Category Archives: PSAC

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.

PSAC conciliation update

Queen’s University and Public Service Alliance of Canada, Local 901, met in conciliation on Wednesday, Oct. 5 in their continuing effort to negotiate a renewal of their collective agreement covering approximately 170 post-doctoral fellows.

The university tabled a salary proposal that would ensure post-doctoral fellows at Queen’s continue to be among the best compensated post-doctoral fellows under Canadian collective agreements, and would establish a childcare benefit proposal that is comparable to that enjoyed by other employee groups at Queen’s. The university also tabled a proposal that would establish a professional development fund for post-doctoral fellows.

In addition, the university has proposed an arrangement that will provide post-doctoral fellows and their family members with direct access to a family physician in Kingston.

The university values the contributions of its many employees and remains committed to a fair and respectful 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.