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Membership of Academic Staff Associations


CAUT unites and empowers academic staff associations, representing 72,000 teachers, researchers, librarians and general staff at Canada’s public universities and colleges. Together, we defend academic freedom, the integrity of the academic job and high-quality, accessible and affordable post-secondary education.  We work with associations across the country, bringing national and international perspectives, to help solve local challenges. We also bring local priorities to the national agenda, and together we’ve influenced federal policy and investments in research and post-secondary education.

What CAUT does for member associations:

  • We unite academic staff associations at over 120 colleges and universities in every province. We are the trusted and respected national voice of academic staff.
  • We strengthen local capacity. We offer training, resources and funding to engage members and defend academic freedom, working conditions, and public post-secondary education.
  • We provide expert advice. Whether on legal, bargaining or policy, CAUT is there to provide guidance to inform and empower member associations to address emerging and long-standing issues.
  • We help defend academic staff interests. Through the CAUT Defense, Academic Freedom, Arbitration and Legal Funds, we support associations in job action and intervene in precedent-setting cases.
  • We connect local associations.  Through Council, forums, conferences, training and networks, association leadership can share and learn from counterparts across the country.
  • We provide unique tools – we have robust data for local, regional and national comparisons of contracts, finances and working conditions. CAUT can also support you in webhosting, managing membership data and grievance information, and undertaking political action such as petitions and letter-writing.

CAUT Field Guide

For more information about the activities and services CAUT offers, view the CAUT Field Guide.

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