Postdoctoral Scholars News and Events

Form2-512 Unit 2 Bargaining Updates and Communiqués 

people2aicon.png Unit 2 Bargaining Committee 

Bargaining with the Employer: Unit 2 is currently bargaining for a new Collective Agreement which expired in 2016. For details and information on negotiations, visit the Unit 2 Bargaining section of the website for regular communiqués.

Unit 2 Bargaining Committee:  Your PSAC 901 Unit 2 Bargaining Committee is: Aaron Franks, Cultural Studies, Silja Freitag, PSAC 901 Vice President Postdoctoral Scholars, Abdi Ghaffari, Cancer Biology and Genetics, Tamara Jamaspishvili, MD. Division of Cancer Biology & Genetics and the Department of Pathology & Molecular Medicine, Leslie Theunissen, Psychology, Emma Peacocke, English Language and Literature, Andrew McEachern, Mathematics and Statistics, Takanobu Okamoto, Medicine, Tracy Zhang, Film and Media, Angie Sin – Physiology, Ex officio members: Craig Berggold, PSAC 901 President, Dan Samosh, PSAC 901 Co-Chief Steward.

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.

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 needed: The 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.