CANADIAN PROFESSORS STRIKE FOR ACADEMIC FREEDOM

R.D. Gietz gietz at cc.umanitoba.ca
Thu Oct 26 17:22:11 EST 1995


On October 17, 1995 Professors at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, 
Canada, went on strike in a bid to stop their administration (fully 
supported by a Conservative provincial government) from destroying 
academic freedom at our university. This strike is not about money. UMFA 
(University of Manitoba Faculty Association) has already offered to 
accept reduced wages sufficient to meet the difficult financial 
circumstances. The government is demanding the right to downsize by 
laying off staff in any department in an arbitrary manner. The proposed 
changes to our contract would allow the administration to fire 
individual 
professors who are challenging conventional wisdom, academics who speak 
out on public issues, and faculty who criticize the administration. 

WE ARE A TEST CASE AND IF WE FAIL, YOUR UNIVERSITY COULD BE NEXT. 
PLEASE, 
GIVE US YOUR SUPPORT. 

We wish to reach concerned academics world wide. If we have intruded 
onto 
your newsgroup with an off topic message, please excuse us.

For more information please consult http://www.xpressnet.com/umfa 
Letters of support to umfa at xpressnet.com
Letters of complaint to Premier Gary Filmon FAX: 204-949-1484 
(preferred) 
or premier at leg.gov.mb.ca






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