Upcoming Event: Eat, Learn, Grow

Tuesday, September 26th @ 12-2pm 
Marshall D’Avray Hall, Room 120 (Fredericton) & Whitebone Lounge (Saint John)

Enjoy a meal with your fellow UGSW members as our PSAC Regional Representative, Anna Goguen, leads discussion:

·        Getting to know the Union and PSAC

·        What is a Collective Agreement?

·        What is a steward?

·        What support and resources does the Union offer its members?

·        What support and resources does PSAC offer the Union and its members?

·        How can members get involved with the UGSW and PSAC?

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Opportunity for Steward Positions

UGSW is inviting members to become stewards. It strengthens the Union's diversity to have at least one steward from each department/GAU but more are welcome - all members are entitled to this opportunity!

Curious about what it means to be a steward?
Step 1: Check out the 'Steward's Corner" on our website http://ugsw.ca/steward-s-corner

Step 2: Log in to http://learn.vubiz.com/ChAccess/PSAC_SS/default.asp to view information and earn certificates by completing online training

Step 2.5: Connect with the executive committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to take part and let us know if you have any questions or requests (such as PSAC id# for step 2)

Step 3: Watch for upcoming PSAC training events such as this one and apply (receive $100 for attending): https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10155816657901015&set=gm.1701146706594732&type=3&theater




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 www.ugsw.ca/images/UNB-UGSW-PSAC%20Final%20Agreement.pdf.

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.