Public Service Alliance of Canada Local 901

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

URGENT: Platforms for members interested in being elected for an Executive position are found here. The positions up for election are the Treasurer and Co-Chief Steward. We are also electing a non-Executive officer position, the Chief Returning Officer. You may apply for any of these positions on the floor at the next Special General Meeting.

The next Special General Meeting is Tuesday, October 4th at 6:00pm in Kingston Hall Room 101. The agenda of business can be found here. 

 

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.

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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.

The Unit 1 Collective Agreement can be found here.

Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows sign forms when they begin work. You can find a guide to those forms here.

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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.

Read the bargaining updates to stay informed about the process.

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 VPPD@psac901.org 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.

 

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Events

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October

2016

Special General Meeting

  • Place Kingston Hall Room 101
  • Time 6:00

Our next Special General Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 4th at 6:00PM in Kingston Hall Room 101. We will be electing two new Executive Members: Treasurer and Co-Chief Steward, Electing a Chief Returning Officer, Unit 2 bargaining updates and Unit 1 bargaining discussion. There will be free pizza at the meeting. All members in good standing can attend and vote.

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September

2016

Understanding the TA/TF Collective Agreement

  • Place Mackintosh Corry Hall, Room D216
  • Time 11:30am to 12:30pm

Each year Queen's University brings together teaching assistants (TAs), teaching fellows (TFs), postdoctoral scholars, students and faculty from across disciplines to collaborate and build strong, inclusive communities of teaching and learning. The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) Local 901 will be hosting a workshop on understanding how the Collective Agreement operates at Queen's for TAs/TFs and Postdocs, what benefits it offers, standardized hiring practices, grievance procedures and more. Please bring your questions or concerns regarding new and current work contracts. We hope to see everyone there - both new and returning members alike! Speakers: PSAC Local 901 President Craig Berggold, Vice-President Community Relations Lesley Jamieson and Information Officer Stéfy McKnight.

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September

2016

First Stewards' Council Meeting

  • Place TBD
  • Time 6:00pm

All members of PSAC Local 901 are invited to come to our first Stewards' Council of the year! On September 27th at 6pm, location TBD, your Local Executive and Stewards will meet to prepare for the upcoming year. Stewards are departmental union representatives that act as a link between the broader membership and the executive, they meet monthly to share information and concerns, develop strategies to keep the membership informed about workplace and union issues and help plan events. Stewards have a wide range of responsibilities and are an integral part of our community. Whether you are interested in becoming a steward or want to see what we do, we hope to see you there!

Executive Members

Craig Berggold

President

Contact by Email

president@psac901.org

Lesley Jamieson

Vice President Community Relations

Contact by Email

vpc@psac901.org

Ayman Sabbah

Treasurer

Contact by Email

treasurer@psac901.org

Daniel Samosh

Co-Chief Steward

Contact by Email

chiefsteward@psac901.org

Yagya Paudel

Co-Chief Steward (Grievances)

Contact by Email

chiefsteward2@psac901.org

Alexandru Sonoc

Occupational Health and Safety Officer

Contact by Email

healthandsafety@psac901.org

Stéfy McKnight

Information Officer

Contact by Email

info.officer@psac901.org

Dr. Tamara Jamaspishvili

Equity Officer

Contact by Email

equityofficer@psac901.org


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

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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, Daniel Samosh: chiefsteward@psac901.org

Co-Chief Steward, Yagya Paudel: chiefsteward2@psac901.org

 

 2015-2016 Stewards' Council

 
Department       Steward(s)
 
Art History  :     Molly-Claire Gillett & Ashley Paolozzi
Biology  :     Dylan Sora
Chemical Engineering  :      Joe Glasing
Chemistry  :     Ahmed Al Hejami
English  :     Andrew Law & Tavleen Purewal
Gender Studies  :     Christopher Bennet
Geography  :     John Haffner
Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering  :     Leah Chiste
Kinesiology and Health Studies  :     Madison Hainstock
Mathematics and Statistics  :     Scott Greenhalgh
Philosophy  :     Lesley Jamieson
Physics  :     Leila Mazaheri
Political Studies  :     Samantha Twietmeyer
Rehabilitation Science  :     Atul Jaiswal

 

 

Is your department without a steward? Contact chiefsteward@psac901.org to get involved or to recommend a steward from your department. There can be multiple Stewards per department.

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Bargaining Updates

Queen’s University Postdoctoral Scholars Communiqué August 18, 2016 Bargaining Team Report for PSAC 901 Unit 2 It’s crunch time! Postdocs must attend strike information settings!: Your Postdoc Bargaining Team has been listening to the University’s position, taking into account their concerns with each pass. We remain firmly committed to achieving the membership’s mandate for fair wage increases, reasonable childcare benefits, access to healthcare and an opportunity to participate in professional development. We trust that as an internationally recognized academic institution, the University will choose to provide postdocs with a financial package and environment to deliver the innovative, high quality research that enables Queen’s to maintain its reputation. Why are we not offered benefits already available to other Queen’s employee groups, but instead treated like second class employees? We need wages and benefits that account for the high cost of living in Kingston. We need wages and benefits that address the precarity of short term postdoc employment. We need wages and benefits, so that we can support our families. For information about funds available in event of a strike, members should attend STRIKE INFORMATION SESSIONS  Wednesday, August 24th at 12:00 noon and 5:30PM John Deutsch University Centre (87 Union Str.) McLaughlin Room Pizza will be served! RSVP for special dietary requirements. You will receive a communication from us by email, web bulletin and social media after every meeting with the employer. The Bargaining Team is tentatively scheduled to meet with the employer again on August 30 and 31. It is time to take action! Please contact VP-Postdocs Silja Freitag at vppd@psac901.org for more information. We will be in contact with you again soon. In solidarity, Your Bargaining Team

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLARS COMMUNIQUÉ AUGUST 12, 2016 BARGAINING TEAM REPORT FOR PSAC 901 UNIT 2   EMPLOYER’S POSITION OVER WAGES A SLAP IN THE FACE FOR POSTDOCS – IS IT TIME FOR ACTION?: The employer continues to refuse fair wage increases and put more money into struggling postdocs’ pockets and help their families. Postdoc research attracts millions of dollars of funding to Queen’s University every year – we should not be treated like second class citizens. The university’s contemptuous refusal to offer an appropriate increase in wages says it loud and clear: we want your labour and expertise, but we are not prepared to pay you for it! Queen’s confirmed that postdocs are employees of the institution, not of their faculty supervisors. Why then do they refuse to pick up the tab? WE WILL HOLD STRIKE INFORMATION SESSIONS WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24TH AT 12:00 NOON AND 5:30PM  LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED! You will receive a communication from us by email, web bulletin and social media after every meeting with the employer. The Bargaining Team is tentatively scheduled to meet with the employer again on August 18, 30 and 31. It is time to take action! Please contact VP-Postdocs Silja Freitag at vppd@psac901.org for more information. We will be in contact with you again soon. In solidarity, Your Bargaining Team

Communiqué August 10, 2016 Bargaining Team Report for PSAC 901 Unit 2 Postdocs push hard line for equity: The Queen’s Postdoc Bargaining team presented a comprehensive response to the package offered by the University. Wage increases, childcare benefits and employment development will help address the precarity of postdoc employment and ensure equity with other employee groups at Queen’s University. Both teams continued the discussion concerning access to healthcare and clarified positions regarding this important objective. The team tentatively signed off Attachment A – Contact information and an LOA regarding Group Benefit Plan. You will receive a communication from us by email, web bulletin and social media after every meeting with the employer. The Bargaining Team is tentatively scheduled to meet with the employer again on August 12, 18, 30 and 31. Get involved postdocs! We are counting on you to help us mobilize our membership and allies! Please contact VP-Postdocs Silja Freitag at vppd@psac901.org for more information. In solidarity, Your Bargaining Team

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Resources

 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  Contract Work Hour Time Sheet
 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.

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Finances

PSAC 901 2016 Budget

Childcare Bursary & Other Bursaries

Click Here to view the budget for the current and past years. For more information email: info@psac901.org

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

Contact Email

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info@psac901.org OR Complete the contact form below: