Collective agreements at UNB

The University of New Brunswick has enjoyed a long-standing positive relationship with various union groups on each campus for well over 30 years.

Mutual respect and the concentration on providing a positive learning and working environment are paramount to those relationships.

Collective agreements

Association of University of New Brunswick Teachers

AUNBT, certified in 1979, is one of the first faculty associations in Canada to become a certified trade union under applicable provincial labour legislation. It is the bargaining agent for a unit of "persons employed in full-time teaching or employed as librarians at the University of New Brunswick at its campuses in Fredericton and Saint John...save and except Deans, Associate or Assistant Deans, those above the rank of Deans, the University Librarian, faculty members who are members of the Board of Governors and those excluded by the Industrial Relations Act." There are approximately 600 members - faculty, instructors and librarians- in the AUNBT bargaining unit.

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Contract Academic Employees, consisting of a bargaining unit of part-time instructors and librarians, was certified by the AUNBT in 2008. The bargaining unit consists of “All persons employed by the University of New Brunswick in contractual part-time teaching in a for-credit course or employed as part-time librarians at, or out of, all campuses of the University of New Brunswick, save and except Deans, Associate or Assistant Deans, those above the rank of Dean, the University Librarian, faculty members who are members of the Board of Governors, persons for whom a trade union holds bargaining rights under the Industrial Relations Act, and those excluded by the Industrial Relations Act.” There are approximately 600 employees in this bargaining unit who teach 1500 courses per year.

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Public Service Alliance of Canada - Local 60550

Over 400 unionized Graduate Student Workers (Graduate Student Teaching Assistants & Research Assistants)

Hiring graduate students (People & Culture processes)
Information for Faculty Members and Academic Administrators (not part of Collective Agreement)

For matters pertaining to the PSAC-UGSW Collective Agreement contact Anne MacLean, Labour Relations Specialist.

The UGSW may be contacted via:

Mail: Box 612 Stn A, Fredericton, NB E3B 5A6
Office: Marshall d'Avray Hall 322-1B, 10 Mackay Drive, Fredericton, NB E3B 5A3

Phone: (506) 451-6882
ugsw.unb@gmail.com
UGSW.ca | UGSW on Facebook


Canadian Union of Public Employees - Local 3339

Certified as a bargaining unit in 1989 these Support Staff employees are on the Saint John campus.

CUPE Local 3339 represents support staff employees on the Saint John campus performing work in the following categories: clerical, secretarial, library assistant, tradespeople, labourers and technicians. There are approximately 55 positions in the CUPE bargaining group.


Unifor Local 4504

The General Labour and Trades and Allied Services and Audio Visual Group was certified as a bargaining group in the 1970's. The group represents support staff employees performing work as tradespeople, labourers, cleaners, audio visual and security. There are approximately 145 positions in the GLTA bargaining group.

GLTA Collective Agreement 2018-2021


Unifor Local 4504

This group, certified approximately 20 years ago, represents support staff employees performing working the following categories: secretarial, accountant, library assistant and clerical. There are approximately 220 positions in the SALAC bargaining unit.

SALAC Collective Agreement 2018-2021


Public Service Alliance of Canada - Local 60551

Certified in 2013, the PTSU bargaining unit includes over 370 employees on both campuses who provide a broad range of services to students, faculty and other staff.

PSAC-PTSU Collective Agreement - Expires June 30, 2022


Public Service Alliance of Canada - Local 60550

Certified in 2017, this bargaining unit includes all Post-doctoral Fellows on both campuses except for those who secure their own transferable funding from external sources, including grant-funding agencies, and for whom is the primary source of funding.

For matters pertaining to the PSAC-PDF Collective Agreement contact Anne MacLean, Labour Relations Specialist.


Collective bargaining updates

Unifor Local 4504 represents two employee groups: the Secretaries, Accountants, Library Assistants, and Clerks (SALAC) group certified approximately 20 years ago and the General Labour, Trades and Allied Services, and Audio Visual (GLTA) group certified in the 1970's. Unifor represents approximately 200 members in the SALAC group and approximately 125 in the GLTA group.

These two groups typically bargain together although they have separate collective agreements.

Both groups' present collective agreements with UNB expired September 30, 2021. The University of New Brunswick was given Notice to Bargain by Unifor Local 4504 on July 13, 2021. At that time, both parties agreed to put the proceedings in abeyance due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and until they were able to meet in person.

The parties began bargaining in March of 2022 and have met in person for a total of 14 days. During that time, UNB has introduced approximately 20 proposals and Unifor has introduced approximately 100. The Parties have been able to make good progress in working towards a new collective agreement, signing off on approximately 45 proposed changes already with approximately 14 having monetary implications. However, on October 26, 2022, the Union indicated they would be filing for conciliation in the context of discussions on wages.

While UNB would have preferred to work out an agreement with Unifor directly, UNB recognizes that conciliation is a step available to either party to pursue and remains hopeful that a new collective agreement will be reached with the assistance of a conciliator.

Jan. 26, 2023

On Nov. 15, 2022, Unifor filed for conciliation and a conciliator was appointed on Nov. 18, 2022. The parties will begin meeting with the conciliator on Jan. 30, 2023.

UNB recognizes that conciliation is a step available to either party to pursue and remains hopeful that a new collective agreement will be reached through this new stage of the process.

UNB will provide further updates and information as it becomes available. Please check back for regular updates.


The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3339 was certified as a bargaining unit in 1989, the unit covers support staff positions on the UNB Saint John campus and includes clerical, secretarial, library assistant, tradespeople, labourers and technicians. There are approximately 55 members in the CUPE bargaining unit.

UNB and CUPE signed a new 5-year collective agreement on May 11, 2022, which will expire on June 30, 2025.


The Association of University of New Brunswick Teachers (AUNBT)’s Full-Time group, certified in 1979, represents, “persons employed in full-time teaching or employed as librarians at the University of New Brunswick at its campuses in Fredericton and Saint John...save and except Deans, Associate or Assistant Deans, those above the rank of Deans, the University Librarian, faculty members who are members of the Board of Governors and those excluded by the Industrial Relations Act.” The bargaining unit currently has approximately 600 members.

The AUNBT Full-Time group’s present collective agreement with UNB expired June 30, 2022. The University of New Brunswick was given Notice to Bargain by AUNBT on April 27, 2022. UNB and AUNBT began bargaining on June 2, 2022 and continue working towards a new collective agreement.


The Association of University of New Brunswick Teachers (AUNBT)’s Contract Academic Employee (CAE) group, certified in 2008, represents, “all persons employed by the University of New Brunswick in contractual part-time teaching in a for-credit course or employed as part-time librarians at, or out of, all campuses of the University of New Brunswick, save and except Deans, Associate or Assistant Deans, those above the rank of Dean, the University Librarian, faculty members who are members of the Board of Governors, persons for whom a trade union holds bargaining rights under the Industrial Relations Act, and those excluded by the Industrial Relations Act.”. There are approximately 600 employees in this bargaining unit who teach 1,500 courses per year.

The AUNBT CAE group’s present collective agreement with UNB expired April 30, 2022. The University of New Brunswick was given Notice to Bargain by AUNBT on Feb. 28, 2022. UNB and AUNBT began bargaining on June 30, 2022 and continue working towards a new collective agreement.


The Public Service Alliance of Canada local 60551, Professional and Technical Staff Union (PTSU), represents employees on the Fredericton and Saint John campuses who are employed in various capacities including professional and technical staff positions. The bargaining unit currently has 393 members.

PTSU’s present collective agreement with UNB expired June 30, 2022. The University of New Brunswick was given Notice to Bargain by PTSU on March 31, 2022. UNB and PTSU began bargaining in August of 2022 and continue working towards a new collective agreement.


The Public Service Alliance of Canada local 60550, Union of Graduate Student Workers (UGSW) group certified in 2007 represents Graduate Student Teaching Assistants and Graduate Student Research Assistants. This bargaining unit currently has approximately 400 members.

UGSW's present collective agreement with UNB expired April 30, 2022. The University of New Brunswick was given Notice to Bargain by UGSW on March 31, 2022. UNB and UGSW met in June of 2022. The parties will resume collective bargaining in January 2023.


The Public Service Alliance of Canada local 60550, Post-Doctoral Fellows (PDF) group certified in 2017 represents all Post-Doctoral Fellows on both campuses except for those who secure their own transferable funding from external sources, including grant-funding agencies, and for whom this is the primary source of funding. This bargaining unit currently has approximately 60 members.

PDF's present collective agreement with UNB expired April 30, 2022. The University of New Brunswick was given Notice to Bargain by the PDF group on March 31, 2022.

UNB expects negotiations to begin in early 2023.


Employment-related policies for APT employees

The non-union Administrative, Professional and Technical (APT) group includes support staff employees on both campuses who do not belong to a union. There are approximately 430 employees in the APT group, 370 on the Fredericton campus and 60 on the Saint John campus.

The terms and conditions of employment for the APT group are set by UNB, and in some cases are set through UNB policies. Such policies also apply to unionized employees at UNB, to the extent that the policy is not contradicted by the terms of a collective agreement. For specific questions, please contact People & Culture. Search individual policies from the University Policy Repository.