As many of you may be aware, on August 16 the Alberta Government replaced dozens of members on Boards of Governors at several Alberta post-secondary institutions. The U of A was no exception, with a new Board Chair and five additional new Board members named. The former Board Chair, Michael Phair, and other replaced Board members were in mid-term. I have sent the attached letter to the Minister of Advanced Education asking for a rationale for this rapid, wholesale change.…
Yesterday, Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Eric Macklin ruled a suspension of the Alberta Public Sector Wage Arbitration Deferral Act (Bill 9), legislation that postponed wage talks until October 30. The Alberta government will likely appeal the decision. By granting the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) an interim injunction against Bill 9, the ruling allows contractually agreed to arbitration talks for 65,000 AUPE members to proceed. Macklin wrote in the decision that “A member of…
I have requested that the University Administration provide additional information and further clarification regarding the report we received entitled “ Gender-based Pay Differences Amongst Faculty University of Alberta 2014-2017”, which I posted to AASUA members in an AASUA President’s message, dated June 28th. I have made this additional request to the University Administration in full, as presented to me by our members (names redacted), in a communication I received and that appears in the…
Dear AASUA Members
Further to my prior message to you, I attach the letter sent to the Minister of Labour by CAFA and its member Presidents of University Faculty Associations in the Province of Alberta, regarding Bill 9.
Bill 9 breaches negotiated collective agreements achieved in good faith between employers and unions. Also, Bill 9 represents direct interference by the government of Alberta in collective bargaining in this province and very likely violates employees’ Charter rights.
Many of you may have heard recently of the passing of Bill 9 in the Alberta Legislature. I would like to draw attention to this development and its significance. This Bill, known as the Public Sector Wage Arbitration Deferral Act (here), temporarily suspends arbitration processes and wage reopeners scheduled for this summer and fall, that should normally occur under provisions of numerous existing collective agreements negotiated in good faith, between public sector employers and unions. Bill 9…
In May, I received a request from several AASUA members (~200) that I ask the employer to release the full methodological details for the pay equity study on which the recent ratified gender pay equity memorandum of agreement was based. The specifics of their request is here. On our members’ behalf, I made this request to the University administration in full as presented to me by our members (names redacted). I have now received a document from the University administration entitled “…
It is with sadness, that I communicate to the AASUA community that Professor Jeremy Richards, a former President of AASUA (2008 - 2009), passed away on June 7, 2019, following a brief battle with cancer. Jeremy was educated at Cambridge University, the University of Toronto, and the Australian National University. He led a highly distinguished career as a geologist in England, Australia and Canada. Most relevant to all of us, Jeremy held a position at the University of Alberta from 1997 to…
I am pleased to inform you that the Board of Governors has ratified the Memorandum of Agreement reached between the Board and AASUA for a new collective agreement.
I would like to express my appreciation to the bargaining teams of both parties for their efforts in reaching this agreement.
The 7 day ratification voting period concluded at noon today.
I now report the ratification results for the new Collective Agreement Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), and for the Gender Pay Equity Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
The voting results respecting the new Collective AgreementMOA are:
Total number of eligible voters: 4122
1479 total votes cast (35.9% of eligible voters):
The voting results respecting the Gender Pay Equity MOA are:
Tomorrow is the start of a 7 day ratification vote on our first collective agreement negotiated as a union, and a parallel ratification vote on a Gender Pay Equity Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
AASUA Executive, representing the spectrum of our membership, voted unanimously to endorse this new collective agreement and the Gender Pay Equity MOA. I strongly encourage members to join us in ratifying both of these agreements.
The new collective agreement includes numerous improvements to…
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