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PTers at Algoma University in Ontario Prepared to Strike for Higher Pay

by Darren Taylor

Sessional faculty at Algoma say they’ve been the lowest paid part-time faculty members for years

Part-time faculty members at Algoma University say they realize times are tough, but they’re prepared to strike if they don’t get bigger paychecks.

Talks between part-time faculty members and Algoma University management broke off in December.

A conciliator was brought in, and talks will resume Feb. 7.

If an agreement is not reached with a conciliator at the table, part-time faculty could go on strike.

Raising pay for part-time faculty would cost $150,000 of Algoma’s $29 million budget (about half a percentage point), according to the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Association (OCUFA).

Part-time faculty represent approximately half the faculty at Algoma.

Algoma University part-time faculty members were joined by supporters in their call for a pay raise, Jan. 31, 2017. Photo: Darren Taylor

Algoma University part-time faculty members were joined by supporters in their call for a pay raise, Jan. 31, 2017. Photo: Darren Taylor

“We’ve been the lowest paid for a number of years,” said Nadine Robinson, Algoma University part-time faculty member and bargaining team member.

“We understand the economic times are bleak, so we’re not asking for a huge raise, nor are we asking for full-time positions.  We’re looking to get parity with the second lowest paid university in the province,

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