OCUFA releases first-ever public opinion poll on precarious academic work

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Today, OCUFA released the results of a public opinion poll examining attitudes to precarious work in Ontario’s universities – the first of its kind in the province. This new research demonstrates a strong level of support for good working conditions in our universities.

Highlights from the poll include:

  • 94 per cent of Ontarians think universities should be model employers and support good jobs in their communities.
  • 88 per cent want part-time professors to be converted into full-time positions.
  • 85 per cent want part-time professors to receive fair pay and 84 per cent believe part-time professors should have the same access to benefits as their full-time colleagues.
  • 64 per cent of Ontarians want to be taught by, or have their child taught by, a full-time professor with job security and benefits.
  • 60 per cent are in favour of more public funding for universities to promote long-term employment relationships with faculty

“The poll results clearly show that Ontarians want universities to employ full-time professors, and to treat their contract faculty with fairness and respect,” said Bates. “In other words, the people of Ontario want every academic job to be a good job.”

The complete poll results are available from OCUFA. The poll was conducted by Mission Research on behalf of OCUFA with a sample of 1000 individuals with results accurate to within +/- 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

2 Responses to “OCUFA releases first-ever public opinion poll on precarious academic work”

  1. Adrienne Pollak

    It is not rational to expect contract lecturers to create the personal connections to students which can develop with full- time professors. This is the most enduring value I carry with me from undergrad days 60 years ago.

  2. Angela Gagne

    Knowing someone with a PH.D.,Masters and a Bachelor degree I feel this should be implemented sooner than later.
    This person has been on contract for years and has so much to give to our education system it is sad to see nothing done for years. Hoping immediate action will be taken on this issue. We have good people presently on contract who can do an excellent job full time. Look and you shall find. Thanks!

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