York University Faculty Association stands in solidarity with faculty members at Laurentian University

We were delighted to receive the following motion of support from our colleagues at York University.

(TORONTO– March 12, 2021)

In response to the events that continue to unfold at Laurentian University, the York University Faculty Association (YUFA) Executive passed the following motion of solidarity at its meeting on March 12, 2021. It also calls on the Ontario government to provide immediate funding to the Laurentian University.

BE IT RESOLVED THAT: YUFA declares its solidarity with the Laurentian University Faculty Association – l’Association des professeures et professeurs de l’Université Laurentienne (“LUFA-APPUL”), LU students and staff.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT: YUFA deplores Laurentian University’s application for creditor protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, its attempt to abridge the right of LUFA-APPUL to bargain on behalf of its members freely under the statutory conditions of the Ontario Labour Relations Act, and its attempt to abridge the rights of LUFA-APPUL members through extraordinary means for resolving outstanding grievances.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT: YUFA calls upon the Government of Ontario to issue a declaration immediately that it shall provide sufficient immediate funding to Laurentian University/l’Université Laurentienne to address the university’s current solvency circumstances, and that it shall provide additional permanent funding to secure the financial sustainability and to preserve the bi-lingual, tri-cultural, and public character of this university that does so much to provide post-secondary education to underserved Indigenous and Francophone communities in northern Ontario.