It's hard to believe that we have already passed the half way point of the fall term. For those of you who are working your first teaching assistantship or are new to teaching at Western, we hope that you have heard about the Teaching Assistant Training Program (TATP) which aims to build and enhance your skills and confidence in the classroom. This program, a partnership between the Teaching Support Centre and the union, was successfully bargained for by the Local in our last round of contract negotiations with the university in 2012. For more information about the TATP, click here.
For all members, if you have encountered or think you may be experiencing a workplace problem, be sure to talk to your Departmental Steward(s) about the issue(s) you are having. Your Steward will help you to determine whether the problem you are experiencing constitutes a violation of the Collective Agreement. They can also talk to you about how you can address your situation and can help you to resolve the matter as quickly as possible.
With this in mind, some departments have yet to fill their Steward position(s) or to fill all of their eligible positions. If you are unsure how many Stewards are able to represent the members in your department, please contact , the Local's Office Manager for more information. In order to be a Steward, you must be a member in good standing (i.e., you must hold a TAship for at least one term this year and have signed a union membership card). You can access a Steward nomination form here. You do not have to have previous experience working with a union in order to become a Steward; the Local is providing training to all Stewards in order to provide you with the skills and information you will need to serve as a Steward throughout the year.
The PSAC Local 610 Executive Committee