MONTREAL, June 27 /CNW Telbec/ - After several months of hard work, the
3,000 research assistants (RA) and teaching assistants (TA) at the Université
de Montréal will be getting their union. The vote organized by the Quebec
Labour Relations Board confirmed that 87% of the assistants voted in favour of
the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC-FTQ).
"This change in the university environment will benefit everyone," said
Jean-Sébastien Schetagne, an Industrial Relations Assistant and an activist
from the very outset. "The assistants can now really take their place within
the university community," he added.
Jonathan Harmon, a History assistant, said this vote only marks the
beginning. "We must already be looking ahead to the next step, which is to
negotiate a first collective agreement which includes the following priority
objectives: pay for all overtime worked, suitable wage increases, safe working
conditions and protection of researchers' intellectual property."
Meanwhile, Marie-Hélène Arruda, a Political Science assistant, believes
that the recent organization of thousands of student employees at universities
will have repercussions on the entire labour movement. "Our massive
organization has changed how people in precarious employment perceive unions.
We are pumping energy and vitality into the labour movement."
Jérôme Turcq, PSAC's Regional Executive Vice-President for Quebec and
Vice-President of the Quebec Federation of Labour, pointed out that the result
marked the outcome of close to two years of work. "I am honoured to include
people with such perseverance in our membership."
PSAC already represents more than 7,300 research and teaching assistants
at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Concordia University,
Université Laval and the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO).
For further information:
For further information: Mathieu Dumont, PSAC-FTQ union organizer, Cell:
(514) 895-9102, firstname.lastname@example.org