The Communiqué – Bargaining update – September 24, 2017

September 24, 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

In this issue:

On Friday, September 15th the CUASA and administration negotiating teams met for the fourth time and agreed to a set of bargaining protocols. The team is pleased to report that several achievements were negotiated in this round’s protocols:

  1. An observer seat for CUASA members at the negotiating table.
  2. A policy of more open external communication.
  3. Sidebars or in-camera sessions are prohibited.

The observer seat is being made available on a meeting-by-meeting basis for CUASA members who wish to observe the negotiation process. 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.

Once the protocols were signed, CUASA tabled a package of proposals centred on members’ workload. Across the university, members have consistently reported that their workload is increasing and is among the top priorities for this round of bargaining. Your negotiating team has put forward proposals that would lower the burden of administrative duties that eat into time better spent on research, teaching, and service; address disparities in Instructor workload; standardize teaching assistance provided to members; rein in the rising student/faculty ratio; better delineate your service duties; and ensure that work is equitably distributed within units. We want to ensure that you have the time and support necessary to succeed in all of the academic functions that make Carleton work!

The parties will meet again on September 29th.

General Members’ Meeting on Wednesday, October 11th from 4:00-7:30pm in DT 2017.

Contact us
Read previous bargaining updates
Read the protocols
Read the CUASA workload proposals


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