The Communiqué – August 31, 2019

August 31, 2019

In this issue:



Ottawa Labour Day Parade: March With Us!

CUASA will be joining the Ontario Federation of Labour’s Power of Many Contingent in the 2019 Ottawa Labour Day Parade.

The parade takes place this Monday, September 2. We will gather at Ottawa City Hall between Elgin and Lisgar Streets. The parade begins at 12:00pm, marching to McNabb Park.

A barbecue at McNabb Park will follow.

CUASA members are welcome and encouraged to attend. We will have signs and flags for members to carry.


Welcome Back: CUASA’s Start-of-Term Reception

You’re invited to CUASA’s Start-of-Term Reception on Thursday, September 12 from 3:30-5:00pm in the Tory Building foyer (3rd floor). Appetizers and drinks will be served. All CUASA members are welcome.


Meeting with Carleton President Bacon

On August 6, CUASA, along with the Unions and Associations of Carleton University, issued a joint letter to Carleton President Bacon, sharing our concerns on the provincial government’s changes affecting the postsecondary education sector. We requested the opportunity to meet with President Bacon and discuss those changes and their impact on the Carleton community.

President Bacon responded, and the signatories to the joint letter met with him and other members of the University Administration on Friday, August 23. Click here to read the letter we received from President Bacon on August 26. We look forward to continued discussions with him and Carleton University as we move into the Fall, including at our next meeting currently scheduled for September 9.


New CUASA Website

Be sure to watch in the next few days. We’re just about to launch an entirely redesigned website! The new site is brighter and easier to navigate, and has been completely updated. We can’t wait for you to see it!


CUASA Wants to Know

If you haven’t already, please take a moment to review our brief President’s Survey, which asks for your thoughts on what is or isn’t working for you as a member of this Association. Which questions you answer are entirely at your discretion, and we welcome any and all responses. You can access the survey here.


Vacant Steering Positions

The following Steering positions are currently vacant (click the title to see position descriptions):

If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact the CUASA Office for a nomination form, either by dropping by 2003 Dunton Tower, or by emailing

Our Association is only as strong as its membership, so we count on the time and commitment of our members to achieve our goals. The Collective Agreement recognizes CUASA work as Service in members’ annual reviews. CUASA may purchase teaching releases under Article 18.8(c), subject to budget availability, and application to/approval by the Steering committee.


Call for Committee Volunteers

Two of CUASA’s primary committees are seeking volunteers: the Collective Bargaining Committee, and the Grievance Policy and Administration Committee. For more information on these two committees, please see Bylaw 7 here.

We are also seeking one volunteer for each of the following: the Salary Adjustment Commission, the Joint Committee on Employment Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and the Joint Health and Safety Committee.

If you are interested in volunteering for any of these vacancies, please email


CUASA Communiqué, August 31, 2019

The Communiqué is published by the Carleton University Academic Staff Association (CUASA), 2003 Dunton Tower, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Canada, K1S 5B6. Past issues are archived on the CUASA Web site at The Communiqué publishes CUASA-related news and information for our Members and provides Members with a forum to express their CUASA-related ideas and opinions. We want to hear from you! Please send your CUASA-related story ideas, news items, opinion pieces, letters, photographs, and other submissions to the CUASA Office at

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