Today, about one third of all academic staff in post-secondary institutions in Canada struggle to find decent work. They are hired on a per course or limited-term basis. They are denied the opportunity to participate in all aspects of academic work — teaching, research and service to the community. They may feel intimidated about fully exercising their academic freedom because of the possibility of not being renewed. Many are trained to do research, find new ideas and innovate, but receive no support to do so. Many are providing services to their students and colleagues for free!
They are often poorly paid, face significant barriers to getting benefits, have limited job security, and often have no place for meeting students. The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) opposes the casualization of academic work and advocates for the full employment and the fair treatment of all academic staff regardless of their appointment status.