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: Holiday Office Closure. The PSAC Local 901 office E324 is closed as of Friday, December 2nd 2016. Our services are still available throughout the break. Please contact us at info@psac901.org. Look here for more information about our closure and dates we are available. 

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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November

2016

National Day of Action

  • Place Mac-Corry Cafeteria
  • Time noon-4:00pm

National Day of Action for the elimination of University and College Tuition fees sponsored by the Canadian Federation of Students. More information here. The Queen's Socialists invite the Queen's community to join them in the fight for free tuition. On Wednesday, November 2nd they will be giving away free food at the Mac-Corry Cafeteria between noon and 4:00pm.

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November

2016

Stewards' Council Meeting

  • Place Kingston Hall Room 101
  • Time 6:00pm

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November

2016

Special General Meeting

  • Place Kingston Hall Room 101
  • Time 6:00pm

PSAC Local 901 General Membership Meeting. Kingston Hall Room 101. The focus of this meeting is to prepare and elect the Unit 1 (Teaching Assistant and Teaching Fellows) Bargaining Committee. The TA/TF contract expires on April 30, 2017. Invited guest speaker is PSAC Ontario Regional Negotiator Jawara Gairey.

Executive Members

Craig Berggold

President

Contact by Email

president@psac901.org

Lesley Jamieson

Vice President Community Relations

Contact by Email

vpc@psac901.org

Abigail Agresta

Treasurer

Contact by Email

treasurer@psac901.org

Hannah Johnston

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

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

History                                                                                             N/A 

 Industrial Relations                                                                      Ben Turner    

Kinesiology and Health Studies                                     Madison Hainstock

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 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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