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  • Carleton University instructor, rips wages, job security

    A contract instructor at Carleton University has boldly expressed his frustrations about what he calls low wages by writing an open letter online.

    Andrew Robinson says he teaches first-year physics at the Ottawa school, earning about $34,000 per year without benefits or a pension.

    At the end of January, Robinson posted a letter online titled "Enough's Enough," in which he claimed contract instructors across North America were "being shamelessly exploited" by their employers.

    He said without permanent status, those who teach university students often work extra hours for free, are paid low wages and face a constant lack of job security.

    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...rity-1.2977700

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    York University cancels classes amid teaching assistant strike

    York University suspended classes Tuesday after its teaching assistants and other non-tenured staff voted against a new contract, leaving students wondering when they'll get back in the lecture halls.

    CUPE Local 3903, which represents nearly 3,700 teaching assistants, contract faculty, graduate assistants and research assistants rejected the university's latest deal. Even though more than 71 per cent of the workers voted against the new deal, negotiators said they're close to an agreement with the university.

    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toront...rike-1.2979547

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      York University strike: labour minister calls for more negotiations

      Ontario’s labour minister urged both sides in the York University strike to get back to the bargaining table on Wednesday to prevent a lengthy shutdown.

      Minister Kevin Flynn told CBC Toronto that provincial mediators are optimistic a settlement can be reached between the university and its 3,700 teaching and research assistants, contract faculty, graduate students.

      More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toront...ions-1.2981007

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        Tuition's up, but where is all that university money going?


        When teaching assistants went on strike recently at two Toronto universities, their job actions were only the latest reminder of the fiscal strife that has run in lockstep with the significant growth at Canadian post-secondary schools over the past two decades.

        Any talk of money in post-secondary education involves big numbers that just seem to keep getting bigger.

        Universities and colleges spent $32.4 billion in 2012/2013 and had approximately 1.5 million full-time students, up from $15.3 billion and one million 12 years earlier, according to Statistics Canada.

        More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/where-...s-go-1.2994476

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          Teaching assistants rally at Queen's Park

          Over 500 teaching assistants and undergraduate students rallied at Queen's Park on Saturday afternoon, calling on the province to put more funds into post-secondary education.

          The Canadian Union of Public Employees — members of which are on strike at both the University of Toronto and York University — says tuition fees in Ontario are the highest in our country, and that the province spends the least per student in Canada.

          More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toront...park-1.3004553

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