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Negotiations Update: Sessional Lecturers Economic Benefits

on Monday, 06 July 2015. Posted in News

Dear ULFA Members,

This is to inform you that the current negotiations with the Board of Governors on Sessional Lecturers salary and benefits have reached an impasse. As a result, ULFA and the Board will be proceeding to Final Offer Selection, as per provisions of Schedule C of the Sessional Lecturers Handbook. We expect to reach a resolution in late summer and early fall, and will keep you informed as best as we can.
Saurya Das
EBC Chair and Chief Negotiator, ULFA

Salary, Tenure & Promotion (STP) Workshops

on Tuesday, 23 June 2015. Posted in News

NOTE: If you would like copies of the materials used during the presentations or have questions, please contact the ULFA office.


Are you up for salary, tenure or promotion this year? Are you unsure what information is relevant or how much is too much? Are you serving on a STP committee and unsure what your role is? ULFA cordially invites you to our STP Workshops where you will be provided with a variety of tips and information on the STP process.

ULFA is changing the way we offer our STP Workshops so that the STP Workshop for Chairs/Committee members will be offered in the fall and the STP Workshop for applicants will be offered in the spring. This year, though, we will offer both workshops in the beginning of September so we don’t miss anyone who will be applying this fall. Please mark your calendars, ULFA’s two STP Workshops will be held between September 3rd & 4th.

Two workshops will be offered, each covering a different topic. The first workshop is designed to assist applicants who are applying for extension of probation, tenure and/or promotion. The second workshop is designed to assist STP Committee Chairs and members in their roles.

STP Workshop for Applicants

September 3, 2015 - 9:00-11:00am
Room: TH241

The presentation will cover the STP process as well as provide advise on putting together a teaching dossier, research materials, and the service component of assigned duties. As well, there will be information on how to engage the appeal process in the event of an unfavourable decision, along with a question and answer period.

STP Workshop for Committee Chairs and members

September 4, 2015 - 9:00-11:00am
Room: TH241

The presentation will cover the STP process as well as provide advise on chairing a STP Committee under our Handbook and how the STP Procedures relate to the Handbook. There will also be time for a questions and answer period.

Videoconferencing is available, please contact the ULFA office prior to August 27, 2015 to make arrangements.

New ULFA Retirement Print

on Tuesday, 23 June 2015. Posted in News

ULFA is pleased to announce tha tit has aquired a new series of Retirement Prints. Local artist aand UofL alumni Delia Cross Child's print, As It Happened, will be given out to ULFA Members who retire from service or who leave the university after 25 years of serivce.

Please drop by the office to see the print in person.


Update from President David Kaminski

on Friday, 10 April 2015. Posted in News

Dear Colleagues,

I thought I would bring you up to date with some budget related developments instead of waiting until the Annual General Meeting on April 20, especially now that the writ has dropped and we're off to the polls on May 5.

ULFA has arranged informal meetings with representatives from the AUPE local on campus, ULSU and representatives from the APOs. We've used these opportunities to exchange information and discuss ways we might bring our concerns to a wider public. With the election call, the most promising avenue open to us seems to be that of using public candidate forums to raise the issue of the budget's underfunding of PSE, and we expect to make common cause with a campaign initiative of the Students’ Union.

To date, letters we've sent to our MLAs and cc'd to various government ministers have received only one formal acknowledgement of receipt, that coming from Bridget Pastoor's office. From the rest we've only had silence.

A noteworthy item relevant to the government's plans for PSE is found in the actions of a working group spearheaded by Tim Grant, Deputy Minister of Justice and Solicitor General. This working group is examining the way in which public sector salaries are determined in other provinces, including the BC model known as PSEC (Public Sector Employers' Council). PSEC is a creature of the BC government that negotiates with various public sector groups (nurses, universities and colleges, firefighters, etc.), bypassing intermediaries like Boards of Governors, and implements government salary expectations in contract talks.

Grant's working group is expected to complete its work in mid-May. We will keep you apprised of any developments coming from this working group.


Process for STP Appeals

on Friday, 01 May 2015. Posted in News

It is that time of year when the STP hearings are wrapping up and the Faculty Association would like to highlight key rights available to you should you have any questions or need any assistance. If you have been successful in your application for continuation, extension, or tenure, we would like to congratulate you on your award. The information provided by clicking on the "continue reading", though useful, will likely not be relevant to you at this time.

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