Concordia sessional instructors try to unionize

The union filing the application already represents part-time instructors at Athabasca University.

Earlier this week, the Alberta Labour Relations Board released their latest new applications report and in it was a new application for unionization.

The application was submitted on 18 November 2022 by Local 3911 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. They’re applying for union certification for all sessional instructors at Concordia University of Edmonton. According to the application, this would include 188 workers.

CUPE Local 3911 currently represents part-time instructors at Athabasca University.

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Earlier this year, the Concordia University of Edmonton Faculty Association, which represents full-time faculty at the university, went on strike over pay and workload. The 11-day strike was the first strike from a faculty association in Alberta.

According to the ALRB hearing table, they’ll be hearing arguments related to the certification from IOE 955 and GFL on 2 December.

Since the ALRB doesn’t archive their new application reports on their website, here’s a copy of the most recent one.

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By Kim Siever

Kim Siever is an independent queer journalist based in Lethbridge, Alberta. He writes daily news articles, focusing on politics and labour.

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