As a unionized worker, you are part of a network connecting the postdocs of your university to over three million Canadian workers. Your anchor points in the network are your bargaining unit and your local union. Through them, you are connected to Quebec and Canadian organizations grouping together hundreds to thousands of local unions.


Your bargaining unit is composed of all the postdocs of your university.

Since there are several categories of workers in a single university, they are divided into separate groups along the lines of job similarities. Each group constitutes a bargaining unit in as much as it negotiates a collective agreement independently of other groups.


Your local union is the one that represents you directly in dealings with the university. It comprises several bargaining units, meaning it includes not only postdocs, but also other members of the university staff, such as research assistants.

Your university Your local union  
École polytechnique ASSEP Affiliated with PSAC
Université Laval SA2RE
Université de Sherbrooke SAREUS
Université de Montréal SÉRUM
McGill University AERUM-AMURE
UQAR SCFP 1575 Not affiliated with PSAC


The vast majority of local unions representing postdocs at Quebec universities are part of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), and belong to its Quebec wing, PSAC-Quebec.

PSAC-Quebec groups together all local PSAC unions located in Quebec, except those of the Outaouais area, which are part of PSAC-National Capital Region.

PSAC-Quebec has about 40,000 members, 20,000 of whom belong to the university network. It is affiliated with the Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ).


The Public Service Alliance of Canada is a national union with over 170,000 members divided among approximately 1,180 local unions from coast to coast. It is affiliated with the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC).

Despite its name, PSAC is not only composed of federal public servants. It also represents workers from other sectors, including a fair number of university workers.


The Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec is what we call a central labour body. It brings together many Quebec unions as well as the Quebec branches of several Canadian and even international unions. The FTQ has over 600,000 members. It is part of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC).


The Canadian Labour Congress is another central labour body, operating at the national level. It comprises the federations of labour from all provinces and territories, as well as dozens of other regional organizations. The CLC brings together three million unionized workers.