University sector

May 15, 2020
In another organizing victory, 50 salaried postdoctoral fellows from the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) have won union representation. On April 22, Quebec’s labour tribunal granted the group union certification. The work continues towards forming a second ÉTS bargaining unit. PSAC is in front of the labour tribunal to obtain a union certificate for an additional 80 ÉTS research professionals.
April 24, 2020
PSAC is proud to welcome 120 research associates, professional research associates, professional associates and research scientists employed at the University of Saskatchewan. Together, their work makes a vital contribution to the academic output of the university. After an organizing drive that began in fall 2018, the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board certified PSAC as their bargaining agent on April 14, 2020 following a vote by secret ballot which confirmed strong majority support for unionizing.
March 31, 2020
Please note this page will be updated regularly as new information arises. The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the lives of PSAC members. Those working in the university sector as well as other non-federal sectors have many questions and concerns about the rights and resources available to them during this time.
March 13, 2020
Post-secondary institutions around the world have begun taking steps to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 among their students, faculty and staff. Here in Canada, we are starting to see schools cancelling classes and events, moving to online or remote methods of instruction. Some institutions have put restrictions on approved travel. We appreciate the efforts that are being made.
December 13, 2019
Over 400 teaching assistants at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, have won union representation following an organizing drive by PSAC this fall.
June 10, 2019
Over 200 invigilators at the UOIT in Oshawa, Ontario, are now PSAC members.
March 29, 2019
For the first time in PSAC’s history, representatives of every bargaining unit of university workers were invited to take part in a university roundtable, which took place in Ottawa from March 25 to 27. The university sector membership of the union has been growing in recent years, and now includes over 23,000 members in 57 bargaining units across Canada. Working conditions in the university sector are highly precarious and jobs are mostly temporary, which creates unique and significant challenges for union locals and members in this sector.
March 26, 2019
Right now, Research Assistants at Queen’s University in Kingston are working to achieve their first collective agreement.
January 10, 2019
Delegates and observers from 48 Directly Chartered Locals (DCLs) gathered in Montreal recently to attend PSAC’s DCL conference to highlight and address issues specific to their workplaces. DCLs are locals that are directly affiliated to PSAC and do not belong to one of our component unions. More than 30,000 members belong to these locals, which represent diverse sectors including gaming, universities, municipal government, Indigenous and community organizations, research and development, and security and law enforcement.