Community Updates: AASUA


June 18, 2024
University of Alberta and AASUA meet this week

The U of A and AASUA bargaining committees met on June 10. The parties have agreed to cancel the June 18 session and the Collective Bargaining Meeting Schedules page has been updated. So far there have been seven negotiating sessions since the March 5, 2024 exchange of initial proposals. The next session is scheduled for June 26 with a planned pause in meetings for July and August.

June 11, 2024
U of A - AASUA Bargaining Update

The university and AASUA met again this week on June 10. The next meeting dates are scheduled for June 18 and June 26.

June 4, 2024
U of A - AASUA Bargaining Update

The university and AASUA met on June 3 as the bargaining committees continue negotiations on a renewed collective agreement. The next meeting is scheduled for June 10.

May 28, 2024
University of Alberta and AASUA update

The university and AASUA bargaining committees met last week on May 23 and are scheduled to continue bargaining on June 3.

May 21, 2024
University of Alberta and AASUA to meet again this week

The U of A and AASUA bargaining committees meet this week on May 23 to continue negotiations on a renewed collective agreement.

May 14, 2024
University of Alberta and AASUA bargaining update

Negotiations continue on a renewed collective agreement between the university and AASUA. The bargaining committees are scheduled to meet next on May 23.

May 7, 2024
University and AASUA continue to meet

Negotiations between the university and AASUA continue. The last meeting was held on April 30, with the next meeting scheduled for May 23.

April 30, 2024
University of Alberta and AASUA negotiations continue this week

The bargaining committees met last on April 11 and negotiations continue this week with a meeting scheduled for April 30.

April 23, 2024
University of Alberta and AASUA bargaining update

Negotiations between the university and AASUA continue. The bargaining committees are scheduled to meet next on April 30.

April 16, 2024
University of Alberta and AASUA meeting schedule updates

Negotiations between the university and AASUA continue with the parties meeting last week on April 11. The next meeting, scheduled for April 16, has been rescheduled to April 30. The meeting schedule has been updated at the U of A Bargaining Meeting Schedules page.

April 9, 2024
Bargaining committees to meet again this week

Negotiations continue on a renewed collective agreement between the University of Alberta and AASUA. The bargaining committees are scheduled to meet again this week on April 11.

April 2, 2024
U of A and AASUA continue to meet

The University of Alberta and AASUA bargaining committees met on March 28 for the first time since exchanging opening proposals. The bargaining committees are scheduled to meet next on April 11.

March 26, 2024
U of A and AASUA to meet next on Thursday, March 28

The University of Alberta and AASUA bargaining teams will meet next on Thursday, March 28. This is the first meeting since the parties exchanged initial proposals on March 5.

March 7, 2024
U of A and AASUA exchange opening proposals

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.

February 20, 2024
U of A and AASUA commence regular meetings on negotiations
The U of A and AASUA bargaining teams held their initial meeting on Feb. 13. The parties are scheduled to meet again on March 5 to exchange initial proposals. Bargaining dates have been scheduled through June.
February 13, 2024
U of A and AASUA to exchange initial proposals Mar. 5
The university and AASUA bargaining teams have agreed to exchange initial proposals on March 5, 2024, and subsequently to meet on March 28 and April 11. The parties are working to schedule additional dates beyond April 11.

January 23, 2024
Negotiations to begin between the University of Alberta and AASUA

The university received a notice to bargain from the Association of Academic Staff of the University of Alberta on January 17, initiating negotiations on a new collective agreement. The university is committed to a fair, respectful and collaborative collective bargaining process that will help to shape the future of the university and its community.

The University of Alberta is pleased to share that Geoff Tierney will act as lead negotiator for the university. Mr. Tierney brings a depth of experience in academic and non-academic labour negotiations, including serving as the U of A’s lead negotiator in previous rounds of negotiations. The university’s bargaining committee negotiates on behalf of the Board of Governors.

The U of A Bargaining Team with AASUA comprises:

  • Matina Kalcounis-Rueppell, College Dean and Vice-Provost, College of Natural and Applied Sciences
  • Vic Adamowicz, Vice-Dean, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences
  • Michelle Strong, Director Faculty Relations
  • Brian Pearson, Senior Faculty Relations Officer
  • Trina Fisher, Senior Officer, Employee & Labour Relations

The current U of A - AASUA collective agreement is for the period of July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2024. Information on the bargaining process is available on the this website. Updates will be provided regularly via these pages and through employee digest emails when bargaining is underway and meeting dates have been scheduled.