Welcome to UGSW!

Who we are:
We are a Directly Chartered Local with the Public Service Alliance of Canada. The Union of Graduate Student Workers (UGSW) is composed of those that are employed as Graduate Student Teaching Assistants and/or Graduate Student Research Assistants that are enrolled as a graduate student at the University of New Brunswick and working at the Fredericton or Saint John campuses. We are also pleased to announce that those employed as Post Doctoral Fellows by UNB are entering into bargaining for their first Collective Agreement in the near future.
For further information on our Union's structure, download the following orientation kit for new members. When you've received your membership package you can click this link for guidance in completing your application for full membership, or contact our office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for assistance.


Why do we need a Union?
First and foremost, we are able to negotiate a Collective Agreement that reflects the nature of our work, stipulating terms and conditions that must be respected by our employer, the University of New Brunswick. Arbitrary decisions and actions by an employer will not be permitted with respect to the contents of the contract. We have a collective voice and are able to make democratic decisions about our workplace. Our stewards, along with our Executive and other committees, assist with ensuring the strength and stability of our voices.

Unionized graduate students at other universities throughout North America have made great strides through negotiations, including benefits such as childcare, health and accident coverage, assistance funds for international students and for professional development, protections for intellectual property and academic freedom, to name only a few.

All graduate student TAs and RAs at UNB receive the rights and benefits established in our Collective Agreement. All UGSW members have the right to assistance from the Union when required. Fully registered membership in the Union gives the right to participate in local elections and general meetings. The Union negotiates and acts on behalf of all members. The more graduate student TAs and RAs who participate, the more accurately our decisions will reflect our collective concerns. This is why a healthy network of Stewards is an important feature of our Union.

Contact & Engage

Office: 10 Mackay Drive,
Marshall d’Avray Hall 322-1B

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone: 506-451-6882

Mail: Box 612, Stn A Fredericton, E3B 5A6

Facebook: facebook.com/groups/ugsw.unb/

Free Life Insurance

PSAC FREE $5,000 Life Insurance Coverage from Coughlin & Associates Ltd.

As an important member benefit, the Public Service Alliance of Canada will provide you with $5,000 of life insurance absolutely free through the PSAC FREE $5,000 program.

That's right! Free insurance!

This offer is available only to members in good standing of the Public Service Alliance of Canada. All you have to do is confirm your membership in PSAC by completing the PSAC FREE $5,000 member information card included in your UGSW Membership package. There are no medical exams and no obligation or commitments of any other kind required.

Remember, this insurance coverage is provided free of charge, compliments of the PSAC . However, this free coverage is NOT provided automatically. Our insurers require that the PSAC FREE $5,000 member information card be completed in full and signed by you before coverage takes effect. So, complete the PSAC FREE $5,000 member information card and return it to the UGSW Office.

Welcome Post-Doctoral Fellows!

Dear Post Docs at UNB,

Welcome to PSAC 60550, a directly chartered local of the Public Service Alliance of Canada.

What's Going On?
We are pleased to announce that a large number of post-doctoral fellows at UNB will be joining the PSAC and entering into bargaining for a first Collective Agreement in the near future.
You will be using the UGSW Collective Agreement as a starting point, so it would be valuable to review it to see what does and does not fit your unique needs.
You can see examples of other PSAC Post-Doc Collective Agreements from Locals at Canadian Universities such as Queens, Western, Carleton, Laval, and Memorial to name a few.

Who's Involved?
The UGSW and PSAC staff will be assisting you every step of the way, but it is most important that Post Docs take the lead in supporting your own bargaining unit and selecting representatives to join the bargaining team, as you will be best suited to understand and push for the needs of your group.

Why Should Postdoctoral Fellows be Unionized at UNB?
Higher education is the most unionized sector in Canada and academic workers understand the importance and necessity of collective bargaining along with the security of being unionized workers. Across the country, the PSAC represents full-time and part-time teaching assistants, research assistants and an increasing number of Postdocs are also choosing to unionize in order to protect and increase its terms and condition of employment.

How Can You Get Involved?
Reach out to the UGSW Executive to meet and complete your Union membership card. We can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We can also provide further information about our Local, introduce you to the PSAC, the bargaining process, and connect you with PSAC staff involved. Find out about the benefits of becoming a full member and joining the bargaining team.

When Do We Get the Ball Rolling?
  On September 21st (time and location to be determined), the PSAC negotiator that has been assigned to negotiate your first collective agreement will be at UNB in order to elect a team, drawn from the members of the workplace (along with the PSAC negotiator), and will bargain with the employer about all the terms and conditions of your employment.  Once an agreement is reached, Postdoc members will be able to vote on whether or not to accept the contract.

Collectively we are stronger and with the Public Service Alliance of Canada’s experience with postdoctoral unions at other universities, an experienced team stands by your side in order to bargain what you want and need.  

In Solidarity,

The UGSW Executive


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