Monday, March 23, 2015

Did you know...that UW is one of the only non-unionized faculty associations in Canada?

The University of Waterloo is one of the last four major institutions of higher education in the country to maintain a non-unionized proffesorate? The others are McMaster University, the University of Toronto, and McGill University. 


  1. I thought U. Alberta's faculty association was not unionized?

  2. I guess you could say Alberta outlawed unions in universities since they removed all protections of their labour laws from university employees.

    From the Postsecondary Learning Act, Statutes of Alberta, 2003, Chapter P-19.5:
    Application of labour law
    90 The Employment Standards Code and the Labour Relations
    Code do not apply to the initial governing authority, the members
    of the board when acting in their capacities as members of the
    board, the graduate students association or the graduate students of
    a university employed by the board as instructional staff, or the
    academic staff association or the academic staff members of a
    public post-secondary institution.

    In place of allowing freedom of association and normal labour protections, the act seems to mandate that each university have an academic-staff-association structure with disputes resolved by binding arbitration.

    On paper, maybe it doesn't look too different from here but I'm trying to imagine how little I would care about our MOA if it were not a locally grown organic document but was instead imposed on us by the Ontario Legislature. I'd call it a strength worth preserving that each Ontario university has a different labour climate and structure.