Waterloo Region Record, Nov. 15, 2013: “Part-time Laurier instructors vote in favour of strike”
Wilfrid Laurier University’s Clarifications & Corrections webpage is an opportunity for the university to provide comments and corrections to information written and published about it by other sources.
A story published by The Waterloo Region Record on Nov. 15, 2013 about contract negotiations between the University and its Contract Academic Staff contained only information provided by the Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association. The Record did not seek comment from the University. The story contained a number of factual errors.
• Contract Academic Staff teach approximately 45 per cent of Laurier students, not “more than half.” The figure of 45 per cent is based on the language and course definitions approved by the Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association (WLUFA) and included in the collective agreement governing full-time faculty.
• It is important to note that the number of courses taught by CAS members is governed by the WLUFA contract for full-time professors. According to that contract, which WLUFA agreed to on behalf of full-time professors, the total number of courses taught by CAS members cannot exceed 35 per cent of the courses offered in an academic year.
• Contract Academic Staff can teach up to three courses per term and nine courses per year. CAS members are currently paid about $7,000 per course. A CAS member teaching the maximum nine courses per year would earn a total of $63,000.
• Contract Academic Staff do receive some benefits. They receive four per cent of their wages in lieu of health and dental benefits, and they can take advantage of a number of other benefits such as the university pension plan and a partial tuition reduction for them and their family members, among other benefits.
• Contract Academic Staff will not be in a legal strike position until 12:01 on Nov. 28.
• The University and WLUFA are scheduled to meet with a mediator Nov. 26 to continue bargaining. The University is committed to reaching a collective agreement that is in the best interests of students and the institution, and which takes into account the significant economic challenges affecting Laurier, the Ontario university sector, and the broader public sector.