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…
General Membership Meeting
April 5, 2019 from 12:00 noon until 2:00 pm in Council Chambers 2 - 100 University Hall
I am pleased to announce, on behalf of Executive, that the AASUA’s Negotiations Team and the University’s Board of Governors have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on a new collective agreement, subject to a ratification vote by our members.
As well, I am pleased to announce that the parties have also signed a Memorandum of Agreement regarding Gender Pay Equity, subject to a concurrent but separate ratification vote by our members.
In its meeting today, Executive…
President Turpin has provided guidance to Deans, Directors and Chairs, and by extension University employees, to protect the non-partisan status of the U. of A. during the election period, and thus be compliant with the Election Act. I have contacted and encouraged President Turpin to put forth a communication to the University community, that clarifies in practical terms what academics and other employees can or cannot do during the election season. I have asked President Turpin to directly…
Our Negotiations Team has reached a tentative collective agreement with the University’s Board of Governors, pending two remaining items on gender pay equity.
Our Lead Negotiator, Gordon Swaters, presented the tentative agreement to AASUA Council this afternoon.
I now present the tentative agreement to you.
Pending the final agreement, the AASUA will be holding an informational General Meeting for AASUA members on April 5, 2019 from 12:00 noon until 2:00 pm in Council…
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