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Most academic staff working on contract at Canadian universities and colleges aren’t employed that way by choice indicates new survey results gathered and released today by the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT).
According to the survey:
- Over half (53%) of respondents want a tenure-track university or full-time, permanent college job. This is the case even for contract academic staff (CAS) who have been teaching for 16-20 years.
- Only 25% said they do not want a tenure-track or permanent, full-time academic appointment. The remainder are unsure.
- Women and racialized CAS work more hours per course, per week than their colleagues and are more likely to be in low-income households.
- Two-thirds of respondents said their mental health has been negatively impacted by the contingent nature of their employment, and just 19% think the institutions where they work are model employers and supporters of good jobs.
“Until now, we had no clear picture of the working conditions of CAS across the country,” said CAUT executive director David Robinson. “These results reveal that many CAS are underpaid, overworked and sorely under-resourced. It’s a dismal picture for the majority of these academics, who often feel trapped in a ‘gig lifestyle’ of part-time or insecure work.”
CAS are a swiftly growing segment in the Canadian academic workforce, with the number of university teachers working part-time, part-year expanding by 79% from 2005 to 2015. In contrast, regular professors increased by only 14% and in the same period, the number of students grew by 28%.
“Administrators are increasingly — and wrongly — replacing what should be full-time permanent jobs with a patchwork of lower-paid, short-term contracts,” said Robinson. “The growing reliance by administrators on CAS is unfair to CAS and to their students.”
More than 2,600 CAS responded to the online survey, which was open to those teaching at least one course during the 2016-17 academic year in any Canadian post-secondary institution.
You can participate till December 15, 2017.
The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) is undertaking the first ever national study on the experiences of contract academic staff. If you taught in the 2016-2017 academic year in a non-permanent position, please fill out the survey by December 15. The survey will gather data on a range of objective qualities of contract positions, such as wages, hours of work, office space, and teaching loads, as well as on the experiences of a contract academic.
The survey consists of approximately 60 questions—some multiple-choice and some open-ended—that should take approximately 30 minutes to complete. It will be open until December 15, 2017. The survey can be accessed at survey.caut.ca.
Additional information on the study, data protection, confidentiality, and risks of participation is accessible via a linked Informed Consent document in the survey’s introduction.
If you have any questions, please contact the lead researcher, Dr. Karen Foster at 902-494-6751 or Karen.Foster@dal.ca (email is most reliable).
This research will help strengthen local and collective efforts to win fairness for contract academic staff.
Please note that course postings and the updated priority points list are posted on your hiring unit’s website.
A message from McGill’s Labour Relations:
Here is the process that should be followed for employees facing the current flooding:
First, the employee should call their supervisor (each day) to advise him/her that they will be late or that they will not be able to come to work because of the flooding. If their supervisor agrees that this situation is linked to the flooding, the employee will be paid as if they were present at work. This directive will be in force for the week of Monday May 8 to Friday May 12. Please note that this directive does not have any retroactive application.
If the employee is still unable to come to work starting May 13, McGill will allow the employee to take unused Personal days, Vacation days and/or accumulated overtime. If the employee has already used all the above days off, McGill will allow the employee to take anticipated vacation (up to 10 vacation days) from his June 1 vacation bank.
This directive will be in force until the end of May.
Please note that the majority of the course postings are listed on the website of your Hiring Unit. Below are a few additional postings.
Our first general assembly of the new academic year is being convened.
This is the chance for you to find out more about our Collective Agreement.
We look forward to seeing you, please let us know if you are attending: RSVP.
On the agenda:
- Financial Report
- Summer and Fall course allocation situations
- New delegates election/ presentation
- TQRs (Teaching Qualification Requirements)
Friday, September 16, 2016 from 4:30-6:30 pm
Strathcona Music Building, 555 Sherbrooke St. West, room C-201
Stuart Cobbett, Chair of the Board of Governors; Suzanne Fortier, Principal; Raad Jassim, President of MCLIU; Michael Meighen, Chancellor
Raad Jassim, President of MCLIU; Bruce Manson, Distinguished Teaching Award 2016 recipient, Language and Intercultural Communications Dept. (LIC); Firas Alhafidh, Director of LIC; Garrfield Du Couturier Nicole, course lecturer, Career and Professional Development
Prof. Jassim with graduated students in management diploma/International Business