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Labour relations

The University of New Brunswick negotiates collective agreements with four unions – AUNBT, Unifor, CUPE and PSAC – that represent employees in eight separate groups. As an employer, the university is committed to achieving agreements that are fair, reasonable and that will strengthen our university for the benefit of students.

UNB collective bargaining philosophy

UNB will approach collective bargaining with the objective of furthering the achievement of its strategic plan while reflecting UNB stated values. Our bargaining positions will be designed to develop or maintain a working environment that is both supportive and positive for our employees, creates exceptional student experiences, and is fiscally sound and responsible in order to build a better university and a better province.

UNB will establish appropriate collective bargaining teams that have clear mandates and that will bargain in good faith. It is expected that the bargaining teams will approach their activities using an evidence-based approach, being respectful to employees and their respective bargaining teams.

The university will focus on the working environment, long-term sustainability and reflect the economic climate and fiscal realities in collective bargaining.

Contact labournews@unb.ca for more information.

Employee 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 in that relationship.

The non-union Administrative, Professional and Technical (APT) group includes support staff employees on both campuses performing work in the following categories - administrative, technical, computing, engineering, accounting, supervisory and managerial. There are approximately 430 employees under the APT group, 370 on the Fredericton campus and 60 on the Saint John campus.

A revised version of the APT Personnel Policies is currently being developed. Search individual policies from the University Policy Repository.


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.

For questions regarding academic employees, contact:


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)

UNB – UGSW Collective Agreement Announcement 2021-2022

The University and the Graduate Student Union have come to an agreement to roll over their CA for one year with the same percentage increase as the last increase.

Effective May 1, 2021 for 1 year to April 30, 2022, the increases are:

  • New rate for Masters: $26.70
  • New rate for PhD: $27.88

Retroactive pay will be paid on the pay of August 6, 2021 with retro up to and including that pay.

The GSRA/GSTA form on the People & Culture SharePoint site has been updated with the new rates.

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

For matters pertaining to the PSAC-UGSW Collective Agreement contact:

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
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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.

UNB Post-Doctoral Fellow Collective Agreement Announcement 2021-2022

The University and the Post-doctoral Fellow Bargaining Group have come to an agreement to roll over their CA for one year with the same percentage increase as the last increase.

Effective May 1, 2021 for 1 year to April 30, 2022, the minimum total annual salary from all combined funding sources for all Post-doctoral Fellows shall be $36,576. The salary of each Post-doctoral Fellow receiving more than the minimum annual salary on May 1, 2021 shall increase by 1.6%.

Retroactive pay will be paid on the pay of August 6, 2021 with retro up to and including that pay. Please use the above rates going forward.