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POSTDOC UNION: University of Western Ontario Postdocs Unionize

The Uconn Postdoc Unionization is reaching far beyond the US soil, last month the biggest PostDoc campus, University of California system faced the challenges of postdocs unionizing, the local labor board recognized postdocs can unionize, what a great success to PostDocs at the UC campuses. Here is another news from far away land, Canada, the western Ontario University postdocs unionized this week.

News:
Post-doc fellows at UWO unionize
Sat, October 4, 2008
By VIVIEN FELLEGI, SPECIAL TO SUN MEDIA

Fed up with what they say are poor working conditions, post-doctoral fellows at the University of Western Ontario have unionized.

About 250 post-doctoral fellows joined the Public Service Alliance of Canada when the Ontario Labour Relations Board certified their application on Sept. 30.

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