Graduate Student Assistantship Collective Agreement (effective as of September 1, 2016)

The GSA is established by the province's Post-Secondary Learning Act (PSLA).  One of the GSA’s key responsibilities under Section 96(1) of the PSLA is to act with “exclusive authority” in representing graduate students in negotiating a Collective Agreement.

The GSA, through the GSA Negotiating Committee, bargains with Board of Governors' representatives, primarily the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), to negotiate out changes to salaries, benefits, and working conditions for graduate student assistantships (such as Graduate Teaching Assistants, Graduate Research Assistants, and Graduate Research Assistant Fellowships).


The Government of Alberta recently unveiled proposed legislation, Bill 7, that introduces changes to the Labour Relations Code and the PSLA that will affect Graduate Assistants at the University of Alberta. You can learn more about Bill 7 here: and

The GSA will remain engaged on this important issue, especially so in advance of the expiration of the current Assistantship Collective Agreement and the opening of negotiations for the next agreement.

If you have any questions, you are encouraged to contact the GSA Vice-President Labour, Sasha van der Klein, at    

Who is covered under the Graduate Student Assistantship Collective Agreement (CA)?

  1. All graduate students holding assistantships:
    • Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA) (including Principal Instructors)
    • Graduate Research Assistants (GRA)
    • Graduate Research Assistant Fellowships (GRAF)
  2. Academically-Related Employment other than Assistantships (ARE):
    • Casual Academically-Related Employment

Note: Students who are funded through scholarships are NOT covered under the CA.

The Office of the Provost, working with the GSA, has prepared an information sheet on the CA between the GSA and the U of A.

This Information Sheet highlights many of the terms and conditions as well as your rights and benefits under the CA if you have been appointed as to an assistantship. It also outlines some Student Pay information.

Information Sheet on the Graduate Student Assistantship Collective Agreement 2016-2018 - Effective September 1, 2016

Graduate Student Assistantship Collective Agreement and Bargaining Process Overview 2016-2018

To read the CA, please follow the link below:

The CA is also available on the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research website (FGSR).

Are you covered under the CA and have questions or concerns?

You can e-mail the GSA Vice-President Labour: with a copy to the GSA Director of Operations / Labour Professional:


For problems outside the CA, the GSA has advocated for a full-time Graduate Student Ombudsperson. You can also contact FGSR.

For additional information about the Student Ombudservice you can visit their website at:

Graduate Ombudsperson

Tel: 780-492-4689

Visit the GSA Archive for past CAs.