A Perspective from Canada—The Wage Gap that Plagues Non-Tenured Faculty is a Political Issue

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by Gail Lethbridge With Frosh Week drawing to close and Labour Day still fresh in our memory, it’s a good time to ask who is teaching our university students. Many are full-time professors with good pay, health care benefits, vacations, job security pensions and tenure privileges such as sabbaticals. And many are not. About half of Canadian university students are being taught by contract workers with low pay, no benefits or vacations, no pensions, no job security, no tenure and no sabbaticals. Officially, they are known as contract academic staff (CAS) but they also go by terms such as adjunct lecturers […]
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