Weekly Update – April 24

April 24, 2020

Weekly Update – April 24

April 28 – National Day of Mourning

We encourage you to join the virtual ceremony for this year’s National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job, hosted by the Ottawa and District Labour Council.

The ceremony will take place on April 28 at 12:30 p.m. on Zoom, which you can access here.

No pre-registration is required.


CUASA met with the Employer on April 17 at the Joint Committee for the Administration of the Agreement (JCAA). At that meeting, CUASA inquired as to whether Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) would be provided to employees who go to campus to access their office. The Employer has responded, stating that the answer is no. Further, the Employer stated that there is a limited supply of PPE available for accessing animal care facilities due to supply chain challenges, but that PPE is already required as part of the animal care facility access protocols.

We also asked Carleton to do public/campus wide consultations on all back to work modules. We are insisting that this discussion not just be left to a few committee members.

Building Access Protocols

We would like to bring to your attention the University’s New Building Access Protocols, which took effect on March 30. You can view the protocols here.

CUASA Business and Events

Reminder of AGM

We would like to remind you that the April General Meeting (AGM) is Tuesday April 28, 2020, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. You can view the full notice here.

Please note the AGM will be held online using Zoom. Login details will be provided separately.

Reminder for Steering Nominations

The nominations period is open for executive positions on the CUASA Steering committee. Information on the nominations process, and a list of open positions, can be found on our How to Volunteer page. Nominations are open until Monday, April 27.

If you are interested in any of the open positions, we strongly encourage you to consider running. CUASA Council has decided that a teaching release will be made available to anyone who takes a position on Steering.* The work of the Association continues, despite the current environment we find ourselves in. Remember that our Association is only as strong as its membership, so we count on the time and commitment of our members to achieve our goals.

Carleton Community Announcements

Today is the last day to complete the Transition to Teaching Online: Survey for Faculty and Instructors. We strongly encourage you to complete this survey to inform the Employer of your experience of the transition to online teaching. You can complete the survey here.

Academic Community at Large

OCUFA Statement on Governance Issues Related to COVID-19

OCUFA has issued a statement on some of the governance issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic for universities in Ontario. You can view the full statement here.

CAUT Statement on Proposed Cuts to Manitoba Universities

The government of Manitoba is requiring the province’s universities to submit model budget cuts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. CAUT strongly opposed this move and cautioned the Manitoba government of the harm it will cause. Read the full statement here.

CAUT Welcomes New Measures for Post-Secondary Students

The federal government announced $9 billion in funding will be provided to help students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, who were not eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). CAUT welcomes this announcement, stating it is an important first step in providing support to students and post-secondary institutions. Read the full statement here.

* subject to budget approval

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