The Communiqué – Bargaining Update and October 11th GMM (August 28, 2017)

August 28, 2017

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CUASA Steering Committee

Root Gorelick, Biology

Vice President
Melissa Haussman, Political Science

Pum van Veldhoven, Sociology

Treasurer (pro tem)
Greg Franks, Sys. and Comp. Engineering

Chair, Collective Bargaining
Chantal Dion, French

Chair, External

Chair, Grievance
Pum van Veldhoven, Sociology

Salary and Benefits Officer
Greg Franks, Sys. and Comp.

Chair, Internal Affairs
Audra Diptee, History

Communications Officer
Kirsten Kozolanka, Journalism and Communication

Chair, Equity
Dawn Moore, Law and Legal Studies

Chair, Nominations and

Instructor Representative
Iain McKinnell, Biology

Librarian Representative
Kristof Avramsson

CUASA Office Staff

Grievance and Arbitration
Christal Côté

Office Manager
Deborah Jackson

Member Services and Communications Officer
Victor Lorentz

Bargaining Update and October 11th GMM

The first General Membership Meeting of the year has now been scheduled for Wednesday, October 11th from 4:00-7:00PM (location TBA). It will focus on bargaining and will be followed by a reception. We urge you to attend, and to bring along any questions you might have. Additionally, you can contact your Council representative(s) to find out more or reach out to the Chief Negotiator or the Member Services Officer to get involved.




Universities across North America have been changing, and these trends affect us here at Carleton: faculty participation in academic governance has eroded, teaching is strained by enrolment that is consistently outpacing hiring, and faculty are subject to evaluative measures that too often leave the quality of research and teaching in the background.

Did you know that…?

Salaries at Carleton have lagged behind comparable institutions in the province, particularly for academics at the beginning of their career.

CUASA will be proposing an increase to your salaries this round that acknowledges the value of the contribution that junior and senior academics make to education and research at Carleton.

Did you know that…?

The ratio of full-time undergraduate students to academic staff has risen steadily from approximately 25:1 in the 2008/09 academic year to over 28:1 in the 2016/17 academic year?

CUASA will work to limit the downloading of time-consuming administrative functions to faculty and instructors (form-filling, photocopying, etc.).  The bargaining team will be seeking to restrict this increase of administrative tasks. It will also seek to better define what constitutes ‘service.’

Did you know that…?

CAUT ranks Carleton near the bottom of Canadian universities with respect to open and transparent governance?

Across all of the team’s proposals there will be a focus on transparency and equity, but especially with respect to the tenure and promotion process. CUASA will work to ensure that your access to decision-making is improved, and that the opportunity to have voice into decisions that affect you is better afforded and meaningful. The team will propose strengthening the respect and weight granted to collegial decision-making, and removing provisions that allow the administration to unilaterally overturn the outcome of such processes.

We are committed to providing you with updates after each bargaining session. Our next meetings with the administration are on August 31st and September 1st. Please check your inboxes and the website regularly for updates, and subscribe to CUASA’s facebook and twitter feeds at:

Read previous bargaining updates here.

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