A survey done in 2014 by FPSE found that, on average, non-regular instructors have been working at their current institution for six and half years. Some have worked at the same institution for 25 years! These instructors are permanently temporary.
It’s time to change that.
So what do BC’s precarious faculty want?
Better pay. Many of our members are paid significantly less than they would otherwise earn as regular faculty. We want all faculty to be paid on the same scale. Same work, same pay. Pretty simple. Stipends, bars to movement on scale, and other methods used to pay non-regular faculty less for the same work only serves to de-value the importance of teaching as a core function of the post-secondary system.
Better integration into the academic and educational community. Non-regular faculty should be able to participate in the academic and educational life of their institutions by participating fully on committees, in curriculum development, professional development, research and governance, just like the regular colleagues.
Better conversion language for all. In 2001, FPSE was able to negotiate a process to convert non-regular faculty to regular positions. Although the language has made a positive difference for many of our members the time has come to strengthen the provisions. In fact, some our locals still don’t have regularization language. It’s time to change that once and for all.
Better rights to future work. Non-regular faculty need to have clear rights to secure additional work for which they are qualified. Over 78% of non-regulars who were surveyed want secure continuing work in their chosen field.
Better access to benefits. Many precarious faculty have no access to benefits or must pay directly for the coverage. Often, precarious faculty members have been working regularly, at the same institution, for years. It isn’t fair that these faculty members are denied the ability to access benefits for themselves and their families when they are doing the same work as regular faculty.