Public Service Alliance of Canada Local 901

The Union of Teaching Assistants, Teaching Fellows, Research Assistants, and Postdoctoral Scholars at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario

 Urgent Announcements:

Annual General Meeting on May 20th at 4 PM!

Call for Nominations: Executive Officer Elections 2021-22!

Deadline Extension: PSAC 901 Labour Research/Arts Scholarship

Notice: TA/RA/TF Members may work remotely from their countries of residence for the duration of Covid-19 Emergency!

See more 901 news here.


About us


PSAC Local 901 is the union of Graduate Teaching Assistants, Teaching Fellows, Research Assistants 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.

Our Unit 1 is comprised of Teaching Assistants, Research Assistants and Teaching Fellows, and our Unit 2 is comprised of Postdoctoral Scholars at Queen's University.


Events Calendar




Annual General Meeting 2021

  • Place Zoom
  • Time 4 PM

All members are invited to attend the annual general meeting this year to vote on your union's demands at the bargaining table. We will also be electing new Executive Officers for 2021-22 term.

Register Here!



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.


Unit 1: Teaching Assistants, Teaching Fellows, and Research Assistants

On this section of the site, you can find information related to PSAC Local 901 Unit 1, which represents Teaching Assistants (TAs), Teaching Fellows (TFs), and Research Assistants (RAs) from Queen's University.


Unit 2: Postdoctoral Scholars

PSAC 901 Unit 2 is comprised of Postdoctoral Scholars at Queen's University. A new collective agreement was ratified in March 2017.

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 [email protected] 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.


Executive Members

Rohit Revi



Contact by Email

[email protected]

Doug Yearwood

Vice President Community Relations


Contact by Email

[email protected]

Hannah Hunter

Vice President Research Assistants


Contact by Email

[email protected]

Canan Sahin

Co-Chief Steward (Grievances)


Contact by Email

[email protected]

Harshavardhan Thyagarajan

Co-Chief Steward


Contact by Email

[email protected]

Brittainy Bonnis

Information Officer


Contact by Email

[email protected]

Prerna Subramanian

Equity Officer


Contact by Email

[email protected]

Luna Yang

Occupational Health and Safety Officer


Contact by Email

[email protected]

Ethan Mitchell



Contact by Email

[email protected]

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

  • February 27, 2021
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Executive Committee

Your Executive Committee for 2020/21 come from various faculties and departments at Queen's. Here's a short bio profile. Feel free…
  • October 22, 2020
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2020 Annual General Meeting Package

[pdf-embedder url="" title="2020 Annual General Meeting Package PSAC Local 901"] Here is the 2020 Annual General Meeting Package…
  • April 24, 2018
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PSAC Scholarships

The PSAC Scholarship Program offers 5 scholarships to current PSAC members: three $2,000 National Member Scholarships – Full-Time…



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, Harshavardhan Thyagarajan: [email protected]
  • Co-Chief Steward, Canan Sahin: [email protected]

2020-21 Stewards' Council

Department / Steward

Biomedical and Molecular Sciences:
Harshavardhan Lingegowda [[email protected]]

Pathology and Molecular Medicine:
Samira Kheitan [[email protected]]

Art History
:  Astrid Hobill [[email protected]]

Heather Vanderlip [[email protected]]

Chemistry: Matthew Sanger [[email protected]]

Classics: Raphaelle Walsh-Beauchamp [[email protected]]

Chemistry:  Matthew Sanger

Chemical Engineering: Mona Kanso [[email protected]]

Civil Engineering
: Rohit Shukla

Computing: Maram Assi [[email protected]]

Cultural Studies: Ky Pearce [[email protected]]

Economics:  Ardyn Nordstrom [[email protected]]

Education: Mia Yokoyama [[email protected]]

Electrical & Computer Engineering: Richard Moulton [[email protected]]

English:  Alyce Soulodre [[email protected]]

Gender Studies: Nat Rambold [[email protected]]

Geography:  Martina Jakubchik-Paloheimo 

Global Development Studies: Kabir Shahani [[email protected]]

History: Justyna Szewczyk-El Jassem [19jas8]

Industrial Relations: Tanya Iakobson [[email protected]]

Mathematics and Statistics: Annika Fuernsinn [[email protected]

Philosophy: Adam Schipper [[email protected]]

Physics: Avi Friedlander [[email protected]

Political Studies: Joshua McEvoy [[email protected]]

Political and Legal Thought [Collaborative]: Ryan Wilcox [[email protected]]

Religious Studies: Francisco Zepeda [[email protected]]

Sociology: Cameron Banton [[email protected]]

Management: Luna Yang [[email protected]]


Bargaining Updates

Bargaining Launch

Unit 1 Bargaining Committee
was struck at our Special General Meeting on December 11th. The following members were elected to represent Unit 1 members and facilitate the Bargaining process:

  • Justyna Szewczyk, Teaching Assistant [Department of History]
  • Robert Foreman, [Department of Industrial Relations]
  • Astrid Hobill, Teaching Assistant [Department of Art History]
  • Raphaelle Walsh-Beauchamp, Teaching Assistant [Department of Classics]
  • Craig Berggold, Research Assistant [Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies]
  • Rohit Revi, President of 901, Research Assistant and Teaching Fellow [Center for Neuroscience/Department of Film & Media]
  • Prerna Subramanian, Equity Officer of 901 and Teaching Assistant, [Department of Film and Media]
  • Canan Sahin, Chief Steward of 901 and Teaching Assistant [Department of Political Studies]
  • Harshavardhan Thyagarajan, Chief Steward of 901 and Teaching Assistant [Department of Biosciences]
  • Doug Yearwood,  VP Community of 901 and Teaching Fellow [Department of Political Studies]
  • Brittainy Bonnis, Info Officer of 901 and Research Assistant [Cultural Studies Graduate Program]
  • Ethan Mitchell, Treasurer of 901 and Teaching Assistant [Department of Global Development Studies]

The Bargaining Committee meets every Friday at 1 PM.

All members are welcome to join this meeting and may do so by letting their interest known to [email protected]

Unit 2 Bargaining Updates

POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLARS VOTE SUFFICIENT TO RATIFY NEW COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT Voting over four sessions from March 13 to March 15, Public Service Alliance of Canada local 901 Postdoctoral Scholars signaled that they were sufficiently satisfied to ratify their tentative new contract with Queen’s University. Read more here.

The PSAC local 901 Postdoc Bargaining Team and Queen's University reached a tentative agreement for the new contract on February 13, 2017!

A simple majority ratification vote out of the total number of votes is required for this new contract to come into effect. We strongly urge Postdocs to participate in this anonymous, democratic process.

More information and Ratification Kit available here.



 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 BYTE  TA Contract Time Tracker Download
 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.



PSAC 901 Budget

Childcare Bursary

Click Here to view the budget for the current and past years.

Click Here for more information on the Childcare bursary and other bursaries and awards offered by PSAC Local 901.

contact information

  • Location

    Robert Sutherland Hall, Room 547 Queen's University 138 Union Street Kingston, ON K7L 2P1

  • Phone

    613-533-6000 ext. 77010

  • Office Hours

    Wednesday - Friday 10am-4pm

Contact Email


[email protected] OR Complete the contact form below: