Queen’s academic assistants rally for first pay raise in 4 years

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

A group of Queen’s University academic assistants is putting the pressure on the school for their first pay raise in four years.

Members of the United Steel Workers held a rally on Union Street Tuesday to draw attention to the issue.

Academic assistants do much of the same work as teaching assistants, including maintaining labs and marking exams and essays.

The union says teaching assistants are still students and earn much more, despite the fact that academic assistants are graduates.

“The problem is, teaching assistants are earning $39.31 an hour for the work they do,” said USW Local 2010 Jane Russell Corbett.

“Academic assistants’ base wage that we’ve negotiated is $28.04 an hour. That’s an over $10 an hour gap.”

Negotiations between the academic assistants and Queen’s University are continuing.

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