The Communiqué – March 5, 2019

March 5, 2019

In this issue:




Nominations Now Open for CUASA Executive Positions

Nominations are now open for the following CUASA Steering positions, set to begin July 1, 2019 (click the title to see position descriptions):

The following positions are currently vacant:

If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact the CUASA Office for a nomination form at Nominations for President are due by March 15, 2019. Nominations for all other positions are due by March 29, 2019. 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.


2017-2021 Collective Agreement

The 2017-2021 Collective Agreement was signed on February 7, 2019 (full statement here). Now that the agreement has been signed, it has now been made available on the CUASA website for all members to access. You can find the agreement here.


New Grievance Process

In case you missed it, with the new collective agreement officially signed, the new grievance process has now come into effect. Full details on what you need to know for individual employee complaints and grievances are available here. It is essential to remember that you should not wait to contact CUASA if you have a concern. The timelines of the collective agreement must be respected in order to avoid complications that may arise from untimeliness. If the deadlines are missed, CUASA may not be able to pursue the matter on your behalf.


Sugar Bush Event

CUASA is organizing a special event at the Sucrerie du Terroir in Val-des-Monts, QC, on Saturday, March 30, from 2:00-4:00pm.

Tickets include an all you can eat lunch. On the menu, you will find mountaineer pea soup, traditional omelette, roasted potatoes, country style sausages, bacon rinds, maple pork tenderloin, healthy baked beans, Creton, pancakes freshly baked bread, and maple mousse small tarts. Sucrerie du Terroir also offers at will maple toffee on snow and roasted marshmallows. You can bring your own wine and beer.

In lieu of providing a bus, CUASA will be offering a discounted rate for adult tickets (age 12 and over) at $25 instead of the regular $29.50. Children 11 and under will be paid for by the Association. Members are expected to arrange their own transportation to and from the sugar bush. The address is 796 Fogarty Rd., Val-des-Monts, QC.

CUASA has reserved a limited number of tickets for this event, and they are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please reserve your tickets by emailing Payment can be made by cash or cheque to the CUASA Office (2003 Dunton Tower) or sent through internal mail. When emailing to reserve tickets, please provide the number of adults (12 and over), the number of children age 8-11, and the number age 2-7. Children under the age of 2 get in free.


International Women’s Day

This Friday, March 8, is International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is Balance for Better:

“A balanced world is a better world. How can you help forge a more gender-balanced world? Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.”

For details on this year’s campaign, or to find events happening in Ottawa, click here.


Coming Events

  • CUASA Council Meeting – Wednesday, March 20, 1:00-3:00pm – 4351 HP
  • Sugar Bush Event – Saturday, March 30 – Sucrerie du Terroir – details above
  • Annual General Meeting – April 17, 2019 – full details to follow
  • Tenure & Promotion workshops – full details to follow



CUASA Communiqué, March 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 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

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