U of A - AASUA Bargaining Update

U of A and AASUA exchange opening proposals

7 March 2024

On March 5, the University of Alberta and AASUA met and exchanged initial proposals. Both proposals and opening statements can be accessed through the links below.

As outlined in the university’s opening statement, over the most recent rounds, the parties have worked together to establish a bargaining process that is professional, respectful and collegial. We look forward to a continuation of that constructive approach as we work together toward a renewal of the collective agreement.

Through collective bargaining, the U of A is seeking an agreement that best supports the well-being of academic staff and that ensures the long-term sustainability and growth of the university and our collective research and teaching pursuits. University-proposed amendments to the current agreement support the core mandate of teaching and research. The university’s proposals also: seek to enhance the health, safety and security of employees; streamline, simplify and clarify processes; and, enhance academic and operational efficiencies. The U of A’s proposal is opening the conversation with AASUA towards an expeditious renewal agreement that is fair, equitable and responsible.

Common questions on the negotiations process are answered on the Collective Bargaining Frequently Asked Questions page. New entries cover how university activities and resources, including learning, research and work applications—such as university email accounts—continue unchanged throughout the negotiation process as long as work continues.

Updates are provided regularly via these pages and through the weekly employee digests when bargaining is underway. Information on the bargaining process and upcoming meetings is also available on this site.