The Communiqué – Bargaining update – October 13, 2017
October 13, 2017
CUASA Steering Committee
Root Gorelick, Biology
Melissa Haussman, Political Science
Pum van Veldhoven, Sociology
Treasurer (pro tem)
Greg Franks, Sys. and Comp. Engineering
Chair, Collective Bargaining
Chantal Dion, French
Pum van Veldhoven, Sociology
Salary and Benefits Officer
Greg Franks, Sys. and Comp.
Chair, Internal Affairs
Audra Diptee, History
Kirsten Kozolanka, Journalism and Communication
Dawn Moore, Law and Legal Studies
Chair, Nominations and
Iain McKinnell, Biology
CUASA Office Staff
Grievance and Arbitration
Member Services and Communications Officer
Grievance & Arbitration Services Support Assistant
Collective Bargaining Services Support Assistant
Chi Cheng Wat
In this issue:
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.
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
Where: CUASA Boardroom – DT 2009
Food and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org 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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