More and more academic work is being performed by people hired on a per-course or limited term basis. These positions are often poorly paid, have little or no benefits, no job security and no academic freedom. The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) opposes the increasing casualization of academic work and advocates for the fair treatment of all academic staff regardless of their employment status. CAUT stands beside others in precarious work, like many students and recent graduates, and calls for the improvement of working conditions, job security, and access to social protections, like the Employment Insurance Benefits, for all workers.

Each year, CAUT and its member associations join with a coalition of unions and activists across North America to organize a week-long series of events for Fair Employment Week (FEW). These events aim to raise awareness about the overuse and exploitation of Contract Academic Staff. We encourage all workers at universities and colleges, students and supporters to participate in these events and take action.

Precarious campus work in the spotlight

(October 27, 2014-Ottawa) Academic staff across Canada are taking part in a series of events this week to raise awareness about the growing use and abuse of the casual employment of university and college teachers and researchers.


Click here to send an open letter or call your Member of Parliament about the impact of recent changes to the Employment Insurance on Contract academic staff.

Click here to see if your academic staff association is hosting an event.

Download campaign materials to help make your FEW event a success.