McMaster University’s 130 post-doctoral fellows - members of CUPE 3906 - have their first contract.
The post-doctoral fellows voted unanimously last week to accept a 2-year agreement that included wage and benefit gains, improvements in job security language, better working hours and working conditions and other gains.
“This breakthrough contract, the first of its kind in Canada for post-docs, is a result of the hard work and dedication of CUPE 3906 and tremendous support from university workers and CUPE,” said Mark Ouellette, vice president of CUPE 3906 and bargaining team member. “The whole bargaining team and everyone involved should be proud of this contract that will pave the way for PDFs across Canada.”
McMaster University PDFs voted to join CUPE in early 2008.
“From first contact to first contract, CUPE provided the necessary resources to secure this historic victory,” said Mary Ellen Campbell, CUPE 3906 president. “The PDFs now have a voice in their workplace and we will be there to continue to improve their working conditions.”
CUPE 3906 represents 2,500 teaching assistants, sessional faculty and post-doctoral fellows at McMaster University.