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OUTSIDER: the VOICE of the TUTOR         Volume 8 Issue 8
~ Instructor working conditions are student learning conditions ~ 

Congratulations to All AU Graduates!

CUPE 3911 and its members are very pleased to be celebrating the successes of all the AU students who are graduating at this time!  Congratulations on all your hard work that has enabled you to reach this really important milestone in your lives.  As your instructors, we are very proud to have played a role in helping enable your achievements and we sincerely wish you more successes in both the near and distant futures!

Members Ratify New CUPE 3911 Contract

As everyone knows, we have finally finished negotiating the new CUPE 3911 contract with Athabasca University. Information about the proposed new contract was mailed out to all our members so it could be voted on.  Read More...

AUFA's OOP Complaint

As mentioned in the last issue of The Outsider, our so-called labour ally at Athabasca University, AUFA (Athabasca University Faculty Association), lodged an “unfair labour practice” (reprinted in the previous issue) with the Alberta Labour Relations Board (LRB) to try to block our legitimate organizing drive of our 50 out-of-province tutors and academic experts (OOPs). Read More...

Provincial Government Gives Athabasca University One-Time $4.9 Million Grant

The Alberta provincial government announced on June 1 that it will give Athabasca University a one-time $4.9-million grant to help it implement its new strategic plan and to upgrade its outdated information technology infrastructure.  Read More...

Keep Your Eye on Ontario

In the June 8 Ontario provincial election, the ruling Wynne Liberals were resoundingly defeated winning only 7 seats, the NDP gained 22 seats to total 40, and the Conservatives led by Doug Ford became the new majority government with 76 seats.  The Green Party won its first seat in Ontario history.   Read More...

COCAL XIII International Conference Only Two Months Away

COCAL, which stands for Coalition on Contingent Academic Labour, is a coalition of higher education activists from the North American continent. Members are united in working to improve working conditions at colleges and universities for contingent faculty, including adjunct, part-time, and non-tenure track instructors, and graduate teaching assistants. Read More...

Update: Two Units of York University CUPE 3903 Workers Continue 3.5 Month Strike

On March 5, members of Local 3903 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) at York University, began strike action after overwhelmingly rejecting York University's final offer.   Read More...

York University Administrators Refuse to Budge in Mediation with CUPE 3903

The bargaining team representing teaching assistants, contract faculty and graduate assistants at York University in Toronto on May 30 made an offer of settlement to the University central administration in an effort to end the 3-month long strike. Read More...

York Professors Call on University to Settle Strike

More than 300 professors (full-time or retired), librarians and archivists at York University have issued an open letter calling on the University central administration to settle with CUPE 3903 now and end the strike. The open letter was released prior to the University's refusal to budge during mediation on the weekend of June 2-3. Read More...

Newsflash:  Unit 2 Contract Workers Settle With York University and Return to Work

The re-vote for the CUPE 3903 Unit 2 ratification vote took place on Thursday, June 14 and Friday, June 15. The result of a previous vote a few days earlier was nullified due to irregularities.  Read More...

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Editorial Policy

The Outsider is the voice of CUPE 3911. It is our vehicle for communicating with our members, on a regular (monthly) basis, the issues that concern and confront us as workers. The Outsider is also the voice of our members. We encourage and welcome relevant contributions from members.  While contributions are welcome, they need to contribute positively to the welfare of our union local and our members.  They also need to contribute positively to the advancement of public post-secondary education in Alberta.  We will not accept or print attacks on any of our members or our union leadership/executive. We also reserve the right to reply to any submissions that seem to reflect a misunderstanding of CUPE 3911 and its policies.  Please direct all articles, letters, comments, and ideas to our administrator.

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