President’s Message

Welcome to AU’s site for information and updates on what’s happening with the university and its union partners. 

Bargaining is an important part of the relationship between employee groups and management at post-secondary organizations. Both parties come to the table to discuss what’s working and what’s not as part of the regular bargaining process.

While not always the case, this process can be challenging at times. 

As a university, we will continue to look at the ways we work together, at the processes we need to implement as we grow, and ultimately, at how we can best support our learners.  

Strong relationships among the diverse team members at the university are critical as we continue to grow through our Imagine plan into an innovative organization that transforms lives and communities.

On any journey, there will be times of agreement and celebration as well as bumps and disagreements. In all cases, we need to speak and listen openly, honestly, and respectfully as we work through each step along our journey together. 

To our students, I would ask for your patience as we give these processes the time and energy they deserve. In the meantime, your studies will continue, and we will commit to keeping you up to date.

To our team members, we ask the same and make the same commitment. Please bookmark this site and check back for updates and information.


Dr. Neil Fassina
President, Athabasca University