Strike watch

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Main Issues

Pension plan
Faculty: university not making their contributions to pension plan.
Administration: Pension issues reflect global economic issues.

Salaries
Faculty: WLU profs rank 14th of 16 Ontario universities in salary
Administration: Laurier faculty salaries rank in the middle among Ontario universities.

Teaching stream
Faculty: participation in teaching-intensive program would be too demanding for profs, leave little time for research, make getting tenure nearly impossible.
Administration: teaching stream would be valuable resource for students, despite added strain on faculty.

In the event of a work stoppage…
Lectures taught by full-time faculty would cease.
Classes/tutorials led by Contract Academic Staff — part-time professors, TAs — would continue as normal.
Students still able to meet with professors.
Assignment due dates, exams to be dealt with by professors on a case-by-case basis.

Quick facts
Laurier has approx. 500 full-time faculty members, includes profs, full-time library staff.
Full-time profs predominantly teach upper years course, mainly fourth-year seminars.
Last work stoppage at WLU: March 19 – April 6, 2008, approx. 365 part-time faculty members went on strike.

-Compiled by Justin Fauteux

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