Fair Employment Week – October 26 to 30, 2009
See the CAUT Fair Employment Week website:
QUFA is distributing Fair Employment Week buttons to all departments through our Council of Representatives. These are classy green on white, good design. We ask everyone to wear them during Fair Employment Week. Ask your Council Rep for a button. Posters are also being distributed. Please post in your area and wherever you think they will be seen. Clusters of posters make an eye-catching display.
QUFA is the source for buttons and posters; however, we encourage all who believe in Fair Employment to participate. This campaign goes beyond part-time faculty to include ALL faculty and department heads. We encourage STAFF and STUDENTS to participate. If the University Administration wishes to support the Fair Employment Week, that would be wonderful! Will your Dean wear a button?
If you need more posters or buttons, please contact your QUFA Council Rep or the QUFA Office.
If you want to be more involved in Fair Employment Week by writing a letter or editorial or distributing information, please contact the QUFA Political Action and Communications Committee (PACC) Co-Chairs, Roberta Lamb email; lambr at queensu or Frank Burke email: burkef at queensu
The overuse and exploitation of contract academic staff is one of the biggest challenges facing the academic profession. That’s why CAUT has joined with a coalition of organizations, unions and activists across the US, Canada and Mexico to organize Fair Employment Week. The goals of the Week are:
* to raise contingent academic labour issues nationally and locally in media and policy circles, and
* to stimulate organizing and support local collective bargaining initiatives.
FEW is a highly decentralized and flexible campaign. The uniting theme of fairness for contract academic staff is sufficiently general to allow academic staff associations to focus on the issue or issues most relevant to them, and to hold events appropriate to their situation. In previous years, the campaign has had a positive impact on negotiations. It has also helped increase contract academic staff involvement in faculty associations.
Submitted by Roberta Lamb and Frank Burke, PACC Co-Chairs