More than 1,100 University of Saskatchewan science staff have joined the Public Service Alliance of Canada and will now benefit from improved working conditions and free collective bargaining. “In my last job, the union was very active in drawing people`s attention to their rights as workers and showing the employer that some of their expectations were inadequate.” “It is inspiring to see workers mobilizing, organizing and demanding respect, even as this federal government works to deprive workers and unions in this country of their rights.” Once created, the new premises hope to be associated with the local executive or the negotiating team to negotiate a first contract. She knows from experience the importance of a union to workers. The reorganized bargaining unit will join 22,000 PSAC members in 51 other bargaining units at 24 different Canadian universities. For Marianne Hladun, Regional Executive Vice-President of the PSAC Prairie region, the success of this new unit is proof that unions are stronger than ever, despite relentless attacks from the federal government. Desveaux stated that students overwhelmingly supported the union and expressed many concerns, including unpaid overtime, low or stagnant wages, on-campus discrimination, fear of impact and lack of training The bargaining unit was certified on April 23, 2015 by the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board and includes all registered graduates working at the U of S , including teachers. , fellows, student assistants and scientific assistants. Academic workers voted 96% to join the PSAC. This new bargaining unit joins a handful of others already working on the U of S campus, including the University of Saskatchewan Faculty Association, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, the Saskatchewan Professional Association of Internal Residents and Residents, and the Association of Administrative and Supervising Employees. “I spoke to friends who work at Carleton University, and their jaws dropped when I mentioned that we were not unionized and what our salary was.” Michelle Desveaux, a teaching assistant and union organizer for the first time, immediately understood the need for a union on campus. After working as a teaching assistant in a unionized environment, she noticed that U of S university workers did not know where to go with their problems, received lower salaries and did not receive the right training.