Economic Benefits Committee

ULFA's Economic Benefits Committee is an investigative, deliberative and advisory body whose proper sphere of action includes all matters relating to the economic welfare of the academic staff of the University of Lethbridge, with a focus on salary and benefits.

 

Terms of Reference

1. The Economic Benefits Committee is an investigative, deliberative and advisory body whose proper sphere of action includes all matters relating to the economic welfare of the Membership. The Economic Benefits Committee shall be responsible for the study and evaluation of economic benefits and for negotiations with the Board of Governors regarding such matters.

2. For matters negotiated under Schedule C of the Faculty Handbook, the Economic Benefits Committee shall:

a. Recommend to the ULFA Executive a three-person negotiating team. The members of the negotiating team need not be members of the Economic Benefits Committee. Full consideration should be given to the continuity of membership, and, to that end, two of the three members should have experience on the Economic Benefits Committee or the negotiating team.

b. Recommend to the ULFA Executive a list of items to be negotiated. In addition, the Economic Benefits Committee should state its priorities and general strategy.

Upon ratification or amendment of the negotiating team and the list of negotiable items by the ULFA Executive, the negotiating team shall proceed with the negotiations as outlined in Schedule C. Any amendments made by the Executive in either the negotiating team or the list of negotiable items must be made in consultation with the Economic Benefits Committee.

The negotiating team should meet jointly with the Economic Benefits Committee during the negotiating proceedings. If during negotiations with the Board any of the benefits listed in Schedules A and B or in any other place in the Handbook seem likely to be removed or replaced, the ULFA negotiators shall require approval of the Economic Benefits Committee and the Executive before signing a settlement.

If the negotiators conclude a memorandum of agreement with the Board, the Economic Benefits Committee shall recommend approval or rejection. The Economic Benefits Committee shall then send the results to the ULFA Executive, which shall recommend approval or rejection. The Executive shall submit the agreement, along with its and the Economic Benefits Committee's recommendations, to Council which in turn will make its recommendation to a general Membership meeting for ratification purposes. If a General Meeting fails for lack of quorum, recommendations accepted by Council will be deemed to be accepted by the Membership, except where a three-fourths or greater majority vote is required.

If a settlement is not reached, ULFA's final position shall be prepared jointly by the Economic Benefits Committee and the negotiating team and then sent to the ULFA Executive for ratification.

In exercising the above responsibilities, the committee should aim at equitable treatment (fair, just and reasonable) for all Members. There shall be no discrimination practiced with respect to any Member on the basis of age, race, colour, ethnicity, national origin, philosophical, political, or religious affiliation or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical disability.

Membership Criteria

Elected members shall serve two-year terms.

Ex officio: ULFA President, past Chair where applicable

Elected: Chair and six (6) Members; Past Chair is ex officio and should be a past member. The committee shall comprise the following representation, unless sufficient nominees cannot be found from a constituency or constituencies: Arts & Science (3); Professional Faculty (3); Academic Assistants (1); Librarians (1). The Past Chair will fill a position and hence there will be no election for that standing committee/constituency. One representative from each of the Librarian and Academic Assistant units will be invited to sit as observer on the Economic Benefits Negotiating Team should issues relevant to those constituencies be on the negotiating table.

Committee Members

Chair:
Paul Hayes, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Phone: (403) 329-2313
Term: 2016 - 2018
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Arts & Science:
James Byrne, Geography
Phone: (403) 329-2002
Term: 2016 - 2018
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Arts & Science:
Paul Hazendonk, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Phone: (403) 329-2657
Term: 2016 - 2018
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Arts & Science:
Chad Povey, Physics & Astronomy
Phone: (403) 329-2359
Term: 2017 - 2019
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Professional Faculty:
Olu Awosoga, Health Sciences
Phone: (403) 332-4058
Term: 2017 - 2019
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Professional Faculty:
Vishaal Baulkaran, Management - Finance
Phone: (403) 329-2074
Term: 2017 - 2019
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Professional Faculty:
Vacant

Librarians:
Rumi Graham, Library
Phone: (403) 329-2179
Term 2017 - 2019
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Instructor / Acad. Asst.:
Vacant