November 13, 2019

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is scheduled for Wednesday, November 13th from 12:00 to 1:00 PM in Fredericton (Tilley Hall rm. 302) and Saint John (Oland Hall rm. 203).

Lunch will be provided.

There will be a brief bargaining update and elections for these positions on the PTSU Executive:

- President (3 year term)

- Vice President Saint John (3 year term)

- Vice President Fredericton (3 Year term)

- Secretary (3 year term)

- Treasurer (3 year term)

The agenda and minutes will be available as soon as possible. Come meet your colleagues and have your say.

Professional & Technical Staff Union [PTSU]

PSAC Local 60551


June 3, 2019

PTSU (at UNB) is organizing a free BBQ on Thursday, June 6th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in order to show support for the bargaining team who have been in negotiations with UNB for a first collective agreement.

PTSU is also happy to have as guest speakers at the BBQ, the National President of the PSAC, Chris Aylward, the National Executive Vice-President, Magali Picard and the Regional Executive Vice-President for the Atlantic region, Colleen Coffey.

The local would like to have as many PSAC members as possible from both UNB and St. Thomas University to come as a show of solidarity.  We would appreciate if you could invite the members in your local.

Date: Thursday, June 6th

Time:  11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location:  The Quad (in case of rain, it will take place at Marshall d’Avray Hall).

We will have burgers (including veggie burgers), hot dogs, chips and soft drinks.


April 23, 2019

PTSU Members,

We returned to concilliation again with UNB on April 4th and 5th where we continued to represent our members. During these meetings we made proposals on 'Staffing', 'Vacation Leave', 'Standy By' as well as others.  We successfully signed off more clauses in 'Political Leave', 'Vacation Leave', 'Group Benefits', and 'Grievance and Arbitration Procedure'.  We have updated our list of articles. We have almost two full weeks from April 29th to May 8th booked for concilliation. It is our intent to work as hard as possible during these two weeks to make as much progress as we can.

In March the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) held a national conference for Directly Chartered Locals (DCLs) in the university sector. Being a DCL in the University sector, PTSU was represented by Chris Miller the Interim-President. The conference was held to identify key areas that University Locals need more support from our national body (PSAC). The summary of the conference is available in English and French.

During the conference the attendees were separated into different groups (graduate students, professional staff, etc.) and were asked what can PSAC do better for you?  One recurring topic that came up was the ability for DCLs across the country to share information with each other so that we aren't constantly 'reinventing the wheel' (slide 4).  Having access to solutions that other union locals have developed would be beneficial to almost everyone. The topic of 'precarious work' was also discussed (slide 10), for PTSU this means term positions.  PSAC has committed to working hard on this issue in the future.  It is a growing trend within the University sector as well as others (i.e. Federal employees). Challenges for bargaining were also discussed, as well as strategies to help this process for our members (slide 23). Your bargaining team will be reviewing these discussions to help us work towards our first Collective Agreement.  One reassuring thing that we learned is that we aren't alone in the amount of time it has taken to accomplish our first contract.  Other unions across the country have been where we are and successfully signed a great first contract!

As always your feedback and support is valued and is a key part of our bargaining process.  If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us.  


November 11, 2018

Your bargaining team will be in conciliation meetings November 12th to 19th.  Please support your bargaining team by wearing a PSAC bargaining team bracelet.


November 11, 2018

Our 2018 Annual General Meeting will be held on November 22nd in Fredericton and Saint John from 4:45 to 6:00.


November 11, 2018

In February 2018 Kevin Ring (HR & OD) gave a presentation regarding the potential changes to our Group Life and Family Protection Benefits plans.  These changes allow for more individual flexibility and are more in line with best practices for 2018.  

We have included a presentation prepared by Morneau Shepell and UNB Human Resources and Organizational Development which recaps the rational and changes.  


November 2, 2018

PTSU participated in the UNB Remembers Ceremony on November 2nd at Memorial hall, our member Bev Bramble volunteered to lay the wreath.