Canadian P/Timers Protest Against Themselves

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On March 7th, 2006, 9,100 full- and partial-load faculty members of the Ontario Public Services Employees Union (OPSEU) took to the picket lines to protest pay and the alleged declining quality of education at Ontario’s 24 community colleges. Among the reasons for the strike is the college system’s purported overuse of part-time faculty, who, according to the union, don’t provide the same high caliber of instruction as Ontario’s full-timers. A press release by OPSEU Local 613 sets forth the union’s proposed solution to the problem: convert part-time jobs to full-time. But will this help Ontario’s part-timers (who are not unionized)? […]
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