The Communiqué – July 5, 2019
July 5, 2019
In this issue:
The beginning of a new academic year marks the beginning of new challenges, the nature of which we hadn’t seen for some 20 years. The provincial government’s insistence on targeting the educational sector and universities, in particular, and then especially senior faculty drawing both salaries and a pension, is going to make for a difficult agenda for your faculty association. Internally, we have a large number of scheduled arbitrations and numerous grievances and concerns on the part of our members, all of which must be managed and hopefully settled to our and your satisfaction. In addition, we will be preparing for our next round of bargaining. Part of the preparations include your input into the survey to be circulated in the near future and your thoughts about what is and what isn’t working as a faculty member or professional librarian at Carleton (more about this below). The plan this year is to foster more engagement by members, try to fill steering positions, encourage attendance at Council meetings, and seek additional help for CUASA staff, all in order to make for a more vibrant inclusive association.
In order to achieve this, we want to know whether you are satisfied with your overall workload as a member of the Association. Do you feel that your performance in the categories of teaching, research, and service is being hindered by factors beyond your control? If so, then let us know! In this respect, try to restrict yourselves to internal matters (i.e., those pertaining to our Collective Agreement as it stands). For example, do you have any concerns in the way your PER (Professional Expense Reimbursement allowance) is being administered? If so, do outline your concerns. Have you found that there is more administrative work being requested of you than in the past? If so, tell us why. Is your lab functioning as it should, do you see adequate support in the areas of departmental assistance, graduate student support, the electronic classroom, tenure and promotion considerations, etc.? Do you still feel excited about being a member of this university? If you are dissatisfied, then tell us why? If you are still proud of being a part of the mission of this university, then what is working for you? We want to know. Basically, we want to know what is working and what isn’t working for you as a member of this Association. Thank you!
All submissions will be held in strictest confidence. Please share your thoughts by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
CUASA 2019-2020 Executive
Effective July 1, CUASA is under new administration. Our new executive consists of:
- Angelo Mingarelli – President (email@example.com)
- Root Gorelick – Past President (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Doron Nussbaum – Vice President (email@example.com)
- Chantal Dion – Chair, Collective Bargaining (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Pum van Veldhoven – Chair, Grievance Policy and Administration (email@example.com)
- Greg Franks – Salary and Benefits Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Brett Stevens – Chair, Internal Affairs (email@example.com)
- Isla Jordan – Librarian Representative (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Vacant Steering Positions
The following Steering positions are currently vacant (click the title to see position descriptions):
- Instructor Representative (two-year term, 2019-2021)
- Treasurer (two-year term, 2019-2021)
- External Relations Officer (two-year term, 2019-2021)
- Communications Officer (two-year term, 2019-2021)
- Chair, Equity (two-year term, 2019-2021)
- Chair, Nominations and Elections (two-year term, 2019-2021; note that there is a 0.5 credit teaching release added for this term)
If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact the CUASA Office for a nomination form, either by dropping by 2003 Dunton Tower, or by emailing email@example.com.
Our Association is only as strong as its membership, so we count on the time and commitment of our members to achieve our goals. The Collective Agreement recognizes CUASA work as Service in members’ annual reviews. CUASA may purchase teaching releases under Article 18.8(c), subject to budget availability, and application to/approval by the Steering committee.
Call for Committee Volunteers
Two of CUASA’s primary committees are seeking volunteers: the Collective Bargaining Committee, and the Grievance Policy and Administration Committee. The work of both of these committees are essential to the functioning of the Association, and we hope to find members who are willing to step up and help with this important work. For more information on these two committees, please see Bylaw 7 here. If you are interested in volunteering for either committee, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ottawa Fight for $15 & Fairness Events
The Ottawa Chapter of the Fight for $15 and Fairness has planned a couple of upcoming events that may be of interest to CUASA members:
Join us for a beach party social to get to know your fellow Fight for $15 supporters in Ottawa, and talk to park and beach goers about their rights at work. We’ll have the BBQ going, cool drinks and tunes to share!
Where: Britannia Beach, 2805 Carling Avenue, Ottawa
When: July 6th 2019, 12pm – 3pm
We’re planning to hit the streets this summer doing fun and refreshing outreach (freezies anyone?) across the city – at festivals, Pride, in parks, doing Know Your Rights events, and more.
Come out to our organizing meeting to be part of the action!
When: Wednesday July 10, 6pm
Where: 251 Bank Street, 2nd floor
CUASA Communiqué, July 5, 2019
The Communiqué is published by the Carleton University Academic Staff Association (CUASA), 2003 Dunton Tower, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Canada, K1S 5B6. Past issues are archived on the CUASA Web site at CUASA.ca. The Communiqué publishes CUASA-related news and information for our Members and provides Members with a forum to express their CUASA-related ideas and opinions. We want to hear from you! Please send your CUASA-related story ideas, news items, opinion pieces, letters, photographs, and other submissions to the CUASA Office at email@example.com.
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