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…
Food for Thought is a team-based, U of A-wide, non-perishable food drive competition hosted by and in support of the Campus Food Bank.
AASUA is proud to support the Annual Food for Thought Drive
Food for Thought is a team-based, U of A-wide, non-perishable food drive competition hosted by and in support of the Campus Food Bank. Any office, unit or group on campus can sign up together to collect donations. The event will end with dropping off your donations between March 20-22 to stuff a Campus Saint-Jean bus! The team that raise the most pounds of food wins, so get your inner competitor ready! Sign up here: https://campusfoodb…
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:
This is my final message to you, the members of AASUA, as your President. This has been an amazing year for the AASUA. So much was accomplished that is important to the future of the AASUA and for that of our members and I am leaving the AASUA presidency with a strong sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Some of the highlights for me were:
Re-establishing relationships with Central Administration and the Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations (CAFA) - The first few months were…
The recent controversy surrounding the bestowing of an honorary degree on Dr. David Suzuki by the University of Alberta highlights the importance of the autonomy of the academy, academic freedom, the protection of free and critical thinking, and how the academy can inform opinion as well as educate by being a platform for public intellectualism. The University of Alberta has a long history of protecting the rights of the academy to perform research and teaching without prescription and to…
The AASUA Council has issued this statement:
The Association of Academic Staff opposes the budgetary priorities of President David Turpin as expressed in his statement to the press on 6 April 2018 in regard to the Peter Lougheed Leadership College. In the face of the Board of Governors’ approval of across-the-board cuts to Faculties of 4% in 2018-19 and 2.5% in the succeeding two years it is quite simply unacceptable that President Turpin now proposes to take funds from the…
On Friday, March 16th, the University of Alberta Board of Governors passed a budget for the university that resulted in a 4% cut across the university. The recent Association of Academic Staff University of Alberta (AASUA) analysis of the University's budget suggests that there is no justification for the 4% across-the-board budget cuts the Board of Governors approved last week. The AASUA rejects that there is a structural deficit and joins with the University of Alberta Students’…
The recent incident in the Fine Arts Building involving alleged drug activity highlights the need for increased security on campus, and that this incident occurred at all is unacceptable and terrifying. The university has an obligation to provide a safe learning and teaching environment for students and academic staff at all hours. Waiting until summer to install cameras or enact further security and surveillance measures in light of the potential danger this situation presented…
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