Governance on the rocks
“Universities are becoming so large, so complex, and so dependent upon public funds that scholars no longer form or even influence their own policy, that a new and rapidly growing class of administrators is assuming control, and that a gulf of misunderstanding and misapprehension is widening between the academic staff and the administrative personnel, with grave damage to the functioning of both.”.....from the the Duff-Berdahl Commission Report.
Full CAUT Article: https://www.caut.ca/bulletin/2017/03/governance-rocks
Precarious Post Secondary Employment in Canada
Excerpts from Contract U: Contract faculty appointments at Canadian universities
by Chandra Pasma and Erika Shaker
What is precarity?
...........a contract worker who is paid low wages, who receives no benefits, and who has no idea whether they will still be employed in a few weeks may feel very precarious. Other factors can also contribute to the experience of precarity, including race, gender, disability, and immigration status.
While our stereotypical image of precarious workers is often young people in low-skilled, entry-level jobs, the reality, as highlighted by the recent CCPA report No Safe Harbour: Precarious Work and Economic Insecurity Among Skilled Professionals in Canada, is that a growing number of precarious workers are in highly skilled, professional positions. In this regard, the post-secondary sector can be seen as something of a bellwether sector, revealing trends that are taking place in the broader labour market.
Who are contract faculty?...Read more
Fair Employment Week October 22-26, 2018
Employment and wage equity remain elusive in Canada's Universities and Colleges
Whose Land Is It Anyway? A Manual for Decolonization
Excerpt from FPSE News
We are pleased to announce the publication of Whose Land Is It Anyway? A Manual for Decolonization; inspired by a 2016 speaking tour by Arthur Manuel, less than a year before his untimely passing in January 2017. The book contains two essays from Manuel, described as the Nelson Mandela of Canada, and essays from renowned Indigenous writers Taiaiake Alfred, Glen Coulthard, Russell Diabo, Beverly Jacobs, Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Kanahus Manuel, Jeffrey McNeil-Seymour, Pamela Palmater, Shiri Pasternak, Nicole Schabus, Senator Murray Sinclair, and Sharon Venne. FPSE is honoured to support this publication.
Attachment:: Whose Land is it Anyway? pdf
1) CFA AGM May 1, 2018 LB322 8:30 - 2:00 BBQ to follow
2) FACULTY TEACHING & LEARNING SYMPOSIUM MAY 7 – 11, 2018
Faculty members, check your email and find the message from Brent Calvert dated November 23. Send confirmation of your attendance, and show up for the CFA's Holiday Social on December 5, 2017, in LB 322, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Games, prizes, appies... who could ask for more?
The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) has extended the deadline for its contract academic staff survey to December 15, 2017. Here is the survey link: https://caut.limequery.org/151696?lang=en.