First, we are able to negotiate a collective agreement that reflects the nature of our work and sets out conditions that must be met by our employer, the University of New Brunswick. Arbitrary decisions and actions of an employer are not allowed with regard to the content of the contract. We will have a collective voice and we will be able to make democratic decisions in our workplace. Unionized doctoral students at other universities in North America have made great strides in negotiations, including services such as childcare and eye care, international student assistance and professional development, intellectual property, and academic freedom, to name a few. The process of developing a collective agreement for university employees has been underway for nearly seven years. The ESWP was certified by the Public Utilities Alliance of Canada (PSSP) in March 2013 and began negotiating its first contract a year later. A year later, the PSAC organized an organizing campaign to organize UNB employees who are not part of the existing PTSU group. In response, UNB filed a legal challenge. In April 2017, Justice Garnett of the Queen`s Bench Court rejected UNB`s request to deny union certification to psAC. New Brunswick Labour Federation (NBFL) President Patrick Colford called the new legislation a « great victory for the labour movement » and the culmination of decades of lobbying by union activists.

The new legislation meant that in New Brunswick, « employers will no longer be able to refuse to recognize the power of a certified union to negotiate a first collective agreement. » To access the different collective agreements, please use the links on the right. The bargaining team and the ESP Executive have set dates and times for three information sessions/webinars during which members of the bargaining team will answer questions related to the interim agreement so that members can make informed decisions about ratification. The trial since the positive court decision has been laborious. Finally, the two parties found themselves in a conciliation procedure to bring them together with a neutral third party. On February 14, ESPP members held a rally on the UNB campus, supported by members of other unions on campus. The provisional agreement was reached the following week. All PhD students-TAs and RAs at UNB get the rights and benefits that are defined in our collective agreement.. . .

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