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June Advocate: Submission to the federal government on PSE insolvency - Upcoming CAS conference - Defence Fund flying picket program

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In this issue:

  • Submission to the federal government on post-secondary insolvency
  • Contract academic staff conference
  • A CAUT Defence Fund director reflects on the flying picket program

Submission to the federal government on post-secondary insolvency

CAUT participated in a consultation held by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s Market Framework Policy branch regarding public interest protection for public post-secondary education institutions.

Our submission underscored the harsh lessons learned from Laurentian University. We urged the federal government to exclude public post-secondary education institutions from federal bankruptcy and insolvency laws without delay. 

Contract academic staff conference

CAUT will host a contract academic staff conference on October 20 and 21, 2023, at the Delta Hotels Ottawa City Centre. Participants will discuss the inclusion of contract academic staff in shared institutional governance and in the broader academic community. The keynote address, panel discussions and group sessions will explore how to organize for change, and ongoing and emerging contract academic staff issues. The theme for the conference is “A Seat at the Table: A Strong Voice for Better Working Conditions for Contract Academic Staff.”

Register now or find more information on the CAUT website.

A CAUT Defence Fund director reflects on the flying picket program

The Association of Academic Staff of the University of Alberta ran a profile of Alberta School of Business associate executive professor Rick Brick this month, where he shared his thoughts on his travels to support academic staff across the country at 10 different strikes in two years.

“The employer knows a strike isn’t a fight with just one union, they’ve got CAUT and all of the other academic staff associations in Canada standing behind them saying, regardless of how long you’re out, we’re behind you, and we’re going to support you,” Brick shared in the profile.

“The key message is one of hope,” Brick said. “You’re not the first organization that’s been in this, unfortunately, but you’re helping all of us — the other universities as well — because as we get a good deal at one location, it strengthens the whole organization.”

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