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.

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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

Postdoctoral Scholars comprise Unit 2 of PSAC 901. We have recently negotiated and ratified our first collective agreement with Queen’s University. A copy of the agreement, and more information, will be available soon. In the meantime, you can read about the bargaining process that led up to this moment:

Read the bargaining updates to stay informed about the process.

Meet your bargaining committee negotiating with Queen’s University.

Read about news and events that pertain to Postdocs.

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calender Upcoming Postdocs Meetings joboffer  Queen's Postdocs Opportunities

We also provide a list of Postdoctoral Scholars opportunities currently available at Queen’s.

Get involved! Join the bargaining team, become a Steward, join a committee, or attend our social and professional events. Email vppd@psac901.org to learn how.

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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June

2016

Strike or Home Run to Win - Bargaining BBQ Lunch

  • Place The Grad Club 162 Barrie Street, Queen's Campus
  • Time 12:00-1:00pm

Unit 2 Bargaining BBQ! Fight for our demands: Salary Increase, Childcare Benefits, Access to Health Care Clinic, Professional Development and Housing Subsidy. RVSP by June 11 to vppd@psac901.org with dietary restrictions (vegan/gluten free)

For more information

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June

2016

PSAC Kingston Young Worker Meeting

  • Place PSAC Kingston Regional Office
  • Time 6:00pm

First official meeting and elections on June 7th, 6:00pm, at the PSAC Kingston Regional office.

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June

2016

Childcare Bursary Meeting (Social Justice Meeting)

  • Place PSAC Local 901 Office Mac-Corry Hall Room E324
  • Time 12:30PM

Please join the Social Justice Committee to review the applications for the PSAC 901 Childcare Bursary and make decisions about allocating funds on June 6th at 12:30pm at the union office, Mac-Corry Hall Room E324. All members are welcome to attend. There will be pizza!

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May

2016

Flying Squad Committee Meeting

  • Place PSAC 901 Office Mac-Corry E324
  • Time 5:30pm

The Flying Squad Committee organizes, facilitates, and participates in direct action against forms of social, political, economic, and ecological oppression. On the agenda of this meeting will be a proposed solidarity event with the members of PSAC 818, the commissionaires, who have asked for support at an upcoming info picket.

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  :     Jan E. S. Schier
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

Bargaining Team Communiqué June 14, 2016 PSAC 901 Unit 2 The heat is on: another bargaining session and hot BBQ! : Dear Queen’s Postdocs, On Tuesday June 14, 2016 your PSAC 901 Postdoc Bargaining Team once again negotiated with the employer. At the table were Chief Negotiator MaryAnne Laurico and team members Cristian Tolsa (Classics), Tamara Jamaspishvilli MD (Cancer Biology and Genetics; Pathology and Molecular Medicine), Aaron Franks (Cultural Studies) and VP-Postdocs Silja Freitag. The team also met with PSAC Research Officer, Mathieu Brûlé, who will help with research and during bargaining. This session was productive and our team tentatively signed-off on Article 5, Union Security. We also continued discussions around the definition of a postdoc, the appointment letter and the No Discrimination/No Harassment policy. Following this session, the Bargaining Team met with the PSAC 901 membership at a Postdoc Bargaining BBQ Lunch at the Grad Club. We are so pleased with the high turnout and interest! Over 50 people attended and we also received many RSVPs from postdocs at conferences and in the field, from as far away as the arctic. It was also great to see PSAC Ontario Regional Organizer Tim McIntyre drop by, as he was a key union organizer during unionization and during mobilization for our first contract! We also appreciate the solidarity pledge from Unit 1, TAs and TFs! Visit http://psac901.org/2016/06/15/strike-or-home-run-to-win-postdoc-bbq-14-june/ for pictures of the event! 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 June 24 and 27. We welcome postdocs who would like to get involved in this exciting process and 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

 

COMMUNIQUÉ JUNE 3, 2016 THE PSAC 901 UNIT 2 BARGAINING TEAM REPORT  TGIF! PSAC 901 NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE EMPLOYER CONTINUED TODAY! Dear Queen’s Postdocs, The PSAC 901 Postdoc Bargaining Team had a productive negotiating session with the employer today. Chief Negotiator MaryAnne Laurico along with team members Cristian Tolsa (Classics), Tamara Jamaspishvilli MD (Cancer Biology and Genetics; Pathology and Molecular Medicine), Aaron Franks (Cultural Studies) and VP-Postdocs Silja Freitag tentatively signed off on Article 19 (Grievance Procedures) today. Remember that any changes to the collective agreement are subject to ratification by you, the membership. A discussion about standardized language in the postdoc appointment letter to ensure that postdocs are aware of their rights and benefits came off to a good start. Discrepancies and missing information in these letters have led to hardships for our members. Our concerns were clearly expressed by team member Cristian Tolsa and seemed to fall on receptive ears. 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 June 14, 24 and 27. We welcome postdocs who would like to get involved in this exciting process and help us mobilize our membership and allies! Please contact VP-Postdocs Silja Freitas at vppd@psac901.org for more information. In Solidarity, Cristian Tolsa, Tamara Jamaspishvilli, Aaron Franks, MaryAnne Laurico and Silja Freitag

Term change from Postdoctoral Fellow to Postdoctoral Scholar: At the Special General Meeting (November 4th, 2015) we passed a by-law to update the term Postdoctoral Fellow to Postdoctoral Scholar. Our administrative staff member Matthew Scribner is working hard to actively amend the term in our PSAC 901 correspondence, administration, documentation, website, by-laws and so on. I am very pleased that this progressive term already used by many institutions worldwide, the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars and funding agencies such as NSERC, has been adopted by PSAC 901.

Unit 2 Special General Meeting – December 3rd, 2015: the meeting on December 3rd, 2015 12:30pm-1:30pm and 5:30pm-6:30pm was attended by MaryAnne Laurico, the PSAC Regional Representative. MaryAnne described the bargaining process and the roles played by our local and PSAC national and reported on previous negotiations for the current Unit 2 Collective Agreement. The lack of childcare benefits for postdocs, an equity issue, as well as access to family doctors and minimum salaries for postdocs were discussed. A motion to establish a Unit 2 Bargaining Committee, in compliance with our bylaws, was passed. Postdocs also passed a motion to establish as Unit 2 Defense Fund up to $100,000 based on 0.5% of the postdoc minimum salary. Collection of the special levy will start as soon as possible.

Communiqué May 31, 2016 The PSAC 901 Unit 2 Bargaining Team Report  3, 2, 1 Blast-off!!! PSAC 901 Unit 2 Negotiations with the Employer started today!: Dear Queen’s Postdocs, We were excited to begin negotiations for the first renewal of our collective agreement on your behalf today! Under the leadership of Chief Negotiator MaryAnne Laurico, the PSAC 901 Unit 2 Bargaining Team presented several non-monetary proposals that flowed from the demands that you ratified from our PSAC 901 bargaining survey and outreach meetings and the latest Unit 2 general meeting. Your Bargaining Team consists of postdocs Cristian Tolsa (Classics), Tamara Jamaspishvilli MD (Cancer Biology and Genetics; Pathology and Molecular Medicine) and Aaron Franks (Cultural Studies). You can expect a communication from us by email, web bulletin and social media after every meeting with the employer. PSAC 901 President Craig Berggold and VP-Postdocs Silja Freitag also attended the meeting and represented the interests of PSAC 901 and academic workers at Queen’s University! The Bargaining Team is tentatively scheduled to meet with the employer on May 31stJune 3, 14 and 27. We welcome postdocs who would like to get involved in this exciting process and help us mobilize our membership and allies! Please contact VP-Postdocs Silja Freitag at vppd@psac901.org for more information.

In Solidarity, Your PSAC 901 Unit 2 Bargaining Team

The Unit 2 Collective Agreement expires at the end of June 2016: at a Postdoctoral Scholars General Meeting on October 16th, 2015 we identified and discussed issues we need to address in our new Collective Agreement negotiations. Postdocs shared a number of blatant equity issues, such as the lack of childcare benefits, currently enjoyed by all other staff members at Queen’s University! Other issues included access to family Doctors and services such as career counselling, services currently available to TAs and graduate students, but not Postdocs. Other services available to Postdocs are simply not advertised as such by the employer. PSAC 901 President Craig Berggold discussed the importance of identifying what issues are most important to us before commencing negotiations for our new Collective Agreement with the employer.

Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) Representatives neededThe JHSC is comprised of various union members and the University’s administration staff. JHSC members work in teams and inspect offices, labs and buildings, ensuring that hazards are reported, keeping our workplace safe. We need four Unit 2 reps, one each from Arts and Science, Health Sciences, Engineering and Applied Science, and University Administrative Services (Law, Business, and Religion faculties) on the JHSC as soon as possible. No previous experience in Health and Safety monitoring is required and all training will be provided. Read More >>

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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