Graduate Students Bargaining Update 

November 2019

The union bargaining team met on November 6th to review and discuss member input gathered from our recent survey on working conditions among U of S TAs, RAs, and SAs.  Based on those survey results, your team has generated the following items in its unranked mandate for bargaining:

  • Strengthen harassment and discrimination language to ensure a fair and speedy process when an incident occurs.
  • Ensure Employment Supervisors receive training on the collective agreement so they understand members’ rights and supervisory responsibilities.
  • Ensure the union gets the information it needs from the Employer so it can defend the rights of members, and ensure members get the information they need so they know their rights.
  • Get more details in the letter of offer so members understand what their responsibilities are.
  • Ensure members receive notice of appointment at least a week before the appointment begins.
  • Ensure members have an opportunity to meet with the Employment supervisor to complete Appendix B during the first week of classes.
  • Ensure members are not required to work more hours than their contract stipulates without remuneration.
  • Improve compensation and benefits.

The union needs your feedback on the mandate the team has produced from the bargaining surveys.  To that end, we would like to provide you with two opportunities to share that feedback, either by email or in person.

In solidarity,

Your PSAC Local 40004 Bargaining Team

Saman Naghieh

Naheda Sahtout

Jeffery Zielinksi

Jesse Todd (PSAC Regional Rep)

Silja Freitag (PSAC Researcher)

John Eustace (PSAC Negotiator)

Annual General Meeting – March 21st

Our Annual General Meeting for PSAC Local 40004 will be held on March 21st at 4:30pm in Arts 146. A meal will be provided.

The meeting is open to all PSAC Local 40004 members. we encourage all postdoctoral fellows, graduate student workers and veterinary residents and interns 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.

Executive positions are:

President
Vice President Graduate Student Workers
Vice President Postdoctoral Fellows
Secretary
Treasurer
Chief Steward

If you are interested in a position or have questions, please send your union representative an email: armstri@psac.com

A link to the proposed agenda can be found at the following link:

AGENDA AGM March 2019

We hope to see you there!

-The Executive of PSAC Local 40004

 

Postdocs! Your new PDF Contract – highlights, and Q & A sessions

Hi all!

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.

Best,

Joanne

Bargaining team member

2019-01-21 info kit – u of sask pdfs

Postdoc Bargaining Update

PSAC Local 40004 Postdoc Members
Bargaining Update
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 psac40004@gmail.com

Your bargaining team:
Andrew Crawford
Joanne Ernest
Suelen M. Goes
Seth Sazant, PSAC negotiator

No Movement On Wages

The latest bargaining update from our bargaining team is now available.  Past updates from the bargaining team can be found under the “Bargaining Updates” tab above.  Please join us for our Annual General Meeting (Thursday March 30th, 5pm, Arts 263) to show the university that we have an active membership that is a valuable part of this institution that needs to be taken seriously.

More information about the AGM can be found here.