Inadequate government funding of our colleges and universities has meant that many academics are working contract to contract, often earning less than a living wage.
This reliance on contract positions is unfair. Poor working conditions and job insecurity negatively impact contract academic staff's mental health and well-being. And it worsens students' learning environment as contract academics are not given much, if any, lead time to develop courses, are not able to support and work with students outside of the classroom or exercise their academic freedom. And these highly educated professionals are not able to to contribute to the university and college through research and service.
On October 21, we head to the polls. Together, let's make fair employment and preserving the academic job a priority.
Take the first step and pledge your support for a federal government that will value and invest in post-secondary education.