PSE formerly a bastion of secure work, now seeing more contract profs

January 21, 2016

Universities are becoming the “Walmart” of higher education, according to Elena Basile, a lecturer at both the University of Toronto and York University. She says that this is a result of the fact that they provide little job security to professors like her, while also paying wages that put them barely above the poverty line. CBC spoke with Basile as part of its series on “just-in-time jobs,” chronicling the rise of precarious work across many sectors. This precariousness has a toll: Basile suspects that her diabetes diagnosis was brought on by the stress of the work. While she admits that she finds the work “nurturing” and that she doesn’t need to be “paid $100,000,” she insists that she must “be paid enough to have a sense that" she can live on her work. CBC