PSAC 901 members voted in favour of a strike mandate on February 14th 2022.
“Our mobilization team, our bargaining team, and our executive have all been deeply engaged in listening to 901 membership since before we began the process of bargaining for a new collective agreement," said Astrid Hobill, PSAC 901 President.
"It’s no surprise that the membership returned an impressive strike mandate. The frustration with Queen’s lack of regard for graduate workers is palpable.”
PSAC 901's Collective Bargaining Agreement with Queen's University expired on April 30th 2021.
PSAC 901's collective bargaining process resumes today with support for a strike from its membership in addition to support from the Alma Mater Society (AMS) and Queen's University Faculty Association (QUFA).
“We hope that the outpouring of support encourages the employer to take our proposals more seriously moving forward," said Rohit Revi, PSAC 901 bargaining team member and Vice President-Research Assistants.
PSAC 901 is aiming to gain more mental health support, hardship and professional development funding, and also gender affirmation and domestic violence leaves through the collective bargaining process.
In its press release, PSAC 901 stated that it "We expect that Queen's understands the time has come to engage with the demands of our members."
PSAC 901 is the union of Graduate Teaching Assistants, Teaching Fellows, Research Assistants (Unit 1) and Postdoctoral Scholars (Unit 2) at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. It is directly chartered local of the Public Service Alliance of Canada.
Michael Villeneuve, Director of Queen's University Faculty Relations stated ahead of the vote that the University values the work of all of its employees and that it remains committed to and respects the bargaining process in addition to the obligation to bargain in good faith.
“In respecting the parties involved, the University will not engage in speculation or negotiation outside of the bargaining process," Villeneuve stated.
“We want to reach a fair agreement, and we will continue to work with PSAC’s representatives, and the conciliator, with that objective in mind.”