CUPE Alberta: Resolution passed unanimously at Convention, March 2014

CUPE Alberta: Resolution passed unanimously at Convention, March 2014 (Resolution submitted by CUPE 3911)

CUPE Alberta Division will:

oppose Athabasca University efforts to convert tutor teaching positions to a call centre model.

CUPE Alberta Division will:

encourge locals and members to protest these changes in every way possible.

Because:

conversion of tutor positions (which are continuing part time instructor positions) to a call centre model will eliminate regular block pay (monthly payment based on the number of students) and replace this hourly pay with piece rates where tutors must bill for their time on a minute by minute basis. This is a direct attack by AU administration on the pay and job security of our members, spurred by Alberta funding cuts to post-secondary education in Alberta. It further marginalizes teaching staff in post-secondary institutions and seriously reduces job satisfaction, by reducing teaching staff to piece workers and disrupting their teaching relationships with students, and

Because:

Athabasca University is an open university which provides the opportunity for post-secondary education and labour studies courses for many union members and their families through distance learning. Conversion of tutor positions to a call centre model will have a negative impact on the quality of education since it will create barriers between students and their tutors / instructors and reduce the opportunity for quality education for the many students who cannot otherwise afford a post secondary education.