The Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association (WLUFA) is the certified bargaining agent for all faculty and professional librarians.
An election of the Executive Committee is held at the Spring Annual General Meeting. Only members of the Association are eligible to vote (click here to become a member). The Executive acts on behalf of the Association, subject to the direction of the general membership. Its primary function is to implement the general policies of the Association and to administer the collective agreement. Individuals who have grievances against actions by the Administration relating to the collective agreement, should contact the Grievance Coordinator, Sheila McKee-Protopapas, Executive Director, ext. 2367.
WLUFA periodically publishes a newsletter, WLUFA News, which contains issues of concern and interest on this campus and at other universities. WLUFA News has a distribution list of over 700 individuals and/or organizations.
Membership in WLUFA includes automatic membership in the following organizations:
* The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA):
A provincial organization which engages in lobbying and provides technical information to Ontario Faculty Associations. A news magazine, OCUFA FORUM is distributed quarterly to Faculty Association members.
* The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT):
This organization works at the national level and lobbies with the federal government in such areas as taxation and immigration, and in areas affecting academic freedom and tenure. CAUT is also involved in assisting various local Associations with certification campaigns and in the negotiations of collective agreements. The CAUT Bulletin is published monthly and distributed by CAUT to all members of the bargaining unit.
* CAUT Defense Fund:
This organization within CAUT was established several years ago to provide funds to our members in the event of a strike. Approximately 41 Faculty Associations in Canada, including ours, have joined this Fund.
History Of WLUFA
The constitution of the Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association was originally written in 1958. Changes became necessary in 1988 when WLUFA became a certified trade union and the Professional Librarians joined full-time faculty in the Bargaining Unit. The constitution was amended again in 2001 when Contract Academic Staff certified and became a second Bargaining Unit under WLUFA. The most recent amendment occurred in 2010 because of the increasing size of the Association membership and the fact that Laurier is now a multi-campus institution.