Conversations About CAS Bargaining
Stacey & Denise
The first video features our illustrious members, Denise Whitehead and Stacey Jacobs, explaining why a more equitable CAS seniority system will be better for CAS, students, chairs, and everyone at St. Jerome's—and how CAS members like Stacey are so deeply valued in SMF and throughout SJU.
Jesse & Chad
This video features our distinguished members, Chad Wriglesworth and Jesse Hutchison, chatting how multi-year appointments for CAS would benefit CAS members, department chairs, administrative staff, and—above all—students at St. Jerome’s.
Carlie & Alysia
Our renowned members Carlie Leroux and Alysia Kolentsis share their similar and divergent experiences of motherhood in academia in a rare and candid conversation about some of the many impacts of precarity on our members’ equity. They discuss how pregnancy and parental leave, multi-year appointments, sick leave, and health benefits are vital to a more equitable workplace for our CAS.
Catherine & Kieran
Our esteemed members Catherine Briggs and Kieran Bonner talk about some of the day-to-day indignities faced by CAS members, about how these impact their ability to plan their courses and help their students, and about how fairness and dignity for CAS are essential to the kind of community that makes St. Jerome’s special.
Roberta and Carmen
In this video, our outstanding members, Roberta Cauchi-Santoro and Carmen Celestini, discuss the detrimental impacts of precarity on our CAS members’ ability to sustain state-of-the-art research and to bring this research into the classroom for the benefit of our students. They also explain how St. Jerome’s can—and should—become a leader in addressing the precarity of contract academic staff.
Toni & Stephen
Our final two-part video features our indomitable members, Toni Serafini and Stephen Svenson.
In Part I, Toni and Stephen discuss the serious impacts of precarity on our CAS members' health, their family lives, and their ability to keep their homes. They emphasize that sick leave, health benefits, and job security are urgent justice issues at St. Jerome’s and affect the quality of education that we offer.
In Part II of our final video, Toni Serafini and Stephen Svenson explain how compensating CAS members for the service work they do will bring crucial benefits to students and full-time faculty in a small institution like SJU; how offering tuition benefits for children of CAS is a gesture of respect; how a symbolic agreement not to invoke the CCAA at St. Jerome’s is essential to restoring the confidence of all St. Jerome’s employees after what happened at Laurentian; and how our Catholic mission at St. Jerome’s requires us to take seriously our CAS members’ stories of feeling expendable and undervalued and to listen when they ask us for help.