The Post-secondary Learning Act of Alberta legislates that each provincial university shall have an academic staff association and that all members of the academic staff shall be members of this association. The University of Lethbridge’s Faculty Association (ULFA) comprises approximately 500 faculty, professional librarians, and academic assistants and 120 sessional lecturers. ULFA has the exclusive authority, on behalf of its members, to negotiate with the Board of Governors and to enter into an agreement.
The ULFA/Board agreement (Faculty Handbook) governs many aspects including terms for probation, tenure, promotion and increments. It also contains information about salary scales and other benefits such as professional supplement (Schedule B.01.5) and that for tuition (Schedules B.01.6 and B.01.7). The Sessional Lecturers Handbook covers negotiated articles regarding their terms and conditions of employment and course stipend (Schedule A). Both documents are on line and may be found at the following website: http://www.uleth.ca/hr/popular-documents
The policies and procedures of ULFA are recommended by the Executive to the membership for ratification and are implemented by the Executive. Two general meetings of all ULFA Members are held each year on the first working day following the last day of classes in April and December. The ULFA Bylaws are available at this webpage: http://ulfa.nerdsdevelopment.com/bylaws
ULFA is affiliated with the Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations (CAFA) and the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT). By virtue of the fact that you are members of ULFA, you are also automatically members of both CAFA and CAUT. CAFA’s objectives are to promote the quality of education in the province and to promote the well-being of Alberta universities and their academic staff. The CAUT objectives are similar in nature, but at the national level.
ULFA’s office currently employs two staff members. Our staff are Annabree Fairweather (Executive Director) and Derrick Antson (Professional Officer). Office hours are 8:30am to noon and 1:00 to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.