I wish to run for the position of president.
I am running for President because I have experience and skills that would be beneficial for steering the AASUA through the difficult times. For more info go to:
I'm a full professor in History and Classics (there since 1996), with eight books published (two in press), am deeply familiar with the research and teaching functions of the university (graduate supervision, grad chair, director of Classics), and have a substantial background in the AASUA (ten years on Council, member of Governance Committee). I was chief negotiator in 2014-16. Our negotiations team fought decisively against Admin's attempt to subvert the Collective Agreement, and we won a 4% settlement for three years (ratified by 99% of the voters). I oversaw our legal case and maintained the support of Council, Executive, and the membership.
There are several significant problems facing us:
a) The cumulative 18% cut in the Campus Alberta grant plus at least a further 5% cut in each of the subsequent two years.
b) Possibility of strike or lockout if negotiations aren't completed by June 30.
c) Holding down AASUA expenses and avoiding further mil rate increases.
d) Lack of engagement from the membership in the activities of the AASUA.
e) The future status of the AASUA: in 2022, outside unions will be able to try to break up the AASUA by recruiting our members to new external bargaining units.
What I hope to achieve:
a) Make a convincing case to outside organizations to defend our interests and protect the integrity of the teaching and research mission of the University of Alberta.
b) Provide the necessary leadership in the case of a strike or lockout.
c) Develop better ways to communicate with the membership as a whole to ensure that all our members have the chance to have input into decisions that affect them.
d) Review all the financial aspects of the AASUA to keep expenses manageable and attain fiscal sustainability.
e) The AASUA needs to function in an open and collaborative manner, and the president must foster the appropriate environment for the effective functioning of the organization.
f) The AASUA as bargaining agent for its members is currently grandfathered until 2022 (though the new government may change this status). In 2022, outside unions will be allowed to take over these functions. It's preferable for the diverse interests of the membership to be handled by a single organization dedicated solely to understanding and defending those interests, and it's imperative to make the AASUA appealing to the broad membership to maintain its integrity
I'm running with a team of other candidates, so the officers can work with a common vision to move the organization forward. These candidates are:
—Tim Mills for Vice President
—Randa Kachkar for Treasurer
—Terra Garneau for Equity Officer
These are all current officers or members of Executive, and I think that jointly we can successfully steer the AASUA through the troubles we can foresee. Thanks for taking the time to read this, and I ask for your vote.