To access the various collective agreements, please use the links on the right. The Association of New Brunswick Teachers (AUNBT) is a Canadian union that represents full-time and part-time professors, teachers and university librarians at the University of New Brunswick in the province of New Brunswick, Canada. AUNBT was founded in 1956 as a faculty association and in the same year joined the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT). In 1979, the organization was certified by the Industrial Relations Board as a bargaining partner for full-time university staff, both faculty and librarian, on UNB`s two main campuses. The first collective agreement came into force in 1980. First, we are able to negotiate a collective agreement that reflects the nature of our work and sets conditions that must be met by our employer, the University of New Brunswick. Arbitrary decisions and actions of an employer are not permitted with respect to the content of the contract. We will have a common voice and we will be able to make democratic decisions in our workplace. Higher education graduates unionized at other universities in North America have made great strides in negotiations, including child care and eye care, international student assistance and professional development, intellectual property and academic freedoms, to name a few. All postgraduate and RAAS at UNB will receive the rights and benefits stipulated in our collective agreement. All members of the UGSW have the right, if necessary, to be supported by the Union.
Membership of the Union gives the right to participate fully in local elections and general assemblies. The Union negotiates and acts on behalf of all its members. The more postgraduate TAs and ASRs, the more our decisions will reflect our collective concerns. The negotiating team and the PTSU executive have now set dates and schedules for three briefings/webinars during which members of the negotiating team will answer questions about the preliminary agreement so that members can make informed ratification decisions. The process of establishing a collective agreement for university workers has been ongoing for almost seven years. PTSU was certified in March 2013 by the Public Utilities Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and began negotiating a year later for its first contract. A year later, PSAC led an organizational offensive to unionize UNB staff members who are not part of the existing PTSU group. A lawsuit was then filed by UNB. In April 2017, Judge Garnett of the Court of Queen`s Bench rejected UNB`s request to deny UNION certification to PSAC. Negotiations since the court`s favourable decision have been laborious.
Finally, the two parties found themselves in a conciliation procedure in order to bring them together with a neutral third party. On February 14, PTSU members organized a rally on the UNB campus, supported by members of other campus unions. The interim agreement was reached the following week.