Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC

Media Release: BC municipalities support federation call to pay contract faculty fairly

Oct 4, 2019 FPSE News

For immediate release
Friday October 4, 2019

VANCOUVER - Seven municipalities across BC are supporting fairness for contract faculty through motions, proclamations, and public letters of support in the leadup to Fair Employment Week, an international campaign that calls attention to the working conditions experienced by contract faculty at post-secondary institutions.

“This show of support from municipalities demonstrates the broad support for treating contract faculty fairly, not as underpaid disposable labour,” said FPSE President Terri Van Steinburg. “We have contract faculty who have to access income assistance because their pay is so low. We have contract faculty who earn half or less than their colleagues for doing the same work. This has to change. Paying people less for doing the same work is not the right way to build our post-secondary system, or our province.”

Fair Employment Week runs from October 7-11, 2019 and is being recognized across Canada through events on campuses and in communities. The Federation of Post-Secondary Educators will be in Victoria October 9-10 to highlight the issues being faced by contract faculty.

In BC, most institutions pay contract faculty less than regular faculty for doing the same work. However, paying contract faculty fairly can be done. At Vancouver Community College and Langara College doing the same work results in the same pay.

“Paying people fairly is not only a social justice issue, it’s also economic one. Moving to a same work/same pay model at all post-secondary institutions will improve service for students and working conditions for contract faculty, a disproportionate number of whom are women and racialized educators,” continued Van Steinburg. “The time for change is now.”

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Full list of municipalities:

Colwood
Gibsons
Langford
City of New Westminster
City of Port Coquitlam
City of Surrey
Resort Municipality of Whistler

The Federation of Post-Secondary Educators represents 10,000 educators in colleges, institutes and teaching universities in BC.

Media Contact:
Nicole Seguin, Communications Officer
Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC
604-873-8988 | 604-831-6684
nseguin@fpse.ca

Statement on September 27 Climate Strike

Sep 27, 2019 FPSE News

Statement from FPSE President Terri Van Steinburg on the Climate Strike (Friday, September 27, 2019)

"Today’s climate strike is bringing much-needed attention to the climate emergency. The young people leading this action in our province and around the world are both an inspiration and a reminder of what is possible when we join together. Just as the science of climate change is undeniable, so too is the power of people united in calling for change."

"Our members – educators at colleges, institutes, and teaching universities – see how students are driving change every day and will be supporting their efforts today and into the future."

Learn more about the Climate Strike:

https://globalclimatestrike.net/