uAlberta science department chairs ask to reopen salary negotiations

August 14, 2013

All 7 department chairs in the Faculty of Science at the University of Alberta have signed an open letter directed to the president of the Association of Academic Staff University of Alberta (AASUA) asking him to reconsider the decision to reject uAlberta’s request to reopen collective agreements. The letter suggests that faculty may be willing to cut salaries and benefits in order to avoid “severe and long-term damage to the quality of our teaching and research.” The letter asks for open discussion and a vote regarding uAlberta’s request, in order to address the fact “that members were never given the opportunity to express their opinions.” uAlberta approached the AASUA and the Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA) in July about possibly renegotiating the agreements in order to avoid further job cuts. Edmonton Journal | Open Letter