Working towards solutions at OCUFA Conference on Precarious Academic Work

March 9, 2016


On February 11-12 in Toronto, contingent academics, students, full-time faculty, journalists and policymakers gathered at the “Challenging precarious academic work” conference, organized by OCUFA, the Ontario Coalition of University Faculty associations. CUPE 3911 co-Chair Dougal MacDonald attended the conference.


The two-day event featured local and international speakers and provided a forum for sharing experiences and developing solutions to the alarming rise of part-time, insecure work at universities.

Speakers included:

  • Karen Foster, Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Rural futures for Atlantic Canada, Dalhousie University

  • Guy Standing, University of London, author of The Precariat – The New Dangerous Class (2011) and A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens (2014)

  • Robyn May, University of Melbourne, researcher on the Gender and Employment Equity: Strategies for advancement in Australian universities project

  • Maria Maisto, New Faculty Majority, USA

  • Jonathan White, Policy Officer, Universities and Colleges Union, UK

  • Glen Jones, Professor of Higher Education at OISE/University of Toronto


For individuals unable to attend the conference, OCUFA recorded all sessions.  They will be made available on the OCUFA website which can be found at

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