FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Queen’s University Postdocs challenge employer to match food bank donation

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Dec 6, 2016


Queen’s University Postdocs challenge employer to match food bank donation

Kingston – Postdoctoral Scholars are highly trained research professionals with a PhD. Approximately 175 Postdoctoral Scholars who work at Queen’s University and are represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) Local 901, have challenged their Union and their Employer to match the local’s donation of $500 to a Kingston, ON food bank.

“Some Postdocs at Queen’s University are living in poverty, having to rely on the local food bank to feed their families,” says Craig Berggold, PSAC Local 901 President. “We have been negotiating with the University to raise its current minimum salary of just over $32,000 to help nearly a quarter of Postdocs who are trying to survive on this yearly wage.”

During their bargaining campaign, the PSAC local 901 learned that some of the Postdoctoral Scholars rely on the food bank to make ends meet. The union decided to support Kingston food banks while continuing their fight to raise all Postdocs’ minimum salary to a living wage.

PSAC local 901 has launched radio advertisements on K-Rock 105.7 and KiSS 102.7, two popular radio stations in the Kingston area. The ads raise awareness on the precarious living conditions facing Postdocs.

“It’s beyond unacceptable that Postdocs need to rely on the food bank over the holidays because Queen’s University refuses to raise their minimum salaries,” states Craig Berggold. “These radio ads will raise awareness on this injustice.”

Listen to the ad at


For updates on PSAC local 901 Postdoctoral Scholars bargaining with Queen’s University visit


For more information or to book interviews, please contact PSAC local 901 Information Officer Stéfy McKnight ( 249-878-7833.

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Download pdf version here: PSAC 901 Postdocs Media Release Foodbank and Radio Ad Dec 5, 2016

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