Carleton postdocs ratify first collective agreement

March 4, 2016

A group of postdoctoral researchers at Carleton University has ratified a first collective agreement with the school. The two-year contract was negotiated with the help of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, and reportedly raises the minimum annual wage for postdocs from $25 K to $30 K, which will be applied retroactively to begin on April 1, 2015. The minimum salary will rise again to roughly $32.5 K by May 2017. The group will reportedly also gain access to health and dental benefits, bereavement leave, 15 annual vacation days, academic freedom protections, and grievance and arbitration procedures. “I’m confident that this contract forms a good basis for our next round of bargaining two years from now,” said postdoctoral researcher Judith Brown, “where we will be seeking more of the basic benefits that other employees at Carleton enjoy.” Ottawa Citizen | PSAC