Bill 47 will leave contract faculty members vulnerable

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Bill 47 will leave contract faculty vulnerable

(London, Ont.)- UWOFA is concerned that recent improvements to labour laws will be abandoned with yesterday’s passage of Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act. 

Last year, part-time workers won the much-needed protection of equal hourly pay for doing the same work as their full-time counterparts. Bill 47 will cancel that important gain, along with other provisions that prioritized fairness for workers such as consolidating bargaining units and a minimum wage increase to $15 an hour in 2019.

“Cancelling equal pay for equal work is a regressive move at a time when fairness is urgently needed for contract faculty to address precarious work on our campus,” said Dan Belliveau, UWOFA president. “The rise of insecure contract work should worry us all.”

UWOFA has been a vocal advocate for contract faculty at Western University. According to the university’s most recent data, about 40 per cent of undergraduate courses are taught by contract academic staff. Some of these professors are paid only per course taught and have to teach at multiple universities to earn a living wage. Many contract faculty members do not have benefits or job security.

Contract faculty members often share that they feel undervalued in the university community. Indeed, this is a common concern among contract workers in other sectors of the Ontario workforce.

Contact:

Vanessa Brown, UWOFA Communications Officer
519-859-4630
vbrown5 [at] uwo [dot] ca