To All Members of the Carleton University Academic Staff Association (CUASA),

The university respects the right of the association to keep their members updated and share information.

In response to the association’s recent message, it is important to provide additional context.

The university has been in bargaining with CUASA since last summer.

Although the two parties are close to agreement, there are a number of issues which are still to be resolved. The administration reached out by telephone and email to the union to propose using the assistance of an external expert mediator. After receiving no response from the union, Carleton applied for conciliation through the Ontario Ministry of Labour.

This step was taken to bring this round of bargaining to resolution, not to lock out faculty. Conciliation is a normal part of the process. Raising the possibility of a lockout, when none is planned, increases tensions unnecessarily.

The university welcomes the participation of the association in conciliated talks to achieve a fair and timely settlement. Carleton remains committed to resuming talks as soon as possible.

Updates about bargaining with CUASA will continue to be posted under the Labour Relations tab on the Provost page at:

Jerry Tomberlin
Interim Provost and Vice-President (Academic)