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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.

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

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.* 

 

 

University, CUPE and USW, Local 2010 exchange proposals

The university and the employee group represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1302 are meeting today with the assistance of a government appointed Conciliation Officer. Conciliation bargaining dates have been confirmed for April 1 for CUPE Local 254 and  April 7 for CUPE Local 229.

Conciliation dates for USW, Local 2010 have been confirmed for April 9 and April 10.

All parties are working on scheduling additional bargaining dates.

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.

Conciliation dates set for CUPE negotiations

Conciliation dates have been finalized between the university and Queen’s employee groups represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in their negotiations toward a new collective agreement.

Conciliation talks will occur:

  • March 31 between the university and CUPE 1302.
  • April 1 between the university and CUPE 254.
  • April 7 between the university and CUPE 229.

During conciliation, which is a common occurrence during collective bargaining, a provincially appointed conciliation officer will assist the university and the various employee groups as they work through the outstanding issues.