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Free Press: Western faculty demands job security; teaching assistants on verge of strike

From the London Free Press:

As the spring term wraps up, the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) held a press conference Tuesday to warn that their members are fed up with the steady erosion of tenured jobs.

Pitel said the UWOFA’s push for more job security is backed up by a new poll commissioned by the Ontario Council of University Faculty Associations. The online poll of Southwestern Ontario residents conducted by Mission Research showed strong support for more full-time faculty jobs to ensure the quality of education.

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CBC: Universities should be model employers in Ontario, faculty survey finds

From the CBC:

The vast majority of people questioned about working conditions at Ontario universities support greater fairness for contract faculty, according to a poll done by Mission Research and the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA).

The regional results show that 89 per cent of respondents in the southwest want to see equal pay for contract faculty who are teaching the same courses as their full time counterparts. The vast majority also support equal access to benefits for those on contract…

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Global News: Ontario teens worried about declining quality of education, future jobs: poll

From globalnews.ca:

According to a new poll, most students heading to university in the region are worried about finding a job after graduating.

Most students heading to university in the region are worried about finding a job after graduating, according to a new poll done by Mission Research for the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA). The poll found that 60 per cent of university-bound students aged 15 to 17 are concerned they won’t find a well-paid, full-time job after university.

More than 70 per cent also said they’d prefer to have professors who are full-time with secure positions and benefits than a contract professor…

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Queen’s Journal: Provincial poll show demand for job security for university professors

From the Queen’s Journal:

The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) has released the results of their 2018 poll, which aimed to gauge Ontarians’ perspectives on the current state of precarious employment faced by many university professors in the province.

During a media event on Mar. 27 at the University Club, OCUFA and Mission Research presented the findings of the poll. Among a larger pool of statistics, it was revealed that 65 per cent of Eastern Ontarians want to see university professors who teach classes have job security and adequate benefits. Among high school students looking to go to university, this number was 71 per cent…

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baystreet.ca: Majority of Ontarians Support Free Trade Despite Difficult NAFTA Negotiations: Poll

From baystreet.ca:

Majority of Ontarians Support Free Trade Despite Difficult NAFTA Negotiations: Poll

A new survey by the University of Toronto found that 81% of Ontarians favour new trade deals, including a revised North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

The poll conducted by the Mowat Centre at the University of Toronto and Mission Research found that despite difficult NAFTA renegotiations and increasing protectionist talk in the U.S., Ontarians remain positive about international economic agreements. The public opinion survey by the non-partisan public policy think-tank found that 60% of people polled support more globalization…

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Toronto Star: Most Ontarians fully support free trade, survey finds

From the Toronto Star:

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne signs a memorandum of understanding with Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb at Queen's Park on Tuesday.

It’s no trade secret — despite difficult NAFTA renegotiations and increasing protectionist talk in the U.S., Ontarians remain positive about international economic agreements, a new survey conducted by Mission Research has found.

However, about half of respondents believe America gets the better end of such deals — “no one is buying whatever the president says over the phone,” said Andrew Parkin, director of the Mowat Centre at the University of Toronto. Parkin was referring to a recent phone call where Donald Trump incorrectly told the prime minister that the U.S. has a trade deficit with Canada — a comment he also repeated on social media…

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CBC: Laurentian University part-time prof frustrated by lack of planning and research time

From the CBC:

Ontarians want more full-time and fewer sessional professors in their universities, according to a poll commissioned by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) and released at a news conference at Laurentian University.

The poll presented on Wednesday was completed by Mission Research. Its results suggested that 64% of Ontarians want securely employed professors teaching university courses, and that 88% believe universities should convert more contract professors to full-time status before hiring more contract professors…

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The Globe and Mail: Ontarians don’t trust government to improve quality of higher education: poll

From the Globe and Mail:

Young Ontarians are more concerned than older people about the impact of teaching by part-time university professors, according to a poll released Wednesday by the province’s faculty association.

Seventy-one per cent of people between 15 and 17 said they want to see a permanent instructor at the front of the class, compared with 64 per cent of all Ontarians, a result that the group that commissioned the survey by Mission Research says shows support for measures that would improve the working conditions of part-time faculty…

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Sudbury.com: Unfair?: Contract profs say low pay, lack of job security harming post-secondary learning in Ontario

From Sudbury.com:

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Recent poll data shows that the perception of declining working conditions at Ontario universities presents a potential threat to the quality of education in the province.

A poll by Mission Research was commissioned by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) to look at how Ontarians perceive the quality of education at the province’s universities, looking specifically at precarious (contract) academic work. The poll data was presented at Laurentian University on March 21…

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