Tentative Agreement

November 27th, 2013

Nov. 27, 2013

On behalf of Sheila McKee-Protopapas (Chief Negotiator) and Bill Salatka (WLUFA President):


A tentative agreement for the CAS Bargaining Unit was reached during mediation late this afternoon.  Notification of a ratification meeting and the voting procedure will be sent to you shortly.  We cannot disclose details of the tentative agreement until the ratification meeting.

Nov. 27, 2013

According to the Memorandum of Agreement signed with the employer, the details of the CAS tentative agreement cannot be disclosed by either Party until they are presented at a bargaining unit meeting.  This is standard procedure in labour negotiations. As in the past, the ratification vote will begin at the meeting and will continue for 3 to 4 days at both campuses.  A summary of the agreement will be available at each voting station but will not be distributed.


November 21st, 2013

Negotiations Newsletter pre-mediation_smp


November 20th, 2013
To All CAS Members:

The University Administration has asked WLUFA to agree to mediation in regard to renewing the CAS Collective Agreement.   WLUFA has agreed.  A tentative mediation date has been set for Tuesday, November 26, 2013.


Bill Salatka


Strike Vote!

November 20th, 2013

Strike Vote

No-Board Report Requested

November 8th, 2013

On Thursday afternoon, 7 November 2013, WLUFA requested a ‘No Board Report’ from the Ontario Ministry of Labour after two full days of conciliation with the provincially-appointed conciliator.

At the end of the second day of conciliation, Monday 4 November 2013, it was made clear to the CAS Negotiating Team that, despite our attempts to accommodate its demands, the Administration was refusing to move from an unacceptable offer and conciliation was at an impasse. This left us with no choice but to request a “No-Board report”. The CAS Negotiating Team brought forward the recommendation to the WLUFA Executive on Thursday morning. The Executive voted in favour of requesting a “No-Board report” from the Ministry.

WLUFA is committed to ensuring that CAS faculty are fairly compensated for the responsibility of delivering half of Laurier students’ educational experience in the classroom.

There will be Bargaining Unit meetings on Monday, November 11. It is very important to have your input.  Please attend one of the following meetings.

Brantford Campus:

Date:  Monday, November 11, 2013

Time:  12:00 noon – lunch will be provided – Please RSVP to Linda at lwatson@wlu.ca by Wed. Nov. 6th

Place:  CB 206 – Carnegie Building

 Waterloo Campus:

Date:  Monday, November 11, 2013

Time:  5:30 p.m.

Place:  BA 111 – Bricker Academic

WLUFA will communicate regularly to update members and  students about the state of negotiations and would ask that you check out our different channels for updates: www.wlufa.ca, https://www.facebook.com/groups/wlufacas/, weteachlaurier.tumblr.com, advocatewlufa.wordpress.com, and @WLUFA on Twitter.

Dr Herbert Pimlott
Communications Director, WLUFA


CAS Conciliation Impasse

November 6th, 2013

Dear Contract Faculty Member,

I’m writing to you today to pass on the disappointing news that the conciliation process reached a point of impasse last night and, therefore, has failed to bring about a tentative Collective Agreement worthy of being brought before you and your CAS colleagues. Your negotiating team is currently examining the next steps in this process and while we at WLUFA remain hopeful that the negotiation process might still bring about a fair and reasonable Collective Agreement for you, it is becoming clear that this will not happen without a show of your support.

Details about the Administration’s last position at the negotiating table will be coming to you from our Strategy Committee throughout this week. For now, I would like to impress on you the importance of your attendance at the Bargaining Unit meetings being held on November 11. While we had initially hoped to begin the ratification process at these meetings, the disappointment of yesterday’s conciliation means that the meetings will now be held in order to begin a strike vote. Without a strike mandate, the continuing negotiation process – and a fair Agreement for you, our University’s precariously employed teachers – will most certainly be in jeopardy.

It is imperative that you look to your email for details about your negotiations and the status of your Bargaining Unit over the coming weeks. Please attend the Bargaining Unit meetings on Nov. 11 – and if you cannot attend them, please feel free to come into/ call/ email WLUFA with your questions. In addition, talk to your colleagues and make sure they are aware of what’s happening.

As with any union, our Members’ greatest power lies in the solidarity of our Membership. As your union President, I am personally asking you to step forward, be informed, get involved and show your solidarity  with and for your fellow Contract Faculty Members.

Sincerely and in Solidarity,


William (Bill) Salatka, PhD
President,  Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association
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