(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.