With the ever-increas­ing chal­lenges fac­ing URFA and oth­er trade unions at mul­ti­ple lev­els – local­ly, provin­cial­ly, fed­er­al­ly and inter­na­tion­al­ly, in 2013 the URFA Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee deter­mined it was time to revis­it the issue of affil­i­a­tions to local, provin­cial and fed­er­al labour orga­ni­za­tions. URFA is now a mem­ber of these var­i­ous affiliations:

SAUT — Saskatchewan Asso­ci­a­tion of Uni­ver­si­ty Teachers

This orga­ni­za­tion has been recent­ly revived with a man­date to lob­by the provin­cial gov­ern­ment for an increase in resources to advanced edu­ca­tion in the Province.

CAUT — Cana­di­an Asso­ci­a­tion of Uni­ver­si­ty Teachers

CAUT rep­re­sents Cana­di­an uni­ver­si­ties and oth­er post-sec­ondary fac­ul­ty asso­ci­a­tions who apply for mem­ber­ship. Based in Ottawa, CAUT helps all its mem­bers with bar­gain­ing, griev­ance and aca­d­e­m­ic free­dom mat­ters, pro­vides advice and lob­bies the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment on mat­ters of advanced edu­ca­tion and leg­is­la­tion and poli­cies which could neg­a­tive­ly impact its mem­ber­ship. URFA attends two coun­cil meet­ings each year as well as forums for pres­i­dents, griev­ance chairs, chief nego­tia­tors, equi­ty chairs, etc.

NU-CAUT — Nation­al Union of the Cana­di­an Asso­ci­a­tion of Uni­ver­si­ty Teach­ers*

NU-CAUT rep­re­sents only union­ized asso­ci­a­tions from the uni­ver­si­ty and post-sec­ondary edu­ca­tion sec­tor. In order to affil­i­ate to the CLC, which is a require­ment of affil­i­a­tion to the SFL, a union needs to affil­i­ate through its nation­al body. NU-CAUT is our nation­al orga­ni­za­tion for this pur­pose. NU-CAUT’s tri­en­ni­al con­ven­tion is held in con­junc­tion with the spring CAUT Coun­cil meet­ing and the CLC tri­en­ni­al convention.

CLC — Cana­di­an Labour Congress

This is the nation­al house” of labour for union mem­bers from across Cana­da. The nation­al con­gress meets in con­ven­tion once every three years. The CLC rep­re­sents approx­i­mate­ly 3.3 mil­lion union­ized work­ers. It lob­bies the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment on issues affect­ing work­ing peo­ple in Cana­da and is also engaged in inter­na­tion­al work through the Inter­na­tion­al Labour Orga­ni­za­tion (ILO).

SFL — Saskatchewan Fed­er­a­tion of Labour*

This is the provin­cial labour orga­ni­za­tion for unions in Saskatchewan. There is an annu­al con­ven­tion in Octo­ber which alter­nates between Saska­toon and Regi­na. The SFL spon­sors var­i­ous edu­ca­tion­al activ­i­ties through­out the year and its com­mit­tees are a great resource which ben­e­fits URFA. The SFL rep­re­sents over 100,000 union­ized work­ers in Saskatchewan.

RDLC — Regi­na Dis­trict Labour Coun­cil*

This Labour Coun­cil is com­prised of affil­i­at­ed local unions in the Regi­na and dis­trict area. It meets once a month and holds its annu­al gen­er­al meet­ing in Jan­u­ary of each year.

* The 2019 URFA Exec­u­tive made the deci­sion to tem­porar­i­ly sus­pend­ed pay­ment of mem­ber dues for NUCAUT, the SFL and the RDLC for the 2019/2020 fis­cal year. Please con­tact URFA if you have any ques­tions about this decision.