Last week, the URFA Executive Committee (EC) asked members to vote on their proposal to temporarily suspend Articles 8.12, 10 and 11 of the URFA constitution and pause the scheduled April 1 General Meeting and Officer elections, as well as the April 7 Council of Representatives (COR) Meeting.
Voting closed on Sunday, and we can now report that members have voted in favour of this proposal. Canceling the April General Meeting and Officer elections, as well as the April COR meeting means that the current URFA EC will remain in place until the situation on campus returns to normal. The URFA EC believes that this is the best course of action to address this unprecedented situation. This will ensure the stability of the leadership of URFA, as we do not believe that now is the best time to be onboarding new members onto the URFA EC. All current members of the EC have agreed to stay on past the end of their April 30, 2020 terms if necessary.
We also understand that many are focused on finishing the semester, making changes to their working environment, and staying healthy. Pausing the election until a time when the situation on campus has returned to normal will ensure everyone has the opportunity to hear from the candidates and the opportunity to cast their vote.
This week will be the first full week of online instruction, and the first week where many members are starting to work from home. If you have any questions or concerns about the changes that have been made to your working environment due to COVID-19, please do not hesitate to contact us. The URFA office is also still available to assist you with any other workplace issues or concerns you may have.