As someone who wants to go to law school and for whom every grade matters I find this pathetic. It is crucial for most students to know what they got in terms of grades so they know how hard to work and in general know how well they are doing so they can focus more on certain classes accordingly. Due to SFU being cheap, I am now forced to have my grades held salvage until the morons running SFU decided it is time to pay the TA's/TM's.
For a university that prides itself in being world class, it is BS like this that constantly tells the world it is nowhere near world class. Our tuition constantly goes up yet basic necessities such as this which affect a significant number of students are not met. Yet again SFU shows that like every institution all it is concerned about is money.
Here is the Vancouver Sun article on it
After two years of contract talks, Simon Fraser University's Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU) has vowed to ban overtime work.
The union issued the notice at 3 p.m. Thursday after 90 per cent of its members voted for ban on overtime starting Monday as the first step of job action.
“On average each student has 22 perc ent of their courses delivered by TSSU Sessional Instructors. These Adjunct Faculty, although highly qualified, have no seniority rights, minimal benefits, and are paid less than half of what a lecturer is paid for the same work,” said union spokesman Derek Sahota in a news release. “Many of our members are denied access to work opportunities due to antiquated posting and awarding rules that fail to support the interdisciplinary nature of SFU’s programs.”
“Our distance teachers are covered by language and pay formulas that arose prior to the use of email and other web tools,” he added. “Our fulltime continuing Instructors at Harbour Centre are denied the basic benefits that SFU provides to all other continuing employees.”
The union says most of its members are graduate students who make total of $18,000 a year on average, of which they spend about $6,000 on tuition.
Read more: http://www.vancouver...l#ixzz29imDQVrK
Edited by canuckbeliever, 18 October 2012 - 10:50 PM.