Hot! Ontario faculty make the case for better and fairer labour laws

OCUFA.on.ca – OCUFA Report
September 17,2015.   Editor

Representatives from faculty associations across Ontario continue to make powerful presentations about the need for labour law reforms to protect the growing number of contract academic workers in our universities, and to support effective representation for every professor and academic librarian. The presentations are part of the ongoing consultations around potential changes to the Employment Standards Act and the Ontario Labour Relations Act.

On July 23, faculty from Nipissing presented to the Changing Workplace Review in Sudbury. Prof. Rhiannon Don emphasized the need for Ontario’s labour laws to promote and protect fairness for contract faculty. This means access to benefits and a pension plan, as well as job security. To do so, the law ensure that part-time, contract workers do not face less favorable treatment compared to their full-time colleagues. In addition, the use of discontinuous contracts to prevent the achievement of workplace rights should be eliminated.

On September 10, Michelle Dion, President of the McMaster University Faculty Association (MUFA), present to the Review in Hamilton. Her presentation focused on the need to revise Ontario’s labour laws to enable academics wit part-time and short-term contracts the ability to accumulate pension rights and other social protection benefits enjoyed by full-time workers.

Across Ontario, faculty are also making the point that bargaining unit structures should also be allowed to evolve as workplaces change. Faculty with a “community of interest” should be allowed to voluntarily merge their bargaining units, for example.

On September 16th and 18th, the final consultation will be held in Thunder Bay and Toronto with representation from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine Faculty Association (NOSMFA), the Lakehead University Faculty Association (LUFA). And the University of Toronto Faculty Association (UTFA). At that time, OCUFA will also make its written submission to the Changing Workplaces Review public. The submission will be in OCUFA Report and the OCUFA website.

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