See the timely CBC news story – Most university undergrads now taught by poorly paid part-timers
Mary-Faith Cerasoli has been reduced to “sleeping in her car, showering at college athletic centers and applying for food stamps,” The New York Times recently reported. Is she unemployed? No, in fact, she is a college professor— but an adjunct one, meaning she is hired on a short-term contract with no possibility of tenure.
Check out the rest of this article from the Atlantic:
Day of Mourning – To remember those who have lost their lives at work.
10am Monday April 28, 2014
Middleton Plaza, Saanich Municipal Hall
located at the main entrance off Darwin Ave.
April 23, 2014
Your new executive met Wednesday evening for their first Executive meeting since the elections at the AGM. Highlights of the meeting:
- Executive planning meeting will be scheduled in the near future; the executive will determine its priorities for the coming year.
- Debrief from the AGM-plans for improving future general meetings
- CUPE BC convention highlights from delegates Greg Melnechuk and David Huxtable
- Representatives from CUPE2278 (UBC TAs and ESLs) and Teaching Support Staff Union (SFU TAs, ESLs and Sessional Lecturers) will be meeting for a Solidarity Summit – TBA
- Upcoming Component 1 Beer Chat – venue will have to be changed-TBA
- Residence Life still hiring for the fall; there will only be 4 CUPE members working over the summer months
- Residence Life bargaining will begin with Comp 1 & 2 bargaining
- Component 1 needs bargaining committee members
- Component 2 bargaining survey completed
- Component 3 bargaining scheduled to start May 8 and 14
- Universities Coordinated Bargaining Committee (10 CUPE locals from 6 research universities in BC) meets May 23, conference call next week to discuss communications campaign
- Component 1 Poster campaign ready to roll out
- Donated $50 to 2014 Decolonize & Anti-Oppression Community Workshop Tour
- Thank you Heidi Darroch for volunteering to represent CUPE4163 on UVics Employment Equity Advisory Committee (EMAG)
Should TA pay be tied to Tuition hikes?
Teaching Assistants (TAs) are most commonly students who work as TAs to financially support themselves while enrolled in post-secondary education. TA wages are relied on for tuition, food and lodging, among other living expenses. Looking back from 2009 forward to this year (2014) Teaching Assistants’ wages have not been keeping pace with Tuition Fee increases.
From September 1, 2009 through September 1, 2012 the cost of student tuition was raised by 2% per year while Teaching Assistant’s wages stagnated. During that period, the Provincial Government implemented, through the Public Sector Employers Council (PSEC), a net zero mandate for no wage increases for each of those years. During the same time period, tuition increased by 2% per year.
The PSEC cooperative gains mandate was in place for the 2012 round of bargaining. This meant that despite the Union’s best efforts to negotiate a fairer wage, from September 1, 2012 to March 1, 2013 Teaching Assistant’s wages were staged in increments of 1%, which amounted to less than 2% per year. In the 2012 round of bargaining the staged wage increases allowed the union to establish a Conference Award fund accessible to TAs, which would not have been achieved any other way according to the PSEC mandate.
The recently released University of Victoria’s 2014/15 budget framework provides for 2% tuition increase, 2% parking increase, 3% dorm & cluster housing increase and 3% child care increase.
With the Component 1 & 2 agreement (TAs, Computer Help Desk, Second Language Teachers and Cultural Assistants) expiring August 31, 2014, CUPE4163 along with all other public sector workers will be bargaining under the cloud of PSEC’s Economic Stability Mandate. Several public sector unions have recently settled within this mandate for 5.5% over a 5 year term.
The forgoing provides the backdrop for the conversation. Let’s talk. TAs’ wage increases should at the very least meet tuition hikes.