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.
In memory of the missing and murdered Indigenous women and the 14 female engineering students who were murdered at Montreal's L'Ecole Polytechnique, in December 1989, a memorial ceremony will take place in LB 195 (CSU lounge) from 11:30 to 11:45. a.m., December 4, 2017.
This event is jointly sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies department, the Capilano Women's Collective, and First Nations Student Services.
Following the ceremony, short documentary films will run until 2:30 p.m.: After the Montreal Massacre, National Film Board of Canada (2012), The Unsolved Murder of Leah Anderson, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (2015), December 6th: Canada's National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, by Christine McDowell (2006).
Help end the cycle of violence against women by refusing to tolerate gender discrimination at every level. Attend the ceremony on December 4, and take the pledge now: http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/commemoration/vaw-vff/pledge-en.php.
Watch your email for the the last general meeting minutes and the upcoming agenda. Motions to consider will include increasing or altering reimbursements for the John Wilson Award; electing a negotiating committee; and accepting the CFA's financial review conducted by an outside firm. If you'd like to make announcements about campus or department events, there'll be an opportunity for that too. See you in LB 322 on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, from 11:40 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. Coffee, tea, and cookies provided.
The CFA needs a new administrative coordinator. Please review the attached posting, and pass it along to suitable candidates. The application deadline is November 8, 2017, and membership in MoveUp is a condition of employment.