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PSAC-UPCE's counter-offer to Canada Post


Our team fully considered the employer’s global offer and prepared a counter -proposal which we tabled on September 27.  We met and began discussions on our counter-proposal, but both parties agreed to return to the table the week...

Tentative Agreement Reached at Winnipeg Airport


Late Sunday evening (October 1st), the PSAC/UCTE 50600 bargaining team reached a tentative agreement with the Winnipeg Airport Authority. The bargaining team is unanimously recommending acceptance and ratification votes are scheduled for Wednesday,...

PSAC surveying members through Environics


This is to let you know that PSAC has commissioned the Environics Research Group to conduct an online survey with PSAC members. The objective of the survey is to gauge opinions on union priorities and will be conducted in the beginning of October...

Language survey is now closed


Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the survey on language training and testing. The Official Languages Committee of the National Joint Council (NJC), which prepared the survey questions, will now compile all the answers received and...

Wealthy benefit most from private corporation loophole


“What’s clear from the CCPA report is that it’s people with high incomes who benefit the most from the private corporation loophole.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

Ottawa (05 Oct. 2017) — A recently released report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) confirms that it is wealthy Canadians who are the main beneficiaries of the private corporation tax loophole.

CAUT Statement on World Teachers’ Day: “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers”


(Ottawa – 5 October, 2017) Today, the Canadian Association of University Teachers celebrates UNESCO’s World Teachers’ Day. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the 1997 UNESCO Recommendation Concerning the Status of Higher Education.

CAUT played a central role in the development and adoption of the Recommendation, which is a non-binding standard-setting instrument providing an international framework of recommended practices concerning the rights and responsibilities of higher education teachers.

The Recommendation provides international guidelines on academic freedom, collegial governance, trade union and collective bargaining rights, individual rights and freedoms, terms and conditions of employment, and other professional rights.

“The Recommendation is more relevant today than ever before,” says CAUT executive director David Robinson. “In Canada, we see growing challenges to secure employment and good working conditions in post-secondary education. In other parts of the world, many academic staff  risk their lives in  pursuing their research, teaching students, or by simply exercising their civil liberties.”

It was in 1994 that UNESCO first proclaimed October 5 to be World Teachers’ Day, and this year’s slogan of “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers” encompasses a special focus on institutional autonomy and academic freedom.