PSAC applies to represent undergraduate teaching assistants
The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) has applied to represent the university’s undergraduate teaching assistants in collective bargaining.
“I urge all undergraduate teaching assistants to participate in the voting process to ensure that they have the opportunity to express their individual choice with respect to whether or not they wish to be represented by PSAC,” says associate vice-principal (Human Resources) Al Orth.
When a vote is held, the decision is based only on the ballots cast. The union, in order to be certified as the bargaining agent, requires 50 per cent plus one of the ballots cast to be in their favour. In other words, if only a handful of voters turn out, that handful will determine the outcome for all undergraduate teaching assistants, whether they voted or not.
“This means that a small number of people could determine the result on behalf of the entire group of Undergraduate Teaching Assistants unless there is strong voter turn-out. It is very important to vote so that the result will truly represent the wishes of all employees who are affected by the outcome,” says Mr. Orth.
The vote is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20, 2011, from: 1pm to 3pm and again from 4 pm to 6 pm in the John Deutsch University Centre (Wallace Hall, Room 141), 87 Union Street.
If you have questions regarding the process, please contact Lisa Newton, Director & Counsel, Employee/Labour Relations at extension 75108 or firstname.lastname@example.org.