Athabasca faculty wins cost-of-living increase in arbitration

July 25, 2017

Faculty at Athabasca University have been awarded successive 2% cost-of-living increases over the next two academic years and have kept key benefits after engaging in arbitration with the school, reports the Edmonton Journal. The university had argued that it was necessary to roll back and suspend some increases and professional development allowances due to the “considerable turmoil and uncertainty in Alberta’s economy” and its own “dire financial situation.” Yet the school says that it accepts the decision, and Athabasca President Neil Fassina adds that he looks forward to working with the association in the next round of bargaining beginning next year. “We’ve got a very bright future ahead of us,” says Fassina. “We need to come together on how best to do that because we are all in this together as a collective.” Edmonton Journal