Bargaining between AUFA and AU has reached a standstill. This raises the spectre of a strike or a lockout within the next year.
Some faculty members have asked how they might talk about this situation if it comes up during the upcoming conference season. The talking points below may be of use:
AUFA and AU have been in bargaining for more than a year, and without a contract, since July 1, 2018.
AU is demanding a wage freeze despite a $9m surplus and >12% enrollment growth.
AU is unprepared to offer any quid pro quo for the wage freeze.
After 19 days of bargaining, it appears AUFA and AU have reached impasse.
Pathway to a Strike
AUFA has requested informal mediation on June 17 and 18
If this informal and formal mediation fails, AUFA will proceed towards a strike vote.
AUFA expects a strike vote will be held in the early autumn.
Once a strike mandate is in place, AUFA can strike with 72 hours of notice.
Impact of a Strike
Approximately 5000 students will be without instruction (i.e., teaching or marking) for the duration of a strike.
AU’s administrative functions (e.g., Registrar, IT, Library) will also be impeded.
What You Can Do to Help
Students: Advise any students considering taking an AU course of the risk of a work stoppage, so that they may make an informed decision about enrolling.
Faculty: Contact AU President Neil Fassina (firstname.lastname@example.org) and ask him to conclude an agreement to avoid a strike.
Bob Barnetson, Chair
AUFA Work Stoppage Committee