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Listing of recent news releases from Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)

To celebrate Earth Day, the Canadian Association of University Teachers urges you to join millions around the globe and participate in the March for Science.
Posted: April 21, 2017, 3:27 pm
The Canadian Association of University Teachers welcomes today’s release of the report of Canada’s Fundamental Science Review, and the recommendations for a funding increase of $1.3 billion for basic, non-targeted research.
Posted: April 10, 2017, 4:16 pm
The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) wrote to the Hungarian government to express concern about proposed legislation threatening the internationally prestigious Central European University (CEU).
Posted: April 4, 2017, 1:00 pm
This Earth Day, April 22, countless people around the globe will stand up and March for Science. The Canadian Association of University Teachers supports the Science March and urges you to join in the many satellite marches planned in Canada.
Posted: April 3, 2017, 6:22 pm
This year's Federal Budget sets out the government’s vision for jobs and growth, focusing on skills development, innovation, and infrastructure investment.
Posted: March 30, 2017, 8:19 pm
The Canadian Association of University Teachers tabled a Submission to the Standing Committee on the Status of Women for its Study on the Economic Security of Women in Canada.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 8:05 pm
The Canadian Association of University Teachers is preparing to launch an investigation into the controversial departure of Professor Andrew Potter as Director of McGill University’s Institute for the Study of Canada.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 8:10 pm
The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) is concerned about the circumstances surrounding the sudden resignation of Professor Andrew Potter as Director of the Institute for the Study of Canada at McGill University.
Posted: March 23, 2017, 8:13 pm
Today’s budget makes welcome commitments in a number of areas of importance to academic staff in our colleges and universities, such as increasing access to post-secondary education for Indigenous scholars, but it fails to build on the government’s initial investments in fundamental science.
Posted: March 22, 2017, 9:53 pm

(Ottawa— 10 March, 2017) The Association des bibliothécaires, professeures et professeurs de l’Université de Moncton (ABPPUM) has reached an important milestone towards equity. Yesterday, the negotiating team reached a tentative agreement with their employer that will give their members salaries equivalent to those received by their colleagues working at anglophone universities in New Brunswick.

Members of ABPPUM will vote on the agreement on Monday.

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Posted: March 10, 2017, 7:41 pm
This International Women’s Day, academic staff unite with women across the country and around the world to celebrate achievements and to call for bolder action to address inequality.
Posted: March 7, 2017, 7:45 pm
The Canadian Association of University Teachers says the University of Ottawa's Dean of Medicine has violated the principle of academic freedom by warning faculty against expressing their political views in public.
Posted: March 7, 2017, 6:17 pm

(Ottawa— 6 March, 2017) The Algoma University Faculty Association has reached a tentative settlement with the administration for its contract academic staff members.

“We are happy that a deal could be reached. Equity for contract academic staff was a key issue in this negotiation,” said CAUT President James Compton.

The union says more details and ratification procedures will be communicated to the membership in the next few days.

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Posted: March 6, 2017, 8:00 pm

(Moncton — March 1, 2017) A special meeting of the Université de Moncton Faculty Association (ABPPUM) will be held on Monday, March 13. Members will take a strike vote during the meeting. Voting will last two days, and the results will be known on March 14 at the end of the day. The Faculty Association expects to go on strike on March 16.

University President Raymond Théberge refuses to respect the principle of wage parity between professors and librarians working at the Moncton campus and their provincial Anglophone counterparts for the period of July 2016 to June 2018, even though he signed an agreement to this end in December 2015.

“After a series of conciliation meetings, the president isn’t even offering half of the salary increase required to achieve wage parity,” ABPPUM President Étienne Dako explained. “Not only is President Théberge going back on his word. He is also perpetuating a flagrant injustice against Francophone faculty members who are just as competent as Anglophone faculty members in the areas of teaching, research and contributions to the advancement of the province in various fields.”

Since their strike in 2000, 17 years ago, ABPPUM professors and librarians have continued to fight to be recognized as the equals of New Brunswick Anglophone professors and librarians. The Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour has just appointed a mediator, and the ABPPUM is willing to cooperate fully with her in order to find a solution that will result in abiding by the letter of agreement signed in 2015 and honouring the principle of wage parity.

 

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Posted: March 2, 2017, 4:40 pm

(Ottawa— 14 February, 2017) The union representing 170 part-time faculty members at Algoma University are set to strike as early as March 3rd, if an agreement is not reached this month. Fair pay, fair hiring and fair evaluation are the key outstanding issues in the negotiations.

“It is a question of equity. Part-time academic staff at Algoma University are the lowest paid in Ontario and the administration is asking them to teach nearly half of all courses,” said CAUT President James Compton.

The bargaining team has asked for parity with the next lowest paid institution, Nipissing University. The cost to the university of this proposal is less than $150,000 per year. Last year, Algoma University posted a $1.3 million surplus.

People can show support for contract  academic staff, by signing a letter of support.

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Posted: February 14, 2017, 9:11 pm
The Canadian Association of University Teachers joins with the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) in strongly condemning the discriminatory ban on entry to the United States for people from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Posted: January 31, 2017, 5:18 pm

(Ottawa January— 31, 2017) The upcoming federal budget is a critical moment for the Liberal government to deliver on its commitment to science and inclusion.  Ottawa must invest in fundamental research and focus on equity throughout the research ecosystem, says the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT). 

“This government has taken important steps recognizing the role of science and inclusion in building a prosperous future for all Canadians,” says CAUT President, James Compton. “Budget 2017 must build on last year’s momentum and lay out a long-term plan to support and sustain basic research.”

CAUT recommends:

  • Investing $500 million over three years in core funding for non-targeted fundamental research through Canada’s granting councils to return to 2007 levels.
  • Increase funding to postsecondary education by $400 million per year;
  • Increase funding to support Indigenous scholarship and research by at least $50 million.
  • Commit to increase the participation of equity-seeking groups at all levels in federally-supported research and innovation initiatives

 “Canada’s future rests on our ability to make new discoveries, and we need to make sure that there is fair access to these opportunities. The government has an unprecedented opportunity to get science right this budget,” adds CAUT Executive Director, David Robinson.

CAUT represents over 70,000 academic staff working in more than 120 universities and colleges across Canada.

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Posted: January 31, 2017, 3:00 pm

In the wake of the attack on the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec, the Canadian Association of University Teachers extends its deepest condolences to the families and the victims of this horrific hate crime.

CAUT stands in solidarity with the Muslim community in Québec and across Canada, and condemns racism, Islamophobia, and hatred of all kinds.

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Posted: January 30, 2017, 7:59 pm

(Ottawa – January 30, 2017) The Canadian Association of University Teachers is advising its members affected by an executive order preventing individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for 90 days to defer their travel plans.

“Canadian academics who might be affected by the order and who have travel plans in the coming days should postpone travel to the United States,” said CAUT Executive Director David Robinson.

While the Government of Canada has clarified that the executive order will not affect individuals from the seven countries who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents, Robinson is recommending that they seek legal counsel before they travel to the United States. The seven targeted countries are Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

Robinson is also recommending that members consult the CAUT Travel Advisory, Travelling to the United States: Your Rights at the Border.

“We join with others in condemning this action as discriminatory,” he added.

CAUT represents over 70,000 academic staff working in more than 120 universities and colleges across Canada.

For more information, please contact:

Valérie Dufour, Director of Communications, (613) 293-1810 or dufour@caut.ca

Posted: January 30, 2017, 3:59 pm

The Canadian Association of University Teachers is accepting nominations for the Award for Excellence in Education Journalism. The award recognizes outstanding reporting and in-depth coverage of issues related to post-secondary education in Canada. The deadline for nominations for coverage in 2016 is February 3, 2017. Two awards are offered. One recipient is recognized for excellence in the student media, and one honours outstanding reporting in the professional print and broadcast media. Each recipient receives $1,000 with the award.

Stories, articles (excluding editorials and columns), documentaries, or series produced in 2015 and appearing in any Canadian daily, weekly, monthly publication, recognized university or college student newspaper, or broadcast by any radio or television station in Canada on some aspect of university and college education that is of major significance are eligible to be nominated. The works of Canadian journalists appearing in non-Canadian publications and broadcasts may also be considered.

Nominations which address the following issues are particularly encouraged: academic freedom; research ethics and integrity; educational accessibility and equity; funding and finances; and university and college governance.

Nominations may be made by faculty associations, media organizations or any other interested parties. Applicants may be self-nominating.

Click here for a list of previous recipients.

For more information, contact: Valérie Dufour, Communications Officer,  613-293-1810.

Posted: December 8, 2016, 2:52 pm

(Ottawa— 7 December, 2016) The Canadian Association of University Teachers is threatening censure of Niagara College if the Ontarian institution continues to operate gender-segregated campuses and programs in Saudi Arabia.

“These [campuses and programs] operate in a repressive country known for its severe clampdown on freedom of expression, mass executions, and gender-based discrimination and violence,” wrote CAUT Executive Director David Robinson in a letter to Niagara College president Dan Patterson.

At the 81st CAUT Council meeting, on November 26th, delegates unanimously passed a motion that unless the concerns of discrimination of lack of academic freedom at Niagara’s Saudi campuses are satisfactorily resolved, censure will be imposed at the Spring 2017 meeting of CAUT Council.

Censure is an extremely important sanction that is used very rarely. It means that CAUT asks its members and the international academic community:

  • Not to accept appointments at a censured institution;
  • Not to accept invitations to speak or participate in academic conferences there;
  • Not to accept any distinction or honour that may be offered by that institution.

“We continue to hope a resolution can be found that is acceptable to all parties,” added Robinson. “Our objective is not to censure the institution, but to ensure that the administration fully respects gender equality and academic freedom.”

Posted: December 7, 2016, 7:31 pm

(Ottawa— 7 December, 2016) The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) is joining with over 60 labour and environmental organizations from across Canada to ask the federal government for a comprehensive ban on asbestos and for the creation of an expert panel to address ongoing challenges associated with asbestos.

“Despite ongoing pleas by Canadians urging a federal ban on asbestos and the growing body of evidence demonstrating the health impacts associated with asbestos exposure, very little progress has been made by the federal government,” wrote the group in a letter sent this morning to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Posted: December 7, 2016, 6:03 pm

(Ottawa—December 6, 2016) On this National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, we remember the École Polytechnique massacre, where 14 women were murdered in Montreal in 1989 because they were women. CAUT and its members stand strong against any form of violence women experience in their lives.

Last year the federal government launched a much needed national investigation into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in our country. We hope this national effort will lead to solutions on the road to reconciliation with the First Nations, Metis and Inuit people.

Many more concrete actions need to be taken to address violence against women in Canada. Research shows that 51% of Canadian women under the age of 16 experience at least one incident of sexual or physical assault and that young women under the age of 25 experience the highest incidence of intimate partner violence.

We need to address the gender-based violence on our campuses through education and prevention. Employers, unions, advocates and governments must work together to develop good policy and provide services to victims of violence.

Posted: December 6, 2016, 8:59 pm

(Ottawa— December 5, 2016) The reinstatement of Canada’s Chief Science Advisor is a positive step toward ensuring that scientific considerations help guide the federal government’s policy choices says the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT).

“The Chief Science Advisor can help ensure that government policy is informed by solid evidence” said CAUT Executive Director David Robinson. “There is a great need for unbiased and non-partisan advice, but this requires that the advisor be fully independent and accountable to Parliament and not just the government of the day.  “

CAUT has been advocating for the creation of a Parliamentary Science Officer. This recommendation was part of its submission to the Fundamental Science Review launched in June by the Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan.

CAUT represents 70,000 academic staff in 122 universities and colleges across Canada.

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For more information, please contact:

Valérie Dufour, Director of Communications, 613-293-1810 or dufour@caut.ca

Posted: December 5, 2016, 7:20 pm

(Ottawa - November 2, 2016) The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) is raising concerns about a court order that would require a Université du Québec à Montréal professor to violate the confidentiality of research participants.

A court has ordered Professor Marie-Ève Maillé to turn over the names of people she interviewed as part of her research into the development of a wind farm in the area of Arthabaska. Following a class action lawsuit by community residents against Éoliennes de l'Érable Inc., the wind farm company filed a motion with the court to compel Maillé to disclose the names of people who took part in her research.

"Researchers and academics across the country are extremely concerned about the decision of the Court,” said CAUT executive director David Robinson. “Maintaining the confidentiality of research subjects is an ethical obligation and professional requirement.”

Robinson notes that a 2014 Quebec Superior Court decision (Parent c. R., 2014 QCCS 132) quashed efforts to seize the confidential research records of two University of Ottawa professors. Justice Sophie Bourque denied Montreal police access to taped interviews with research subjects, upholding for the first time the rights of researchers to protect confidential information necessary for their academic work.

“There is a fundamental principle of researcher-participant privilege at stake here,” said Robinson. “Just as we recognize that it is in the public interest for journalists to be able to protect confidential sources, there must be a similar recognition that extends to academic researchers.  If confidentiality cannot be guaranteed, much important academic research will be silenced.”

Robinson adds that the University should be doing everything in its power to support Prof. Maillé in contesting the court order.

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Posted: November 2, 2016, 7:27 pm