AUFA and Algoma University still unable to reach agreement

After two days of mediation, the Algoma University Faculty Association (AUFA) and Algoma University have not been able to reach an agreement for the university’s part-time contract faculty.

This failure to reach an agreement means that mediation scheduled between the faculty association and the university on Tuesday, February 28 may be the last chance to avoid a strike.

While the faculty association acknowledges that progress was made, they are disappointed that they could not reach an agreement.  They remain committed to reaching a fair deal with the university next Tuesday.

“The last thing that part-time contract faculty want to do is walk off the job,” said Deborah Woodman, spokesperson for AUFA Executive. “But the reality is that, unless the university administration is willing to address our remaining concerns, a strike is imminent.”

Part-time contract faculty at Algoma will be in a legal position to strike as of Saturday, March 4th, 2017.

Media contact: Deborah Woodman (Deborah [dot] Woodman [at] Algomau [dot] ca; 705-949-2301 ext. 4354)

Support contract faculty – send a letter!

Part-time and contract faculty at Algoma University are currently working hard to negotiate a fair deal with fair hiring, fair evaluation and fair pay.

The University refused to reach a deal in conciliation and we have started the countdown to possible job action in early March. But there is still time to avert a strike: you can help by sending a letter of support for contract faculty to the University President and Chair of the Board of Directors. Thanks for your support.

Click here to send a letter

PT Bargaining Update

PT bargaining will begin this Thursday, May 26, 2016. This first meeting with management will cover the basic bargaining rules (called protocol) and potential future meeting dates.

A Message from the President

I can continue to bring a historical understanding and a reasoned approach to all issues, and also continuity to the this year’s part-time members bargaining process, while assisting Negotiating Team members understand how to best represent the varied interests of the AUFA Collective.

My experience, besides being AUFA President for the last two years, includes being a member of five previous Full-timers’ Negotiating teams, serving as lead for four. My track record is one of representing all faculty interests, including those of AU Part-time Association members.  Over the last year I have been involved in many situations and issues as AUFA President, all of which I believe have been resolved with AUFA interests being upheld.

I learned from my negotiation experience that – “Preparedness is a key to success, and attention to detail helps to maintain what has been achieved”. I have tried to apply that adage to all my university service activities – always come to the situation or table knowing the issues and the potential positions of the opposition, only then can a well thought out strategy to achieve one’s objectives be formulated.

I believe in totally open and transparent organizational and management process, and have applied those principles in all my faculty association roles and responsibilities over the years (AUFA Secretary – 2 years, Negotiator – 12 years, AUFA Vice President – 2 years, President – 2 years).  The role of President is one of representation, but to be a good representative one must be open to diverse, sometimes differing, viewpoints and be able to listen. These are two qualities I hope I have demonstrated to all fellow faculty members over the years.

My goals for the next year are:

  • To assist the PT Negotiating team negotiate the best deal possible,
  • to bring in more and new people into the AUFA committee ranks, increase faculty involvement, and
  • formalize the operational processes of AUFA
  • keep excesses of AU Administration to a minimum


Pelham Matthews