Dal’s postdocs latest to join PSAC

October 14, 2014

Dalhousie University’s post-doctoral fellows have voted to join the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC). During the unionization process employees reportedly expressed concerns around pay levels, benefits, and working hours. “Post-doctoral workers are temporary workers at a university, so they’re precarious,” current Dal postdoc Kelly Holloway said. “Having a union means that we have some kind of continuity and representation and that the gains that we make through the collective bargaining process affect the people who come after us. So it’s an important mechanism to have in place for us.” Contract negotiations are expected to begin in the near future. Postdocs are increasingly turning to union membership in order to address insecure working conditions. Postdocs at Queen’s University, Memorial University, and Western University have joined PSAC in the past few years. Dal News | Chronicle-Herald