For nearly 40 years, CUASA and the university administration have successfully used the grievance process described in the Collective Agreement to settle disagreements and to enforce our contract. Indeed, it is our right to grieve disputes and, if necessary, take them to binding arbitration, that is at the root of our ability to represent and defend our members.
The Association now finds itself in an unprecedented situation. For the better part of a year, the administration has not been meeting its obligations under the Collective Agreement. In its responses (or, in some cases, non-responses) to grievances, it has consistently failed to respect obligatory timelines and procedures. This is extraordinary behaviour on the part of our employer.