CUPE: Privatization & U: Changing the Face of Our Universities (PDF)

CUPE: Privatization & U: Changing the Face of Our Universities (PDF)

Privatization of our university public services has a great ripple effect far beyond those who are the immediate casualties. The impact of tuition user fees and corporate infiltration on the university community spills over to everyone. But so does the direct privatization of the work of support employees such as maintenance, trades, administrative, library, and child care, along with the privatization issues directly impacting academic staff such as sessionals and TA’s. Privatization is eroding our network of public services and our sense of community. Under privatization, corporations reap profit and power, while employees see eroding wages and working conditions and students see diminished quality and access. Fighting privatization forges a common cause for support and academic workers.

There has been a dramatic increase of privatization at Canada's universities. The most apparent is the growing reliance on individuals rather than the government to finance university operations. University tuition and other fees have been skyrocketing in recent years with students are paying a far larger share of the costs of postsecondary education. In 1974, student tuition fees comprised 16.1% of university operating revenues, rising to 19.9% in 1994. By 2004, this had ballooned to 30.3%. At the same time, government funding as a percentage of operating revenues had been steadily shrinking: In 1974, government revenues represented 79.9% of total university operating revenues, in 1994 they were 74%, and government funding had dipped to 57.2% by 2004.

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