The Confronting Precarious Academic Work conference was held in Toronto from February 11-12, 2016. The conference examined the realities and impact of precarious academic work on our universities and considered solutions now and for the future. Speakers included researchers, activists, and policymakers from Canada, the USA, the United Kingdom, and Australia. You can review and listen to the conference proceedings here.
In the spring of 2015, the Government of Ontario launched the Changing Workplaces Review – a comprehensive review of employment and labour law to address the rise of precarious work. Faculty associations have been actively engaged in this process. Thirteen presentations were made by faculty association representatives during the public consultations across the province between June and September 2015. OCUFA made a written submission to the Changing Workplaces Review in September 2015 and submitted a response to the Interim Report of the Changing Workplaces Review in October 2016.
The Fight for $15 & Fairness is made up of over 50 community and labour organizations across Ontario. OCUFA has endorsed the campaign and is part of the broader movement for decent work. Faculty threw their weight behind $15 & Fairness in April 2015 and joined the Rally for Decent Work in October 2016.
In 2015, CUPE 3903 produced videos about the contribution contract faculty make to York University and why all faculty at York University support better working conditions for contract faculty.
These episodes of The Agenda address the issue of precarious academic work and aired in June and October 2014.