Endorsements — Postdoctoral Union of Dalhousie University
Postdoctoral Union of Dalhousie University
From Anonymous...To a Future Union!
felt completely alone and powerless, with no professional body or
sympathetic individual to turn to who could effect any real change to my
desperate situation. Several of us, myself included, sought
professional psychological help to deal with depression and anxiety.
Several years later, many of the group are still dealing with these
issues...The issues related above are, unfortunately, facilitated by a
wider institutional attitude to research staff. There is a culture of
impunity that allows rogue PIs to subject their researchers to such
behaviour, and with no oversight from a union, there seems little will
to bring workplace practices up to modern standards that respect basic
have grown increasingly concerned over the terms and conditions of work
of postdoctoral scholars, and have been encouraging and assisting
organizing and advocacy campaigns amongst postdocs at Canada’s research
universities. We are delighted that the Union of Postdoctoral
Researchers at Dalhousie is seeking certification for postdoctoral researchers at Dalhousie University with the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC)."
several reasons the creation of a union or professional association of
PDRs at Dalhousie (following the pattern of other successful union
drives for postdoctoral researcher unions at Queen’s, Western, and
Memorial), is not only timely, but also essential to provide key
protections, to promote university research based on wide-ranging
intellectual inquiry and rigorous evidence-based methodology, and to
serve the public interest of the Canadian taxpayers who help to fund
such research and stand to benefit from it...."
an academic, a specialist in labour relations, and a former president
of the Saint Mary’s University Faculty Association, I enthusiastically
endorse the campaign of post-doctoral researchers at Dalhousie
University to unionize....If even tenured profs need unions, then it
stands to reason that others in the academic labour market need them as
well. I know how hard postdoctoral researchers work and therefore how
much you need a standard set of rights to protect against exploitation"
PSAC Local 60550 Representing Graduate Student Workers at the University of New Brunswick
organizing graduate student teaching assistants and research assistants
at University of New Brunswick, UGSW has added clarity, fairness, and
respect to graduate student–academic supervisor relationships while also
establishing community and communications across faculties and
departments on the two main campuses of the University of New Brunswick.
We have established minimum employment standards, including wages and
hours, and have negotiated improved rights—including academic freedom
and intellectual property rights—within the longer cycle offered by a
Collective Agreement, thereby providing improved stability for our
members’ employment and academic environment."
"Despite Dalhousie's reputation as a highly regarded research
institution, those whose work most directly benefits this standing are
not adequately compensated. While individual workers may request better
standards it is only through the collective efforts of both this
bargaining group and the administration that a more long-term agreement
can be reached."