Most individuals employed as Postdoctoral Fellows at McMaster are members of CUPE Local 3906, Unit 3. Unionized post-docs are those “whose salary is paid, in whole or in part, via McMaster payroll.” This means that those post-docs whose ‘salary’ is paid directly through a granting agency, and not through payroll, tend not to be unionized post-docs, unless their appointment includes teaching courses at McMaster. Please see articles 2 and 3 of the Collective Agreement.
Unionized post-docs receive considerable benefits under their collective agreement.
Postdoctoral Fellows are considered FULL TIME employees of the university (working 35 hrs. per week, consistent with the university’s definition of full-time work).