Contract Academic Staff at Wilfrid Laurier University reached a tentative deal last Tuesday after a mediation session with William Kaplan. The ratification vote is scheduled for Monday, December 2, 2013 and will run until December 6th. OCUFA Report will have more details after the vote is complete.
As part of the bargaining strategy, the faculty association launched the We Teach Lauriercampaign to highlight the stories and issues of contract faculty. At Carleton, where contract academic staff represented by CUPE 4600 are also in bargaining, a similar We Teach Carletoncampaign has been created. Sessionals at Laurier and Carleton – and their colleagues across Ontario – face similar issues.
They are fighting for fair salary and benefits, better working conditions, and job security.
Elsewhere in bargaining news, faculty at Algoma and Trent are at the table. Brescia and UOIT (teaching faculty) are in conciliation, and are both working towards first contracts. Faculty at OCADU are currently in mediation. With agreements expiring in 2014, Brock, Carleton, CMC, Guelph, King’s, Laurentian, the Nipissing contract faculty unit, St. Michael’s (Toronto), Western, and Windsor are preparing for bargaining. Contract faculty at St. Jerome’s (Waterloo) will be negotiating their first contract in 2014.