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Queen’s and QUFA, USW reach tentative agreements pending pension discussion

Early on July 29, the university and the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA) reached a tentative collective agreement. On July 30, a tentative agreement was reached between Queen’s and United Steelworkers (USW) Local 2010.

Both agreements are subject to reaching a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the parties on a process for dealing with matters pertaining to pension, and to the ratification of the tentative collective agreements by both the university and the employee groups.

“The university is very pleased with this significant step towards new collective agreements with both QUFA and USW,” says Michael Fraser, Vice-Principal, University Relations. “We look forward to reaching a memorandum of agreement regarding the pension process in the near future.”

The university anticipates matters related to the University Pension Project will be addressed at an Aug. 13 meeting with university employee groups.

Details of the tentative agreements will remain confidential until the agreements are ratified by both parties.

Additional negotiations between the university and all three CUPE locals are scheduled for Aug. 5 and 6.

Dates set for QUFA conciliation

Conciliation dates have been scheduled between the university and the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA).

The dates are as follows:

  • July 15, 16 and 17
  • July 27 and 28

Meetings between the university and QUFA are also  scheduled for July 21, 22 and 24, though the conciliator is not available to attend those meetings.

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 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.

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.*