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Government of Canada brings back the UCASS survey

On September 14, 2016, the Government of Canada announced that it was re-activating the University and College Academic Staff Survey (UCASS). This Statistics Canada program is a vital source of information on professors across the country.
 

Brescia faculty plan event on the gender wage gap

Tomorrow, the Brescia Faculty Association (BFA) is hosting a discussion on the what can be done on campus to close the gender wage gap. The event features Linda Davis, member of Ontario’s Gender Wage Gap Steering Committee.

Government of Canada brings back the UCASS survey

On September 14, 2016, the Government of Canada announced that it was re-activating the University and College Academic Staff Survey (UCASS). This Statistics Canada program is a vital source of information on professors across the country. UCASS was cancelled in 2012, as a result of federal budget cuts. This cancellation deprived policymakers from useful data on university and college faculty, and removed information used by many faculty associations in contract negotiations. Faculty across Canada therefore welcome the return of this important survey.

In its announcement, the Government of Canada emphasized the importance of UCASS in building diversity among Canada’s academic staff. Said Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan:

"The survey's reinstatement is a crucial step toward understanding Canada's community of university researchers and faculty. Once we understand the face and composition of Canada's research community, then our government can begin the real work of collaborating with universities to help them recruit faculty that reflect Canada's diversity. Diversity, after all, is the source of our nation's strength."

OCUFA is particularly pleased that Statistics Canada plans to enter into consultations with universities to include data on contract, or sessional faculty, in UCASS. Right now, the lack of comparable, system-level data on contract faculty prevents us from knowing exactly how many sessionals are working in Canada’s universities, how they are paid, and how their terms and conditions of work are structured. We know there has been a huge increase in the number of contract faculty, but we don’t know exactly how many, who they are, and how they work. The UCASS consultations are an opportunity to close this data gap.

Quoted in the Globe and Mail, OCUFA President Judy Bates said, “We need to understand who these contract faculty are.”

OCUFA will be monitoring the roll out of the revived UCASS survey, and will report on the latest developments and the progress of the contract faculty consultations.

Brescia faculty plan event on the gender wage gap

Tomorrow, the Brescia Faculty Association (BFA) is hosting a discussion on the what can be done on campus to close the gender wage gap on their campus. The event features Linda Davis, member of Ontario’s Gender Wage Gap Steering Committee. The Committee recently submitted their recommendations on addressing the gender gap to the Government of Ontario.

According to the latest data, the average salary of full-time faculty at Brescia is the second lowest in the province, ranking 21st out of 22 institutions. This figure is particularly troubling given that Brescia is Canada’s only women’s university and the faculty complement is 72% women – the highest proportion of women academics of any university in Canada. Brescia’s mission is to educate women and it should set a better example.
 
The BFA is seeking equal pay for equal work to faculty at its peer institutions in its current contract negotiations with the Brescia administration. Brescia has an opportunity in bargaining in the coming weeks to take leadership in closing the gender wage gap in Ontario by deciding to pay its professors a fair and equal salary.
 
The event will be held from 3:15-4:15 p.m. in Rm 303, St. James Building, Brescia University College. All members of the Brescia and London communities are welcome to attend.


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