Crisis and Opportunity Faculty Associations and the Challenge of Pandemic Bargaining

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Larry Savage


This article explores the effects of COVID-19 on collective bargaining in Canadian universities. Specifically, the research considers how the pandemic created both crises and opportunities for faculty associations, primarily through a case study of the Brock University Faculty Association’s 2020 round of bargaining. More broadly, the article examines how COVID-19 has brought into sharper focus debates within faculty associations about the need to transition from a traditional to an organizing model of collective bargaining in order to better defend and advance the interest of academic labour within the neoliberal university.

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The Labour of COVID
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Larry Savage, Brock University

Larry Savage is a Professor in the Department of Labour Studies at Brock University and served as Chief Negotiator for the Brock University Faculty Association in the 2017 and 2020 rounds of bargaining.