Response to Temporary Solvency Funding Relief

July 8th, 2010

WLUFA has prepared a response to the letter from Human Resources regarding the Temporary Solvency Funding Relief for the minimum guaranteed pension.

Please click here to view the document in pdf. format.

For the response letter addressed to Retirees, please see the “Information for Retirees” page.

Word of the World

June 15th, 2010


Don’t miss this event:

Word of the World

Date: Wednesday June 16th

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Where: 1st Floor Auditorium in the Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work Building, 120 Duke St. W., Kitchener


Doug and Joyce Lorimer’s Retirement Party

June 10th, 2010

Doug and Joyce Lorimer’s Retirement Party – May 18, 2010

Joyce and Doug Lorimer

April 20th, 2010

Below: Joyce and Doug Lorimer

WLUFA and Dr. Max Blouw invite you to join us for a celebration honouring for their contributions to Wilfrid Laurier University

Doug and Joyce have spent the past 37 years in the History Department and almost as long working on union affairs. Joyce organized WLUFA’s certification in 1988, thus saddling Doug with the job of chief-negotiator when he returned from sabbatical. Both have served in administrative positions in the History Department and on WLUFA’s Executive. Their work in collective bargaining has been honoured by CAUT and OCUFA. Doug and Joyce will officially retire in June 2010. We invite you to join us in congratulating them for all their achievements.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased by cash or cheque in the Academic Events Office (Arts Building 2C1) or by credit card at the following link:

A Tribute Page has been set up to celebrate Doug and Joyce’s contributions to Wilfrid Laurier University. Click on the link below to read a short biography of the Lorimers and sign the guestbook. You can also make a donation to the Lorimer Equal Chance Award. The award will reflect Doug and Joyce’s commitment to social justice by providing financial assistance to students from low-income backgrounds, many of whom are first-generation immigrants, and by encouraging them to access the benefits of a university education.

Please advise of any dietary restrictions. Seating is limited.

Tel: 519 884-0710 ext. 3139

Email Sharline Doss:

Speaking Up in and beyond the Classroom

April 8th, 2010

Below: Lisa Wood, Joyce Lorimer and James Cairns at the Brantford Campus forum, The Politics of Academic Freedom on April 6, 2010.

Academic freedom is both a right and responsibility of faculty members – but it is also a principle that is under attack as universities become increasingly beholden to corporate and political interests. That was the over-riding message of Tuesday’s Brantford Campus forum, The Politics of Academic Freedom. Dr Joyce Lorimer (WLU-W), Dr David McNally (York) and Dr Lisa Wood (WLU-B) spoke to a room of two dozen full- and part-time faculty members. Weaving specific accounts of reprisals for speaking out on issues of civic and social justice into a broader discussion of the principles and politics at play, the speakers emphasized that faculty’s academic freedom is firmly enshrined in university mission statements and collective agreements across Canada – and it is often fear of debate and reprisal from an administration tied to outside interests that leads to faculty self-censorship. Faculty need to be made aware, they also suggested, not only of their rights, but of their responsibilities to the wider community as well. The principle of academic freedom complements the university’s social mission: to engage in affairs of public interest, even – or especially – when difficult and unpopular questions and opinions must be aired. The forum was organized by WLU-B’s Contemporary Studies program and WLUFA.
Sue Ferguson Assistant Professor, Journalism and Contemporary Studies Wilfrid Laurier University – Brantford

Proposed amendments to the WLUFA Constitution have been accepted

April 6th, 2010

Good Afternoon,

I am very pleased to announce that the proposed amendments to the WLUFA Constitution have been accepted by the membership. Under the Constitution in effect at the time of voting “Proposed amendments shall be considered passed and in effect upon receiving the approval of at least two-thirds of those voting….provided the number of affirmative votes constitutes a majority of the regular membership.”

In total WLUFA received 323 votes. 247 “yes” votes were needed to pass the amendments.
We received 307 “yes” votes, 14 “no” votes and 2 spoiled ballots.

Thank you to all those who voted. Your support is appreciated as the Association moves forward.

Judy Bates
President – WLUFA

Profs are urged to speak out on issues

April 6th, 2010
Profs are urged to speak out on issues (Comment on this story)

EDUCATION: Academic freedom “under attack,” forum told

WLUFA Constitutional Changes

April 1st, 2010

The Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association Constitution was created in 1958 before WLUFA was certified. It was amended in 1988 when the Librarians joined the Bargaining Unit and again in 2001 when Contract Academic Staff certified and became a second Bargaining Unit under WLUFA. Since then, it has not been amended despite the tremendous growth in membership. In addition, we are now a multi-campus institution.

There is an obvious need to ensure representation on the WLUFA Executive for the various constituencies – Full-time Faculty and Librarians, Contract Academic Staff and Part-time Librarians, and Laurier Brantford – and to create better channels of communication between the Executive and the members of these various constituencies.

At the Annual General Meeting in April, 2009, members requested that a Constitutional Review Committee be struck with representation from all constituencies. The proposed amendments are the work of that committee:

Major Proposed Constitutional Changes

Current Constitution

Proposed New Constitution

Doug and Joyce Lorimer Receive the Donald Savage Award

March 27th, 2010


Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association is proud to announce that Doug and Joyce Lorimer were each awarded the Donald C. Savage Award by Dr. Don Savage on Friday, November 27 at the Fall Council Meeting of the Canadian Association of University Teachers.

The Award, which was established in 1997 in honour of Donald C. Savage, Executive Director of CAUT 1972-1997, was instituted to honour and to recognize outstanding achievements in the promotion of collective bargaining in Canadian universities and colleges.

Doug and Joyce Lorimer have committed themselves to promoting collective bargaining at the local, provincial and national levels since the late 1980s. Doug Lorimer was involved in the certification of the Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association in 1988 and has been its chief negotiator in every round of negotiations since then. He has been the chief negotiator in the three collective agreements for the Part-time Faculty and Librarians at Wilfrid Laurier and has represented WLUFA at the provincial level on the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Association’s (OCUFA) Collective Bargaining Committee since 1988, including as chair from 2002 to 2005. At the national level, Doug has been a member of CAUT’s Collective Bargaining and Economic Benefits Committee and is currently its Chair.

Doug’s advice to faculty associations on negotiating, and when seeking to certify their association, has been sought out across Canada. His experience in the organizing of, and bargaining for, sessional faculty is valued by associations from coast to coast. When Doug speaks, others listen. His commitment to improving the working conditions of faculty and academic librarians is exemplary.

Joyce Lorimer has been engaged in virtually every important activity associated with WLUFA, OCUFA and CAUT. She has served WLUFA almost continually since 1987 on the Executive Committee, including multiple terms as President and Vice-President. She worked tirelessly in the original organization and certification of WLUFA and later played a crucial role in organizing and certifying the CAS bargaining unit. She has been a Grievance Officer since 1993 and became WLUFA’s Grievance Co-ordinator in 2005.

At the provincial level, she served as WLUFA’s representative on the OCUFA Board from 1997 to 2000, later becoming its Treasurer for three years. Her considerable leadership skills, sensitivity to the needs of others, as well as her well-developed sense of humor were essential attributes in her work at the national level with CAUT. Joyce was elected CAUT President for two terms (1994-1996) and served two terms as Past-President (1996-1998), and as a trustee on the CAUT Defence Fund (2000-2002). Her intelligence, knowledge and diplomatic skills have encouraged others to seek her advice, both formally and informally as, for example, when she was a member of a three-person arbitration panel at Windsor University. In 1997, she and Harry Arthurs were appointed by the Board of Governors at Trent University to assist the University in coming to terms with the causes and consequences of the resignation of its President, Vice President: Academic, and Acting Deans of Arts and Sciences.From their early days at Wilfrid Laurier, Doug and Joyce Lorimer have been among the most important figures in faculty association bargaining in Canada. Their contributions to collective bargaining in Ontario was recently recognized by OCUFA with the establishment of the Lorimer Award in 2009.