PSAC 901 ratifies new collective agreement

Queen’s to ratify soon 

PSAC informed the public of their decision on Mar. 8.
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On Mar. 8, PSAC 901’s membership voted in favour of ratifying a collective agreement with the University. A tentative agreement between Queen’s and PSAC 901 was reached Feb. 21, after which both parties left the bargaining table to ratify the agreement. 
In a Mar. 8 press release, signed by the organization’s bargaining  team—Astrid Hobill (president), Rohit Revi (VP research assistants), and Brittainy Bonnis (information officer)—PSAC 901 said they were proud of the resulting components of the collective agreement. 
“We hope that gains made, particularly in areas of equity and inclusion, will act as footholds from which further progress will be made for our members and other academic sector workers,” the team said. 
PSAC 901 made additions to the collective agreement including leave, training, and an improved accommodations process.
“Some elements of the new Collective Agreement include a new Mental Health and Hardship Fund, a Professional Development Fund, paid training on sexual violence prevention and anti-racism, longer sick leave, better language around leaves including a new gender affirmation leave, and easier accommodations processes,” the bargaining communique said. 
Before the new collective agreement goes into effect, Queen’s is required to ratify it. Michael Villeneuve, director (faculty relations), said details on the University’s part remain confidential until the agreement is finalized. 
“The ratification process is still underway. Details of the agreement will remain confidential until it is ratified successfully by both parties, at which time it will be available publicly,” Villeneuve said in a statement to The Journal.

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