The Communiqué – Bargaining Update (July 28, 2017)

July 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

Chair, Equity
Dawn Moore, Law and Legal Studies

Chair, Nominations and

Instructor Representative

Librarian Representative
Kristof Avramsson

CUASA Office Staff

Grievance and Arbitration
Christal Côté

Office Manager
Deborah Jackson

Member Services and Communications Officer
Victor Lorentz

In this issue:

Bargaining Update

Read the previous bargaining update here.

On Wednesday (July 26th), your negotiating team met for the first time with the administration’s team, kicking off this round of bargaining for a new collective agreement. Over the coming months, your team will be working to secure a new contract that enhances Carleton University’s commitment to fairness and transparency for CUASA members who make the university work, and for the students whose education depends on your efforts.

The first step in such a process is coming to agreement on a set of bargaining protocols that are the procedural guidelines that both the union and employer consent to before even beginning to discuss substantive issues. The administration proposed measures that would restrict CUASA’s ability to communicate with you. The team rejected such provisions and is insisting on a set of procedures that reflect the team’s commitment to transparency, openness, and equity. No agreement has yet been reached on protocols.

In an unusual move, the administration also requested the negotiating team agree to a set of picket-line protocols before negotiations even begin. This is premature: the employer is seeking to negotiate the terms of a work-stoppage before even cracking the cover of the collective agreement. This does not belong among discussions of the administrative details of documentation exchange. CUASA rejected the proposed picket-line protocols, and is committed to working towards a negotiated settlement that addresses members’ interests and establishes the basis for excellence in education and research at Carleton moving forward. CUASA hopes the administration shares such a commitment.

In this year’s bargaining preparations, the Collective Bargaining Committee has worked tirelessly on renovating various portions of the contract that governs your working life at Carleton. CUASA invites members to participate in the wider bargaining process. For more information or to get involved, please contact Victor Lorentz, Member Services and Communications Officer ( 613-520-2600 ext: 8330, the Chief Negotiator Chantal Dion (, or the Council member(s) from your unit.

The next meeting between your union and the employer is scheduled for the end of August. Please see the CUASA calendar for details and stay tuned for further updates.

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