AUFA declines AU's proposal for all AUFA members to take a vacation day on August 6, 2013 - letter to Director of HR (July 3, 2013)
AUFA disappointed by Board's hasty rejection for University "rescue plan - Media release (May 10, 2013)
AUFA proposes University "Rescue plan" for interim internal leadership - Media release (May 8, 2013)
Open letter to AU Board of Governors, advising the Board not to agree to the Letter of Expectation sent by the Ministry of Enterprise and Advanced Education (April 2, 2013)
Read the Edmonton Journal Article
Watch the CBC Radio-Canada (en francais) interview here
Read the E&AE Ministry's Letter of Expectation for AU
All Letters of Expectation are available at this E&AE Ministry webpage
Proposed Changes to the Universities’ Academic Pension Plan
The long awaited proposed changes to the Universities Academic Pension Plan (UAPP) will soon be ready for AUFA pension plan members to vote on. A detailed information package about the changes will be emailed to members on Tuesday, April 2.
A public information meeting has been set for Tuesday, April 9 at AU-Athabasca with teleconference available, after which electronic voting will be open from April 16 to April 19.
The changes being proposed are necessary for the long-term viability of the plan and will require members who choose to retire early to assume greater responsibility for funding a portion of the cost.
AUFA’s representative to the UAPP committee is Diane Morrison.
AUFA responds to dismissal of senior administrators
The Athabasca University Faculty Association (AUFA) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 3911 (Athabasca University tutors and academic experts) are shocked by this unexpected and as yet unexplained dismissal of senior staff.
These dismissals come at a time when the University’s president has publicly indicated he will not serve out his full term and the Board of Governors have launched an initiative to determine if the University should change its administrative makeup and move to a provostial model.
We want a clear explanation of why it was necessary for these actions to be taken at this time, and we want to know what these actions mean for the strategic direction for our university.
AUFA Fall General Meeting
When: October 24, 2013
Where: AU Governing Council Chambers
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
2nd Calgary Luncheon
When: Early December, 2013
When: January, 2014
Tawatinaw Family Ski Day
When: February, 2014
Where: Tawatinaw Ski Valley
Salaries & Benefits - On April 17, the AUFA and Board of Governors (BoG) salaries and benefits (S&B) negotiating teams met in Athabasca to continue negotiations on salary rates (Schedule A-1 and A-2), benefits (Schedule B), and other monetary matters.
The AUFA S&B team comprises Bob Barnetson (chair), Geoff Loken, Mark McCutcheon, Florene Ypma, and Colleen Powell (staff). The Board S&B team comprises Chantel Kossongo (lawyer), Rocky Brown, Seona Noseworthy, Donna Romyn, and Joelle Jackson (support).
Bargaining Update: April 18, 2013
Terms & Conditions - AUFA’s T&C team exchanged proposals with AU on Tuesday, March 19. Mark McCutcheon (chair) has forwarded a separate update on the outcome of the exchange of proposals through AUFA-notices.
Other members of the T&C team are David Gregory, Diane Morrison, David Powell, and Colleen Powell (AUFA staff).
Bargaining Update: June 24, 2013
Newsletter - October 2013
CAFA Campaign Website
AU in the News: Media Round-up
The Employee Engagement Survey results: