Fonds MS-9-20 - Dalhousie Staff Association fonds

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Dalhousie Staff Association fonds

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  • 1971-1990 (Creation)
    Dalhousie Staff Association

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10 cm of textual and graphic records (15 folders)

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(1971-July 1, 1992)

Administrative history

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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Records were donated to the Dalhousie University Archives in 1978 and 1981.

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Fonds contains Dalhousie Staff Association newsletters from 1974-1980, collective agreements from 1975-1990, general notices from 1979-1980, meeting and member recruitment posters from various years, a pamphlet about the Dalhousie Staff Association, and a copy of the 1976 constitution.

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  • English

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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