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Laval professors on strike

(Ottawa – February 21, 2023) More than 1,300 members of the Syndicat des professeurs et professeures de l’Université Laval (SPUL) have taken to the picket lines this week in their campaign for a fair contract.

Key issues are workload and salary as well as protection for academic freedom, collegial governance, and complement. Over the past twenty years, the number of full-time faculty has been reduced by 11% while student enrolment has increased by 26%.

The union said it has made ongoing attempts to resolve the issues at the table.

“We even pushed back by a month the execution of our strike mandate. … Unfortunately, the employer has not taken advantage of these opportunities,” the SPUL said in a statement released last week.

Over 750 SPUL members participated in a rally Monday to kick off the association’s job action. Members had voted 96% in favour of strike action in January.

For more information, consult the SPUL website and press release.