Resources and FAQ

The Basics

The Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association (WLUFA) is the certified bargaining agent for all faculty and professional librarians.

An election of the Executive Committee is held at the Spring Annual General Meeting. Only members of the Association are eligible to vote (click here to become a member). The Executive acts on behalf of the Association, subject to the direction of the general membership. Its primary function is to implement the general policies of the Association and to administer the collective agreement. Individuals who have grievances against actions by the Administration relating to the collective agreement, should contact the Grievance Coordinator, Sheila McKee-Protopapas, Executive Director, ext. 2367.

Membership in WLUFA includes automatic membership in the following organizations:

* The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA):
A provincial organization which engages in lobbying and provides technical information to Ontario Faculty Associations. A news magazine, OCUFA FORUM is distributed quarterly to Faculty Association members.

* The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT):
This organization works at the national level and lobbies with the federal government in such areas as taxation and immigration, and in areas affecting academic freedom and tenure. CAUT is also involved in assisting various local Associations with certification campaigns and in the negotiations of collective agreements. The CAUT Bulletin is published monthly and distributed by CAUT to all members of the bargaining unit.

* CAUT Defense Fund:
This organization within CAUT was established several years ago to provide funds to our members in the event of a strike. Approximately 41 Faculty Associations in Canada, including ours, have joined this Fund.

WLUFA is the certified bargaining agent for two bargaining units: the one representing all full-time faculty and professional librarians and the other all part-time faculty and professional librarians.

Full-time Academic Appointments

It is advisable to consult it before you begin contract discussions with your Dean or University Librarian.

This information is directed to candidates for full-time academic appointments. Its purpose is to provide useful information and assistance to candidates who have been offered a full-time faculty or librarian appointment at Wilfrid Laurier University and are about to enter into negotiations on their terms of appointment:

Pamphlet Full time for Candidates

The general terms and conditions of employment for Members of the full-time bargaining unit are set out in and subject to the current Collective Agreement for July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020. Under the Agreement the Employer is required to include a copy of the Collective Agreement with the letter of appointment. In the interim the complete text is available by clicking here.

Part-time Academic Appointments

This information is for Contract Academic Faculty (CTF), to assist in understanding the terms and conditions of employment as set out in the CTF Collective Agreement:

Pamphlet for Part-time Candidates

The general terms and conditions of employment for Members of the part-time bargaining unit are subject to the current Collective Agreement for September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2022.   Under its provisions, the Employer is required to include a copy of the Collective Agreement with the initial letter of appointment. In the interim the complete text is available by clicking here.

Additional Questions

Full-time faculty are responsible for providing a copy of your written and/or electronic course outline to the Chair or Dean (as appropriate) one week prior to the start of each term. The information that needs be included in your outline is stated in Article 18.2.4.1(b), (i) (ii) and (iii).

Contract faculty are responsible for providing a copy of your course outline, in an accessible electronic format, to the Chair or equivalent one week prior to the start of classes each term. The information that needs be included in your outline is stated in Article 16.1.2(f), (i) (ii) and (iii).

Go to the Contract Teaching Faculty page on Laurier Connect. You must ensure you are logged in to Connect to reach that link.

As a full or part time faculty member or professional librarian at Wilfrid Laurier University you are automatically a Member of one of the bargaining units (in accordance with the Ontario Labour Relations Act).  However, in order to participate in the life of the Association, attend and vote at General Meetings, and serve on the Executive Committee, you must signify your desire to join the Association by signing an application form.  As a new academic staff, a membership form and package will be sent to you via interdepartmental mail or you may wish to join the association by printing the online membership form and sending it to the WLUFA office.

Here is an excellent resource brochure to assist you with ensuring that your physician has all of the information possible for accurate diagnoses, and timely testing and treatment, if needed.  This brochure was produced by the Sarnia-Lambton regional office of the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW), joint gov’t/labour sponsored clinics that specialize in occupational health and disease.

The Wilfrid Laurier University Retirees’ Association has their own webpage at WLU Retirees Association. You can also contact the Association by email at retirees@wlu.ca.

Should you have a health and safety concern (that is not an emergency), please contact your committee representative. The Health and Safety Committee publish a newsletter each academic term.  A link to the Health and Safetly SafetyNet Newsletter on the WLU site is provided for you here: SafetyNet Newsletter

Below are links to documents that may be helpful for those that are preparing for tenure.  WLUFA holds a tenure workshop each spring.  Please contact wlufa@wlu.ca for further information.

Tenure Workshop_summary

WLUFA Tenure Preparation Workshop_2013

WLUFA Tenure Preparation Workshop_LB2013

WLUFA tenure workshop CV Sample 2012

As a faculty member are there any discounts or savings that I am entitled to?

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