Trent University support workers represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union are joining the University Pension Plan.

Under a new three-year collective agreement, the 460 employees — including administrative support staff, caretakers, secretaries, systems analysts and teaching assistants — will transition from the university’s defined benefit pension plan to the UPP in January 2025. Trent faculty members joined the UPP in January 2022.

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“I’d like to congratulate both bargaining teams for their work on reaching this agreement,” said Leo Groarke, the university’s president and vice-chancellor, in a press release. “The move to a jointly-sponsored pension plan . . . provides a secure, sustainable pension for staff and ensuring the financial sustainability of Trent University moving forward.”

Trent is the fourth institution to join the UPP. Queen’s University, the University of Guelph and the University of Toronto joined in 2021.

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