Linda St-Pierre To Receive Award

(Sudbury – 15 January 2018)

We are delighted to announce that Linda St-Pierre is the 2018 recipient of OCUFA’s prestigious Lorimer Award. The award, which will be presented in Toronto on Saturday, Feb. 3 recognizes outstanding, sustained accomplishment in support of bargaining in the university sector. Those of us who know Linda can attest to the depth,  intensity and quality of her contributions to LUFA, OCUFA and CAUT. She is most deserving of this honour.

Congratulations from all of us, Linda!

James Ketchen

Grievance 2017-05 Faculty Lounge

(Sudbury – 11 January 2018)

In April, the grievance regarding the administration’s failure to provide a faculty lounge was resolved through a Memorandum of Agreement. The administration agreed to provide LUFA members with a new space by January 2018.

We are pleased to announce that the Faculty Lounge will reopen on Monday January 22nd at its new location in Room JD-234, just outside the library, next to the elevator.

Physical Plant has devoted time and resources in renewing the space. It has been freshly painted and a kitchenette was installed. LUFA had requested the possibility of having water access in the space. We were told that this would be difficult given the location of the pipes. However, we were informed today that extraordinary measures were taken to install a sink and tap in the new space. The cold water pipe was included and a small hot water tank was installed under the sink.

Furniture will be transferred to the new space next week. We will distribute the new passcode soon.

Given the new changes in the CA, this space is no longer shared with the administration. It is exclusively for the use of LUFA members.

Thank you to Brad Park , Pierre Fontaine and their team for the great work in setting up the new space.

Linda St-Pierre
Chief Grievance Officer


LUFA Supports Striking Workers at the Sudbury Counselling Centre

(Sudbury, 18 December 2017)

On Dec. 14, LUFA Secretary-Treasurer Jean-Charles Cachon and Kathleen Zinn (LUFA Trustee with the CAUT Defence Fund) presented a cheque for $750 in support of 12 striking workers at the Sudbury Counselling Centre. The strike began on Oct. 16, 2017. The workers, who are members of USW Local 2020, been without a contract since July 31. Standing from left to right in the photo (below) are Lise Plante, Cachon, Zinn, and Carolyn Szilva. “Heartfelt thanks for the generous support from LUFA and for bringing the cheque to us,” said Szilva in a subsequent email. “It was great to meet you. We are grateful to all of you for your support!” Plante and Szilva are both Laurentian alumnae, as are two other counselling service professionals on the picket line.


Rally and March in Support of Striking College Faculty

(Sudbury – 7 November 2017)

We will be joining our colleagues at Boréal and Cambrian (OPSEU Locals 673 and 655) for a rally and march this Thursday, Nov. 9, walking from the New Sudbury Centre to MPP Glenn Thibeault’s office at 555 Barry Downe Road. We will be meeting at 10:30 am at the mall in front of Sears, walking to his office to spend about an hour there, then walking back to the mall for 12:30 pm. You can also join us at Thibeault’s office at 11.

We have been showing our support for College faculty by joining them on the picket line and donating $1,000 to each local for each week of the strike. Attached is a photo of Secretary-Treasurer Jean-Charles Cachon presenting our first cheque to OPSEU Local 673 President (and sessional LUFA member) David Fasciano on Oct. 24.


Picket in Support of College Faculty, October 24, 2017

(Sudbury – 20 October 2017)

Dear Members,

On Tuesday, Oct. 24, please join us on the picket line at Collège Boréal and Cambrian College as we picket in support of our colleagues there. As you know, they are on strike to defend many of the same principles and values that we ourselves recently struck for. We will be at Collège Boréal at noon to picket for a while, then going to Cambrian College. Come on out and show that we are with them!

In solidarity,
The LUFA Executive

Laurentian University and the Laurentian University Faculty Association Ratify Three-Year Collective Agreement

(SUDBURY – October 10, 2017)

The Laurentian University Faculty Association (LUFA) and Laurentian University have formally ratified a new collective agreement. On Friday, LUFA members voted 98% in favour of the 3-year extension to the collective agreement which expired on June 30. Laurentian’s Board of Governors unanimously ratified the agreement today.

“This agreement is good news for our employees and the entire Laurentian community. I want to thank both the Laurentian University and the LUFA bargaining teams for their hard work and cooperation,” said Pierre Zundel, Laurentian University Interim President and Vice Chancellor. “This agreement will provide our faculty with the stability and supports to continue providing our students with a world-class education, and will provide organizational stability as we finalize the University’s 2018-2023 Strategic Plan.”

The 3-year contract extension will remain in effect until June 30, 2020. Under the terms of the agreement, LUFA members will receive a normative annual salary increase, and both sides agreed to begin discussions with regard to pension and workload equity.

“I want to thank both negotiation teams for their hard work in seeing this very tough round of negotiations through,” said Jim Ketchen, LUFA President. “We believe that both the Laurentian Board and the University Administration have heard the concerns of faculty and that in responding to those concerns, this agreement positions Laurentian University in a quite positive way to move forward in providing quality education and the production of very important research.”

Laurentian University and LUFA want to thank members of the bargaining teams led by Denis Hurtubise for LUFA and Geoff Tierney for Laurentian University, for their commitment and dedication to achieving a mutually beneficial agreement.

Classes will resume on Wednesday October 11th for students who do not have a scheduled reading week. All other students will resume on October 16th.

LUFA represents 373 full-time and 304 part-time Faculty members at Laurentian University in Sudbury and Barrie.

Laurentian University and Faculty Association Reach Tentative Agreement

(Sudbury – 5 October 2017)

The Laurentian University Faculty Association (LUFA) and Laurentian University are pleased to announce they have reached a tentative agreement that will end the faculty strike.

“I am pleased that both bargaining teams have reached an agreement that fulfills the needs of our faculty and the university.” said Interim Laurentian President and Vice-Chancellor, Pierre Zundel. “Now we can all get back to providing a world class education to our students.”

“I am proud of our team and what we have all accomplished”, added Dr. Jim Ketchen, President of LUFA. “It hasn’t been easy but both sides should be congratulated for reaching this agreement.”

The tentative agreement is subject to ratification by LUFA members and the University’s Board of Governors.

Both parties will work to ensure ratification votes happen as quickly as possible so that faculty and students can return to the classroom.

LUFA and Laurentian University are committed to moving forward together to make sure the return to class is a smooth one.

Classes will resume on October 16th for those students with a reading week. Courses in Barrie and online will resume Tuesday pending ratification.  More details will be available at

The terms of the tentative agreement will not be disclosed at this time.

Negotiations Update – 5 October 2017

(Sudbury – 5 October 2017)

LUFA is looking forward to continuing talks today with the Administration and is hopeful that they will bring about a fair deal that is beneficial for the university community, including for students.

“Our commitment to getting a deal is the reason why we never left the negotiating table in the first place,” says LUFA president Jim Ketchen. “We’re always ready and willing to talk.”

This morning, picketers at the Main Campus and at the McEwan School of Architecture are distributing handouts detailing LUFA’s positive and inclusive vision. For Ketchen, this is an important message for students and the public: “These negotiations are important for Laurentian’s future. After years of campus modernization, we should all focus on the learning experience happening in the classroom.”