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Established in 1951, the Canadian
Association of University Teachers
was created with a primary mandate
of supplying the national voice for
academic professionals and staff
nationwide. Furthermore there was
an incentive to develop a collective
capacity to deal with issues such as
salaries, tenure, pensions, income
tax policy, sabbaticals and academic
unified efforts in expand-
ing the authoritative reach of the CAUT centred
on the firing of a professor at United College
in Winnipeg in 1958 and the CAUT’s immediate
reactive decision to set up its first investigatory
committee, which ultimately changed the course
of the association forever, and for the better. It
was a case that garnered widespread attention
right across the country on the issue of academic
freedom for staff in academic institutions.
Now, 64 years later, the Ottawa-based associ-
ation stands strong in uniting 68,000 professional
educators and protecting their rights in the
workplace at 122 universities and colleges, with
an annual budget of more than $7 million and
admirable representation across all 10 provinces.
The CAUT robustly defends academic freedom
as the right to teach, learn, study and publish free
of orthodoxy or threat of reprisal and discrimi-
nation. Academic freedom includes the right to
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