Bargaining Team Announcement

The LUFA Executive and Board are pleased to announce that a team has been chosen for the upcoming 2017 round of collective bargaining.

Led by Chief Negotiator Denis Hurtubise are team members Linda St-Pierre, Fabrice Colin, and Karen McAuley. This small, dedicated, and experienced team will pursue our interests at the table and will work toward securing and improving the working conditions for all LUFA members.

Members Affected by Executive Order Should Defer Travel Plans

(Ottawa – January 30, 2017) The Canadian Association of University Teachers is advising its members affected by an executive order preventing individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for 90 days to defer their travel plans.

“Canadian academics who might be affected by the order and who have travel plans in the coming days should postpone travel to the United States,” said CAUT Executive Director David Robinson.

While the Government of Canada has clarified that the executive order will not affect individuals from the seven countries who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents, Robinson is recommending that they seek legal counsel before they travel to the United States. The seven targeted countries are Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

Robinson is also recommending that members consult the CAUT Travel Advisory, Travelling to the United States: Your Rights at the Border.

“We join with others in condemning this action as discriminatory,” he added.

CAUT represents over 70,000 academic staff working in more than 120 universities and colleges across Canada.

Appointment of LUFA’s Chief Negotiator

(Sudbury – January 6, 2017) On the recommendation of the Executive, the Board has appointed Dr. Denis Hurtubise as LUFA’s Chief Negotiator for the contract beginning July 1, 2017.

Dr. Hurtubise was until recently Associate Vice-President, Academic and Francophone Affairs at Laurentian University. He previously served as Dean of Studies at Université du Québec en Outaouais. He was also Vice-President, Academic and Research as well as an Associate Professor at Saint-Paul University. He is currently a member of both the Ontario University Council on Quality Assurance and the Quality Network for Universities of the Conference Board of Canada. Dr. Hurtubise also has significant experience in labour relations, as he was for four years Vice-President, then President of the Professors’ Association of Saint Paul University.

Ratification of First Collective Agreement for Clinicians

(November 24, 2016) LUFA is pleased to announce that the Clinicians ratified their first Collective Agreement on Nov. 3. The highlights of the agreement include parity with music sessionals for compensation by 1 July 2017; parity with all sessional members on rights such as professional allowance and tuition fee exemption; and retroactive recognition of establishment and seniority.  The LUFA Board congratulates and thanks the Bargaining Team of Sylvie Larocque and Linda St-Pierre.

Solidarity with the University of Manitoba Faculty Association

(November 8, 2016) LUFA Secretary-Treasurer Jean-Charles Cachon was in Winnipeg on Friday to show solidarity with the University of Manitoba Faculty Association, which has been on strike since Nov. 1 (see the photo below of Cachon holding the LUFA sign, taken in front of university’s administration building where the president’s office is located). He also presented a cheque on LUFA’s behalf for $2,000. Cachon is a trustee of the CAUT Defence Fund, which organizes solidarity picket visits (“Flying Pickets”) by faculty association reps from across Canada during job actions.