Spring 2015 Board Elections and AGM

The schedule for 2015 LFA Board elections is now posted in full. It includes dates for nominations, campaign notes, balloting and counts for all Board positions.

Also please mark your calendars for the Annual General Meeting and Retiree Social to be held on Thursday, May 7.

General Members Meeting - Wednesday, Feb 25

We have a membership meeting scheduled for:

Wednesday, February 25th
12:30-1:30pm in lecture hall A130

The LFA bargaining team would like to meet with members to answer any questions you have about bargaining and to hear from you about your concerns.

I and the bargaining team members look forward to seeing you there.

-- Lynn

National Adjunct Action Week Feb 23-27

National Adjunct Day of Action Feb 25, 2015Today the majority of university and college courses in the United States are taught by adjuncts. In Canada, about one third of all academic staff in post-secondary institutions are hired on a per course or limited-term basis.

CAUT is lending support to its US counterparts during their National Adjunct Action Week (Feb. 23-27) and their walkout day on February 25. During the week, organizers across North America are using Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and blogs to increase awareness of the inequities faced by contingent faculty members and the adverse impact on higher education. For more background on the Day of Action, see Inside Higher Ed's A Day Without Adjuncts.

CAUT encourages its members and allies to show support and sign a message of solidarity available on the Fair Employment Week website.


General Members Meeting - Friday, Jan 30

The LFA bargaining team (Cheryl McKeeman, Scott McLean, Darrell Kean, Lynn Carter) has started bargaining a new Collective Agreement. We would like to meet with members to update you about bargaining:

Friday, January 30th at 2:30-3:30pm in lecture hall A130.

We look forward to seeing you there.

-- Lynn

FPSE Conference - Saturday January 24th

All LFA members are welcome to attend the FPSE conference: Open to Learning - Policies and Perspectives on Post-Secondary Education in BC.

Where: Hyatt Regency Vancouver - 655 Burrard Street in Georgia Rooms A/B

When: Saturday January 24th from 9am to 3pm

Women and Labour: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going

When: January 24th from 4pm to 7pm

Where: SFU Harbour Centre (515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver) – Room 1400

This event is intended to engage labour activists, new and experienced, in networking and strategizing towards goals to help strengthen our collective power and to oppose attacks on labour and working people. This panel of keen and dynamic union women leaders will speak about their experiences with union activism. How might we bring our knowledge and experience within our separate locals together to strengthen our strategies towards common goals? What stands in the way of building our capacity? What strengths do we currently hold that might be better utilized through collective actions? This event is for anyone interested in networking and coordinating with other unions and activists toward a stronger labour movement.

Hosted by Burnaby Teacher's Association.  Supported by SFU Institute for Humanities and SFU Labour Studies Program.

Link to the full program.

56th BC Fed Convention Nov 24-28

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November 24 - 28, 2014
Vancouver Convention Centre, 999 Canada Place

As a FPSE affiliate, the LFA is entitled to send delegates to the convention of the BC Federation of Labour, taking place at Canada Place November 24- 28.  Several LFA Board members will be attending as delegates.  Note that the convention is open to the public to attend as observers. Observers must register at the convention desk. There is no charge.

Convention website:


Fair Employment Week: Oct 27-31, 2014

Each year CAUT and its member associations, including FPSE, join with a coalition of unions and activists across North America to organize a week-long series of events highlighting the overuse and exploitation of contract academic staff.

Niall Christie is the LFA's  representative to the FPSE Non-Regular Faculty Committee. On Oct 25 Niall attended a town hall meeting sponsored by FPSE and CAUT entitled “Fair Employment Week Town Hall Meeting: Making Gains One Step at a Time”. Attended by representatives from across BC, the meeting featured speakers, a panel and open discussion of issues affecting non-regular faculty and how locals are seeking to address their needs. See the meeting report for more details. 

Also see the Fair Employment Week website for more information about events and awareness raising campaigns across the country.

General Members Meeting Monday Oct 27

The LFA Board has been hearing from faculty who are very concerned about the message from the College President to the College community. A number of members have asked for a meeting where we can discuss the issues and discuss what the LFA might do to minimize the potential impacts on faculty of the College's projected deficits.
The Board will update you on the efforts we have made on behalf of faculty to push back on some of the apparent threats in the President's message.
The LFA Board has scheduled a Membership Meeting on Monday, October 27th at 12:30-1:30 in A 136a. We hope that you can join us for this discussion.

General Members Meeting Thursday Sept 25

The LFA Board has called a general membership meeting to discuss the results of our bargaining survey, to update you about the bargaining context and to ratify our bargaining demands.
The meeting is scheduled for:
Thursday, September 25, 2014
 2:30-4:30 in A130.
Additionally there are 2 informal meetings to discuss bargaining;
Monday, Sep. 8,12:30-1:30 in A136a
Monday, Sept. 15, 12:30-1:30 in A130



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