Dear CUASA members
As of Monday 6 March 2017, our colleagues (some of who are also our students) in CUPE 4600 will be in a legal position to strike. CUPE 4600 represents Carleton University teaching assistants and contract instructors. If a strike or lock-out does occur, do not take on any of the work that was assigned to these CUPE 4600 individuals, such as teaching, grading, or organizing tutorials. If a CUPE 4600 strike or lock-out affects a class in which you are the instructor of record, you have the right to alter the syllabus, such as changing the weighting of various grade items, but you do not have the right to do the work of our CUPE 4600 colleagues.
CUASA condemns racism and Islamophobia
The Carleton University Academic Staff Association condemns two recent blatant acts of Islamophobia: the homicidal attack on worshippers at the Centre Culturel Islamique du Québec, and the discriminatory Executive Order by the President of the United States barring admittance into the US by those with passports from seven majority Muslim countries. We extend our most heart-felt condolences to the victims and survivors of the terrorist attack in Québec City. We stand in solidarity with students, staff, and faculty from Muslim communities, communities of colour, supporters of Idle No More and Black Lives Matter, and other groups under threat in the current political climate. As scholars, we are aware that the normalization of discriminatory discourse can readily contribute to physical violence, as it has done all too often in our history. We must respond by not allowing it to become normal, by rejecting hatred and discrimination, and instead celebrate our differences in a most inclusive manner.
Not only is this bout of Islamophobia an affront to decency, compassion, and collegiality, but it also directly affects many of our members and our students. We must ensure that the University and the broader community remain safe for us all. We are also concerned for many of our members' and colleagues' ability to pursue their work when it involves entry into the United States, even if merely 'in transit' or flying over US airspace. We echo the Canadian Association of University Teachers, which noted that Mr. Trump's ban "runs contrary to the values of free and open exchange of knowledge and ideas." As a part of both the public university and the labour movement – each of which bears a social responsibility at this time – we add our voices to those calling for a swift reversal of this odious policy, and we ask our members to vigilantly confront and resist racism inside and outside the classroom.
February 02, 2017
Volume 45, Issue 9
Editor: Root Gorelick
When you talk to us, we can speak for you!
Our current collective agreement expires on April 30, 2017. Your Collective Bargaining Committee (CBC) is working to identify concerns or issues you may be encountering with the interpretation or use of the collective agreement. To make it easier for you to engage with us, we have arranged a series of six small group meetings to discuss general topics or group-specific topics.
We are listening, so come and express your thoughts to your dedicated CBC members. This is your opportunity to make a difference!
Below, you will find the details for the meetings, which can also be found on the CUASA online calendar at http://cuasa.ca/about/schedule.php:
|Pre-Tenure Issues||Feb. 1, 2017||12:00-2:00pm||PA 240|
|Tenure, Promotion & Research||Feb. 3, 2017||9:30-11:30am||UC 280|
|Teaching, Mentoring, Evaluation, etc.||Feb. 3, 2017||2:30-4:30pm||UC 378|
|Instructors…let's talk!||Feb. 8, 2017||12:00-2:00pm||PA 240|
|Retirement Issues: Entitlements, sabbaticals, incentives, etc.||Feb. 9, 2017||9:30-11:30pm||UC 280|
|Benefits, Health & Work Life Balance||Feb.10, 2017||1:00-3:00pm||CB 2202|
Either a light lunch or refreshments and snacks will be served accordingly.
If you are unable to attend, we’d still like to hear from you! Your concerns are important to us. Send us your thoughts via e-mail to email@example.com. We would also be happy to set up an in-person meeting. Kindly contact our office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 613-520-5607.
We are listening! We are YOUR voice! We are YOUR Association!
In accordance with the AODA, reasonable accommodations will be provided by CUASA. Should you require an accessible format of this brochure and/or require accommodation at the meetings, you may make either of these requests for accommodation by contacting the President (email@example.com) in accordance with CUASA’s AODA policy.