Research Assistants Bargaining Updates

Queen’s University Research Assistants

Elections

Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 6pm

Robert Sutherland Hall, Room 554

Dear Queen’s Graduate Research Assistants,

If you currently work as a research assistant and/or hold a research assistantship, or have done so in the past, we urge you to attend the RA Elections on Thursday October 19 at 6pm in Robert Sutherland Hall, Room 554.

PSAC local 901 is mobilizing to get you a first contract with Queen’s. This meeting is to elect representatives, including the Vice-President and Bargaining Committee. You are urged to get involved and run for one of these positions, as they are vitally important to the upcoming negotiations.

Please email info@psac901.org with the subject Research Assistant if you have questions or would like to set up a meeting.

 

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We look forward to seeing you soon.

In solidarity,

Public Service Alliance of Canada Local 901

 


 Queen’s University Research Assistants

Information Session

Wednesday September 27, 2017 at 6pm

Robert Sutherland Hall, Room 554

 

Dear Queen’s Graduate Research Assistants,

On 16 February 2017, Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) was certified as the bargaining agent for Queen’s University Research Assistants (RAs) by the Ontario Labour Relations Board after RAs voted overwhelmingly to join our union. PSAC local 901 is excited to welcome Queen’s Graduate RAs.

If you currently work as a research assistant and/or hold a research assistantship, or have done so in the past, we urge you to attend the RA Information Session on Wednesday September 27 at 6pm in Robert Sutherland Hall, Room 554.

We will discuss our next steps and how you can get involved so that we, as a united group of graduate student employees, can get the best possible first contract with improved wages and working conditions.

We believe all RAs at Queen’s are part of this new bargaining unit; however, for many of you, Queen’s University does not. This is outrageous and together we will challenge the employer’s attempt to deliberately exclude you!

We believe what you do as Research Assistants is work, and will challenge Queen’s through the bargaining process and other avenues! We want a meaningful first collective agreement that strengthens RA working rights because RA work is valuable and contributes to the Queen’s community and the broader academe. Together, with the support of thousands of other PSAC members, we are working to fight for the rights of all RAs.

Attend the RA Information Session on Wednesday September 27 at 6pm to get more information, and to make your voice heard! Please email info@psac901.org with the subject Research Assistant if you have questions or would like to set up a meeting.

The Ontario Labour Relations Board defined this new bargaining unit at Queens University as:

“all registered graduate students who are employed by Queen’s University, in the City Kingston,

as Research Assistants, save and except supervisors and persons above rank of supervisor,

employees for whom a trade union held bargaining rights on April 23, 2014, persons who hold

appointments to the Academic of the University as defined by the University’s Statement on

Adjunct Academic Staff and Academic Assistants, persons who hold appointments to General

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medical profession employed in their professional capacity.”

We look forward to seeing you soon.

In solidarity,

Public Service Alliance of Canada Local 901

 


MARCH 27, 2017

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS GAIN RIGHTS TO UNIONIZE 

Kingston – The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) Local 901 is pleased to announce that effective February 16, 2017, Research Assistants at Queen’s University are joining PSAC following an overwhelming vote in favour of union representation.RA Rockstars Postcard Shiny side 2 (1)
Almost 600 Research Assistants cast their ballots for union certification on April 30, 2014; however, following an order from the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB), the ballot box remained sealed to determine the eligibility of individuals to join the union.

After two years of OLRB hearings, including statements written by Research Assistants describing their work, the OLRB ruled that Research Assistants have the democratic right to unionize and can therefore join PSAC. On February 16, 2017, the OLRB certified PSAC to represent this group of employees in a bargaining unit the OLRB describes as:

“all registered graduate students who are employed by Queen’s University, in the City Kingston, as Research Assistants, save and except supervisors and persons above rank of supervisor, employees for whom a trade union held bargaining rights on April 23, 2014, persons who hold appointments to the Academic of the University as defined by the University’s Statement on Adjunct Academic Staff and Academic Assistants, persons who hold appointments to General Support of the University, full voting members of Board of Trustees, and members of the legal or medical profession employed in their professional capacity.”

“Our Local is very pleased about the Ontario Labour Board’s decision,” states PSAC Local 901 President, Craig Berggold. “Research Assistants at Queen’s University will now be able to have a say in their working conditions and the collective power of joining our union.”

PSAC Local 901 is encouraging all Research Assistants to contact the Local to get more information about their union.

Read the media release here.