Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Advanced Education
invites AASUA members to a Town Hall.
He will present his vision for post-secondary
with the majority of the time devoted to Q&A.
Date: October 15, 2018
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: Maple Leaf Room, Lister Hall
Please feel free to bring your lunch.
Greetings AASUA members.
As your President, I look forward to working with the AASUA Executive and Council on your behalf. I encourage you to contact your Council Representatives or me with any issues you feel are important.
If you require representation on any issue regarding terms and conditions of your employment, then I encourage you to contact our AASUA office and one of our Labour Relations Officers will assist you.
I would also like to mention the following three things at this time:
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