As all NASA members are aware, NASA and the university have entered into negotiations. We have a long way to go in the process and remain hopeful that we can reach an agreement—one that you deserve and will support—at the bargaining table without job action being necessary.
However, per the Special Bargaining Fund Usage Policy, NASA needs to form a Strike Committee to explore logistics and begin planning to ensure that NASA and its members are ready for job action if necessary. We're looking for interested NASA members to sit on this committee, which will be appointed by the executive—with the aim of ensuring representation from the full spectrum of positions at the university—and begin work as soon as possible.
To apply for the Strike Committee, please fill out this online form. Applications will be accepted until Friday, March 15.
Join the NASA Flying Squad
Do you feel strongly about supporting job actions on campus and throughout the city? Do you want to build stronger alliances with other unions by supporting their picket lines and advocacy? If you do, join the new NASA Flying Squad! We will be supporting labour organizations in their fight for better working conditions and want you to be a part of it! We will build bridges with other union in the broader labour community, support fair working conditions and just wages, and build support for our union.
If you'd like to learn more or are interested in joining the NASA Flying Squad, reach out to Internal Organizer Fathiya Wais or President Quinn Benders.
NASA Committee Vacancies
NASA has eight standing committees which support the executive board in each of their different portfolios. Per the bylaws, each committee is responsible for reviewing matters relating to its mandate and prescribed duties and making recommendations as appropriate to the executive board. They work to plan events, advise on priorities, and fulfill the NASA Strategic Plan.
The following NASA committees have vacancies and are looking for members:
- Award Committee
- Membership Services Committee
Most of these committees meet monthly over the noon hour. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Would you like to be more involved, but are too busy to commit to a specific set of meetings? Do you like meeting people face-to-face? Sign up to be a sergeant-at-arms! These helpful volunteers greet members, help with vote counts, and maintain the order at general meetings, held approximately three times per year. If you are interested in serving as a sergeant-at-arms, please email email@example.com.
NASA Union Stewards
NASA is always looking for more Union Stewards—members who have a passion for ensuring that they and their co-workers are treated fairly at work. If that sounds like you, then you could be a NASA steward!
Stewards are members who:
- establish NASA's presence in the workplace—the union steward is NASA's recognized representative and our "eyes and ears" in the workplace;
- enhance NASA's ability to represent its members under the terms of the Collective Agreement;
- protect members and advance their rights, interests and causes through advocacy;
- mobilize members in support of collective bargaining and other workplace initiatives;
- provide informed, effective and timely assistance to members with workplace issues; and
- attempt to resolve workplace issues in a manner that maintains a positive work environment.
Regular training is provided. For more information, the stewards policy is available on the NASA website.
If you are interested in becoming a NASA Union Steward, please contact your Labour Relations Officer (LRO) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Member Action Team (MAT)
NASA's Member Action Team (MAT) is a tool for members to work together to grow and develop skills as engaged union members, and to organize against employer or government activity as needed. In a time of university restructuring and provincial budget cuts, the MAT enables members to fight back and stand up for their interests.
MATs are an increasingly popular resource at unions worldwide. They offer an opportunity for grassroots member engagement and leadership in their unions on their own terms and to their own abilities. MATs enable members to strategize and take action to improve their working conditions or prospects, either through political or job action.
If you are interested in joining NASA's Member Action Team (MAT) or want to learn more, please contact NASA Internal Organizer Fathiya Wais at email@example.com.