Category Archives: Status Updates

University, ONA exchange collective bargaining proposals

The university and the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) Local 67, who represent approximately eight nurses employed at the Queen’s Family Health Team, met on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 to exchange collective bargaining proposals.

The next scheduled meeting is tentatively set for Monday, Nov. 13, 2017.

The university is focused on reaching a negotiated agreement with ONA that both balances the university’s need to preserve its core academic mission and respects the limitations dictated by current financial realities.

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

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, academic assistants ratify collective agreement

Queen’s University and United Steelworkers (USW) Local 2010, Unit 01, representing academic assistants ratified their tentative agreement earlier this week.

The new four-year agreement will expire on Aug. 31, 2020. Highlights includes:

  • Four-year agreement: September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2020
  • A one-time lump-sum payment to eligible employees within 90 days of ratification:
  • An increase of 1 per cent to the minimum hourly rate, effective Sept. 1, 2017.
  • An increase of 1.25 per cent to the minimum hourly rate, effective Sept. 1, 2018.
  • An increase of 1.25 per cent to the minimum hourly rate, effective Sept. 1, 2019.

Negotiations between Queen’s and USW Local 2010, Unit 01, began on June 2, 2016. Bargaining took place over one full-day session and three half-day sessions. There were also four full-day bargaining sessions conducted with the assistance of a provincially appointed conciliator.

The university values the contributions of its many employees and remains committed to the collective bargaining process.

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.