As per our brief email last week, the Arbitrator awarded our final contract and as of last Wednesday, it is officially in effect. It has been a long road to get here, and this is a big cause for celebration!!
Attached to this post you will find a PDF contract information kit, including a short “highlights package”, as well as the full language of the contract in its entirety. We encourage you all to read it, especially if you haven’t been with us since the beginning, and may have missed some pieces of information.
Since there are likely to be many questions, we invite you all attend one of our two Q&A sessions:
When: Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Meeting 1: 12pm-1pm
Meeting 2: 4pm-5pm
Location: GSA commons
In the meantime, we will be working with the University HR on a timeline to implement new benefits and rights that are contained in this contract, including extended health and dental benefits, salary increases, and EI and CPP obligations. If you have urgent questions or concerns, please reach out to us at PSAC40004@gmail.com.
A huge thank you to everyone for their support in this, and to the members of the bargaining team, past and present. You are all amazing.
Bargaining team member
2019-01-21 info kit – u of sask pdfs
Your union is celebrating you, the members of the Union of Graduate and Postdoctoral Workers at the University of Saskatchewan, as part of Orientation Week. For new members and returning members we cordially invite you to….
• FREE BBQ!
• Outside of the GSA Building (1337 College Dr)
• September 7th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Bring your friends and family!
There will be swag to give away (union t-shirts, frisbees, water bottles, etc.)
You can meet and speak with the Executive of your local.
Meat and veggie options will be on offer.
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In conjunction with the other unions on campus, PSAC Local 40004 is pleased to invite you to….
• FREE Pancake Breakfast!!
• In the Bowl
• September 6th from 7:30 – 10:00 am
All are welcome!
Gluten free pancakes will be available for those with dietary restrictions.
For members interested in learning more about their union there will be union education on May 26, 2018 from 9:00 to 4:30
It’s a great way to learn more about your union. Registered participants will receive a $50 per diem. If you need childcare please contact the Saskatoon Regional Office at (306) 244-3033. When you register our component is Directly Chartered Local and our Local is 40004.
Date: May 26, 2018
Time: 9:00AM to 4:30PM
Location: Saskatoon Regional Office (#5 – 511 1st Avenue North) (Map)
Description: This course will cover the following:
- PSAC Structure
- Why Sign a Membership Card?
- Saskatchewan Employment Act
- CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement)
- Understanding Your Roles
If you have any questions, please contact the Saskatoon Regional Office.
Members, we are excited to introduce Isaac Armstrong! He will work with our local full-time and has years of union experience.
Isaac is located in 131 McLean Hall Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30. He can be reached by cell at 306-370-9399 or email at armstrI@psac-afpc.com. If you have questions about your union or need assistance with employment issues he is here to help. All conversations and correspondence with your union representative will remain confidential.
Isaac is a former federal public servant and PSAC member from 2006. He served as President, Vice-President and Shop Steward in his Locals. Isaac has 12 years of experience representing members in grievance and disciplinary hearings, as well as representing members on staffing complaints. He holds a M.A. in Labour Studies from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst, MA) and a B.A. in Sociology (Honours) from Bishop’s University (Sherbrooke, QC). Also, he is a graduate of the Labour College of Canada certificate program through the Canadian Labour Congress.
Our Annual General Meeting will be held on March 26th at 3:30pm in Arts 263.
The meeting is open to all PSAC Local 40004 members. Your executive encourages all postdoctoral fellows and graduate student workers to attend so that you can find out what is happening with your union.
The AGM is the time to elect our Executive Officers for the coming year. Your Executive positions are:
- Vice President Graduate Student Workers
- Vice President Postdoctoral Fellows
- Chief Steward
If you are interested in a position or have questions send your union an email!
We will also be presenting proposed revisions to the bylaws and reporting on union activity in the past year. There will be an update on PDF bargaining.
PSAC Local 40004 Postdoc Members
February 13, 2018
Your bargaining team met the employer two days negotiating your first collective agreement with the University. We made some progress on issues such as access to facilities, discipline, and duties and responsibilities.
While we have discussed most of our non-monetary issues, there are still a number of important outstanding items, such as ensuring that the employer is limited from using too many short-term appointments, and full recognition of the hours that members work.
This session, we tabled all of our proposals on monetary issues. You’re encouraged to read them. We are asking for, among other issues:
- Significant increases to the minimum salary for postdocs as well as reasonable increases in each year
- Access to a wide range of benefits: health and dental benefits, life insurance, the USask pension plan and personal and health care spending accounts
- Ensuring that CPP and EI apply to postdocs
- A professional development fund accessible to all postdocs
- Ensuring that postdocs are considered employees for all purposes
- Reasonable amounts of vacation and sick leave
- Numerous other leaves, including for professional development, bereavement, maternity, and for personal reasons
We will be back at the table in March, April and May. We will update you after each session of negotiations.
Please contact any member of your bargaining team if you have any questions or concerns. Our Local’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Your bargaining team:
Suelen M. Goes
Seth Sazant, PSAC negotiator
Dear Members and Former Members,
We have heard from a lot of members and wanted to clarify a few issues about the retroactive pay.
1. Retroactive pay applies only to graduate student workers (i. e. those who were RAs, TAs, or SAs). It does not apply to post doctoral fellows because they will be under a different contract. The post-doc bargaining team is currently in negotiations with the employer. If you want to contact the post-doc bargaining team please email your union at: email@example.com
2. The settlement agreement with the Employer was that “Any retroactive wages shall be paid only to members or former members of the bargaining unit who remain active University of Saskatchewan graduate students or who are on an approved leave from their studies at the time of ratification of the collective agreement.” This means to receive retro pay you need to have been a registered graduate student in the Fall 2017 term.
3. The union understands ConnectionPoint is supposed to handle all payments related to retro pay so you should contact them if you have questions. We recommend emailing them. If you want to discuss any answer you receive from them you can contact your union at firstname.lastname@example.org
Details on ConnectionPoint can be found at: ConnectionPoint
4. If you were paid to work as an RA, TA, or SA above the negotiated rate then you will not receive retro pay. The negotiated rates are:
Effective Sept 1, 2015 $18.88
Effective Sept 1, 2016 $19.26
Effective Sept 1, 2017 $19.64
PSAC Local 40004
Dear Members of PSAC Local 40004,
We hope that you’ve settled into the Winter 2018 term. When the contract was ratified it included retroactive pay for graduate student workers who worked as TAs, RAs, or SAs between 1 September 2015 and 31 October 2017. Members who worked as TAs, RAs, or SAs during the Fall 2017 semester should have seen their retro pay on their December 2017 pay cheque. Members who are eligible for retroactive pay but did not work during the Fall 2017 term should receive their retro pay by the end of January. We strongly urge members to check their pay cheques to verify if they have received their retro pay.
Please note that the retro pay applies only to hours worked. It does not apply to scholarship pay.
You can find the full text of the contract at: https://working.usask.ca/documents/employmentagreements/Finalized%20Collective%20Agreement%202015-2019%20for%20web.pdf
We want more people to be involved with our union. If you want to get involved with your union let us know! Being involved with your union can be as easy as reminding other members in your department when events are happening and keeping people up to date on our union. You can also become a union rep (aka a shop steward) for your department.
Your PSAC Local 40004 Executive