Alberta University of the Arts Faculty Association

President's Report  | May 2022

AUAFA
President AGM Report
Natali Rodrigues
May, 2022

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to start off by expressing a big heartfelt thank you to the NAC team led by Marty Kaufman (NAC Chair), Chris Willard, Laurel Johannesson (and alternate Colin Martin). It is because of their tireless work and effort put forth throughout 8 months of negotiations that we have a ratified Collective Agreement until 2024. The NAC team entered bargaining under extreme pressures related to imposing government mandates along with covid related closures (to name a few). Marty Kaufman has been extraordinary in his role as NAC Chair, demonstrating unwavering leadership and collegiality throughout the bargaining process. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

 

It is with regret that I accept Martys resignation from the NAC Chair position. To the rest of the membership, that means there is a position open on the AUAFA Executive. Think about joining us in the good fight.

Legislation

Bill 17 has been tabled, which will reaffirm the individual Faculty Associations as the sole
bargaining body for the membership.


Grievances

As of this week we have a new Grievance Advisor- Chris Frey! Welcome back Chris!

We continue to file grievances when there are instances where the Collective Agreement has been contravened by the employer. There have been far more instances this year than any in the last 10 years. There have been close to 20 policy and individual grievances this year. I encourage you to reach out to the FA office or to Chris Frey our Grievance Officer if you want to discuss what you believe may be a potential issue.


If you have not had a chance to familiarize yourself with our Collective Agreement, now is your
chance! It is the only thing that defines our employment, workload, and compensation. It is all
in there! The Faculty Association is the only bargaining unit we have. If you need to negotiate
terms of your employment, come to us. We are more than happy to help.


If you have been asked to a meeting by our employers, whether it is disciplinary or not, one of
the FA executive can join you. While is is your right to attend meetings alone, it is also your right and you are highly encouraged to have an FA Executive member attend the meeting with you. There is no reason to face these things without the support of the Association.


Work Action
This last academic year, we have seen the first strikes in recent Alberta Post-Secondary history. I have been attending the Public Interest Alberta solidarity meetings, and along with other AUAFA members, walking the pickets in solidarity. The two institutions that were forced onto the picket line this year were the University of Lethbridge FA (ULFA) and Concordia University of Edmonton FA (CUEFA). Their work actions resulted in the ratification of collective agreements that saw some benefits to their membership.


Most the 16 ACIFA fellow Associations are negotiating. Several have reported moving to
mediation. If a tentative agreement cannot be reached through mediation, then work action
may occur.


The AUAFA Executive will continue to strengthen our understanding of work action, and what
the structures and mechanisms are. If you are interested in helping, please let us know! Many
hands make light work.

Please, if you have any questions over the summer please don’t hesitate to reach out. I will be occasionally checking my work email, and I am always available on my mobile (unless I am birdwatching): 403-471-0813.  

 

There will be more to discuss in the Fall, as we return to work.

 

In Solidarity and friendship,

 

Natali 

 

Announcements
Vacant positions  22/23

NAC Chair

Vacation Days 

 Leave date: June 16

Return to work date:  August 19  

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