The negotiations between the University and the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA) are now one step closer to reaching a conclusion with a majority of QUFA members voting to accept the contract offer.
In unionized workplaces, during contract negotiations, collective bargaining committees can reach a tentative agreement on a new contract but that tentative agreement is almost always subject to ratification by the “principals” of both committees. The university’s principals are the members of the Board of Trustees or of a designated sub-committee of the Board. The union’s principals are the members of the bargaining unit. It is up to the bargaining unit members to accept or reject the tentative agreement. A majority vote in favour is necessary to approve – or “ratify” – the tentative agreement.
The Queen’s Board of Trustees and employees in all three Queen’s locals of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) have ratified new collective agreements. The bargaining committees reached tentative deals on August 6 but they required the approval of both the Board and the employees in each bargaining unit.