The new Agreement between the University and the PSA has not been posted.
Details of the Agreement will be shared at the ratification meeting, notice of this meeting will be coming soon!
I am pleased to announce that the PSA and the University have agreed to a tentative settlement that, once ratified, will cover the period May 1, 2017 to April 30, 2020.
A ratification meeting will be arranged as soon as reasonably practical.
A reminder that only PSA members in good standing are entitled to vote on the agreement and access documents in the members only section of the PSA website.
The negotiating team is unanimous in their endorsement of this agreement and I would like to thank Shelley Gallina, Co-op and Career Services, Brennan Reniers, Student Housing Services, and Kirk Sprague, Library for their tireless work, passion and contributions on the part of all P&M staff. It was a pleasure to work so closely with these folks and I am indebted to them for the commitment they made.
I would also like to recognize the rest of the Employment Terms and Conditions Committee, which, in addition to the negotiating committee included: Kim Thorne, SEDRD , Sarah Bruce, PSA Administrative Assistant, Heidi Huisman, Dean's Office CBE, Tina Goebel, Dean's Office, COA. This committee worked diligently over the past year on your behalf to prepare for negotiations and this preparation was instrumental in formulating our positions and informing the University of our concerns.
The University was represented by Chris Nutt, Director, Staff Relations, Martha Harley, AVP (HR), Michelle Fach, Director, Open Learning and Ed Townsley, Executive Director, Hospitality Services. I think it is important to acknowledge that, without their hard work and open mindedness, we would not have been as successful as we have been. This team was patient with us as we conveyed the thoughts, concerns, and opinions of our membership and gave us the opportunity to express our many diverse views. We appreciate their co-operation in coming to an agreement that we feel is beneficial to all P&M staff and fair to the University.

You can view the joint statement on the University's website at


Kelly Bertrand, B.Comm, CPA, CGA
Director, Organizational Services, Library
Chair, Professional Staff Association (2017-2019)
ETC Committee Chair

“ROCK OF AGES” October 12, 2017, 7:30 pm Dunfield Theatre, Cambridge

Fans of '80s arena hard rock music will dig this awesomely hilarious musical comedy that wails with big chords, big hair ... and an even bigger heart.

It's 1987, and aspiring rocker Drew Boley meets and falls madly in love with Sherrie, a fresh-faced Midwesterner who has recently moved to Los Angeles to chase her movie star dreams. Will their stars rise? Will their love last? Find out in the worldwide phenomenon featuring 28 classic rock tunes like "Don't Stop Believin'," "We Built This City," "The Final Countdown," "Wanted Dead or Alive," "Here I Go Again," "Harden My Heart," "Can't Fight this Feeling," and "I Want To Know What Love Is."

A PSA Member Appreciation Event – you buy the tickets and the PSA supplies the festivities. The PSA has secured the event space and entire balcony for PSA members. Join your co-workers for cocktail hour before the show and dessert at intermission. Please let the PSA Office know when you purchase tickets so we can add you to the catering list.
  • Balcony seating
  • PSA providing; one host drink ticket & appetizers before the show, coffee and dessert at intermission.  Cash bar also available.
  • Tickets $37.00 + HST, if bought online additional 2.50 fee
  • No charge for bookings by phone, Box Office 519-621-8000
  • Book your own tickets using promo-code (see PSA event emails or contact PSA office)
  • Book early for best seats
  • 2 ticket limit (PSA member + guest)
  • Recommended 14+ content

 More info at: or contact the PSA  ext. 56994.

PDR is an item that the PSA negotiates with the University for all P&M Employees.  The PSA-University Compact expired on April 30, 2017, therefore there is no current information for 2017 PDR.  Negotiations are scheduled to begin in mid-August.  Although retroactive arrangements have been made for PDR in prior negotiation years, the PSA advises not to plan any PDR eligible expenses that cannot be covered by other means until the details of the new Compact are known.

A meeting for all P&M will be held following negotiations to present the new Compact for ratification. Only PSA members will be eligible to vote at the ratification meeting. 

The Day of Mourning offers us the opportunity to stand together with the country's workers to remember those who have lost their lies or been injured on the job, and to reflect on what needs to be done to prevent further workplace deaths and injuries.

Please see Joint Proclomation signed by all Univeristy of Guelph employee Groups



The PSA has partnered with Hospice Waterloo Region & Hospice Wellington to present information to PSA members on Advance Care Planning covering topics and issues such as:

  • Making health care and financial decisions for parents, spouses or others
  • Who will make health care and financial decisions for you when you are not able
  • Advance Care Planning, Power of Attorney for Personal Care, Substitute Decision Making

List of resource links:

Link to Advance Care Planning Waterloo Wellington:

Government of Ontario, information on Powers of Attorney and Living Wills:

Government of Ontario, information on making substitute health care decisions:

The PSA Annual General Meeting is Thursday June 8th.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in OVC LLC room 1714

All Professional & Managerial employees are invited to attend and stay for the lunch social.
Bring your "I am reusable" card, green containers will be on hand for members of this program.

Standing Committee Reports and AGM Agenda

The Advance Care Planning sesson that was scheduled for February 15, in Peter Clark Hall 5:00 - 6:30 pm has been cancelled.
 Due to factors beyond our control this session is being re-scheduled for later in the semester.  The PSA apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

Mental Health in the Workplace

The conversation continues…due to feedback from last year’s 3 part series for managers and supervisors, Continuing the Conversation on Mental Health for Leaders, the PSA has arranged a 3 hour workshop to review, role-play, discuss and ask questions about the topics that were previously presented.

Open to all PSA members on a limited space basis.

9:00 am – 12:00 pm February 2, UC 441

Presented by:  Homewood Health & the PSA Problem Resolution Committee.

Register at:

The PSA Employment Terms & Conditions (ETC) Committee has been hard at work this fall with preparations for negotiations with the University. The current Compact with the University will expire April 30th, 2017 and a large amount of work needs to be completed before we begin negotiations with Staff Relations.

On Tuesday, January 17th, the PSA will launch a negotiations preparation survey to gather input from PSA members on terms and conditions of employment. This survey will be open for two weeks and it is our hope that as many members as possible complete this survey.

The ETC Committee plans to host focus groups in March of 2017 to delve into complex or key issues in more detail. A call for participants will be send out in late February 2017.

Both the survey and the focus groups are only open to PSA members, as such, we are encouraging all P&M staff who are not members to consider joining now. As an incentive, all P&M staff that sign up to become members of the PSA between now and January 9th, 2017, will have their name entered into a draw for a $50 Hospitality Services gift card.

To become a member, contact the PSA Office at or click "Become a Member" on the homepage of this website.

Become a member today and have a say in setting priorities for the next round of bargaining!


On behalf of the PSA Executive and the ETC Committee, thank you for your support.

Kelly Bertrand

PSA Vice-Chair (2016/2017)

Chair ETC Committee


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