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 here. Members can apprise themselves of the proposed changes and contact their city councillor to state their views prior to November 19th.
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 Administration Building adjacent to the Student Union building on the U. of A. campus. Both the U. of A. and MacEwan student groups will march to the…
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 of central administration, which is likely to be at the level of faculty units. It was mentioned by President Turpin in his presentation Wednesday,…
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.
Included in his presentation was a description of the financial situation of the University. At his presentation, the President ruled out voluntary severance and retirement packages as a component to addressing the budget cuts. Some of the approaches to the budget cuts will involve some level of…
I have received the attached letter from the Minister of Advanced Education in response to my letter regarding recent Board of Governors appointments (attached). In my view, the Minister of Advanced Education has not addressed my queries in his response.
AASUA Executive is scheduled to meet with the Minister in early December. At that meeting, amongst other concerns, I will pursue this issue and report to you following that meeting.
The Provincial Budget was delivered yesterday and it contains substantial cuts to Alberta post-secondary institutions. This is unwelcome news. We have endured numerous cuts from the government over a number of years, and from our own administration in years when the government did not cut the Campus Alberta grant. We should not be targeted to bear the burden of the present cuts, for the reason that it will directly affect the quality of education we provide to Albertans, and…
October 18, 2019
5 – 6 pm
Alberta Legislature Steps
I ask AASUA members to join the AUPE Rally at the Legislature steps on October 18 at 5 pm – 6 pm to fight back against cuts!
The Alberta Government has released the MacKinnon Report and Recommendations on Alberta’s Finances.
We anticipate cuts to the University of Alberta and to other post-secondary institutions in the province when the budget is released on October 24.
We all must fight in solidarity for quality post-secondary education.
I encourage you to…
The Collective Agreement expires on June 30, 2020 and the AASUA is preparing for the next round of bargaining that will commence in the new year.
On the recommendation of Executive, Council has appointed the members of the Negotiating Team. Gordon Swaters has been appointed the Lead Negotiator. Heather Bruce, Camille Laforest, and Rachel Milner have been appointed members of the Negotiating Team.
Directors have started developing bargaining priorities for their…
AASUA Council adopted the following motion:
“Recognizing the urgency of taking concerted action on climate change, the AASUA expresses its solidarity with Global Climate Strike 2019.”
On September 27, 2019, there will be a walkout by U of A students from their classes at 11:30 am to join strikers at the main quad. This group will march from campus to the legislature — across the high-level bridge.
AASUA members who are able to join this march can find more…
I have received a letter from President Turpin in response to my request for additional information and further clarification regarding the report we received entitled “Gender-based Pay Differences Amongst Faculty University of Alberta 2014-2017”. His response was that the University will not provide AASUA any further information about the calculation of the gender-pay-equity remedy. President Turpin’s letter is posted here.
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