Chapter 5 : Parties' rights and obligations


The Employer shall possess all of the rights and privileges needed to effectively administer and direct its activities in accordance with its rights and obligations, subject to the provisions of the collective agreement and the applicable legislation.

The Union shall inform the University in writing of the names of its duly authorized representatives and of their positions within the Union.

The University and the Union shall provide each other with a list of the persons who will represent them on the various committees referred to in the collective agreement within thirty (30) days following the signing of this collective agreement and, subsequently, whenever a change of representative takes place.

Every postdoctoral fellow shall perform her or his duties under the authority of a researcher in charge. Postdoctoral fellows shall be subject to the regulations and policies of the University and benefit from all recourses provided therein. These policies and rules may not contravene this collective agreement.

Postdoctoral fellows recognize their duties of loyalty and confidentiality, within the meaning of the Civil Code of Québec. Postdoctoral fellows, the Union, the researchers in charge and the Employer recognize, in their practices, their duties of civic commitment and civility.


The Employer and the Union undertake not to engage in, either directly or indirectly, threats, pressure, coercion, discrimination or unfair distinction against any postdoctoral fellow on the basis of race, colour, sex, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, age (except insofar as provided by law), religion, political beliefs, language, ethnic or national origin, social status, disability or use of an accommodation to address a disability or with regard to the exercising of a right provided for in this collective agreement or by law.


Civil liability

The Employer undertakes to stand up for any postdoctoral fellow who incurs liability by virtue of the normal performance of her or his duties, in the context of the regulations, standards and procedures in effect at the University, and it agrees not to exercise any claims against a postdoctoral fellow in that regard, except in the case of gross negligence on the part of the employee, the burden of proof resting with the Employer.