Thanks to the BC Federation of Students (BCFS) for inviting Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC President George Davison to address attendees at their annual general meeting Saturday, January 13. Here's George's speech to BCFS members, underscoring the importance of reducing student debt and addressing post-secondary system underfunding.
This has been quite a year for our Open the Doors campaign. From our Days of Action in January to a new government sworn in after 16 years, to Minister Melanie Mark meeting with the FPSE Presidents’ Council in Victoria, 2017 has been a whirlwind of activity and change.
On October 16, college faculty across Ontario went on strike due to their employers’ refusal to continue with negotiations around pressing issues educators are facing: unequal pay and precarious employment, lack of academic freedom, and the absence of faculty in post-secondary governance structures. These issues are not only harmful for educators but also to the post-secondary system overall.