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Executive Committee for UGSW

Current Executives

  

Position Name Campus Email Term

 Co-Director Unit 1

 (Graduate Students)

 Sajad Shakerin  Fredericton  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Nov 2020 - Present

 Co-Director Unit 2

 (Post-docs)

 Farzaneh Shoeleh  Fredericton  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Nov 2020 - Present
 Chief Steward  Shravani Konda  Fredericton  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Nov 2020 - Present
 Treasurer  Ehsan Kianfar  Fredericton  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Nov 2020 - Present
 Secretary  Quinn Carvey  Saint John  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Nov 2020 - Present
 Communications Officer  Dhruv Aggarwal  Fredericton  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Nov 2020 - Present
         
 Executives at Large  Anthea Plummer  Fredericton    Nov 2020 - Present
   Lydia White  Saint John    Nov 2020 - Present
   Ramin Shamsdini  Fredericton    Nov 2020 - Present
   Brittany Dixon  Fredericton    Nov 2020 - Present

 

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Stewards Network

Our Local has two levels of membership representation: Stewards and Grievance Officers. Both are very important parts of our Union. Whether they are selected to represent a Department, Faculty/GAU, or marginalized group, our Stewards ensure the diversity of contexts, needs, and experiences in our working environments are heard and respected. At minimum, it is best to have at least one steward from each department but more are welcome - all members are entitled to this opportunity!

 

Some tasks of both Stewards and Grievance Officers:
- Get to know the members you represent
- Make yourself familiar and available
- Act as liaison and networker between your GAU and the Union
- Assist with getting information and resources to those you represent
- Organize and participate in Union events and workplace actions
- Work closely with, and under direction from, your Chief Steward and Executive Committee
- Stay connected with, and assist in forming any valuable committees (International Students, Disabilities, LGBTQ2S+, Women, Indigenous, etc)
- Attend and share your experiences at Stewards Network meetings
- Engage members in Union campaigns

Some tasks of Grievance Officers:
- Meet with members to hear individual or group concerns, complaints, or ideas
- Be proactive in identifying and solving problems
- Speak informally with supervisors and faculty members  to address relevant member issues
- Receive PSAC training for handling workplace conflicts and grievances
- Provide representation to members for certain grievances
- Assist in mobilizing members if one or more Employers breach the Collective Agreement, UNB Policies, or the law

 

Curious about what it means to be a steward?

- Connect with your chief steward (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and the rest of the Executive Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to take part or to let us know if you have any questions or requests.

- Watch for upcoming PSAC training events & apply: PSAC Atlantic Education Program

Free Life Insurance

PSAC FREE $5,000 Life Insurance Coverage from Coughlin & Associates Ltd.

As an important member benefit, the Public Service Alliance of Canada will provide you with $5,000 of life insurance absolutely free through the PSAC FREE $5,000 program.

That's right! Free insurance!

This offer is available only to members in good standing of the Public Service Alliance of Canada. All you have to do is confirm your membership in PSAC by completing the PSAC FREE $5,000 member information card included in your UGSW Membership package. There are no medical exams and no obligation or commitments of any other kind required.

Remember, this insurance coverage is provided free of charge, compliments of the PSAC . However, this free coverage is NOT provided automatically. Our insurers require that the PSAC FREE $5,000 member information card be completed in full and signed by you before coverage takes effect. So, complete the PSAC FREE $5,000 member information card and return it to the UGSW Office.

Welcome Post-Doctoral Fellows!

Dear Post Docs at UNB,

Welcome to PSAC 60550, a directly chartered local of the Public Service Alliance of Canada.

What's Going On? 
We are pleased to announce that a large number of post-doctoral fellows at UNB will be joining the PSAC and entering into bargaining for a first Collective Agreement in the near future. 
You will be using the UGSW Collective Agreement as a starting point, so it would be valuable to review it to see what does and does not fit your unique needs.
You can see examples of other PSAC Post-Doc Collective Agreements from Locals at Canadian Universities such as QueensWesternCarletonLaval, and Memorial to name a few.

Who's Involved? 
The UGSW and PSAC staff will be assisting you every step of the way, but it is most important that Post Docs take the lead in supporting your own bargaining unit and selecting representatives to join the bargaining team, as you will be best suited to understand and push for the needs of your group.

Why Should Postdoctoral Fellows be Unionized at UNB? 
Higher education is the most unionized sector in Canada and academic workers understand the importance and necessity of collective bargaining along with the security of being unionized workers. Across the country, the PSAC represents full-time and part-time teaching assistants, research assistants and an increasing number of Postdocs are also choosing to unionize in order to protect and increase its terms and condition of employment.

How Can You Get Involved? 
Reach out to the UGSW Executive to meet and complete your Union membership card. We can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We can also provide further information about our Local, introduce you to the PSAC, the bargaining process, and connect you with PSAC staff involved. Find out about the benefits of becoming a full member and joining the bargaining team.

When Do We Get the Ball Rolling?
  On September 21st (time and location to be determined), the PSAC negotiator that has been assigned to negotiate your first collective agreement will be at UNB in order to elect a team, drawn from the members of the workplace (along with the PSAC negotiator), and will bargain with the employer about all the terms and conditions of your employment.  Once an agreement is reached, Postdoc members will be able to vote on whether or not to accept the contract.

Collectively we are stronger and with the Public Service Alliance of Canada’s experience with postdoctoral unions at other universities, an experienced team stands by your side in order to bargain what you want and need.  

In Solidarity,

The UGSW Executive

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