While Doug Ford advocates a brighter future for Ontarians, he continually contradicts himself in his many attacks on postsecondary institutions. His actions are undermining the quality and the accessibility of postsecondary education for students in the province and across the country.
That’s why the APTPUO is launching a social media campaign to urge university communities in Ontario not to vote for Doug Ford.
We recall that the Ford government has, among other things:
repealed the law of “equal pay for equal work”, which prevents contractual staff from obtaining a salary corresponding to that of their tenured colleagues;
imposed a cap of 1% on all compensation and other remuneration increases in the public sector while the cost of living continues to rise for all of us;
prevented the merging of unionized groups who share the same interest which limits the unions’ ability to negotiate better working conditions;
adopted a performance-based funding program for postsecondary institutions;
made significant cuts to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), creating additional barriers for students from low-income homes to access and pursue postsecondary education;
made auxiliary fees optional, thereby limiting the ability of student unions to organise and hindering their ability to contribute to student life.
The Ford government’s attacks on postsecondary institutions and the working conditions of precarious employees must stop. It is time to make our voices heard, to defend the importance of postsecondary education in the province and to value the role that we, as part-time professors, play in ensuring a high quality education.
In the weeks leading up to election day, follow us on social media. Be sure to interact with our posts, and share the reasons why you won’t be voting for Doug Ford on June 2, 2022.
In the weeks leading up to election day, follow us on social media.
Be sure to interact with our posts, and share the reasons why you won’t be voting for Doug Ford on June 2, 2022.