5th StFXAUT Collective Agreement:


Health Care Spending Account


1.0 Part-time Members, after having taught 4 three credit courses, or after being employed by the University for 450 hours (who do not qualify for other StFX benefit plans) are eligible for a Health Care Spending Account against which they may claim their health care related expenses. The University will credit to each eligible Member’s Health Care Spending Account 5% of the total value of their compensation (e.g., per-course stipends) up to a maximum of $1,200 on an annual basis with no rollover provision.

– Human Resources: [email protected]
– Employee benefits phone number (connecting you to StFX’s benefit partners): (902) 867-4996
– Employee benefits webpage

– Blue Cross Health and Dental coverage phone: 1-800-667-4511
– Blue Cross Health and Dental website

From the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT):

2022 Fair Employment Week Events:

  • Keynote address – Organizing to Win for Contract Academic Staff – Wednesday, October 19, 2:00pm (Atlantic Standard Time)

Open University is the largest provider of distance learning in the UK with the majority of instruction provided by over 4,800 Associate Lecturers (ALs), who are employed on casualized contracts.  

In their latest round of bargaining, ALs won permanent contracts. Hear from Richard Bradbury – a member of the bargaining team at Open University and member of the Executive Committee of the University and College Union in the UK – about how they won this historic victory. 

Register here.

  • Social Media Day of Action – Wednesday, October 19

Help spread the word online about Fair Employment Week and the realities of precarious employment on our campuses.

CAUT has developed digital resources to support associations’ engagement in this day of action.

Remember to use the hashtags #MakeitFair and #Fairness4CAS.

  • Virtual Contract Academic Staff Social – Friday, October 21, 1:00pm (Atlantic Standard Time)

Contract academic staff from across the country are invited to an informal Zoom social to talk about the unique issues facing CAS, discuss strategies to improve working conditions, and join in celebration of the work and contributions CAS make to our universities and colleges.

Register here.



2020 Fair Employment Week October 19-23: Make It Fair for Contract Academic Staff

By the numbers / CAUT survey of contract academic staff in Canada (September 2018)

CAUT releases results of first national survey of contract academic staff
(September 4, 2018)

Interview / Dr. Karen Foster (September 2018)

“Out of the Shadows: Experiences of Contact Academic Staff” (September 2018)

Shattering myths about contract academic staff (September 2018)

The faces of precarity (October 2017)

The precarious life of contract academic staff (October 2016)

Fair Employment Week: Make it fair for contract academic staff (October 24-28, 2016)

CAUT Policy Statement: Academic Freedom and Contractually Limited Appointments (Approved by the CAUT Council, April 2015)


From the Association of Nova Scotia University Teachers (ANSUT):

Precarious U: Contract Faculty in Nova Scotia Universities by Dr. Karen Foster (2016)