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WLUFA Statement on Recent Events at WLU

December 12th, 2017

Sent on behalf of Michele Kramer, WLUFA President:


Dear Colleagues,


There is no question that the meeting between our members and Ms. Shepherd, as well as the media frenzy that has followed it, have inspired strong feelings from many of you. And many of you, coming sometimes from diametrically-opposing points of view, have asked for WLUFA to intercede or to make public statements along various, diametrically-opposed, lines of support.


As your Association President, it has been my role — and the role of our Executive — to attempt to approach what has frequently been a fairly out-of-control situation with reason and with measured response. It has also been our role to keep in mind that WLUFA’s duty is first to our members by way of our collective agreements, and next to ensuring that we are speaking for/ with the majority voice of our membership, to the best of our ability.


For these reasons, WLUFA has been very careful about where it has chosen to exercise its influence during the course of the past three weeks. Our priorities have been/ continue to be:​

  1. ​The physical, emotional and professional protection of our members — in the main, Drs. Rambukkana and Pimlott, but also certain members who have approached us with concerns regarding their emotional well-being and physical safety on campus;
  2. In connection with the above, the provision of WLUFA consultation, guidance and representation at all meetings between our members and University Administration and/or Robert Centa (the lawyer hired to gather facts around the incident);
  3. Ensuring that WLUFA maintains lines of communication with the Administration as it moves forward toward the finding of solutions/ repairing of campus relations and university reputation. This includes, but is not limited to, WLUFA’s role in helping to draft the composition for the Task Force. It is essential that WLUFA be a primary stakeholder in any actions that arise from the Task Force, or the Report that will be issued by the fact-finder, Rob Centa.  To ensure WLUFA’s effectiveness, it has been necessary to refrain from certain public statements, while continuing to press the Administration out of the public eye.
  4. Working with Dawn McDermott and others, the facilitation of workshops and training that can help our members to deal with what many have come to see as increasingly difficult classroom atmospheres over the past number of weeks.

To be clear, WLUFA condemns the violent speech and actions that have, unfortunately, become a daily occurrence on our campuses. In particular, the harm that has been leveled at our Trans Community and its supporters is unacceptable.  WLUFA stands in solidarity with our LGBTQ2 community as they continue to battle their way through walls of ignorance and oppression — walls that seem to have been disproportionately fortified in the last few weeks.


WLUFA strongly supports a Laurier that fosters diversity and protects the rights of the diverse groups that make our community what it is.
We take any threat to this diversity seriously, and continue to work with, and put pressure on, the Administration.  To fulfill our primary role as a union — the protection of members’ rights under the collective agreements  — the Executive has not been able to advocate publicly for all the positions our members would like.​


I realize that this has disappointed many of you. I have listened carefully to your concerns over these weeks. My first responsibility, however, is to ensure that WLUFA performs its mandate as a union.



Michele Kramer

WLUFA President​


AODA Training today

December 12th, 2017

The WLUFA Office is closed until 3:30 p.m.

Office Staff and Executive Committee Members will be in an AODA Training Workshop.

Please send an email should you require immediate assistance.

Sorry for any inconvenience.


WLUFA Communications Officer Job Posting

December 5th, 2017
Posting ID : 8568
Apply By : 12/20/2017
Position Title : WLUFA Communications Officer
Department : WLUFA
Job Type : Part-time, Limited Term
Campus : Waterloo
Reports To : Executive Director, WLUFA
Position Summary : At Laurier, we are a community. It’s what brings our students here and what keeps our people here.

As an educational institution, we inspire lives of leadership and purpose in our student community. As an employer, we seek, foster and value the same qualities of leadership and purpose in our employee community.

We currently have an opportunity to join the Laurier community as a Communications Officer.
Working with the WLUFA leadership and staff, the Communications Officer (CO) will plan, develop and implement communication strategies across a variety of media platforms to communicate WLUFA’s vision, strategic directions, and key initiatives. The successful candidate will assist WLUFA with internal communications, external communications, and Member mobilization.

Accountabilities :
    • work with WLUFA leadership to identify communications needs, and plan and implement appropriate strategies which include research, content, monitoring media coverage, and media relations
    • plan, research, compose, edit, and assist in the production of communications in all areas of publication, including the WLUFA website
    • maintain and enhance an integrated social media presence for WLUFA
    • prepare media releases, newspaper articles, op-eds, and community outreach materials
    • produce member mobilization materials
    • provide communications support for WLUFA activities as needed
    • carry out other duties that may be assigned from time to time as the needs and/or circumstances of WLUFA change (such duties shall be discussed prior to assignment to ensure compatibility with workload and expertise)
    • report to the Executive Director
Qualifications :
    • bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, journalism, or a related discipline
    • minimum of three years’ full-time work experience (or its equivalent) in communications, media relations, public affairs, and/or journalism
    • an understanding of and commitment to post-secondary education and trade unionism
    • excellent written and verbal communication skills, including proficiency in MS Word, PowerPoint, and preparing print and electronic publications
    • superior skills in the use of social media platforms (e.g. Twitter) and website management, and ideally experience in running one or more social media platforms for an organization or union
    • excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to work in a collaborative environment
    • strong organizational, problem-solving, time-management, and prioritizing skills in a multi-task environment
    • ideally experience in planning and implementing communication with creativity and imagination
Salary : starting at $32,000/year
Salary Notes : The CO will work 20 hours per week, normally scheduled between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday. Some flexibility in hours will be required, including evening and/or weekend work, due to occasional membership events requiring WLUFA representation.
Salary is commensurate with experience. The CO will receive full coverage for their choice of either extended health care or dental care with the option of purchasing membership in the other plan. This is a one-year contract with opportunity for renewal, pending performance and budgetary approval.
To Apply : Applicants should submit a cover letter, writing sample (press release or newsletter) and résumé to Sheila McKee-Protopapas, WLUFA Executive Director c/o wlufa@wlu.ca. The deadline for applications is December 20, 2017.
Please Note : This position is represented by CUPE local 1281.


Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier’s Employee Success Factors.

Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any sexual identities and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at jbecker@wlu.ca. Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Diversity and Equity Office at diversity@wlu.ca. We have strived to make our application process accessible however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007 or hr@wlu.ca.

​WLUFA Position on Blatchford (et al) News Items

November 16th, 2017

Dear Colleagues,


A number of you have written to WLUFA, asking why we have not issued any formal statement about the issues that were brought to light first by Christie Blatchford’s National Post column.


The primary task for a union is to protect the rights of its unionized members under their collective agreements — through negotiations, through grievances, through the resolution of workplace conflicts, through service on bilateral committees, through the dissemination of relevant information etc.​


With the above in mind, it is WLUFA’s position that the issue elaborated in Blatchford’s column has not yet jeopardized any of our members’ rights. The Employer, in fact, is being supportive of both the faculty members and the graduate student involved (who, it must be clear, is not a member of WLUFA), as well as the student(s) affected in the tutorial.


The principle of Academic Freedom is one that WLUFA staunchly upholds and defends for our faculty members. The current case in the news, however, has not resulted in the Employer questioning this right.


Please Note:


The Administration will be employing a neutral third party to gather facts related to the circumstances which gave rise to this issue. If you are asked to participate in any meetings related to this fact-gathering and wish to have WLUFA representation, please do not hesitate to request this from our office — lwatson@wlu.ca



Michele Kramer

WLUFA President​


Labour Day Picnic 2017

August 31st, 2017

Dear Colleagues,


For those of you who are in town on Monday 4 September 2017, the Labour Day picnic is held at Waterloo Park ​between 12:00 noon and 4:00 pm, and the picnic includes activities for children.


All the proceeds from the day will be donated to the United Way Waterloo Region

Please Note: Bill 148 ​Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act


Take a few minutes to visit the ‘Make it Fair’ table that is promoting the discussion of changes and amendments to Bill 148, to ensure that it lives up to its title. Some of us will be volunteering there and can speak to how Bill 148 could be improved to help our contract faculty colleagues.


Bill 148 is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make positive changes and improve the working conditions fo​r contract faculty and other precarious workers across the province.




Herbert Pimlott

VP External, WLUFA