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National Issue

An increasing number of teachers at Canada’s colleges and universities are trapped in precarious contract and part-time work. Contract and part-time work has quietly gone from a short-term stepping stone to a career-long condition. Many earn less than a living wage.

Thousands of professors are denied the opportunity each year to participate in (and be paid for) all aspects of academic work – research, teaching, and service. This has serious implications, not only for contract academic staff, but for students, their regular academic staff colleagues, and the integrity of postsecondary institutions.

We can change this, by improving the working conditions and job security of contract academic staff.

FEW Campaign

Fair Employment Week is held in October each year. CAUT members across Canada are hosting events on campus to support fair treatment of all academic staff. In 2019, Fair Employment Week takes place from Oct 7-11, 2019.

  • Watch for posters, shirts, and buttons around campuses
  • Attend the FEW pub social on Oct 10th. Register now: few2019.eventbrite.ca

In 2018, the FSA and our Caucus on Part-Time Studies (COPTS) participated in the campaign from Oct 22-26:

Previous Fair Employment Week Celebrations

Since 2016 the FSA has celebrated CAUT’s Fair Employment Week.

Here are just some of the ways we’ve worked to acknowledge the issues facing precarious post-secondary workers and campaigned for better conditions. This enhances and builds upon the work done by our labour relations team to protect and advances the rights of members in Part-Time Studies (PTS).

  • Launched our own series of FEW videos
  • Utilized our blog to build awareness and highlight PTS voices
  • Focused an issue of FSA Voice newsletter on FEW (PDF)
  • Use our social media channels to amplify messages (Follow us on Twitter)
  • Co-Coordinated Lower Mainland Pub Event to build connections with members from other faculty associations facing similar issues
  • Encouraged people to sign the CAUT Fair Employment Week pledge

Additional Reading

Everyone’s experience of precarious post-secondary work is different. We hope some of these materials will help us all learn about the many ways this kind of work affects us all. Let us know if you have more to add here!

There are many articles, blogs, and resources regarding this area. This is just a sample. Please let us know if you have anything else you think would be of interest.

FSA Newsletter

January 2020, Vol 51 Issue 2

Check out our latest newsletter including items about bargaining, member services, collegial governance, and best practices!

January 2020, Vol 51, Issue 2 (PDF)

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