The AASUA is a dues paying member of CAFA which is the federation of the academic staff associations at Alberta's four research intensive universities. CAFA is registered as a lobbyist under the Lobbyist Act.
The objectives of the Confederation are to promote the quality of education in the province and to promote the well-being of Alberta universities and their academic staff. The four associations that are members of CAFA are:
Association of Academic Staff University of Alberta (AASUA)
The Faculty Association of the University of Calgary (TUCFA)
The University of Lethbridge Faculty Association (ULFA)
Canadian Association of University Teachers
The AASUA is a dues paying member of CAUT which is a national organization for academic staff representing 70,000 teachers, librarians, researchers, general staff and other academic professionals at some 122 universities and colleges across the country. CAUT was founded in 1951 and is the brainchild of AASUA.
CAUT Defence Fund
The Defence Fund provides strike benefits to associations while its members are engaged in a strike or lock-out and experiencing loss of salary. AASUA members recently ratified subscription to the CAUT Defence Fund.
Universities Academic Pension Plan
The UAPP is a jointly-trusteed, defined-benefit pension plan registered under the Employment Pension Plans Act of Alberta, and the Income Tax Act (Canada). The eligible academic and professional staff of Athabasca University, The Banff Centre, the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary and the University of Lethbridge participate in the Plan.
The Plan Sponsors are the boards of governors and the faculty associations of the four Alberta universities and the Banff Centre and are bound by the Sponsorship and Trustee Agreement. The Sponsors' appoint members to the Board of Trustees and approve any changes to the pension plan benefits.
The UAPP is financed by employee and employer contributions and by investment earnings.
The AASUA President or delegate represents the Association as Sponsor and appoints an academic staff member as a Trustee on the UAPP's Board of Trustees.