‘Current Issues’

Statement on 2021-22 Alberta Provincial Budget

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We are disappointed that the government has persisted with cuts to college and university funding and we wish to make clear that the removal of $90 million from post-secondary operations will not contribute to higher quality education. Unfortunately, the budget makes clear that post-secondary education is not a priority for the provincial government.  We believe that Alberta’s post-secondary institutions have a central role to play in diversifying our workforce and building the kind of economy and society that will enable Alberta to move forward in these trying times. However, our post-secondary institutions need appropriate, sustainable funding to achieve this and the ongoing and cumulative cuts are moving the province’s post-secondary institutions in the wrong direction.

Investment in Alberta’s post-secondary education is a choice that the Government of Alberta must make in order to secure a prosperous future for Albertans.  We will continue to make the point that post-secondary spending should be seen as an investment in Alberta’s future rather than a short term line item expense.  We will also continue our efforts to urge Albertans to work together to convince our Government that investments today in post-secondary education system offer the best hopes for the prosperity of Alberta in the future.

David Stewart

President, The University of Calgary Faculty Association​

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Stop PSE Cuts

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On January 30, 2021, the Faculty Association of the University of Calgary joined other supporters of post-secondary education in Alberta in voicing our support for stable funding of post-secondary education and expressing our concern about the province’s future.

We hope that the Government of Alberta will make clear its commitment to ensuring that Albertans have access to world-class institutions and scholars and that the working environment in universities provides the researchers and teachers with the respect and support that these dedicated professionals deserve. The proposed and actual cuts to post-secondary education funding carry the real and present danger that Alberta’s universities in the future will be diminished versions of what they are today. Universities and university education are critical to Alberta’s economic and social future and government funding must reflect this reality. The funding of post-secondary education must be seen as an investment in the future of the Province.

The Faculty Association of the University of Calgary believes that sustainable public funding for Alberta’s post-secondary education is essential to the health of our institutions and the overall health of our province and its economy.  We believe that Alberta’s post-secondary institutions have a central role to play in diversifying our workforce and building the kind of economy that will enable Alberta to move forward in these trying times. However, our post-secondary institutions need appropriate, sustainable funding to achieve this. Investment in Alberta’s post-secondary education is a choice that the Government of Alberta must make in order to secure a prosperous future for Albertans.

In these times of economic uncertainty, Albertans need to have opportunities to transition by learning new skills. But just when they need post-secondary opportunities the most, they are faced with higher tuition rates and have realistic fears about the quality of their education. We believe that student learning outcomes are intrinsically tied to the working conditions and well-being of the instructors and support staff. Hiring freezes, lay-offs, and operational budget cuts come with increased workload and stress for the remaining staff. Meanwhile, with increased financial pressures and uncertainty, institutions often increase reliance on contract academic staff who have little in the way of job security or benefits and often earn less for instructing a course than the students who aid them.

Now is the time for Albertans to work together to urge our Government to invest in our post-secondary education system of today for the prosperity of Alberta into the future.

Links of interest:

Visit www.stoppsecuts.ca for more information on this campaign

Click here to order a lawn sign to show your support for Alberta PSE

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Designation of MaPS employees

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September 25, 2018

The Faculty Association has filed a Labour Board application to designate all Management and Professional Staff (MaPS) as Academic Staff (except those few who might be excluded – e.g. HR/Labour Relations). It will take some time for this to be heard by the Labour Board and we will provide more information in due course.

 

June 27, 2018

Following receipt of the Governors letter at the end of May 2018, the Faculty Association sent two letters to the Administration on June 14, 2018: 1) responding to how the Governors have decided to move forward on this matter, stating that it does not respond to the issues raised in the April 2018 letter and 2) responding to the proposed consultation process itself.

1) Re: Designating Management and Professional Staff as Academic Staff.pdf

2) Re: Designation and Consultation Process: Management and Professional Staff.pdf

The Administration responded to these letters on June 26, 2018.

Letter from Dru Marshall (Provost and Vice-President Academic) and Linda Dalgetty (Vice-President, Finance and Services) in response to the Association’s two letters from June 14, 2018.pdf

Sheila Miller, Association Executive Director, replied to the Administration by email the same day reiterating the Association’s overall concern and how the narrowly defined review does not respond to the Association’s request.

Email from Sheila Miller to Dru Marshall and Linda Dalgetty in response to their June 26 letter.pdf

 

May 31, 2018

On May 31, 2018 the Association received a letter from the Board of Governors Chair, Jill Wyatt, in response to the April 12th letter regarding the designation of Management and Professional Staff (MaPS). Further, the Governors have prepared a process document entitled: “Designation and Consultation Process Management and Professional Staff”.

Letter from Board of Governors Chair, Jill Wyatt, in response to the Association’s request regarding MaPS designation.pdf

Process document – “Designation and Consultation Process Management and Professional Staff”.pdf

 

May 30, 2018

Response from Sandra Hoenle, Faculty Association President, to Warren Hartwell, Chair, Management and Professional Staff (MaPS) Executive Committee regarding comments and questions from MaPS employees.

Response to questions from MaPS community.pdf

 

May 16, 2018

Request to the Faculty Association and the Administration from Warren Hartwell, Chair, Management and Professional Staff (MaPS) for response to a number of questions associated with the Faculty Association’s request to the Board of Governors on the matter of MaPS designation.

Questions raised by the MaPS community.pdf

 

April 23, 2018

Correspondence from the Board of Governors Chair, Jill Wyatt, acknowledging receipt of the Faculty Association’s initial letter. (.pdf)

 

April 12, 2018

Request from the Faculty Association to the Board of Governors regarding the designation of Management and Professional Staff (MaPS) as Academic Staff. (.pdf)