The union representing 170 part-time faculty members at Algoma University are set to strike as early as March 3rd, if an agreement is not reached this month. Fair pay, fair hiring and fair evaluation are the key outstanding issues in the negotiations.
“It is a question of equity. Part-time academic staff at Algoma University are the lowest paid in Ontario and the administration is asking them to teach nearly half of all courses,” said CAUT President James Compton.
The bargaining team has asked for parity with the next lowest paid institution, Nipissing University. The cost to the university of this proposal is less than $150,000 per year. Last year, Algoma University posted a $1.3 million surplus.
People can show support for contract academic staff, by signing a letter of support.