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Faculty at Queen’s Park for annual OCUFA Advocacy Day
On March 8, 2016, over 20 representatives of Ontario’s faculty associations met with MPPs and Cabinet Ministers as part of OCUFA’s annual Advocacy Day at Queen’s Park. In all, 30 meetings were held, each a chance to discuss OCUFA’s priorities for 2016: faculty hiring and good academic jobs; better data on Ontario’s higher education sector; and resources to address the gender wage gap in the province’s universities.
 
“Challenging Precarious Academic Work” conference materials are now online                 
Presentation slides and complete audio recordings of every session from OCUFA’s “Challenging precarious academic work” conference are now available online. People who missed out on the conference the first time around can access and download the complete conference proceedings.
 
Have you signed the We Teach Ontario pledge yet?
Or better yet, have you told a friend about it? Every signature helps send a strong message to the Government of Ontario and university administrators that every academic job needs to be a good job.
 
 
Faculty at Queen’s Park for annual OCUFA Advocacy Day
On March 8, 2016, over 20 representatives of Ontario’s faculty associations met with MPPs and Cabinet Ministers as part of OCUFA’s annual Advocacy Day at Queen’s Park. In all, 30 meetings were held, each a chance to discuss OCUFA’s priorities for 2016: faculty hiring and good academic jobs; better data on Ontario’s higher education sector; and resources to address the gender wage gap in the province’s universities.
 
Faculty representatives were seeking specific commitments from MPPs and Ministers on these issues:
 
  • Support legislative changes that will improve workplace fairness and address the rise of precarious work across sectors at the conclusion of the Changing Workplaces Review.
  • Support fairness for contract faculty by signing the We Teach Ontario pledge.
  • Encourage MPPs to oppose the use of performance funding in Ontario as the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities considers options for the future of the university funding model.
  • Support for the creation of an arm’s length higher education data agency.
  • Support the idea of government financial incentives for the implementation of gender salary reviews and corrections.
 
MPPs were asked to write a letter to the Minister of Training, Colleges, and Universities to demonstrate their support for OCUFA’s recommendations. Over the coming weeks, OCUFA staff will be following up on these commitments to make sure action is taken.
 
In addition to advancing specific priorities, Advocacy Day is an excellent opportunity for faculty representatives to forge relationships with their local elected representatives. It is also a chance for faculty leaders to hone their advocacy skills with the support of OCUFA staff.
 
The day concluded with a reception at Queen’s Park, giving faculty representatives an opportunity to interact with their local MPPs in a more informal setting.
 
“Challenging Precarious Academic Work” conference materials are now online                 
Presentation slides and complete audio recordings of every session from OCUFA’s “Challenging precarious academic work” conference are now available online. People who missed out on the conference the first time around can access and download the complete conference proceedings.
 
The conference was a unique meeting of activists, researchers, and policymakers all interested in ending precarious work in our universities. Speakers came from Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia, providing the opportunity to analyze the current situation from an international perspective and to articulate new strategies for building solidarity and ensuring good academic jobs for all.
In addition to four excellent panel sessions, you can also download the conference’s three provocactive keynotes: Andre Turcotte’s survey findings on public perceptions of precarious academic work in Ontario; Guy Standing’s interrogation of the social structures and assumptions surrounding precarity; and Karen Foster’s look at the generational impacts of precarious work.
 
The conference proceedings will be permanently available on the OCUFA website. As always, the content is completely free.
 
Have you signed the We Teach Ontario pledge yet?
Or better yet, have you told a friend about it? Every signature helps send a strong message to the Government of Ontario and university administrators that every academic job needs to be a good job.
 
Your support makes a difference. How do we know? We follow our analytics closely here at the OCUFA office, and every time someone shares the pledge, we see the numbers start to tick up. Thousands of small actions add up, so it is important that everyone committed to fairness for contract faculty steps up.
 
It only takes a minute, and the impact is huge. Sign and share the pledge today


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