The union drive to organize academic workers at the University of Waterloo.
The University of Waterloo is one of the last universities in Canada without a union for graduate student teaching assistants, research assistants, contract faculty, technicians, and other academic research and teaching staff positions.
The lack of a union has meant diminished ability to affect our working conditions, get fair wages, lower health and safety protocols, no clear or consistent hiring processes, unchallenged harassment, and no support for mental health services, and dealing with problems with work/overwork alone.
The only way to address these issues and advance the rights of graduate student and other academic workers on campus is to organize a union and negotiate a collective agreement with the university.
Our goals are:
- Fairness: Transparency, clarity, and standards at work
- Equity: Enforceable protections for all
- Security: Job security and clear rules for access of work
- Safety: A safe and healthy workplace
- Respect: Recognition as essential academic workers
- Support: Proper training & supervision
- Dignity: Improved mental health supports
- Democracy: A collective voice for graduate workers over working conditions
Together, we can make the University of Waterloo a better space for academic workers.