CASA weekly news 22/14

we’ve been busy keeping up with COCAL XI, the Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor’s biennial conference and expect to be sharing reports on it soon. Until then, and in the international spirit of the tri-national Coalition of contingent academics in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, here’s the latest CASA covering casuals in Australia and elsewhere.  You can also catch up on #COCALXI on Twitter via the hashtag.


A warming welcome to this week’s casualisation news in Australian higher education and a bit beyond, and hello to new subscribers.

Last week, we asked some questions about the proposed profit-sharing scheme at the University of Canberra, and mentioned that we were puzzled by coverage from November last year that suggested the NTEU had supported this. The short version is that if UC exceeds its planned budget surplus by $1m, all full-time and part-time staff will get a bonus, except senior management and casuals.

We’ve had some helpful clarification from the NTEU ACT branch which we hope to pass on in full this week. And as this scheme is a first for Australian higher education, we also want to appeal to staff at other universities to think about their casual colleagues before voting to support something similar—given that casual academic and admin workers make such a hefty contribution to profit in the first place.

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About @NatM4Equity

The National Mobilization for Equity is a coalition of organizations committed to alleviating the present staffing crisis in higher education: three-quarters of the teaching jobs in American colleges are held by underpaid, precarious and poorly-supported contingent faculty. Our long-term goal is to end contingency as the norm. The current untenable situation not only adversely affects all faculty members, both contingent and tenure-track, it also negatively impacts our profession, our students and the quality of their education.

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