President's Messagehttps://aasua.ca/home/pres_messageAASUAU of A Board of Governors to lay off some number of academic staffhttps://aasua.ca/home/pres_message/u_of_a_board_of_governors_to_lay_off_some_number_of_academic_staff<div><p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;font-size:16px;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;'>Dear Members</p> <p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;font-size:16px;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;'><br></p> <p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;font-size:16px;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;'>On December 20, 2019, the Board of Governors of the University of Alberta (BOG) gave notice to AASUA that, in 2020, it plans to lay off some number of academic staff, yet to be determined, within the Academic Teaching Staff (ATS), Trust Research Academic Staff (TRAS), Administrative and Professional Officer (APO), and Temporary…</p></div>Kevin KaneWed, 15 Jan 2020 15:34:27 -0700https://aasua.ca/home/pres_message/u_of_a_board_of_governors_to_lay_off_some_number_of_academic_staffDe-designation of academic staff membershttps://aasua.ca/home/pres_message/de_designation_of_academic_staff_members<div><p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;font-size:16px;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;'>Dear Members</p> <p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;font-size:16px;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;'><br></p> <p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;font-size:16px;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;'>On December 20, 2019, the Board of Governors of the University of Alberta (BOG) gave notice to AASUA that, in 2020, it plans to change the academic designation of select employees within the Administrative and Professional Officer (APO), Librarian (LIB), Trust Research Academic Staff (TRAS), Temporary Librarian, Administrative and…</p></div>Kevin KaneWed, 15 Jan 2020 15:33:45 -0700https://aasua.ca/home/pres_message/de_designation_of_academic_staff_membersAASUA members and family lost in Iran air crashhttps://aasua.ca/home/pres_message/aasua_members_and_family_lost_in_iran_air_crash<div><p style='margin-right:0cm;margin-left:0cm;font-size:16px;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;'><span style="color:#222222;">Dear Members</span></p> <p style='margin-right:0cm;margin-left:0cm;font-size:16px;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;'><span style="color:#222222;">It is devastating to hear the news that an airliner has crashed near Tehran, Iran and taken the lives of 176 people, among them a number from Edmonton, including within our University community.</span></p> <p style='margin-right:0cm;margin-left:0cm;font-size:16px;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;'><span style="color:#222222;">We have learned, according to the media, including this <a href="https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/edmonton-victims-plane-crash-iran-1.5418751?fbclid=IwAR0EW0Rayduyx57J4F-MdU9RDrQksmcOBtYjeYu7At7GbpJfWAd8Z-fC5Bw">report</a>, that two AASUA members, Professors Pedram Mousavi and Mojgan Daneshmand and…</span></p></div>Kevin KaneWed, 08 Jan 2020 11:49:46 -0700https://aasua.ca/home/pres_message/aasua_members_and_family_lost_in_iran_air_crashAASUA Bargaining Preparationshttps://aasua.ca/home/pres_message/aasua_bargaining_preparations<div><p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;font-size:16px;font-family:"Cambria",serif;'><span style='font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;'>Dear AASUA members,</span></p> <p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;font-size:16px;font-family:"Cambria",serif;'><span style='font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;'> </span></p> <p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;font-size:16px;font-family:"Cambria",serif;'><span style='font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;'>Our current collective agreement expires on June 30, 2020. The next round of bargaining with the employer will commence in the New Year. In preparation for the next round of bargaining, the Directors of each of the seven constituencies has sought input regarding bargaining priorities from members through surveys and…</span></p></div>Kevin KaneFri, 20 Dec 2019 10:41:59 -0700https://aasua.ca/home/pres_message/aasua_bargaining_preparationsRecent Freedom of Expression Issuehttps://aasua.ca/home/pres_message/recent_freedom_of_expression_issue~1<div><p style='margin-right:0cm;margin-left:0cm;font-size:16px;font-family:"Times New Roman";margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;'>Dear Members,</p> <p style='margin-right:0cm;margin-left:0cm;font-size:16px;font-family:"Times New Roman";margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;'><br></p> <p style='margin-right:0cm;margin-left:0cm;font-size:16px;font-family:"Times New Roman";margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;'>It has been in the news lately that Dougal MacDonald, an assistant lecturer at the U. of A, made remarks on his private Facebook page, which have come under scrutiny. Dougal MacDonald’s remarks were his own and not linked to his U. of A. professional activities. The University’s Deputy Provost Wendy Rodgers said in an email …</p></div>Kevin KaneSun, 01 Dec 2019 19:46:21 -0700https://aasua.ca/home/pres_message/recent_freedom_of_expression_issue~1AGM Updatehttps://aasua.ca/home/pres_message/agm_update<div><p>Dear Members,</p><p>On November 6, 2019, a message was sent out encouraging members to attend the Annual General Meeting, which was in progress, so that we could attempt to meet quorum. </p><p>Unfortunately, we did not meet the quorum requirement of 100 members. Although we were not able to deal with any business items that were on the agenda, we were able to…</p></div>Kevin KaneWed, 20 Nov 2019 17:58:41 -0700https://aasua.ca/home/pres_message/agm_updateProposed ETS Bus Routing Redesignhttps://aasua.ca/home/pres_message/proposed_ets_bus_routing_redesign<div><p>An important decision will take place at City Council on November 19th with respect to a proposed ETS bus system redesign. This would be a substantial change in bus routing throughout the city, especially within residential neighbourhoods. The plan for the redesign is <a href="https://www.edmonton.ca/projects_plans/transit/bus-network-redesign.aspx">here</a>. Members can apprise themselves of the proposed changes and contact their…</p></div>Kevin KaneWed, 13 Nov 2019 08:22:56 -0700https://aasua.ca/home/pres_message/proposed_ets_bus_routing_redesignStudent Rally Against Provincial Cutshttps://aasua.ca/home/pres_message/student_rally_against_provincial_cuts<div><p>The U. of A. Undergraduate Students Union (SU) and the Students Association of MacEwan University are holding a joint rally on Monday November 18th against Provincial Post-Secondary Budget Cuts. Student accessibility to Post-Secondary and financial aid are major themes. The SU component of the rally starts at 11:00 am on the steps of the…</p></div>Kevin KaneMon, 11 Nov 2019 18:55:38 -0700https://aasua.ca/home/pres_message/student_rally_against_provincial_cutsJoint Committee on University Planning and Budgets Meetinghttps://aasua.ca/home/pres_message/joint_committee_on_university_planning_and_budgets_meeting<div><p>Additional information was obtained in yesterday's meeting of the Joint Committee on Planning and Budgets as to how the University plans to approach the Campus Alberta budget cuts in the near term, particularly this year. In the current year, central administration is likely to absorb approximately 50% of the cut, while 50% will come from outside…</p></div>Kevin KaneFri, 01 Nov 2019 07:25:15 -0600https://aasua.ca/home/pres_message/joint_committee_on_university_planning_and_budgets_meetingPresident Turpin’s Presentation about Campus Alberta cuts and morehttps://aasua.ca/home/pres_message/president_turpins_presentation_about_campus_alberta_cuts_and_more<div><p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;font-size:16px;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;'>Dear Members,</p> <p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;font-size:16px;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;'> </p> <p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;font-size:16px;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;'>Today at noon, President Turpin made a presentation in Council Chambers outlining the proposed cuts from the government for the U of A from within the Campus Alberta grant.</p> <p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;font-size:16px;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;'> </p> <p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;font-size:16px;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;'>Included in his presentation was a description of the financial situation of the University. At his presentation, the President ruled out voluntary…</p></div>Kevin KaneWed, 30 Oct 2019 21:04:24 -0600https://aasua.ca/home/pres_message/president_turpins_presentation_about_campus_alberta_cuts_and_more