The WLU Staff Association (WLUSA) represents all of the office, clerical, and technical employees of Wilfrid Laurier University. These dedicated individuals—over 500 of them—devote their working hours to support highly talented undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and other members of the university community interested in life-long learning. WLUSA provides a democratic forum in which its members develop a mutual understanding of collective needs through education in the historical and current conditions of the labour movement. This leads WLUSA to encourage wider communication channels among all employees of the university
WLUSA consists of nearly 550 support staff employees at Wilfrid Laurier University, including the FSW building located in Kitchener, the Balsallie School, Commuitech, and various other off campus locations in the region of Waterloo. WLUSA became certified as an independent union in 1995. In September 2009, the Member voted in favour to transfer its jurisdiction to the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF).
The History of WLUSA
WLUSA, as a Staff Association, began its history in the early 1970’s as a social club. However, as the organization evolved and its relationship with the University began to expand to include salary and benefits negotiations, grievance procedures and acting as a voice for staff in the University community; it became clear that WLUSA should investigate the possibility of certification.
After much work and research by the Certification Sub-committee, the decision was made to become an independent local union. On October 30, 1995 WLUSA became a trade union and on May 14, 1997 signed the first Collective Agreement with Administration.
The eighth (current) Collective Agreement will expire on June 30, 2020.
The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF)
Founded in 1919, OSSTF/FEESO represents almost 60,000 public high school teachers, occasional teachers, educational assistants, continuing education teachers and instructors, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel, attendance counsellors and many other educational workers.
The mandate of the Federation is to associate and unite teachers and all other employees of educational institutions or local government bodies of whatever nature, or who are employed by or engaged by any organization which provides services to an educational institution or to a local government body, whether directly or indirectly, within the Province of Ontario, and to promote and safeguard their interests. Read more about OSSTF—click here.