Representing Sessional Lecturers at the University of Saskatchewan

We are the University of Saskatchewan Sessional Lecturers’ Union. Through collective bargaining, we strive to provide our members with the fair wages and working conditions they deserve. Our members never stop working for their students, and we never stop advocating for their rights. Fair representation for sessional lecturers improves quality of education for our students and strengthens our University community.

Fair Employment Week
October 18 -22

Fair Employment Week is an annual campaign directed by the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) to raise awareness about precarious employment on university campuses and to share strategies of support for academic contract faculty. The CAUT will be hosting several online events during the week.

Here at the U of S, CUPE 3287 has made available to its members access to Gerry Potter’s new documentary film In Search of Professor Precarious. Union members should recently have received a video streaming link via email. If you haven’t, please contact our News and Communications Officer, Jeff Klassen.

Please join us on Thursday, October 22 at 7:00 PM for a special screening of the film, organized by the URFA, followed by a Q and A session with director. This is a free event, but please click here to register in advance.

Finally, check out this 2018 report from CAUT that presents findings from a national survey of contract academic teaching staff at Canadian post-secondary institutions.

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Fall Newsletter

Check out our latest issue of our newsletter below:

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COVID-19’s Impact on CUPE 3287 Operations

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the Union office in McLean Hall Room 35 will not be regularly staffed until further notice.

However, members of the Executive will continue to monitor and to respond to email communications and voice mail left on our office phone line (306-966-7023). If you have any questions or concerns, especially regarding the University’s evolving policies in connection with the COVID-19 situation, please do not hesitate to contact the Union. Since we are learning about the University’s responses only as they become available, we may not have all the answers, but we are monitoring the situation carefully and will do our best to help.

CUPE SK: COVID-19 Updates for CUPE Locals

U of S COVID-19 Updates

Frequently Asked Questions

Did you know that, as a U of S sessional lecturer and member of CUPE 3287:

  • You have a union that will support you if you have job-related problems?
  • You can apply for on-campus parking through your union?
  • You can apply for professional development funding to attend a conference or for other projects related to your teaching practice or academic research?
  • You can apply for a tuition waiver to take a course at the U of S
  • You are eligible for health and dental benefits?
  • You can apply for a Right of First Refusal if you have taught a course 3 times or more in a four year period?
  • You have the opportunity to serve as a member on a University or union committee?
  • You may be eligible for Employment Insurance benefits if you are not teaching in a given term or during the Spring and Summer session?
  • You are invited to social occasions throughout the year where you can meet other sessional lecturers?