Dalhousie Law Journal


Academic tenure, employment, uncertain future, employment relationships, contract-statute, collective bargaining, special plan


Canadian academic employment relationships can be said to fall into three categories: 1) The traditional "contract-statute" relationship 2) The collective bargaining relationship, and 3) The "special plan" relationship.1 What is the legal nature of each of these relationships and what are the implications of each? Which issues have proved, or could prove, sensitive in the "contract-statute" setting? Can collective agreements or special plans provide better solutions? These are the fundamental legal questions, but tenure issues loom so large that they tend to swallow up the other questions and answers.