The Communique – bargaining update (June 10, 2017)
June 10, 2017
CUASA Steering Committee
Patrice Smith, Neuroscience
Justin Paulson, Sociology
Chantal Dion, French
Saul Schwartz, Pub. Pol. &
Chair, Collective Bargaining
Chantal Dion, French
Angelo Mingarelli, Math and
Pum van Veldhoven, Sociology
Salary and Benefits Officer
Greg Franks, Sys. and Comp.
Chair, Internal Affairs
Peter Gose, Anthropology
Root Gorelick, Biology
Dawn Moore, Law and Legal Studies
Chair, Nominations and
CUASA Office Staff
Grievance and Arbitration
Records and Space
Member Services and Communications Officer
CUASA Council unanimously approves collective bargaining mandate
On 6 June 2017, a well-attended CUASA Council unanimously granted a mandate to the Collective Bargaining Committee to pursue a fair and equitable contract for academic staff. The mandate seeks to restore Carleton as a vibrant, community-engaged public institution, where shared collegial governance, academic freedom, and fairness for staff and students are at the foundation of education and research.
To ensure Carleton is able to develop as a provincial leader over the coming decades, it will be necessary to recruit and retain the best and brightest scholars, commit resources to research ingenuity and professional development, and provide the best possible conditions for the educational experience of students. Analysis has shown that Carleton is in the enviable position of having run large budgetary surpluses for many consecutive years. The moment is right to invest in establishing the basis for Carleton’s excellence moving forward.
To ensure that Carleton University is at the leading edge of social developments, it will be necessary for Carleton to become a community leader in equity and, with CAUT censure looming, the bargaining team will be seeking improved transparency in administrative functions at all levels, as well as in tenure and promotion processes.
Starting salaries at Carleton are much lower than other comparable institutions across the province, hampering the university’s ability to attract top scholars and keep them for the duration of their career. To live reasonably, more faculty and librarians (as well as staff and students) are moving farther away from campus, diminishing the role of the university within the broader geography of the city. Many instructors are in the precarious position of being unable to secure permanent positions, student/faculty ratios are high and rising, administrative duties are increasingly eating into research and teaching, and policies for faculty involved with distance learning are incoherent. Council has directed the bargaining team to pursue remedies to these situations.
The process of developing CUASA’s positions has been a member-driven one, and the bargaining team will be negotiating a contract that encompasses YOUR working life. To that end, CUASA invites members to participate in the wider bargaining process as much as they are able. To organize an information session or coffee hour in your unit with members of the Collective Bargaining Committee, get involved with outreach and communications, or just to find out more information, please contact Victor Lorentz, Member Services and Communications Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org) 613-520-2600 ext: 8330, the Chief Negotiator Chantal Dion (email@example.com), or the Council member(s) from your unit.
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