Dalhousie Staff Association

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Dalhousie Staff Association

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  • DSA

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Dates of existence

1971-July 1, 1992


The Dalhousie Staff Association (DSA) was formed in 1971 to unite clerical, technical and non-professional library employees at Dalhousie University in an effort to improve staff communications with the university administration. As a voluntary organization, it achieved several primary objectives: the establishment of a job evaluation program, standardized working hours and vacations, and a committee to air common concerns and complaints.

Despite pressure from the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) to organize the university’s non-academic employees, on 5 September 1974 university staff voted in favour of the DSA as their exclusive bargaining agent. The DSA applied for and received a voluntary recognition agreement from the university, which was signed on 23 January 1975. The first collective agreement between the DSA and the Board of Governors took effect on 9 May 1975.

In 1991 the DSA decided to merge with a larger union to gain the advantages of greater resources and a stronger bargaining position. Talks were initiated with the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU), and a merger agreement was signed in the spring of 1994, retroactive to 1 July 1992. In the interim, the DSA negotiated a final contract on its own, covering the period from 1993-1997.


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Dalhousie University. Board of Governors (1821 -)

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The Dalhousie Staff Association was the original union organization representing clerical, technical and non-professional library staff employed by the Dalhousie University Board of Governors.

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Manual of style: The Chicago Manual of Style. 17th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Descriptive standard: ISAAR (CPF) - International Standard Archival Authority Record For Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families, 2nd ed., Canberra: International Council on Archives, 2004.

Authorized form of name: Library of Congress Authorities.

Date and time format: ISO 8601-1:2019 - Date and time — Representations for information interchange — Part 1: Basic rules.

Country code format: ISO 3166-1:2013 - Codes for the representation of names of countries and their subdivisions -- Part 1: Country codes.

Institution identifier: ISO 15511:2011 - Information and documentation -- International standard identifier for libraries and related organizations (ISIL).

Institution identifier: Library and Archives Canada - Symbols and Interlibrary Loan Policies in Canada.

Language format: ISO 639-3:2007 - Codes for the representation of names of languages -- Part 3: Alpha-3 code for comprehensive coverage of languages.

Script format: ISO 15924:2004 - Information and documentation -- Codes for the representation of names of scripts.

Sources: The Chicago Manual of Style. 17th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.



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  • Latin


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  • EAC

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