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.