Saskatchewan

SIAST instructors get new union

Academic staff at Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology have switched unions.

Academic staff at Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology have switched unions.

The SIAST Faculty Association has been certified as the employees' official bargaining agent, following a decision by the province's labour relations board, the union says.

SIAST instructors had previously been represented by the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees' Union, one of the biggest unions in the province.

Although SGEU had argued the faculty association wasn't a real union, the board ruled it was.

Staff voted on the proposed change and the board approved it.

"SIAST employees have placed their confidence and trust in a new idea and a new leadership group," the Faculty Association said in a letter to members. "This trust has not been taken lightly."

The employees' current collective agreement remains in place until a new contract is negotiated, the Faculty Association said.

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