University sector

March 30, 2021
In a historic win, PSAC has brought an end to sky-high tuition fees for its international PhD members at Queen’s University. Recently, the university announced that all PSAC members will pay the same PhD tuition, regardless of their immigration status, starting September 2021. This decision comes as a result of a two-year long, student-led campaign and advocacy by PSAC Local 901 members.
March 12, 2021
Federal and provincial governments need to step up to fix serious issues in post-secondary education (PSE), says a new report by the Education For All coalition representing over one million students and workers. In a report released last month, the coalition outlines significant challenges facing the sector and lays out a comprehensive pl
February 11, 2021
After a thorough investigation, the CNESST (commission on workplace standards, fairness, health and safety) has found that Université Laval’s postdoctoral fellows are employees as defined in the Pay Equity Act and are thus entitled to a pay equity program and all related benefits, on the following grounds: 
January 27, 2021
Last week saw the launch of the new Education for All coalition campaign. PSAC is a founding member of this coalition that brings together post-secondary workers and students with the goal to mobilize our combined memberships towards an affordable, high quality, publicly funded post-secondary education system.
September 14, 2020
Just weeks before the provincial election in New Brunswick, post-graduate student Caitlin Grogan was saddled with a nearly impossible task. Nominated as the NDP candidate for the riding of Quispamsis, just north of Saint John, Grogan had to scramble to gain support and share her vision – all without holding rallies or going door to door due to the pandemic.  8.3.2
August 19, 2020
The Public Service Alliance of Canada is the first union to legally challenge the fundamentally discriminatory sections of the Quebec’s Professional Syndicates Act (PSA).
August 4, 2020
PSAC local Concordia Association of Research Employees (CARE) was awarded their first collective agreement through arbitration. 472 research associates, research assistants, professionals and technicians are now working under a contract ensuring substantial advances. 
June 9, 2020
PSAC has filed an application to intervene in the constitutional challenge against Quebec’s discriminatory religious symbols legislation, Bill 21, which infringes on the human rights of PSAC members and Quebec public service workers. 
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.