Organizing Precarious Academic Labour
with Deborah Littman, Roland Nelson, Stephanie Ross, and Richard Wellen
Tuesday, March 19, 7:00 p.m.
Steelworkers’ Hall, 25 Cecil St.
In recent decades, universities have turned increasingly to the use of poorly paid instructors on short-term contracts without any job security. Today a majority of university classes are taught by these workers. Since the 1970s, precariously employed university workers in Toronto have organized to improve the terms of their employment, first in the Graduate Assistants Association, then the Canadian Union of Educational Workers, and finally in the Canadian Union of Public Employees. They have bargained hard to win some decent working conditions, often having to engaging in long, bitter strikes to make any gains. Deborah Littman, Roland Nelson, and Richard Wellen were active in those campaigns at Ryerson University, the University of Toronto, and York University, and will talk about their experiences in building unions on these campuses. Stephanie Ross, a professor of Labour Studies, will discuss the broad trends of precarious academic labour. Join us for a lively and important discussion.
Steelworkers Hall is a wheelchair accessible space. Parking is available in the lot behind the hall on a first-come first-serve basis (enter through laneway east of hall). There is also paid parking available on the street. The closest transit stops are Spadina and Nassau (510 Spadina Streetcar) and College and Beverley/St. George (506 Carlton Streetcar).
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