Hello PSAC Local 555 Family and Friends:

Happy International Worker Day! Happy May Day!

The PSAC555 Executive would like to thank everyone who attended the AGM on April 11, 2019. It was a very successful meeting and a pleasure to see everyone.

New Elected Executive for PSAC for 2019-20.

A warm welcome to the newly elected a 2019-20 executive.

President: Pedram Karimipour Fard

VP TA/RA affairs: Hassan Abo-Reada

VP Sessional Affairs: Zeinab Joudaki

VP Post Doctoral Affairs: Mahmoud Shaaban

Chief Steward TA/RA affairs: Sara Sharifi

Chief Steward Sessional Affairs: Timothy Teatro

Chief Steward Post Doctoral Affairs: Ahmed Abdelmaksoud

Treasurer: Sherif Seif Eldin

Secretary: Mahboubeh Ahmadalinezhad (Tara)


Post-Doctoral Fellows Bargaining Updates

Your Bargaining Team met and discussed with UOIT on April 16, 17 and 18 to exchange and discuss bargaining demands.

The University refused to provide any annual wage ratio increase to all Postdoctoral Fellows, they have only tabled an increase to the minimum salary floor, which is already below the sectoral average.

The University refused to provide health benefits or professional development fund to Postdoctoral Fellows.  The university also refused our demands to increase the amount of Health Care Spending Account and provide coverage of UHIP costs.

We made progress on non-monetary items such as appointment renewal processes, flexibility in locations of work, and union representation.

Please stay tuned for additional bargaining dates and calls for mobilization as we will need to ramp up our efforts to.

In solidarity,

Bargaining Team

  • Reza Alipour Moghadam Esfahani
  • Ahmed Mohamed Othman Abdelmaksoud
  • Nadim Arafa
  • Ashley Bickerton (PSAC Negotiator)


TARA Bargaining

The collective bargaining the agreement expires August 2019.  We are currently looking for a member who would like to be on the negotiating team or an alternate member of the team.

Email Office@PSAC555.ca if you are interested.

Please fill in the following survey and let your bargaining team know what the priorities are for this round of bargaining:



An update on Invigilators and joining the PSAC555 local union

Employees who are doing invigilator work outside of the TA contract (not on the TA work form), have asked PSAC555 to represent them.

Most are making $15 dollars an hour for the last 12 years.  We have had reports of nepotism being used in the selection process and professors insulting invigilators based on human right issues.

They have asked PSAC555 to represent them, to help them develop transparent and fair working conditions for them because the employer has not.

The process to unionize:

  1. Do enough invigilators want unionization? Over the last month, we have asked invigilators to sign petition cards (blue cards) to indicate that they want to unionize with PSAC555.
  2. Once we have enough cards. We create a scope: a description of who the employees (invigilators) are and their responsibilities. We then tell the Labour Board that the invigilators want to join PSAC555. And, we ask the Labour board to come out and let invigilator’s vote to have PSAC555 represent them.
  3. The employer provides their list of employees and their idea of who should be in the scope.
  4. The employer’s list and scope can be very different, then the one we provide. We may have different ideas of who should be represented and who the current employees are.
  5. These conflicts may delay the process a bit.
  6. We have established, that the employees we are looking to represent- are not invigilating as part of their TA contract (it is not, work form work). And, enough of these invigilators who currently invigilate at Ontario Tech University has petitioned to Unionize with PSAC555.
  7. Now the vote:  If you are, an invigilator and you want PSAC555 to represent you.  You have to come out and vote yes.   If you have any issues with getting to the ballot box- we can supply you with a ride, just contact us at Office@PSAC555.ca
  8. You have to vote in person- there is no voting by proxy.
  9. The vote location and times will on May 6, 2019.  We are just waiting on the labour board to confirm times and places on campus.
  10. We will send out a notification to our members as soon as we are advised of these times and places.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about the process or the vote at Office@PSAC555.ca

GSC Conference update and reminder

Greeting from the Graduate Student Council! The 10th Annual Graduate Student Research Conference 2019 scheduled for Thursday, May 2nd is Tomorrow, and we have a few updates for you.


There is be a slight change in the conference program and we would like to inform all presenters and attendees that the updated conference program can be found here.

Dress code:

Business casual


Free parking will be available for all conference attendees; the middle gate of the “Founders 2” parking lot will be open throughout the day from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. We have attached a map for your guidance.


On the day of the conference, all presenters and attendees should arrive at 9:00 am to confirm registration, as well as pick up your name tag and swag bag. The registration desk will ONLY be open from 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM at the Science Building (UA) West Atrium.  Please note that you will need your name tag to access the conference, receive lunch, and access the evening social event. For this reason, it’s imperative that you arrive early and register before the registration desk closes.

Paper/Symposia Presentations:

In the interest of saving time, the chairperson for each session will be responsible for loading all presenters’ presentations on a single computer. Please make sure you send your presentation slides to Sherif Seifeldin at vpevents@uoitgsc.ca, no later than May 1st at 5 PM, otherwise, you can provide it to the chairman of your session.


Please make sure you arrive early to set up your posters between 9:00 AM and 9:50 AM at the Science Building (UA) West Atrium. The poster session is scheduled to take place during the Afternoon Break at 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM, and the take-down can be done after 5:00 PM. Note that we will provide poster-board material walls and pins to hang your posters.

Social Event:

The conference will be followed by a private social event at 6:00 PM at The Blvd (1812 Simcoe Street N, Oshawa). Thanks to our platinum sponsor PSAC Local 555 for providing the major funding it!

We’re looking forward to seeing you all!


Sherif Seifeldin

Vice President Events

Graduate Student Council GSC


Hardship Fund

We know that life can sometimes be financially challenging for our members.  SO please visit our website for the policies on our Hardship Funds.  All applications for the winter 2019 fund (January- April 2019) have to be in by May 30, 2019.


Office Hours for May 2019

Open office hours in ERC1085 every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:30 am- 4:30 pm. Office hours available downtown in 55 Bond on Mondays.

Please let us know if you want to stop by- we will put some coffee on.  We always enjoy seeing our members and we look forward to meeting you.

In solidarity,

PSAC555 Executive