The Communiqué – Bargaining update – October 13, 2017

October 13, 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

Grievance & Arbitration Services Support Assistant
Lorne Berndt

Collective Bargaining Services Support Assistant
Chi Cheng Wat

Bargaining Update

Your negotiating team met with the administration three times last week.

On October 6th, CUASA tabled its Governance and Process package. The proposals in this package would:

  • Ensure academic freedom extends explicitly to service duties
  • Make the Senate and Board of Governors more accountable to the university community
  • Restore and enhance principles and processes of collegial self-governance.
  • Improve the processes of dispute and/or grievance resolution
  • Provide for clearer documentation and better access to information for members

The employer now has three CUASA proposal packages in their hands. These proposals represent countless hours of work, consultation, and research by the Collective Bargaining Committee. CUASA is pleased that a few articles having to do with workload were agreed to, including the creation of new joint committee on the Instructor rank at Carleton.

The negotiation team was disappointed to see little response to major proposals that they know are very important to the membership. The team stressed the need for the employer to use the next couple of weeks wisely so as not to slow down the bargaining process. The team remains hopeful that they will see more activity at the table at the next scheduled set of sessions.

The administration did table some counter-proposals to a few workload items. In particular, they have so far refused to limit the administrative duties and one of their counter-proposals would see the duration of the reduced workload arrangement for long-service employees reduced to a maximum of three years from five. The parties will meet again over the weekend of November 4th and 5th.

Read the Governance and Process package
Read previous bargaining updates and agreed-upon articles
Contact us

New Date for Indigenous Caucus: October 19 at 4:00pm

As noted in a previous Communiqué, CUASA’s negotiating team and Equity Committee will be hosting a meeting of members who identify as indigenous. Due to a conflict with an official launch event for the Indigenous Studies program, the meeting will take place on a new date.

The purpose of the meeting is consultative: for members to speak to their issues and concerns, for the team to present proposal language, and to hear feedback from this important constituency.

When: Thursday, October 19th from 4:00-7:00pm
CUASA Boardroom – DT 2009

Food and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to if you plan to attend.

The Indigenous Studies launch event will occur on Wednesday, October 18th at 6pm. For more information click here.

Reminder: Bargaining Observer Seat

CUASA has negotiated a seat for an observer at the bargaining table. The observer seat is being made available on a meeting-by-meeting basis for CUASA members. If you are interested in sitting in on a bargaining meeting between CUASA and the employer, please write to the Member Services and Communications Officer . Observers will be selected by lottery and contacted directly. For more information about the observer seat, click here.


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