Save the Date: Joel Westheimer on Austerity and CAUT Grievance Handling Workshop

APUO is pleased to announce several events in April.

On April 11th from 1:00 – 2:00, Joel Westheimer will give a talk on the corporatization of education. Joel is a very engaging speaker, and members will benefit from his analysis of the political and social environment of postsecondary education. Joel’s talk is a reprise of a presentation he gave at OCUFA’s Education in an Age of Austerity Conference (January 2013). It was so well received that he’s been asked to give it twice since. Here’s the description:

The corporate university ascendant?

This session will explore how the financial crisis of 2008 and the following emphasis on public austerity may be hastening the evolution of the university into a new, labour market-oriented corporate model. The session will also ask if we are witnessing the decline of the university as a centre of critical thought and human development.

Following Joel’s talk, APUO has invited the Canadian Association of University Teachers to present a Grievance Handling Workshop to all interested APUO, CUASA (Carleton), and APSPU (St. Paul) members. The workshop looks at the employer’s responsibilities in the workplace and how conflicts can be resolved through grievance.

The workshop demystifies the grievance process and underscores that grievances are ways of clarifying workplace issues. This takes the enormous negative baggage out of the grievance process and views it as one way of potentially solving conflict.

The grievance handling workshop begins at 2:30 on April 11th and runs until 4:30. There will be a cocktail hour immediately following the first day of the grievance workshop, which continues on April 12th from 9:00 – 5:00.

Location for all events: DSM 12102.

L’APUO a le plaisir d’annoncer plusieurs évènements prévus pour avril.

Le 11 avril à 13h, Joel Westheimer fera une présentation au sujet de la corporatisation des institutions éducatives. Joel est un présentateur dynamique et les membres apprendront beaucoup de son analyse politique et sociale du système éducatif postsecondaire.

Joel nous offre une reprise de la présentation qu’il a donnée dans le cadre d’une conférence de l’UAPUO (l’Union des Associations des Professeurs des Universités de l’Ontario) « Age of Austerity » qui s’est tenue en janvier dernier. Voici une description du sujet de sa présentation :

The corporate university ascendant?

This session will explore how the financial crisis of 2008 and the following emphasis on public austerity may be hastening the evolution of the university into a new, labour market-oriented corporate model. The session will also ask if we are witnessing the decline of the university as a centre of critical thought and human development.

 À la suite de la présentation du Professeur Westheimer, l’APUO a invité l’ACPPU (l’Association canadienne des Professeurs et Professeures d’Université) à offrir un atelier portant sur les griefs en milieu de travail à tous les membres de l’APUO, de CUASA (Carleton) et de l’APSPU (Université St Paul). L’atelier portera sur les responsabilités de l’employeur en milieu de travail et comment les conflits peuvent être résolus au moyen de grief.

L’atelier fera la lumière sur le processus de grief et mettra l’emphase sur l’utilité des griefs comme moyens pour clarifier les défis qui peuvent survenir dans le milieu de travail. Cette approche élimine le bagage négatif associé au processus de grief et le positionne comme un mécanisme de résolution de conflit.

Cet atelier débutera à 14h 30 le 11 avril et sera d’une durée de deux heures. Les participants seront conviés à un cinq à sept immédiatement après l’atelier qui continuera le 12 avril de 9 h à 17 h.

Tous les évènements auront lieu dans la pièce 12102 DMS.

APUO Makes History!

Today, during two marathon length meetings (Board of Directors and General Assembly), the APUO made history by presenting its bargaining positions to its membership. There was standing room only in Desmarais 12102 for at least part of the General Assembly. I’m inspired that so many APUO members were interested in participating in this act of deliberative democracy. At least 60% of librarian members took part in the discussions which covered our broad bargaining themes as well as positions related to items identified by members as issues in the workplace.

Today is an inspired day. There is no better union than one that works together to make decisions. Not all discussions were easy and few votes issues were unanimously supported. But that’s great – members had the opportunity to hear what we’ve spent 3,000 hours working on. Yes, 3,000 hours of collective work has gone into developing these positions. They heard, they voted, we’re ready to bargain for you.

APUO Board of Directors position

If you’d like to run or nominate someone to run for Representative of the Library to the APUO’s Board of Diectors, be sure to have your nomination in by April 13, 2012.

By-Law G and Appendix 1 of the APUO Constitution state that the Library forms a unit for the election of two representatives on the APUO Board of Directors.  The mandate for this position is for two years starting 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2014.

All nominations should be communicated to the APUO office BEFORE 16:00, 13 April 2012.

The 2011-2012 APUO Board of Director’s member list is available on our web site:  http://www.apuo.ca/Info/gens/gens.htm along with the APUO’s Constitution and By-Laws  www.apuo.ca/Info/apuo/constitution.htm.