Faculty are called to take action to champion Contract Faculty across Canada and at MRU!
October 16 – 20, 2023. #MakeItFair #MRFAchampions
Fair Employment Week (FEW) is taking place from October 16 – 20, 2023. FEW originated as a CAUT event designed to raise awareness about precarious employment on campuses across Canada and the MRFA has been active every year in organizing efforts during this week to improve the working conditions of contract academic staff.
Champion Fair Employment!
Having discovered that most students are not aware of the prominent use of contract faculty in teaching and the inequities they face, the Advocacy and Communications Committee has developed sets of slides to introduce students to this information. Faculty are invited to explore these slides to determine which set they are most comfortable using as well as how they wish to use it.There is a single high level slide available here that could be displayed as students enter class and from which they can access more information. Alternatively, you can speak to students in more detail about the conditions of employment of contract academic staff using content from the following sources which all faculty are encouraged to explore:
Amplify #MakeItFair Posts and Stories on Social Media
As part of FEW activities, CAUT is organizing a social media day of action on Wednesday, October 18, 2023. On this day, to amplify the voices of contract academic staff, we ask members to share our posts on Social Media. #MRFAchampions MRFA on Instagram and X (formerly Twitter)
Working Conditions Survey Results
Over the past year Contract faculty members and Department Chairs were asked about various practices within Academic Units with the aim to glean from current practices a set of best practices which could be used to make improvements in the day to day working conditions of contract faculty. A Summary of the findings is available here.
The Association is taking the lead at the outset by responding to one of the needs expressed by contract Members in the survey; that is, we are are going to pilot the facilitation of online meetings for contract faculty to meet with contract colleagues within their Academic Unit to discuss items of common concern and/or interest. At these meetings, contract colleagues can share what they’re working on, any obstacles they’re encountering, and any information they’ve recently come across that might be valuable to others.
Stay Tuned for More Information During Fair Employment Week!