The History of WLUSA

The Wilfrid Laurier University Staff Association, better known as WLUSA, began its history in the early 1970s as a social club. As the University grew, the Association began to expand to include salary and benefits negotiations, grievance procedures and acting as a voice for staff in the University community. In the early 1990s, it became clear that WLUSA should investigate the possibility of certification. After much work and research by the Certification 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 the University. In September 2009, the Member voted in favour to transfer its jurisdiction to the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF). We are currently in our tenth Collective Agreement expiring on June 30, 2026.

Vision Statement

The Wilfrid Laurier University Staff Association (WLUSA) represents all of the office, clerical, and technical employees at the Waterloo and Kitchener campuses of Wilfrid Laurier University. These dedicated individuals – over 500 strong – 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.