Western University and a public-sector union are headed to a labour hearing next month over whether post-doctoral fellows at the school will be allowed to join the union.
Without a union, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) says, the researchers don’t have access to benefits, a grievance process and, in some cases, intellectual property ownership.
“Imagine having your entire academic future dictated by one person. How vulnerable you would feel?” said PSAC Local 610 president Indranil Chakraborty, a doctoral candidate in Western’s faculty of information and media studies.
The fellows voted Dec. 8 on whether to join PSAC Local 610, but the ballot box remains sealed.