CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI – Members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) employed by the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) will be holding a joint virtual press conference on December 2, 2012 at 12 pm with the UPEI Faculty Association in order to provide an update on their efforts to negotiate a first collective agreement.

PSAC Local 86000 represents 34 graduate student workers and postdoctoral fellows at UPEI who have made the decision to join together to make improvements in their workplace. 

Colleen Coffey, PSAC’s Executive Vice President for the Atlantic Region summarizes the challenges faced by the workers: ‘Although these are the University’s professional researchers and educator workers, they are faced with precarious work, rising debt and low pay. They deserve to be recognized for their work and commitment to UPEI. I urge Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz to recognize these workers, save time and money and commence bargaining.’