Good question! Here are some facts and tips about what your dues do for you!
Union Dues are $0.78 for every hour of work. So what does this buy me?1. Real annual expected pay increases to keep pace with inflation PSAC 901 secured a 1.5% pay increase. Our Collective Agreement ensures that the pay increase is not offset by a reduction in other funding (QGA, OGS, SSHRC, NSERC, etc). It is a real wage increase and this is the first time in Queen’s history that a wage increase has been secured for TAs and TFs. 2. Recourse through the Grievance Process if things go wrong Union membership gives you a more robust grievance process, including a definite timeline and process for the grievance to be addressed and resolved. 3. Access to improved Health and Dental Benefits with bursaries for emergency dental and international students PSAC 901 has strengthened the SGPS Health and Dental Plans by contributing $200,000 to expand benefits and ensure its long-term stability. As part of this venture project, we are pleased to announce the establishment of the new SGPS-PSAC Local 901 Dental Bursary and the SGPS-PSAC 901 International Student Reimbursement. Please contact the SGPS for more details. 4. The right to democratically exact positive change in the workplace As a 901 member you have the opportunity to democratically determine workplace priorities that matter to Teaching Assistants, Teaching Fellows and Post-Doctoral Fellows, and the right to fight for these priorities through the bargaining process. 5. The right to democratically shape the direction of the Local and PSAC Your dues give you a democratic voice in the union, and a say, through bargaining, in how work is arranged. You are also have the opportunity to be involved in various committee and local events. There are six committees under PSAC 901 including: Stewards Council, LGBT Committee, International Student Committee, Political Action Committee, Strategic Research Committee, Grievance Committee 6. The ability to negotiate a better deal in 2013 As we go into a bargaining year it will be imperative to have our members’ input into contract negotiations. Contact us with your thoughts and suggestions for the next round of bargaining. 7. Solidarity with other unions on campus such as QUFA, CUPE, USW Strength in numbers as they say. Being part of 901 means we have the support and solidarity of the many labour organizations on campus. 8. The support of trained PSAC staff Experienced PSAC Staff are always able to assist us to ensure our local is able to provide the best possible service to our members. Download the pdf: PSAC901 FACTS
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