Collective Agreements & Manuals

Below you will find the collective agreements and employee manuals for all employee groups here at ULethbridge. These groups are broken up into to two categories: 

  • Bargaining Groups: Groups that are represented by a labor union or association. These groups negotiate with the University to produce a Collective Agreement, which outlines processes, procedures, pay scales, benefits, etc. for employees within that group. Collective Agreements are re-negotiated at pre-determined intervals.
  • Non-bargaining Groups: Groups do not engage in collective bargaining. This group includes exempt support staff, middle and upper management, and senior leadership. These manuals include much of the same type of information as Collective Agreements. 

Bargaining Groups

Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) Local 053

AUPE is Alberta's largest union with more than 95,000 members working in government, health care, education, boards and agencies, municipalities, and private companies. AUPE positions at ULethbridge are non-academic appointments across a wide range of jobs and departments, from student services, to facilities, and more.


University of Lethbridge Faculty Association (ULFA)

ULFA is the exclusive bargaining agent for academic staff at the University of Lethbridge, whose membership consists of all ULethbridge academic staff – faculty, instructors, and sessional lecturers.



University of Lethbridge Graduate Student's Association (ULGSA)

The ULGSA provides representation, support, and advocacy to all graduate students at the University of Lethbridge. 

Non-bargaining Groups


Administrative Professional Officers (APO)

Employees in the APO group occupy distinct roles in the University. APOs carry out duties in a professional or middle management capacity. They support and initiate change and innovation enabling the University to meet the challenges of the future.



Exempt Support Staff (ESS)

The ESS group consists of support staff who occupy positions that are engaged in the administration of Human Resource policies or programs involving confidential information relevant to labour relations. Typically this group will include support staff assigned to the Offices of the President, Board of Governors, Vice Presidents, Associate Vice-Presidents, and Human Resources.



Non-Academic Senior Administrators (NASA)

The NASA group consists of employees with distinct roles within the University. Members carrying the designation of Non-Academic Senior Administrator (NASA) perform duties in a senior management, university-wide capacity. Non-Academic Senior Administrators consist of three groups:

  • Non-Academic Vice-Presidents
  • Non-Academic Associate Vice-Presidents
  • Executive Directors