Canadian organizations support US National Adjunct Walkout Day

February 26, 2015

The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) launched yesterday as part of its "We Teach Ontario" initiative a new campaign to raise awareness of issues facing contract faculty in the province. The launch coincided with National Adjunct Walkout Day, a demonstration by part-time faculty members protesting their working conditions. In a press release, OCUFA said that issues faced by part-time faculty members, including low wages, short-term contracts, and a lack of access to offices and other facilities, are having an adverse effect on students' quality of education. The Canadian Association of University Teachers released a statement in support of National Adjunct Action Week, advocating "for the fair treatment of all academic staff regardless of employment status, including compensation for research and service as part of any teaching appointment on a pro-rata basis." In November, Quest University President David Helfand published an essay on Rethinking Higher Ed critiquing institutions' over-reliance on adjunct instructors; Academica yesterday published a blog post highlighting gaps in Canadian data around part-time faculty. We Teach ON News Release | CAUT News Release