NASA is actively involved on a range of issues that directly impact NASA members and the work they do. On each of these issues, we monitor the latest developments and provide information and analysis, engage with key decision-makers, collaborate with other unions and interested stakeholder groups, and provide ways for NASA members to take action.
You can find out more about current NASA issues and campaigns below.
Please note that some campaigns are specific to NASA members only, and will require a member login to access.
NASA and the employer are currently at the bargaining table. Over the coming months, the importance of having an engaged membership will be crucial! There are a number of ways NASA members can help ensure the bargaining team is able to negotiate a fair agreement.
Stand with Building Services workers: Rescind the Outsourcing!
On Tuesday, July 13, the employer announced that they would move to outsource the remaining NASA members in building services. The COVID-19 pandemic is not over: outsourcing the workers who have kept our campus clean and safe for decades is shortsighted and will mean the people doing these jobs will receive significantly less in pay and benefits for the same work NASA’s members performed.
Post-Secondary Education Cuts
The UCP government’s latest budget has dealt another serious blow to a post-secondary education sector already reeling from two years of deep funding cuts. Alberta’s post-secondary institutions will lose another $135 million in provincial funding this year, with an additional $113 million reduction planned in 2022-23. This is on top of the $182 million in cuts implemented last year. The University of Alberta alone has lost $170 million in provincial funding—almost 30% of its total Campus Alberta grant—in just two and a half years.
The main issue of concern for NASA members is the impact of the ongoing restructuring being implemented by the university in response to provincial funding cuts. Restructuring under the U of A for Tomorrow aims to reduce spending by at least $120 million, primarily through the elimination of an estimated 1,200 positions.
Pensions and retirement security is a priority issue for NASA members. Since being elected in April 2019, the UCP government has made a number of significant changes to the rules governing public-sector pension plans, including the Public Sector Pension Plan (PSPP), which many NASA members belong to.