The Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA) is the legally recognized bargaining agent for the support staff working on the University of Alberta campus. It negotiates the terms and conditions of employment for over 6,000 support staff employees - operating, trust, ESL instructors and casual employees. In addition, it provides its members with advice and assistance in many areas including: problem-solving with respect to rights under the collective agreement, health and safety issues, WCB difficulties, benefit needs - to name only a few.
An employee association has existed at the University of Alberta, in one form or another, since the 1940s. Throughout its history, NASA has been defined and shaped by several pieces of Alberta legislation: the Universities Act, the Crown Agencies Employee Relations Act, the Societies Act and finally, the Public Service Employee Relations Act (PSERA). NASA's legal recognition to officially represent the University's non-academic staff was received in 1977 with the passage of PSERA, which clarified the relationship between the University and NASA by recognizing the Board of Governors as the employer of the non-academic staff and NASA as their bargaining agent. After overcoming some legal difficulties, on September 26, 1978, NASA became a certified union and has operated in that capacity ever since.
NASA members' jobs reflect the diversity of the University of Alberta - there are building service workers, library personnel, administrative and clerical personnel, teachers, researchers, lab assistants, computer technicians, nurses and engineers. In fact, nearly everyone who works in a support staff job at the University is a part of NASA.
NASA is an open, democratic organization controlled directly by our members who elect an executive. Under the direction of the elected executive, NASA staff manage the day to day functions of the Union. NASA also has Union Stewards on campus who are available to provide assistance to members.