April 8, 2020 COVID-19 Update

URFA con­tin­ues to work to ensure that mem­bers are being treat­ed fair­ly dur­ing the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic and that your col­lec­tive agree­ments are upheld. URFA does under­stand that these are excep­tion­al cir­cum­stances, and that changes to the way the Uni­ver­si­ties and Col­leges oper­ate will have to be made on a tem­po­rary basis. How­ev­er, they still must main­tain the oblig­a­tions that they have to you as an employ­er as laid out in your col­lec­tive agree­ments.

URFA is cur­rent­ly work­ing on an MOU with the employ­ers in order to address some of these issues and more so that there is a clear set of guide­lines in place dur­ing this time. The URFA Exec­u­tive has formed a team with mem­bers across bar­gain­ing units to work on the devel­op­ment of an MOU. URFA is open to hav­ing a dia­logue with the Admin­is­tra­tions of the U of R, FNUniv, Cam­pi­on and Luther as to what their plans are mov­ing for­ward. We will update mem­bers as we con­tin­ue to work on devel­op­ing any MOU with the employ­ers, and if there is any oth­er infor­ma­tion mov­ing for­ward.

We con­tin­ue to receive feed­back from mem­bers relat­ed to the changes that have been made to the work­ing envi­ron­ment. URFA strong­ly encour­ages all mem­bers to con­tact us if you have any ques­tions, con­cerns, and issues relat­ed to COVID-19, as well as any oth­er usu­al inquiries. The URFA office is work­ing remote­ly, but we are still able to assist you.