On December 20, 2019, the Board of Governors of the University of Alberta (BOG) gave notice to AASUA that, in 2020, it plans to change the academic designation of select employees within the Administrative and Professional Officer (APO), Librarian (LIB), Trust Research Academic Staff (TRAS), Temporary Librarian, Administrative and Professional Officer (TLAPS), or Faculty Service Officer (FSO) categories. The BOG intends to do so, on the basis that these employees are involved in confidential labour relations or exercise managerial authority within the scope of their positions. De-designation means that an employee occupying that position would no longer be a member of, or represented by the AASUA, and that the terms of the Collective Agreement and the salary settlement would no longer apply to them.
The BOG has the legislated authority under Section 60(2) of the Post-secondary Learning Act (PSLA) to de-designate academic staff out of the bargaining unit. However, in accordance with the PSLA, the Board must consult with AASUA before doing so.
I can assure you that AASUA will ensure that the BOG follows through with fulsome consultation and meets their legal obligations under the PSLA and the Labour Relations Code.
Furthermore, AASUA reserves its rights to challenge the merits of any individual position being de-designated which it believes are inappropriate. Should AASUA not agree with the decision of the BOG, then AASUA has the right to challenge the BOG’s decision by making an application to the Alberta Labour Relations Board (ALRB) which has the sole authority to decide who are “academic staff” based on factors set out in the Labour Relations Code. In addition, individuals affected by the change in designation have their own personal right to challenge the BOG’s decision before the ALRB.
If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact email@example.com who will direct you to a Labour Relations Officer for advice and representation.