Bargaining update
Dear Sessional Lecturer members of PSAC Local 555,
Your bargaining team has started negotiating your new collective agreement with the
Preparation for bargaining involved your bargaining team meeting frequently over the
past few months to review all your bargaining input and prepare our bargaining
We have also been holding meetings with the faculty association to discuss shared
priorities and concerns, and we will continue to meet with the faculty association
throughout this round of bargaining.
Over the course of seven (7) days in June we connected with the Employer’s bargaining
team to table and receive each other’s non-monetary proposals.
Non-monetary proposals are all the bargaining proposals that don’t have a financial cost
to the University. In bargaining, we usually bargain non—monetary issues first before
we move on to the monetary proposals.
We have heard loud and clear from Sessional Lecturers through our input call and our
bargaining survey that you all want more job security (including earlier notice of
appointments) and less workload (workloads have been increasing dramatically).
We have made it clear to the University that job security and workload are the
Union’s key priorities in our non-monetary bargaining this round.
We will be back at the bargaining table in October to continue to push for improvements
to job security and workload issues, on your behalf.
In the meantime, we will have a virtual membership meeting on August 30 at 4:30 pm to
discuss job security in more detail with you.
We need your involvement and engagement in the bargaining process to achieve these
important improvements to our working conditions.
Please show your support by attending this meeting and sharing your concerns and
ideas with us! Please RRSP for this meeting to…
If you have any questions about bargaining please reach out to a member of your
bargaining team.

In solidarity,

Your bargaining team:
Reza Alipour Moghadam Esfahani
Dawn Balsdon
Hussien Hegab
Marie Polgar, Local 555 Resource Person
Darren Pacione, PSAC Research Officer
Verda Cook, PSAC Negotiator