CALL TO GA for ratifying the NEW pay-grades!

Dear TAs and RAs, 
After 12 months of intensive negotiations over pay-grades, we are there now to present the results to our members and we are proud to say that the results meet the goals:

- No disparity 
- No Cut 
- Raise

In pay-grades.

Now it's your turn to come to the GA and settle the great result of our bargaining team's hard work.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY to ratify the new pay-grades plus a big party after the GA. What a great start for the new year, more money and party!!! Join us on September 14th, finish the job and

receive the tickets to the after GA party.

Time: September 14, 2016 at 5pm.

Location: Henry F. Hall Building, 1455 De Maisonneuve W., H-767

In Solidarity, 
TRAC Executive and bargaining team

Great support from TRAC members in the General Assembly!

May we take this opportunity to say thank you to all those TRAC members who participated in the General assembly held on April 12. We really appriciate your active and vast participation. It was pretty great to see more than a hundred members coming and staying to the end, although it took more than four and half hours.

We would like to thank all those members who used their voting right. We also sincerely thank each of the candidates for their initiative in standing for the election, and special thanks to all those active members who helped the union in planning and organizing the GA. It would be impossible without them!

Election Results:

All the current executive committee members were re-elected for the year 2016-17:

President – Nader Jafari Nodoushan 
Vice-President – Meysam Salari 
Secretary-Treasurer – Parmida Atighechian 
Grievance Officer – Gounash Pirniya 
Communications and Mobilization Officer – Mandana Rezaee 
Bargaining Officer – Mohammad Langari 
Invigilators' Grievance Officer – Mario Iorio

We are proud to have served as your executive committee and appreciate your votes of confidence. We know that having your strong support will be of great comfort to us and will motivate us to continue to serve as your voice, but seven of us can't do it alone!

We would like to encourage more of you to get involved. A union such as TRAC is only as vibrant as its members make it. Please come and support your union more actively over the coming year. 
We very much look forward to seeing you in different events and working with you.

To see the GA minutes  please click here



General Assembly

TRAC is calling all members to come together for the first General Assembly of 2016.

When: Tuesday, April 12th at 5:00 pm 
Where: Hall Building, 7th floor, H-763

To view GA agenda click here.

TRAC 2016-17 Executive Nomination

Be a part of TRAC's Future. Run for an Executive Position.

All complete nominations must be submitted to by Tuesday April 5th at 5:00 pm. No nominations shall be accepted after this time.

There are seven open positions on the TRAC 2016-17 Executive Team: 
1. President 
2. Vice-President 
3. Secretary-Treasurer 
4. Representation and Grievance Officer 
5. Communication and Mobilization Officer 
6. Bargaining Officer 
7. Invigilators' Grievance Officer

To see a list of their responsibilities please click here
This team will take office on June 1, 2016 and will fulfil their duties until May 31, 2017.

To know about the nomination procedure and read the full article click here.


Our bargaining team met with Concordia University March 22nd, 2016
to continue negotiations for our first collective agreement for exam invigilators.

We are happy to say we have reached agreement on a number of articles,
including recognition of the important role played by invigilators at the university
and a clear process for resolving grievances and to arbitration in a timely manner.

We spent considerable time discussing abuse of authority and disciplinary
. These remain significant issues for invigilators and we continue to
call for processes that ensure the University is acting fairly.

We are still seeking adequate and accessible Union office space and access
to bulletin boards to be able to share important information with invigilators.

We will be back at the bargaining table April 28th. We will continue to advocate
for better working conditions for invigilators. We would love to hear from you!

We will update you as things progress. If you have any questions or comments,
speak with a member of our bargaining team.

Our Bargaining Team:
Sonia Afrin, Eileen Chan, Mario Iorio, Yoana Turnin, Erin Sirett, and PSAC Negotiator
We can be reached at or 613-324-5634.

To access .pdf document click here.

Three-day Bargaining Update Meetings

It is time for action now!

Click here to view a short video!

You are invited to attend one of the "Three-day Bargaining Update Meetings" 
hosted by your union, TRAC. 

The purpose of the meetings is to provide an update of the negotiations between
TRAC and Concordia regarding the pay-grades. What Concordia is offering now is
unfair and against “SAME JOB, SAME PAY-RATE”. 

Concordia is insisting on offering disrespectful proposals which contain cuts
or disparity, considering that the pay-grades of TAs and RAs have expired in

In response to their disrespectful proposals after a lot of flexibility shown from
TRAC's side, TRAC stopped the negotiations and started to seek for more
serious actions!!

When and Where?

March 15, 2016..........2:30 - 3:30 pm..........Hall Building, Room 621 
March 21, 2016..........2:30 - 3:30 pm..........MB Building, 3.225 
March 23, 2016..........2:30 - 3:30 pm..........Loyola campus, CG 1.121

Let's stand in solidarity!!!

Read more here.

Invigilators progress in negotiations with Concordia

Our bargaining team met with the university February 23rd, 2016 to

continue negotiations for our first collective agreement for exam invigilators.

Some progress was made. We achieved strong protections against sexual

harassment. We continued to push for adequate and accessible Union office

space and for access to bulletin boards to be able to share important

information with invigilators. read more

Invigilators begin Negotiations with Concordia

November 2015


Invigilators begin Negotiations with Concordia


In June our Bargaining Team was elected and since then we have worked hard to prepare the proposals for our first collective agreement for Invigilators.


On November 5th our Bargaining Team met with the University for the first time to exchange these proposals. The Team presented our demands on issues critical to our members, including job postings and hiring, hours of work, and working conditions. We also discussed disciplinary measures as well as the grievance procedure.


Additional negotiations dates set for the New Year


We have agreed to resume bargaining January 28th and 29th. We indicated to the University that our team will be prepared for its response on our proposals.     


We will update you as things progress. If you have any questions speak with a member of our Bargaining Team. They can be reached at, 514-848-2424 ext. 2917 or 613-324-5634.


Invigilators at Concordia

United for a Fair Contract



Our Bargaining Team:


Sonia Afrin

Eileen Chan

Mario Iorio

Yoana Turnin

Erin Sirett, PSAC Negotiator

French Version:

novembre 2015


Surveillants d’examen et Concordia : début des négos


Depuis l’élection de notre équipe en juin, nous préparons les revendications en vue de la négociation de la première convention collective des surveillants d’examen.


Le 5 novembre, nous avons rencontré l’employeur pour une première fois afin de lui soumettre nos propositions. Elles visent des enjeux essentiels pour nos membres, y compris l’affichage des postes et l’embauche, les heures de travail et les conditions de travail. Nous avons également abordé les mesures disciplinaires et la procédure de règlement des griefs.


Dates fixées pour la nouvelle année


Les pourparlers reprendront les 28 et 29 janvier. Nous avons avisé l’employeur que nous serons prêts à l’entendre sur nos revendications.


Nous vous tiendrons au courant de la situation. Si vous avez des questions, n’hésitez pas à communiquer avec un membre de votre équipe de négociation :; 514-848-2424, poste 2917, ou au 613-324-5634.


Surveillants d’examen à Concordia

Solidaires pour une convention équitable


Notre équipe de négociation :


Sonia Afrin

Eileen Chan

Mario Iorio

Yoana Turnin

Erin Sirett, négociatrice, AFPC






Unacceptable Cuts??!! (Up to 30%)

TAs and RAs,


TRAC has canceled the next bargaining meeting with Concordia because the employer seem not to be seriously negotiating.

The other reasons to make this important decision are as follows:

1. Up to 30% cut to be expected by Concordia’s new proposal and inflicted on a substantial part of our members.

2. For the last 4 months, since Concordia has reached out to our president, Nader Jafari Nodoushan, and requested to go back to the negotiation table they have done nothing to prove their willingness to reach an agreement and have simply been offering the same proposal in different manners.

3. Concordia is not willing to accept the cost of what they agreed on a year and half ago.

4. TAs and RAs are the core of carrying out the academic plan and the very group Concordia is not caring for at all. Concordia officially claims that “We’ve also continued to increase graduate student support”, “Promote program quality” and “Build support for student success” which is clearly in conflict with their negotiation strategies.

5. Our request for Concordia to increase the pay grades is just a drop in the ocean and nothing compared to Concordia's budget.


In solidarity,

TRAC Bargaining Committee