondary education amounting to a 7.3% cut in the Campus Alberta grant operating funds to the University of Lethbridge and a similar cut to Lethbridge College. The portion of this cut represented by the salary lost to U of L faculty members is significant and is sure to be felt in the Lethbridge and area economy.
The terms of the settlement reached represent an effort by ULFA to shield the lowest paid members of the Faculty Association from the worst of the fiscal pain stemming from the cuts. It is our hope going forward that we can also help to minimize the negative effects of these cuts on other vulnerable members of the university community and, in particular, on the caliber of student education that we provide at the University of Lethbridge.
John Usher, Ph.D.
President, University of Lethbridge Faculty Association
ULFA is gearing up for another great year and has set the schedule for the 2013-14 Faculty Socials. All socials will take place from 3-5pm in Andy's Place (AH100).
Faculty Socials give all our members an opportunity to meet with new and long-standing friends from all over campus. Snacks are provided at no cost to members and a cash bar is provided with a variety of beer and wine.
Due to higher costs with the food services provider and the declining attendance, ULFA has decided to CANCEL the November Faculty Social. We are exploring alternatives for food services and venues and will keep you posted about future events.
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.