Kyoto Gaidai University is notorious for its harsh policy during the corona-virus pandemic of forcing teachers with underlying conditions to take an unpaid leave of absence.
Union member David Waddell received the shocking cancer diagnosis just 5 weeks before the end of the Spring semester. He asked to be allowed to finish his classes online in an on-demand format while he received urgent cancer treatment. However, Kyoto Gaidai applied its policy without mercy and got another teacher to take over until the end of the semester leaving David with zero wages during this period.
He was willing and able to provide on-demand lessons. This would have let him both receive the life saving treatment he needed while continue to work and earn his salary. The university, it total disregard for David’s health or livelihood forced him out of work.
Kyoto Gaidai responded to the union that they do not believe any apology or compensation is necessary and only apologized only for the fact that they used email communications to take away his job rather than telling him face to face.
We are again asking that Kyoto Gaidai compensate David for his loss of income and for their shoddy treatment of a long term employee .
We also want to send a message that part-time teachers are not disposable. Universities are more and more relying on part time teachers, who receive no sick benefits, insurances and less job security to teach their courses. We want universities to recognize the importance of these teachers and that part-timers are not disposable units to be thrown away and replaced just because they get sick.
You can help David by attending this short gathering and sending a message to Kyoto Gaidi, together with your fellow union members, that part time teachers demand and expect respect in their workplaces.