Tweet, Post, Comment, ReTweet #Fairness4CF
On March 3, faculty, students, staff, and concerned citizens from across Ontario will engage in a day of action on Twitter to raise awareness about the need for fairness for contract faculty.
Throughout the day, university and college community members will be invited to send their Boards of Governors or College Employer Council a message about their priorities for the institution, including improving contract faculty working conditions and the quality of education offered to students.
Ontario college faculty and supporters should send your messages to the College Employer Council and its chair, Linda Franklin and Minister of Advanced Education for the Ontario government, Deb Matthews:
For Seneca, tweet @SenecaPresident
The hashtag to use is: #Fairness4CF
#Fairness4CF Fairness for contract faculty means equal access to benefits.
It’s time for respect! @CollegesOntario
#Fairness4CF Faculty working conditions are students learning conditions.
#Fairness4CF Contract faculty deserve equal pay for work of equal value, job security, and access to benefits.@Deb_Matthews
You can also post these messages on your Facebook and/or post to Contract Faculty Forward Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/contractfacultyforward/
Our contract faculty colleagues need your support. Tell the Council and the Ministry that part time faculty deserve fair treatment.
When management chooses to attack the union and its representatives rather than do the right thing by its workers, they will ultimately be called to account.
In a stinging rebuke of both their conduct and motives, Herlich raked senior MCSCS management over the coals for their “conspiracy to target the grievor and teach him a lesson.” He singled out North Bay superintendent Lou-Ann Lucier for acting out of “anti-union animus.”
Herlich went on to slam the employer for abusing its own workplace discrimination and harassment policy, which it used to justify its conduct towards Bisaillon.
As a further act of reparation, Herlich ordered the ministry to post a notice in North Bay Jail promising, among other things, not to discourage union membership, interfere with the union’s representatives, or remove union notices. The ministry must also promise to “make Michel Bisaillon and the union whole for the damages they have suffered.”
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas said the board’s decision represented a huge win for the rights of working people to be represented by a union and to be protected against employer intimidation.
It is far better for everyone — and a lot less costly — to work collaboratively with the union toward mutual goals.
Contract faculty deserve equal pay for equal work, yet the colleges continue to exploit them by paying as little as possible. Furthermore, our part-time faculty live under a constant threat of losing their positions entirely should they “rock the boat”. These dedicated faculty should be treated with respect and paid accordingly.
On every college and university campus, contract faculty, full-time faculty members and students will stand together with signs and leaflets supporting fairness for contract faculty at a location that is symbolic for your campus.
The goal: 1) Visible support on your campus for contract faculty on February 11. 2) A photo record of your action to put together with photos from other college/universities to show our collective strength.
Why: Contract faculty are teaching a growing number of students across the province. At colleges and universities, our issues are the same: Contract faculty are struggling to make a living, with few benefits and little job security. It’s not fair.
It is time for action! It is time to stand together!
ON February 11, 2016 (or even before or after the 11th)
Please send a photo with a message of support for contract faculty.
Get a large piece of paper and a marker
A) Write a support message on the paper. Examples:
‘I Support Good Jobs for Contract Faculty’
‘Equal Pay for Equal Work’
‘Faculty Working Conditions = Students Learning Conditions’
‘It’s tough to put ‘students first’ if you put faculty last’
B) Identify your college or city, and, if you are comfortable, yourself: faculty, student, supporter.
Take your photo and share it
Website: send to email@example.com
Press Conference: In Toronto at noon, with international and local speakers on fairness for contract faculty highlighting that across the province, we are taking action together.