Representatives Needed for Six Committees

With our 2nd collective agreement in place we are looking forward to creating the committees needed to strengthen our union and the supports offered. Three members are needed for each of these committees. Please review the descriptions below and contact us as This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to volunteer or if you have further questions.

1 - Joint Committee on International Graduate Student Employees (discuss and ensure the needs of IS students are being met by the Union and UNB Employer).
2 - Working group to consider creation of an Employer-Employee Evaluation
Form (speaks for itself?); eight-month timeline.
3 - Joint Committee on Article 22-Intellectual Property Rights (primarily
ensuring Graduate Student Research Assistants are proportionately credited for their contributions)
4 - Joint Union-Management Committee (keeps the conversation going 
between graduate student workers and administration so both are aware of needs
and developments during life of the Collective Agreement)
5 - No Harassment, No Discrimination, and Whistle-blowing Protection
joint working group (we have 1 year as of signing to research and create an ironclad set of policies)
6 - Finance Committee (review UGSW finances as reported annually by Treasurer).

We Signed second Collective Agreement

PSAC/UGSW and UNB signed the new Collective Agreement on 29 March 2017. The Ceremony took place in the conference room on first floor of Sir Howard Douglas Hall, 3 Bailey Drive at 3:00 pm

A scanned copy of the CA is posted at

Current grad students, post-docs formerly grad students at UNB and, or, UGSW members do not have to do anything extra to get their retroactive pay. Peter McDougall, AVP HROD, just emailed to say their "goal will be to have the retros processed on the first pay date in May, May 5th."

Former members/former students should contact Lori Bigger, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , concerning retro pay. on page 44 of the CA, "90 days" means 90 work days so former members/former students will have until second week of August 2017 to contact UNB Human Resources (Payroll) as long as they were employed as a GTA or Research Assistant on or after 1 May 2015. 


PSAC union education available to UGSW members Jan-June 2017

Education Program–NB Region–January to June 2017

Convention Preparation
Talking Union Basics
Grievance Handling
Resolution Writing (for Conventions)
Unionism on Turtle Island
Advanced Duty to Accommodate (Fall 2017)

Visit the page link above for dates, locations, workshop posters, and how to register.


Highlights of new Collective Agreement

PSAC would like to inform everyone that the Tentative Agreement for Graduate Student Teaching Assistants (GSTA) and Graduate Student Research Assistants (GSRA) as members of the PSAC UGSW Local 60550 was ratified after meetings on both campuses held Mon, Nov 21 and Tues, Nov 22.

Once the Collective Agreement has been signed off by the Parties we will share it.

While there have been numerous changes to the Collective Agreement some of the highlights are listed as follows:

Term:  From May 1, 2013 until expiry on April 30, 2021.


May 1, 2013-  0%                 May 1, 2014-  0%           May 1, 2015-  2.0%              May 1, 2016-  2.0%         

May 1, 2017-  2.5%              May 1, 2018-  2.5%         May 1, 2019-  2.5%              May 1, 2020-  2.5% .


-New mandatory and expanded Employment Contract Forms and Amendment Forms (B1, B2 ,C1 ,C2).

-Improved language in Article 9 Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Harassment,, Violence, Abuse of Authority, Poisoned Work Environment, Whistle-Blowing  and Retaliation.

-MOU to continue work on improving language in Article 9 -No Harassment, No Discrimination and Whistleblowing Protection.

-Gender neutral language.

-Improved Union-Management procedures in many areas .

-Stronger Academic Freedom and Intellectual Property language.

-MOU to continue work on improving language on Article 22- Intellectual Property Rights.

-Provision of electronic version of the Collective Agreement on-line at both HR and UGSW websites.

-MOU-Establish a Joint Committee to discuss issues affecting International Student employees in UGSW and make recommendations to PSAC and UNB.

-Improved protection in relation to the effects of Technological Change in the workplace.

-Improved protection in relation to Discipline and Personnel Files.

-Improved Employee Evaluation Process and an MOU to establish a Joint Committee to continue to consider and make recommendations on a standard form for evaluations.

-Improvements to the Grievance and Arbitration Processes.

-Improvements to your Health and Safety rights and protections.

-Improvements to various Leaves: Bereavement, Court, Political, Sick, and Religious Observance.

-New leaves for Military Service and University closure due to weather or other unforeseen reasons.


The Negotiating Team of Joe Blades (UGSW Local President), Nigam Khanal (UGSW Chief Steward) and Larry Gagnon (PSAC Negotiator) recommended acceptance.

In Solidarity,

Larry Gagnon


Ratification Vote for UGSW's Tentative Agreement

PSAC is preparing to hold a Ratification Vote for UGSW's new Tentative Agreement. The dates are: 21 Nov 2016 in Saint John; and 22 Nov in Fredericton. Locations and times to be announced. Each session will include a brief review of the Tentative Agreement, and the recommendation of the Bargaining Team, followed by voting. Results will only be announced after the vote closes in Fredericton.

PSAC regulation 15C in the Constitution posted online at describes the bargaining and vote process that covers UGSW as a Directly Chartered Local.

We have been told that every dues-paying member in the three months prior to the vote is eligible to vote.

The PSAC-UGSW Bargaining Team has yet to see or be able to review an assembled Tentative Agreement from the many signed-off articles. Our chief negotiator Larry Gagnon said, yesterday, that we should be able to do this the week before the Ratification Vote. We request that all Sisters and Brothers in UGSW exercise patience and respect for our Sisters and Brothers as we, hopefully, come to the conclusion of this long round of negotiations for a new Collective Agreement.

In Solidarity!