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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.

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.

PSAC applies for conciliation in negotiation of collective agreement

The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) informed the university on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, that they have asked the provincial government to appoint a conciliation officer to assist the parties in the ongoing collective agreement negotiations. The collective agreement covers approximately 1,800 graduate students that Queen’s employs on a part-time basis as Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows.

The appointment of a conciliation officer to assist parties in negotiating an agreement is a normal feature of the collective bargaining process. In conciliation, a provincially appointed conciliation officer confers with the parties as they work through outstanding issues. PSAC and the university have been meeting since June of this year.

“Bringing in a neutral third party may help the parties to find common ground,” says Dan McKeown, Associate Vice-Principal (Faculty Relations). “The university is committed to working with PSAC to conclude a renewal agreement.”

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

Update on new graduate research assistant bargaining unit

The Ontario Labour Relations Board issued a certification order on Feb. 16, 2017, certifying Public Service Alliance of Canada’s application to represent a bargaining unit of certain graduate students employed as research assistants at Queen’s.

In the course of the proceeding, the Ontario Labour Relations Board did not determine which individuals will be considered bargaining unit members. The parties continue to disagree with respect to which graduate students will be covered. The university anticipates that very few will satisfy the test for status as an “employee,” a legal prerequisite under Ontario’s labour law for inclusion in a bargaining unit.

Queen’s, post-doctoral fellow reach tentative agreement

Queen’s University and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), and its Local 901 (Unit 2), reached a tentative agreement on Feb. 13. The agreement is subject to ratification by both the university and the bargaining unit.

PSAC represents approximately 170 post-doctoral fellows employed at Queen’s. The university and the bargaining unit have been actively engaged in negotiations to renew their collective agreement since May 2016.

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