University, QUFA ratify revised collective agreement

The tentative collective agreement between the university and the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA) is now official following the successful conclusion of QUFA’s ratification vote earlier today. The human resources committee of the Queen’s Board of Trustees voted to ratify the agreement earlier this week.

“I want to thank members of both the QUFA and university negotiating teams for their hard work in reaching this new agreement,” says Queen’s Principal Daniel Woolf. “This is a positive outcome as we enter the new academic term, allowing us to preserve the quality of our academic mission within the limits of our current financial reality.”

The new four-year agreement will expire on April 30, 2019. Highlights include:

• Across-the-board, annual salary increases of 1 per cent, 1.25 per cent, 1.5 per cent and 1.75 per cent.

• A memorandum of agreement that reaffirms the parties’ shared  commitment to the university pension project and sets out the process for engaging in that project.

Negotiations between QUFA and the university began in January of this year. Bargaining took place over 37 dates, five of which were conducted with the assistance of a provincially appointed conciliator.

QUFA represents approximately 1,350 university faculty, librarians and archivists.

 

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Queen’s and QUFA, USW reach tentative agreements pending pension discussion

Early on July 29, the university and the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA) reached a tentative collective agreement. On July 30, a tentative agreement was reached between Queen’s and United Steelworkers (USW) Local 2010.

Both agreements are subject to reaching a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the parties on a process for dealing with matters pertaining to pension, and to the ratification of the tentative collective agreements by both the university and the employee groups.

“The university is very pleased with this significant step towards new collective agreements with both QUFA and USW,” says Michael Fraser, Vice-Principal, University Relations. “We look forward to reaching a memorandum of agreement regarding the pension process in the near future.”

The university anticipates matters related to the University Pension Project will be addressed at an Aug. 13 meeting with university employee groups.

Details of the tentative agreements will remain confidential until the agreements are ratified by both parties.

Additional negotiations between the university and all three CUPE locals are scheduled for Aug. 5 and 6.

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University, USW conciliation continues

The university and the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 2010 continued productive negotiations with the assistance of the appointed conciliator, Greg Long, on July 13 and July 14.  The parties have agreed to meet again with Mr. Long on July 29.

The university values the contributions of its many employees and remains committed to the collective bargaining process.

The university is focused on reaching negotiated agreements with all employee groups that both balance the university’s need to preserve its core academic mission and respect the limitations dictated by current financial realities.

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Dates set for QUFA conciliation

Conciliation dates have been scheduled between the university and the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA).

The dates are as follows:

  • July 15, 16 and 17
  • July 27 and 28

Meetings between the university and QUFA are also  scheduled for July 21, 22 and 24, though the conciliator is not available to attend those meetings.

The university is focused on reaching negotiated agreements with all employee groups that both balance the university’s need to preserve its core academic mission and respect the limitations dictated by current financial realities.

The university values the contributions of its many employees and remains committed to the collective bargaining process.

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University, USW agree to meet with conciliator

The university and the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 2010 have both requested that a conciliator, appointed by the Ministry of Labour, join the parties to confer with them and endeavour to reach a collective agreement.

Greg Long was appointed by the Ministry of Labour on Oct. 22, 2014 following the USW’s filing of a Request for Appointment of Conciliation Officer on Oct. 10, 2014; however, the two parties have not requested Mr. Long join their negotiations up until this point. No dates for conciliation have been set. Once they are finalized, the dates will be posted on the Queen’s Labour News blog.

The appointment of a conciliation officer to assist parties in negotiating an agreement is a normal part of the collective bargaining process. The university values the contributions of its many employees and remains committed to the collective bargaining process.

The university is focused on reaching negotiated agreements with all employee groups that both balance the university’s need to preserve its core academic mission and respect the limitations dictated by current financial realities.

 

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