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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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]. 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 [email protected]. 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 [email protected].

​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 — [email protected]



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

$15 and Fairness Update

August 18th, 2017

The fight for $15 and Fairness is far from over. Next week the clause-by-clause review begins and your support is needed now more than ever. Please contact your MPP and express your support for Bill 148 and the amendments that will radically improve the work life of your Contract Faculty colleagues.


In September, the $15 & Fairness campaign is planning a provincial campus assembly in Toronto (Friday, September 15th and a half day on Saturday, September 16th). It would be great if you could attend!


The goals for the assembly are to get organized on university and college campuses, build skills and knowledge among activists, and expand our audience to get new people involved.


In particular, there will be a couple of sessions about fairness for Contract Faculty, including an opportunity to plan for Fair Employment Week this fall. It will also be a great way to connect with students, contract faculty from other campuses, college faculty, and other university workers.


If you are able to make it you can register here. Registration fees will be on a sliding scale.


The assembly comes at a crucial time because Bill 148 will be considered in the legislature this fall. I hope you can join us, and if you have any questions let me know. I have also attached (see below)  a poster for the event.


Thank you,

Kimberly Ellis-Hale

[email protected]

CF Liaison-Waterloo WLUFA

Tentative Agreement Reached!

July 11th, 2017

At 12:30 a.m. on July 11th, WLUFA and Wilfrid Laurier University Administration reached a tentative agreement for the full-time bargaining unit.  Stay tuned for details about ratification meetings. I would like to thank the negotiating team for their hard work!


Michele Kramer

WLUFA President