Fair Employment Week, October 22-26, 2018
Fair Employment Week is an opportunity to raise awareness about the increasingly precarious plight of contract and part-time work in the academic sphere.
The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) and it’s members across Canada host events to help their local communities to understand the severity of the issue, not only for the affected academic workers at their local institutions, but for the entire post-secondary system as well.
From CAUT’s Make It Fair campaign:
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 post-secondary institutions.
We can change this, by improving the working conditions and job security of contract academic staff.