ULethbridge, support staff disagree about allocation of 2017-18 surplus

December 5, 2018

The University of Lethbridge and the union that represents its support workers are at loggerheads over a $206M surplus, reports the Lethbridge Herald. According to AUPE 053 negotiator Dale Perry, the administration has not been transparent about the specific sources of the surplus, or about how decisions around spending and restricting the funds are made. Perry added that the union is not asking for a pay raise, but that it does want increased benefits, a concession that the university has reportedly refused in recent negotiations. ULethbridge VP of Finance and Administration Nancy Walker told the Herald that although administrators have the right to exercise how surpluses are allocated, they need to exercise fiscal responsibility above all else. Lethbridge Herald (AB)