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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.

Fair Employment Week is October 23-27, 2017. CAUT members across Canada are hosting events on campus to support fair treatment of all academic staff.

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.

Fair Employment Week 2017

CAUT FEW 2017Attend


  • The CAUT Fair Employment Week pledge

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Check us out on Twitter throughout the week!


Fair Employment Week 2016

The theme for 2016 was Let’s Make it Fair!

Find out what we did to celebrate! In addition to this webpage a summary report (PDF) was provided to the FSA board of directors. 

FEW Pub Event Poster 2016Attend

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  • Watch for our pledge postcards around campus for you to sign and commit to joining the campaign
Congrats to Alan Waterman, Winner, FEW Survey Draw

Congrats to Alan Waterman, Winner, FEW Survey Draw

Check out CAUT’s Fair Employment Week page where you can download posters to use all week and sign their pledge of solidarity!

FSA Newsletter

April 2018, Vol 49 Issue 3

Check out our latest newsletter highlighting our advocacy work!

April 2018, Vol 49, Issue 3 (PDF)

Newsletter Archive
  • FSA Diversity Circles

    The FSA is supporting the Diversity Circles project. Want to learn more and get involved?
    Find out more!
  • What are your rights?

    The Collective Agreement, along with various memoranda of agreement, regulate the terms and conditions of employment of FSA members.
    Read your CA