Queen’s and PSAC ratify agreement

Queen’s University, and the Public Service Alliance of Canada and its Local 901 (Unit 2) (“PSAC”) representing graduate students employed by the University as Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Teaching Fellows (TFs), have successfully ratified a tentative agreement to renew their collective agreement.

The renewed collective agreement has a four-year term and will be in effect until April 30, 2021. Highlights include:

  • A new article has been added providing bargaining unit employees with payment of 3% of wage/stipends in lieu of benefits. A provision that required an annual benefits contribution by the employer to PSAC of $120,000 has been deleted. The revised rates that follow below are inclusive of the new 3% in lieu of benefits provision, and the existing 4% in lieu of vacation
  • An initial wage/stipend rate increase of 1% effective May 1, 2017, resulting in a Teaching Assistant per hour rate of $40.86, and Teaching Fellow stipend (per regular half course) of $8,110. Wage/stipend rate increases effective May 1, 2017 will result in a retroactive payment for bargaining unit employees employed on or after September 30, 2017
  • Wage/stipend rate increases of 1.25%, effective May 1, 2018, resulting in a Teaching Assistant per hour rate of $41.37, and Teaching Fellow stipend of $8,211
  • Wage/stipend rate increase of 1.5% effective May 1, 2019, resulting in a Teaching Assistant rate of $41.99 and Teaching Fellow stipend of $8,335
  • Wage and stipend rate increase of 1.75% effective May 1, 2020, resulting in a Teaching Assistant per hour rate of $42.73, and Teaching Fellow stipend of $8,480

Negotiations began in June 2017 and concluded in mid-December 2017 with the assistance of a Ministry of Labour-appointed conciliator.

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

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University and PSAC reach tentative collective agreement

The university and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (“PSAC”), and its Local 901, reached a tentative agreement to renew their collective agreement on December 20, 2017. The agreement is subject to ratification by the bargaining unit and the university.
PSAC 901(Unit 1) represents approximately 1800 graduate students employed by the university as Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows. The parties’ negotiating teams have been actively engaged in negotiations to renew the collective agreement since June 2017.
Details of the tentative agreement will remain confidential until both parties ratify the agreement.

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ONA Nurses Ratify Agreement

Queen’s University and the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) Local 67, representing nurses at the Queen’s Family Health Team ratified their tentative agreement late last week.
The new one-year agreement will expire on March 31, 2018.
Highlights include:
• An increase of 1.25 per cent, effective April 1, 2017
• An increase to the student supervisory premium
Negotiations between Queen’s and ONA Local 67 began on October 23, 2017. Bargaining took place over one full-day session. There was also one full-day bargaining session conducted with the assistance of a provincially appointed conciliator.
The university values the contributions of its many employees and is pleased the parties were able to reach a ratified agreement through the collective bargaining process.

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University and ONA Local 67 reach tentative collective agreement

The university and the Ontario Nurses Association (ONA), Local 67, reached a tentative collective agreement on November 13, 2017. The agreement is subject to ratification by both the university and the bargaining unit.

ONA Local 67 represents approximately eight nurses employed at the Queen’s Family Health Team. The university and the bargaining unit have been actively engaged in negotiations to renew their collective agreement since October 2017.

Details of the tentative agreement will remain confidential until both parties ratify the agreement.

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University, ONA exchange collective bargaining proposals

The university and the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) Local 67, who represent approximately eight nurses employed at the Queen’s Family Health Team, met on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 to exchange collective bargaining proposals.

The next scheduled meeting is tentatively set for Monday, Nov. 13, 2017.

The university is focused on reaching a negotiated agreement with ONA that both balances the university’s need to preserve its core academic mission and respects the limitations dictated by current financial realities.

The university values the contributions of its many employees across all unionized groups and is fully committed to the collective bargaining process.

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