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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Dates set for labour negotiations

Additional negotiation dates have been scheduled between the university and Queen’s employee groups represented by United Steelworkers (USW) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

Bargaining dates for USW 2010 are as follows:

• June 15
• June 16
• June 19

Conciliation talks between the university and CUPE 1302, 229 and 254 will occur on June 18.

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 applies for conciliation in QUFA negotiations

Queen’s has asked the provincial government to appoint a conciliation officer to assist it and the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA) in their negotiation of a collective agreement.

The appointment of a conciliation officer to assist parties in negotiating an agreement is a normal part of the collective bargaining process. A conciliator has already been appointed to assist the university and employee groups represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the United Steelworkers (USW), in their negotiation of collective agreements.

In conciliation, a provincially appointed conciliation officer confers with the parties as they work through outstanding issues. QUFA and the university have been meeting since January and dates are scheduled for continued talks in June and July.

“Bringing in a neutral third party can assist the parties in finding common ground,” says Dan Bradshaw, Associate Vice-Principal (Faculty Relations). “The university is committed to working with QUFA to secure an agreement.”

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

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University, bargaining units get update on University Pension Project

Representatives from the university and employee bargaining units recently met to receive an update on the University Pension Project (UPP) from Allan Shapira, one of the actuaries working on the province-wide pension initiative.

With many Ontario universities, including Queen’s, facing significant deficits in their pension plans, the UPP is currently examining the feasibility of a new multi-employer, jointly sponsored pension plan (JSPP) for the university sector in Ontario. It is being led by the Council of Ontario Universities and the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations, with the active participation of individual universities and bargaining units. The project has received funding from the Government of Ontario and a final report to the government is due in the fall.

Mr. Shapira, a senior partner at the actuarial firm Aon Hewitt, gave a presentation on the progress made so far by the UPP and the remaining work that needs to be done. He discussed the set of shared principles for a new JSPP, already agreed to by all parties in the project, and provided an overview of the pension regulatory environment in Ontario. He also spoke to the key issues the project’s participants still need to resolve.

At the meeting, the bargaining units presented the university with a pension cooperation agreement that they recently signed, which is directed at pursuing a coordinated and proactive approach to long-term pension sustainability.

Read more on the Queen’s Gazette online

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More conciliation dates set for CUPE negotiations

Additional conciliation dates have been scheduled between the university and Queen’s employee groups represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) towards a new collective agreement.

Conciliation talks between the university and CUPE groups will occur:

  • May 8 in the morning (CUPE 1302)
  • May 8 in the afternoon (CUPE 254)
  • May 13 (CUPE 229)
  • May 20 (all three CUPE employee groups)

Negotiations toward a new collective agreement between the university and the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA) commenced in January 2015 and are also ongoing.

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.

*Correction: An earlier version of this story listed conciliation dates for United Steelworkers (USW) Local 2010. While USW has filed a request for appointment of a conciliation officer, and Greg Long has been appointed as conciliation officer by the Ministry of Labour to confer with the parties and to endeavour to effect a collective agreement between them, no conciliation meetings have been held to date.* 

 

 

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