The Carleton University Academic Staff Association, CUASA, is a certified trade union representing faculty, professional librarians, lecturer (instructor) employees and non-credit language teachers at the university. Carleton’s contract instructors, on the other hand, are represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 4600, Unit 2.
CUASA serves as the collective bargaining agent, certified by the Ontario Labour Relations Board, for more than 800 academic staff members at Carleton. It is affiliated with the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), the National Union of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (NUCAUT), the CAUT Defence Fund, the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations, the Ontario Federation of Labour, the Ottawa District Labour Council and the Canadian Labour Congress.
The primary purposes of the association are to promote the well-being of the academic community, to defend academic freedom and to promote the collective and individual interests of its members, as well as to maintain the quality and integrity of the university as an academic institution.
The association is run on a volunteer basis and depends on the active participation of its members. CUASA affairs are managed by the president (elected by the membership and serving as the president-elect, president and past-president over three years) and a steering committee whose members are appointed for two-year terms by the council of representatives. Council members are elected from academic sub-units defined in the CUASA constitution for three-year terms.
All academic staff members hired with a workload of at least one-half are automatically members of the bargaining unit (with the exception of those specifically excluded by the Certificate of the Ontario Labour Relations Board), and are eligible to become members of the association and participate in its democratic activities.
CUASA’s current collective agreement with Carleton contains definitions and outlines academic freedom, discrimination and other university policies, as well as provides information on appointments, promotions, workload, intellectual property and copyright, rights and responsibilities, confidentiality, leaves, sabbaticals, benefits and more.
CUPE 4600 aims to maintain a harmonious and mutually beneficial relationship between the employer and employees, and to establish terms and conditions of employment relating to remuneration, hours of work, employee benefits and working conditions, as well as to provide a method of settling any differences that may arise between the parties.
A Joint Committee for the Administration of the Agreement (JCAA) is composed of four representatives of each party – employer and employee. The purpose of the JCAA is to provide a forum for discussion of matters pertinent to the operation of the agreement or other matters of interest to both parties.
CUPE 4600’s current collective agreement with Carleton contains definitions and outlines academic freedom, discrimination and other university policies, rights and responsibilities, confidentiality, leaves, benefits, and a plethora of other resources.
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