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​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


Glenda Wall and Paul Pulford receive Laurier Faculty Award for Service Excellence and Community Engagement

June 13th, 2017

The following is an article posted on the intranet: https://lauriercloud.sharepoint.com/news/Pages/glenda-wall-and-paul-pulford-receive-laurier-faculty-award-for-service-excellence-and-community-engagement.aspx

Glenda Wall, an associate professor in Laurier’s Department of Sociology, and Paul Pulford, a professor in Laurier’s Faculty of Music, are the recipients of Laurier’s 2017 Faculty Award for Service Excellence and Community Engagement. The award recognizes full-time faculty and librarians who, in addition to teaching and scholarship, provide exceptional service leadership.

“I am pleased to recognize two deserving members of the Laurier community for their dedication, leadership and commitment to the university,” said Paul Jessop, acting vice-president: Academic at Laurier. “Congratulations to Glenda and Paul for their important service contributions.”

Wall’s service leadership is exemplified by her long-standing commitment to the Department of Sociology’s faculty, students and programming.

Early in her academic career in 2004, Wall volunteered to chair Sociology, leading it through its first year as a stand-alone department. In 2007, she spearheaded the creation of Laurier’s Master of Arts program in Sociology, and more recently helped develop Laurier’s Applied Social Research Option. Wall chaired the department until 2008, providing ongoing support and mentorship to subsequent chairs.

Outside of Sociology, Wall has contributed to various faculty and university committees, including Senate and Wilfrid Laurier University’s Faculty Association. While she was serving as the Women’s Faculty Colleague on Laurier’s Waterloo campus, Wall helped establish a similar position on the Brantford campus. Throughout her academic and administrative responsibilities, Wall remained dedicated to student success, serving as Sociology’s undergraduate academic advisor for five years, and providing academic mentorship to students as a Laurier Arts Scholar.

Outside of Laurier, Wall is a consulting editor for the Canadian Review of Sociology, and has served as the director of the board for Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region.

“I think it is wonderful that Laurier recognizes service and involvement in the university community and beyond,” says Wall. “I am honoured to have been nominated and chosen for this award and to be among the many faculty and staff who contribute so much of their time and energy to building the sense of community that Laurier is known for.”

Pulford has helped enrich the musical life of the Laurier community and beyond since he joined the university in 1989. A professor in the Faculty of Music, he has been a key figure in the development of the WLU Symphony Orchestra and has been the supervisor of master’s students.

“Laurier is the kind of place where people, not just faculty but staff and students too, go the extra mile,” says Pulford. “For me, service is a function of a creative and engaging environment. I’ve been able to participate in so many exceptional opportunities that look like service from the outside, but are the fulfillment of these opportunities on the inside.”

Pulford has been the director of orchestral studies and was the conductor of the K-W Youth Orchestra from 2005 to 2012, where he mentored young musicians who have gone on to study music at the university level, successfully audition for the National Youth Orchestra, and win prestigious awards. In 2007, he was honoured with the Kitchener-Waterloo Arts Award for his contribution to the community as a conductor.

“I share this award with my colleagues, both at Laurier and in the community at large, and most especially with my students, who are a constant inspiration,” says Pulford.

Over the years, Pulford has sat on Faculty of Music and university-wide committees. He served as associate dean in the faculty from 2007 to 2010, and again from 2015 to present. In this role, he has been responsible for, among other things, student recruitment, developing and maintaining community partnerships, and sitting on the Laurier International Liaison Committee. In 2015, Pulford played a key role in integrating the Beckett School, a community-based music school, into the university community.

The Award for Service Excellence and Community Engagement will be presented during the spring 2017 convocation ceremonies:

  • June 13, 9:30 a.m.: Glenda Wall, associate professor in Laurier’s Department of Sociology
  • June 15, 2 p.m.: Paul Pulford, professor in Laurier’s Faculty of Music

Congratulations to the recipients of Laurier’s 2017 Awards for Teaching Excellence!

May 5th, 2017

Early Career Excellence

Richelle Monaghan, Department of Health Studies (Public Health) and Biology


Sustained Excellence

Tristan Long, associate professor, Department of Biology and Debra Nash-Chambers, Faculty of Arts, Liberal Arts, and Human and Social Sciences (CF)


Innovation in Teaching

Shoshana Pollack, professor, Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work


Excellence in Internationalization

Ali Zaidi, associate professor, Department of Global Studies


WLU’s OUSA Award for Excellence in Teaching

Scott Gallimore, assistant professor, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies


For Laurier’s news release click here.