January 24, 2024

A message from Angie Skuba on behalf of the NASA Bargaining Committee

Throughout the day on Sunday, January 14, 2024, your bargaining committee met to discuss a number of proposals. Although we had planned to meet in person, we were relieved to shift the meeting online to avoid the cold weather.

Fall 2023 Survey

We began our discussions by debriefing the results of the NASA bargaining survey, in which a majority of NASA members participated. The purpose of the survey was to identify the degree of support you all have for potential bargaining issues. This helps your bargaining committee to know what we should be prioritizing in proposals and negotiations. Unsurprisingly, compensation and job security continue to be the top priorities for NASA members, with nearly 94% of respondents agreeing that our wages should meet current inflation and catch up with past inflation, over 92% agreeing that IA IIs should not be displacing NASA members work, workload is clearly an issue for NASA members – with an average over 85% support for all workload priorities, and 95% agreeing that we should increase the proportion of Continuous faculty members.  Your Bargaining Committee sees this as a clear mandate while also recognizing that a clear majority of members who responded agreed with all of the statements in the survey.

No Concessions Bargaining

An approach common for unions to take in negotiations is a goal of “no concessions.” From a union’s perspective a concession is a proposal that would make your collective agreement worse than your already established working conditions. This does not mean “no compromise”, but those compromises would be about how and how much does your agreement get improved. It was most likely the best deal possible without a strike mandate from NASA members, but a large and significant concession was accepted by NASA members in the last agreement: wages that have lost us all thousands of dollars in the real value of our income in the face of double digit inflation and provided “savings” to NAIT of millions of dollars. That influenced your committee in voting to adopt a goal of no concessions for this round of bargaining.

Proposals

Proposals adopted in principle included: better conversion for Temporary staff to become Continuous; more clearly prohibiting IA IIs from teaching and to prohibit NAIT from using support staff to reduce NASA members work; improving the workload review process; and better human rights protections. The committee meets again on January 23 to continue proposal discussion. Look for invites to town halls soon for every department at NAIT to hear from your bargaining representative and have a broader discussion with you of proposals and priorities.

Bargaining Timelines

NAIT and NASA will be discussing the timing of bargaining and notice to bargain this week, with bargaining expected to begin this semester. While we can’t guarantee NAIT’s focus and prioritization of reaching an agreement sooner rather than later, the committee has definitely heard the feedback that the length of time to negotiate the last agreement was too long and so will be putting in evenings and weekends to make that happen.

Thank you all for your support and your engagement. We are stronger together!

P.S.. please remember to provide NASA with your personal email and phone number at this link, as NASA will be moving away from NAIT emails as bargaining progresses.

Sincerely,

Angie Skuba on behalf of your NASA Bargaining Committee:

  • Ashley Lawson, representing Natural Sciences and Academic Studies (SAST) – new to the committee!
  • Janet Bertsch, representing Marketing, Hospitality and Human Resource Management (JRSSB)
  • Melissa Dobson, representing Management and Bachelor of Technology (JRSSB)  
  • Camron Rahmanian, representing Finance, Entrepreneurship & Innovation (JRSSB)
  • Mark Zubis, representing Accounting and Analytics (JRSSB)  
  • Steve Chattargoon, representing Media, Information & Communication Technologies (SAST)  
  • Wanda Griesheimer, representing Industrial Automation and Design (SAST)  
  • Greg Von Lipinski, representing Electrical and Electronics (SAST)
  • Mette Rasmussen, representing Energy, Resources and Operations (SAST)  
  • Ken Williams, representing Infrastructure and Sustainable Design (SAST)  
  • Randy Dreger, representing Community Health (SHLS)  
  • Sherry Sand, representing Dental and Animal Clinical Services (SHLS)  
  • Krysta Westlund, representing Medical Imaging and Laboratory Services (SHLS)  
  • Kirk Lamble, representing Mechanical (SST – Patricia Campus)  
  • David McCoy, representing Manufacturing, Fabrication and Maintenance (SST)  
  • Spenser Rawluk, representing Electrical Installations (SST)  
  • Komal Kumar, representing Counsellors  
  • Christine Loo, representing Librarians  
  • Angie Skuba, representing Curriculum & Instructional Specialists  
  • James Gospodyn, representing Chairs  
  • Roo Maynard, representing Precarious Staff (Temporary and Casual)  
  • Shauna MacDonald, NASA President  
  • Trevor Zimmerman, NASA Labour Relations Director

Areas currently with vacant representation:

  • Information Systems Technology (SAST)
  • Transportation (SST)
  • Construction (SST)
  • Culinary Arts and Professional Food Studies (SST)