Postdocs at Queen’s Join PSAC

The Public Service Alliance of Canada is thrilled to welcome 180 Postdoctoral Fellows at Queen’s University who voted in favour of joining our union. The ballots were cast last November but only counted on July 13 due to a technical dispute. The workers voted 66 per cent in favour of unionization.

PSAC is becoming the union of choice for academic workers, including teaching assistants, researchers, contract instructors, administrative staff and postdoctoral fellows.

Over 90 per cent of postdocs at Queen’s will be covered by a new collective agreement that will improve their salaries, benefits and working conditions. This is in contrast to other universities such as the University of Western Ontario. At UWO, the employer considers the majority of postdocs to be independent contractors and therefore prevents them from unionizing. PSAC continues to challenge this position.

“We are thrilled to welcome postdocs from Queen’s to our union,” says Sharon DeSousa, PSAC’s Regional Executive Vice-President for Ontario. “Academic workers are a vibrant and growing part of PSAC. We will work hard to ensure that the Queen’s workers improve their working conditions and achieve a fair contract with the university.”

See the original posting at http://psac.com/news/2011/what/20110718-e.shtml

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