MAKING IT FAIR FOR CONTRACT ACADEMIC STAFF
October 16-20 is Fair Employment Week, the Canadian Association of University Teachers’ annual campaign to raise awareness about precarious employment on campuses and support local organizing to improve the working conditions of contract academic staff. For us here at Camosun College that’s our many Term, Contract, Casual and Substitute Faculty Members. Show your support by joining us at these Fair Employment Week activities! Here’s how you can join us in celebrating their contributions to our College!
- All Week, October 16-20! – Continuing Faculty members can show their appreciation for their Term colleagues by registering for our “Take your Term Colleagues to Coffee on the CCFA” thank you campaign. Also contact us if you’re a brand new Member of the Camosun College Faculty Association we’d love to welcome you with a coffee card, too! This was a hit in 2022 and we hope it will be in 2023 as well!
- Tuesday, October 17 – Spread the Word that Past Term Colleagues Need to Apply for Retro Pay by November 2. Share the retroactive pay sign-up with former colleagues (Substitute Instructors, Term Instructors & Non-Teaching Term Faculty, and Faculty who have left the college’s employment for any reason except retirement) and those not contracted by Camosun College this semester. Faculty need to apply by November 2nd in order to be eligible for the funds they have so rightfully earned!
- Wednesday, October 18 @ 4:00pm (PST) – Understanding Precarious Work in BC Post-Secondary Education & BC Precarity Survey Findings Zoom Session – Keynote Speakers: Iglika Ivanova – Senior Economist and Public Interest Researcher · Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, BC Office Kendra Strauss – Director, Labour Studies Program and Morgan Centre for Labour Research · Simon Fraser University
- Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC (FPSE) invites all faculty members from across the province to join for a short webinar at 4:00PM (PST) via Zoom that will define precarious work and highlight the recent findings applicable to BC post-secondary educators from the recent BC Precarity Survey.
- Wednesday, October 18 – Social Media Day of Action: Follow the CCFA Instagram Account & use the hashtag #makeitfair to share your own story of precarious work and the challenges of achieving regularization or rights of first refusal.
- Thursday, October 19 – Keeping Up With Your Contracts is paramount for Term faculty. We will provide you with an Excel document and written tutorial to help you maintain a close eye on your workload percentages, days worked, when you qualify for a payment step increase and when you could start qualifying for regularization.
- Friday, October 20 @ 1:00pm (PST) – CCFA sponsored info session on Non Regular (Term) Faculty rights: Right of First Refusal and Regularization! Join us for this 50 minute session on Friday, October 20 at 1:00pm (PST) to learn more about the changes to the Collective Agreement regarding these topics and how they effect Term faculty on their path to regularization. We strongly encourage those with questions to send them in advance to ac.ytlucafnusomac@peRgeRnoN to allow us to provide detailed responses in the session.
Want to learn more?
OUT OF THE SHADOWS: EXPERIENCES OF CAS
The report presents findings from a national survey of contract academic teaching staff at Canadian post-secondary institutions.
PRO RATA MODEL
The Pro Rata Model ensures contract teachers receive fair compensation for all of their academic work. This pamphlet can be printed double-sided and handed out at your Fair Employment Week events.
Have more ideas about how we can show our Term Colleagues our appreciation? Put it in the comments below!
Kendal Adam (she/her)
Non-Regular Member at Large, Camosun College Faculty Association
Non-Regular Faculty FPSE Representative, Camosun College Faculty Association
Kendal is a Term faculty member teaching Cardiac Sonography within Allied Health & Technologies in the school of Health & Human Services. She is a new-comer to the CCFA and a recent immigrant to Canada from the United States. Kendal wishes to continue her passion for advocacy in her new home as a representative for Non-Regular faculty rights at Camosun College and throughout British Columbia.
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