Public Service Alliance of Canada Local 901

The union of Teaching Assistants, Teaching Fellows and Postdoctoral Scholars at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario

About us


PSAC Local 901 is the union of Graduate Teaching Assistants, Fellows and Postdoctoral Scholars at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. We are a directly-chartered local of the Public Service Alliance of Canada. Our non-profit organization strives to protect, maintain, and advance the interests of the members of the Local. We are committed to promoting equity and social justice within the Local, PSAC, Queen’s University, and the broader Kingston community.

Unit 1: Teaching Assistants & Teaching Fellows

The Unit 1 section of PSAC Local 901 represents graduate students who are employed as Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows at Queen's University.

Stewards' Council

Stewards are departmental union representatives that act as a link between the broader membership and the Executive Committee. They meet monthly at Stewards' Council meetings to share information and concerns, develop strategies to keep the membership informed about workplace and union issues, and help plan events. Stewards are responsible for informing their co-workers about upcoming union events, including general meetings, elections and education workshops.

Unit 2: Postdoctoral Scholars

Postdoctoral Scholars comprise Unit 2 of PSAC Local 901. We have recently negotiated and ratified our first collective agreement with Queen's University and will be bargaining for a new Collective Agreement in June 2016.

PSAC 901 Bylaws

PSAC local 901 Bylaws ratified unanimously at the 30 September 2010 Special General Membership Meeting. Amended at General Membership Meetings held on the following dates: 26 April 2011, 13 October 2011, 11 October 2012, 04 April 2013, 27 March 2014, 2 April 2015, 30 March 2016.

Our Bylaws & Objectives

To improve the quality of research at Queen's University by means of active participation in the determination of working conditions for Postdoctoral Scholars in Composite Local 2.

To protect, maintain, and advance the interests of the members of Public Service Alliance of Canada Local 901.

To regulate the relationships between the employer and the employees by means of collective bargaining and joint consultation.


Unit 1: Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows

On this section of the site, you can find information related to PSAC Local 901 Unit 1, which represents Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Teaching Fellows (TFs) from Queen's University.


Unit 2: Postdoctoral Scholars

PSAC 901 Unit 2 is comprised of Postdoctoral Scholars at Queen's University. Our first collective agreement expired on June 30, 2016 and we are currently negotiating with the employer for a renewal of the contract. Postdocs will receive communication from us by email, web bulletin and social media after every bargaining meeting with the employer. These communiqués are also posted here.

Meet your bargaining committee negotiating with Queen’s University.

Welcome new Postdocs: Congratulations to our new Postdocs on their postings and wish them a productive (and fun) time here in Kingston. Please familiarise yourself with the Unit 2 Collective Agreement, outlining your rights and benefits while you are a member. Please contact Silja Freitag, VP-Postdoctoral Scholars PSAC 901 through if you did not receive a USB key with the full Collective Agreement from the employer. I am looking forward to meeting you and hope that you will consider becoming involved with some of our PSAC 901 committees, especially the Postdocs Bargaining Committee.







Annual General Meeting

  • Place Chernoff Room 117
  • Time 6:00pm

Dear PSAC Local 901 members, Please join us for the Annual General Meeting scheduled on Thursday, March 30th at 6:00PM in Chernoff Room 117.  There will be free Pizza at this meeting.  Please access the complete AGM package with appendix and reports here.  PSAC Local 901 Annual General Meeting Agenda  Thursday, March 30th at 6:00pm, Chernoff 117 1. Quorum Check (Information Officer notes number of each Composite Unit 1 and Unit 2) 2. Call to Order 3. Read the PSAC Statement on Harassment 4. Elect Moderator 5. Adopt and Approve the Agenda 6. Approve the Minutes from 2016 Annual General Meeting (Minutes available online here)  7. Executive and Stewards’ Council Reports 8. Union Structure Committee Report 9. Budget Committee Report (Please see budget online here) 10. Executive Officer Elections (Please see the website for received nominations) 11. Unit 1 Bargaining Demand Vote (Presentation by the Unit 1 Bargaining Committee) 12. Announcements We look forward to seeing you at this very important meeting.   In Solidarity,   PSAC Local 901 Agenda for the meeting and reports can be found here:



Executive Members

Craig Berggold


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Lesley Jamieson

Vice President Community Relations

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Marshall Timmermans


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Hannah Johnston

Co-Chief Steward

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Yagya Paudel

Co-Chief Steward (Grievances)

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Alexandru Sonoc

Occupational Health and Safety Officer

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Morgan Oddie

Information Officer

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Dr. Tamara Jamaspishvili

Equity Officer

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Bargaining Success

  • TAs and TFs are now being compensated for the unpaid health and safety training by the Queen’s University Employer, thanks to our collective bargaining.

    Health and Safety Training

  • The first Collective Agreement between Queen’s University and its Postdoctoral Scholars, as represented by their union, Unit 2 of the Public Service Alliance of Canada Local 901 from October 24, 2013 to June 30, 2016.

    Postdoctoral Scholars

Updates and News



Stewards' Council

Stewards are departmental union representatives that act as a link between the broader membership and the executive. They meet monthly at Stewards Council to share information and concerns, develop strategies to keep the membership informed about workplace and union issues, and help plan events. Stewards are responsible for informing their co-workers about upcoming union events, including general meetings, elections and education workshops. Stewards are an integral part of the university community and a central part of the union’s capacity to represent the membership. If you are interested in becoming a Steward for your department, contact the co-Chief Stewards:

Co-Chief Steward, Hannah Johnston:

Co-Chief Steward, Yagya Paudel:

2016-2017 Stewards' Council

Department                                                            Steward(s)

Art History                                                                                 Astrid Hobill

Biology                                                                                                Yihan Wu

Chemical Engineering                                                                     Joe Glasing

Chemistry                                                                              Suhaylah Sequeira

Civil Engineering                                                         Hadiseh Bolkharighehi

Classics                                                                                Laura R. Bevilacqua

Education                                                                            Stephen Macgregor

Electrical & Computer Engineering                                    Mohamed Shoeb

English                                                                                              Andrew Law 

Gender Studies                                                                    Christopher Bennet

Geography                                                                                       John Haffner

Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering            Natalie Blacklock

Global Development Studies                                        Chiedza Pasipanodya

Department                                                            Steward(s)

History                                                                                             Eric Bateman

 Industrial Relations                                                                      Ben Turner    

Kinesiology and Health Studies                                     Markus von Hacht

Mathematics and Statistics                                               Danny Rorabaugh

Philosophy                                                                                        Leigh Clark

Physics                                                                                        Leila Mazaheri

Political Studies                                                                          Linda Mussell 

Political and Legal Thought (Collaborative)                           Ryan Wilcox

Rehabilitation Science                                                                  Atul Jaiswal

Sociology                                                                                       Chris Elliston

Smith School of Business (Management)                        Xerxes Minocher

Minutes of Stewards Meetings

Is your department without a steward? Contact to get involved or to recommend a steward from your department. There can be multiple Stewards per department.


Bargaining Updates

Unit 1 Bargaining Updates

Communiqué #1: UNIT 1 Springs into Action - NEW SEASON BRINGS NEW NEGOTIATIONS!

This is the first Bargaining Communiqué from the team that will re-negotiate your next contract at Queen’s University, which expires on April 30, 2017. All the previous terms and conditions of your work will remain intact during this bargaining process.

The elected Unit 1 Bargaining Team consists of Alexander (Engineering), Craig (President, PSAC local 901) and Stéfy (Cultural Studies), and we will be updating you by email after each bargaining session.

Read the full communiqué here.

Thanks to the 600+ members who filled out the Unit 1 Bargaining Survey. The survey is now closed.


If you have any questions or concerns, or wish to participate in the bargaining process, please email

PSAC loacl 901 is very pleased that member Theresa Beesley was hired part-time as the UNIT 1 Bargaining Campaign Assistant. Theresa's first task will be to prepare a Teaching Assistant and Teaching Fellow survey that will be emailed to all the members for input on upcoming contract renewal negotiations.

Unit 1 Collective Agreement for Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows expire's April 30th 2017.


Unit 2 Bargaining Updates

POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLARS VOTE SUFFICIENT TO RATIFY NEW COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT Voting over four sessions from March 13 to March 15, Public Service Alliance of Canada local 901 Postdoctoral Scholars signaled that they were sufficiently satisfied to ratify their tentative new contract with Queen’s University. Read more here.

The PSAC local 901 Postdoc Bargaining Team and Queen's University reached a tentative agreement for the new contract on February 13, 2017!

A simple majority ratification vote out of the total number of votes is required for this new contract to come into effect. We strongly urge Postdocs to participate in this anonymous, democratic process.

More information and Ratification Kit available here.

Dear Postdocs,

Welcome back! The year 2017 promises to be exciting for all of our members. Since June 30, 2016 Postdoctoral Scholars have been without a new contract. The Postdoc Bargaining team and Chief Negotiator MaryAnne Laurico have been at the bargaining table with Queen’s University since early summer. The ongoing bargaining sessions led to Conciliation in late Fall with Labour Board appointed Conciliator Diane Bull. Read more. 



 Minutes of AGMs   Copyright Information
 Archives of general meeting minutes from 2011 till date.  By Mark Swartz, a copyright specialist at Queen's University.
901 Bite  TA/TF & Postdoc Contract Time Tracker Download
 News Bulletin for Queen's TAs, TFs, and PostDocs.  Helps you keep track of your work hours.
 Solidarity  Childcare Bursary
 Archives of letters and documents sent to and received.  PSAC 901 provides child care bursary for its local members.



PSAC 901 2016 Budget

Childcare Bursary & Other Bursaries

Click Here to view the budget for the current and past years. For more information email:

Click Here for more information on Childcare bursary and other bursaries and awards offered by PSAC Local 901.

contact information

  • Location

    68, Union St, Queen's University, Mac-Corry Hall, Room E324, Kingston, ON, K7L 3N6.

  • Phone

    613-533-6000, ext. 77010

  • Office Hours

    Mon - Fri: 12:00 - 14:00

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