Hardship Funding

The Hardship Funding Application has been established by your local executives to assist members who are facing financial difficulties and, from now on, will be in place for three rounds per year. For more details and information about the application process and deadlines, please refer to the documents linked below.
If you are a PSAC Local 60550 member currently experiencing unexpected financial need, you can read the policy information for this funding and download the application form.

General Membership Meetings

Dates, Minutes, and Other Material

November 7, 2018           Draft Minutes
Executive and Committee Reports: President (Amy Savile); VP Fredericton (Fady Botros); VP Saint John (Tammy Bo); 
[Standing] Chief Steward (Perry Reimer); Treasurer (Bipin Kumar); [Standing] Secretary (Anthea Plummer);
Chair for Harassment/Discrimination/Whistleblower-Protection Committee (Brian Beaton)
Approved by membership: 
Bylaw Amendments;
  Resulting dues changes;
Audit Report (September 2017 - April 2018)
Mid-Term Financial Report (May 2018 - October 2018)

February 22, 2018        Final Minutes       
Reports: President (Amy Savile); VP Fredericton (Fady Botros); VP Saint John (Tammy Bo); 
Chief Steward (Jim Willar); Treasurer (Bipin Kumar); Secretary (Kendra Haines)
For member approval: Proposed Bylaw RevisionsProposed 2018-2019 Budget

October 20, 2017        Final Minutes     
Reports: President (Joe Blades); VP Fredericton (Amy Savile); VP Saint John (Tammy Bo); 
Chief Steward (Brian Beaton); Treasurer (Bipin Kumar); Secretary (Kendra Haines)

March 30, 2017               Final Minutes         
Reports: President (Joe Blades); First VP (Amy Savile); VP Saint John (vacant); 
Chief Steward (Brian Beaton); Treasurer (Bipin Kumar); Secretary (Kendra Haines)
For member approval: Proposed 2017-2018 Budget


Relevant Bylaws

12.1 - The GMM consists of all members in good standing of the Union. 
12.2 - Participation in the GMM constitutes supreme authority of the Local for all issues excluding deciding for or against strike action. GMMs empower the membership to do the following:
      (a) To determine the overall policies of the Local;
      (b) To elect members to the Executive Committee; 
      (c) To receive, amend, to accept or to reject all reports and accounts forwarded from the Executive Committee or any other Committee; 
      (d) To ....



Upcoming Events

Sept 3-6, 2019 -- Fall Orientation Week


Past Events

April 11, 2019 -- General Membership Meeting

Feb 28, 2019 -- Stewards Network Meeting

Read more: Events

Welcome to UGSW!

Who we are:
We are a Directly Chartered Local with the Public Service Alliance of Canada. The Union of Graduate Student Workers (UGSW) is composed of those that are employed as Graduate Student Teaching Assistants and/or Graduate Student Research Assistants that are enrolled as a graduate student at the University of New Brunswick and working at the Fredericton or Saint John campuses. We are also pleased to announce that those employed as Post Doctoral Fellows by UNB are entering into bargaining for their first Collective Agreement in the near future.
For further information on our Union's structure, download the following orientation kit for new members. When you've received your membership package you can click this link for guidance in completing your application for full membership, or contact our office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for assistance.


Why do we need a Union?
First and foremost, we are able to negotiate a Collective Agreement that reflects the nature of our work, stipulating terms and conditions that must be respected by our employer, the University of New Brunswick. Arbitrary decisions and actions by an employer will not be permitted with respect to the contents of the contract. We have a collective voice and are able to make democratic decisions about our workplace. Our stewards, along with our executive and other committees, assist with ensuring the strength and stability of our voices.

Unionized graduate students at other universities throughout North America have made great strides through negotiations, including benefits such as childcare, health and accident coverage, assistance funds for international students and for professional development, protections for intellectual property and academic freedom, to name only a few.

All graduate student TAs and RAs at UNB receive the rights and benefits established in our Collective Agreement. All UGSW members have the right to assistance from the Union when required. Fully registered membership in the Union gives the right to participate in local elections and general meetings. The Union negotiates and acts on behalf of all members. The more graduate student TAs and RAs who participate, the more accurately our decisions will reflect our collective concerns. This is why a healthy network of Stewards is an important feature of our Union.


Contact & Engage


Office: 10 Mackay Drive, 
Marshall d’Avray Hall 322-1B

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Phone: 506-451-6882

Mail: Box 612, Stn A Fredericton, E3B 5A6



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